Hawai‘i’s Woodshow: Na Lā‘au o Hawai‘i

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September 23, 2017 - October 08, 2017
Honolulu Museum of Art School


Exhibition Overview

Hawai‘i’s Woodshow, Na Lā‘au o Hawai‘i marks the 25th anniversary of the Hawai‘i Forest Industry Association’s (HFIA) annual juried woodworking exhibition. See heirloom-quality works made from koa, mango, kamani, milo, Norfolk pine, macadamia nut, kiawe and other Hawai‘i-grown woods. 

Hawai‘i’s Woodshow aims to encourage an appreciation for the participating artists and the materials they use. It promotes the positive role forests play in our economy and ecology. The show calls for the use of wood from Hawaiian-grown tree species, especially those that have been planted and brought to maturity here in Hawai‘i. It serves as a reference point for the planting of native and non-native high value hardwoods for future generations.

Community Engagement
Introducing the first annual I2 Challenge: lnnovation + lmagination
The I2 Challenge: Innovation + Imagination brings Hawai‘i forestry and woods to high school and university students, providing an opportunity to explore an idea and create an object with Hawai‘i-grown woods. Students from ‘Iolani School and both the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa School of Architecture and Department of Art and Art History are participating. 

The Albizia Project
Hawai‘i’s Woodshow will present information about possibilities for underutilized Hawai‘i-grown woods. Joseph Valenti, D Arch, has developed a process of using an unpopular fast growing tree for a social good.

Demonstrations:
Bamboo Working with Barret Werk: Sep 30 • 11am-12:30pm
Wood Turning with Andy Cole & Stan Hebda: Oct 1 • 11am-2pm
Sculpting Wall Mirrors with Nadia Fairlamb: Oct 7 • 11am-2pm
Wood Turning + Carving with Eric LeBuse & Jon Ogata: Oct 8 • 11am-2pm

Jurors: Mark Sfirri, John Gonczar, Noe Tanigawa 

Exhibition hours: Tue-Sun • 10am-5pm 

Opening reception: Friday Sep 22 • 6:30-9:30pm

Juror Talk with Mark Sfirri: Friday Sep 22 • 5:00-6:00pm
Mark Sfirri runs the Fine Woodworking Program at Bucks County Community College in Newtown, Pennsylvania. While he was trained in furniture design and production at Rhode Island School of Design, his current work is sculptural. His interest in creative aspects of wood turning led him to pioneer the use of multi-axis spindle turning to create objects that range from sculptural, figurative forms to table legs.