October 20 – 22, 2012 – three days, 25 artists working together, nearly 60 pieces of art!
As the administrator for the first ever Hawaii Collaboration 2011, this was one of the most incredible experiences I’ve ever had. The harmonious working environment, the free expressions of gratitude, and the tangible creative energy from the group was more than I dreamed. You can witness it for yourself on YouTube thanks to Matthew Lovein who has volunteered countless hours of video, editing, and creative time.
A very special Mahalo to Tai Lake and Cliff Johns for co-founding the event and to Tai and his family for hosting us all. This is a game changing experience and we are looking forward to growing it! Be sure to come to the first Hawaii Collaboration Own the Art Auction on Nov. 19th at the Holualoa Inn. For more info, follow our facebook page.
When I read the National Endowment for the Arts 2006 report “Artists in the Workforce,” it confirmed what I already knew, Hawaii is rich with artists. This beautiful little State ranks #3 of 50 per capita with fine artists and craftspeople. But being so geographically isolated has its benefits and its drawbacks. The creative energy and natural beauty seems to be a beacon to creative people (that’s how we ended up here) but it makes it much harder to connect to the larger arts scene. Don’t get me wrong, we feel incredibly blessed to be here, and even more blessed by the visitors who come here and purchase our work as a reminder of their travels. In fact, that’s the area I see we need to promote even more. It’s time the world knew about Hawaii’s as an arts destination! Don’t you agree?
Tim was asked to turn a large calabash from the branch of a fallen koa tree for the Tropical Hardwood Tree Improvement and Regeneration Center’s booth at the 2011 Society of American Foresters Conference which was held here in Hawaii during the United Nations International Year of Forests. The piece is now on permanent display at the THTIRC’s headquarters at Purdue University.
The Tropical Hardwood Tree Improvement and Regeneration Center is a partnership among agencies, universities, industry, non-profit organizations and communities to restore and sustain tropical biodiversity and improve productivity through research, training, and management.
With a desire to make wood art for the walls, Tim has turned his first 24″ wall-mounted platters. These beautiful pieces, reminiscent of flowers, are created using a combination of koa, toon, mango, and bamboo. The light plays through the holes of the bamboo throughout the day, changing the shadow patterns on the wall. Two designs are currently available at Martin & MacArthur at the King’s Shops in Waikoloa, HI.