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Friday, October 25, 2002


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HONOLULU ACADEMY OF ARTS




Academy to celebrate
Islamic art and culture



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A free Islamic bazaar will take place from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday on the grounds of the Honolulu Academy of Arts in celebration of the opening of its Islamic Gallery.

Those entering the grounds will be sprinkled with small drops of scented rose and orange blossom water, a custom practiced throughout the Islamic world.

"Celebrating Islamic Arts and Culture" will feature demonstrations of Arabic calligraphy, henna painting, children's activities, music by the Palabuniyan Kulintang Ensemble, folk dances performed by Arabesque, and the bazaar with vendors offering arts and crafts, aromatic oils, Persian yarns, threads and needlework, baskets and carpets.

There will also be a fashion show of traditional clothing and silver accessories from the Middle East from the collection of Gipsy Norton. Featured will be antique to contemporary dress from Egypt, Morocco, Turkey, Syria, Jordan, Palestine, Saudi Arabia and Oman.

Garments from Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines will also be shown.

In the Pavilion Courtyard, Zaffron will sell samosas and chicken sticks. Beau Soleil will sell Moroccan mint tea and sweets and will also set up a traditional tea shop in a corner of the Mediterranean courtyard.

There will be special activities for keiki, and Jeff Gere will be telling the story of Sinbad the Sailor from the Arabian Nights.

The academy's new Arts of the Islamic World gallery, featuring art from the museum's collections and the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, will serve as the orientation center for Shangri La tours. Built by the late heiress, the Diamond Head home will open to the public Nov. 6 as a gallery housing Duke's extensive collection of Islamic art.

Tour reservations can be made by calling 866-DUKE-TIX (385-3849). Tickets cost $25 per person ($15 with proof of local residency) and include van transportation to and from Shangri La from the Honolulu Academy of Arts.

Tours will run 2 1/2 hours beginning with a video presentation at the academy about Duke life at Shangri La, with 1 1/2 hours spent at the home.



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