Hawaii Craftsmen’s Exhibit

We recently attended the Hawaii Craftsmen’s Exhibit at the Downtown Art Center in Chinatown. It is open 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM Tuesday through Sunday, closed on Monday. This exhibit will end on October 15 and will then move on to Maui.

Admission is free. However, parking in the municipal lot below the building is not free. We paid $1.50 to park there for 45 minutes on Thursday. That’s not bad.

Hawaii Craftsmen was organized in 1966. Its members work in a variety of mediums such as clay, glass, metal, fiber, wood, and mixed media.

This show was juried, and 22 cash awards were handed out.

These are some of the pieces that caught my eye. The price of each item is posted in the caption. Not all of these pieces won awards, but I have posted the cash prizes for those that did win.

Valerie Beck, “Under the Bananas,” Glass, $600. (This piece did not win an award, but it is my favorite piece in the show. I just love it.)

Daniel Moe, “Tattooed Makau,” Glass, $3,200. Won the Merit Award in Glass Arts, $250 prize.

Michael Mortara with Misato Mortara, “Pahoa Sky Lidded Calabash,” Glass, $1,800.

Mark White, “Bonsai Box,” Ceramic, $1,300. Won the Merit Award in Ceramic Arts, $250 prize.

Robert Butts, “Bamboo Umeke,” Curly koa, bamboo, epoxy, $4,200.

Sheri Levin McNerthney, “Color Play,” Fiber, $4,800. Won the Handweavers Hui Award, $250 prize.

The display room was enormous, and the pieces were arranged beautifully:

That’s David perusing the many works of art:

David and I were very impressed with the talent exhibited here.

I was tempted to buy the first piece (Valerie Beck, “Under the Bananas,” Glass, $600) pictured at the top of this post but decided against it. Kind of expensive, and where would I display it in my home?

Still, I do love to look at beautiful art. We had a glorious time just browsing.

I returned home, feeling happy and refreshed.

18 Responses to “Hawaii Craftsmen’s Exhibit”

  1. DavidH Says:

    That was another wonderful outing. There is so much to see and do in Hawaii. Why would anyone want to live elsewhere?

  2. tomthebackroadstraveller Says:

    …I always enjoyed the artwork that I saw in Hawaii.

  3. Doug M Says:

    My god, these pieces are stunning! What a beautiful exhibit, great photos Gigi. Loved seeing these. I’m not sure I could pick a favorite but I love that weaving “Color Play”. Amazing.

  4. Valerie-Jael Says:

    So many beautiful objects, that must have been a wonderful outing. Have a great week, Valerie

  5. Olga Says:


  6. Christine Says:

    Such beautiful work

  7. Arkansas Patti Says:

    What talent displayed there. Like you, Under the Bananas spoke to me too.

  8. David Gascoigne Says:

    Looks like you needed more than 45 minutes to do it justice.

  9. marmeladegypsy Says:

    I can see why you were tempted! What a fabulous exhibit and so beautifully displayed. You have some remarkable artisans there!

  10. Elephant's Child Says:

    It looks like a truly wonderful exhibition. I would have loved to have spent time there – and forty-five minutes would not have been enough.

  11. Tom from Sightings Says:

    Some beautiful pieces, and a beautiful venue as well!

  12. dkzody Says:

    Looks like you chose just the right time to peruse the art work as there doesn’t appear to be a crowd. I would like to have that color-block wall hanging, until I saw the price. No wonder it won an award. It’s gorgeous.

  13. Linda Reeder Says:

    Oh, what a wonderful art show. So many great pieces, and so much talent!

  14. Beatrice Says:

    The price of parking was very inexpensive for the treat of seeing such beautiful works of art.

  15. Nancy Chan Says:

    Beautiful crafts exhibits by talented people. There are so many beautiful crafts to enjoy at his exhibits.

  16. Iris Flavia Says:

    This is really very nice art!

  17. DJan Says:

    Very, very beautiful and well worth the time! Thank you.

  18. DeniseinVA Says:

    I can see why Under the Bananas is your favorite, it’s mine also. Beautiful! Thank you for sharing this exhibit, it is truly wonderful with so many interesting pieces.

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