This screenprint, "Language of Doubt" by Allyn Bromley, won the Pegge Hopper Gallery Award at the Honolulu Printmakers 78th Annual Exhibition at the Academy Art Center.
Laura Smith of Honolulu Printmakers says many of the works in this year's 78th annual exhibition are "stuff in frames," but that doesn't mean they're high brow.
The Honolulu Printmakers 78th Annual Exhibition
Place: Academy Art Center, 1111 Victoria St.
Time: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays, through March 17
"I would say that most of the prints don't take themselves too seriously. There's a whimsical slant to a lot of this," she says, and adds, "The juror's like that, and that's the kind of work he selected."
Visiting artist Paul Rangell served in that capacity, taking on the arduous task of contemplating some 300 works before selecting 110 for the show.
One intriguing piece this year is Allyn Bromley's mummy, in which the artist ripped five screen prints into little strips and formed them into a human figure.
The amazing thing about the work, says Smith, is that there's no glue or staples or string ; it's bound with simply the strips.
"It can even stand up," she says.
The collection includes quite a number of lithgraphs, reflecting the fact that Rangell is himself a lithographer. And the opening reception last Wednesday was especially fun, thanks to Rangell.
"He's a lithographer, but he's also a musician," says Smith. "Every chance he got, he picked up his fiddle -- and he's good."
Marcia Morse's photogravure, an etching with chine-colle, is titled "Women in Black."
"Nephelium lappaceum," a hand-colored aquatint by Timothy R Contreras.
"Eve" is a monotype print by Anne Irons.
"Eve" is "Feral Children," Harinani Orme's lith and monotype print.
Secrecy and intrigue surround the Printmakers' Gift Print
An added dimension to the Honolulu Printmaker's annual show is one of intrigue and mystery. It involves one artist and one piece and is shrouded in guarded secrecy.
The drama of the situation is like a whodunnit in reverse. We know who the artist is, but the nailbiter instead is what the artist has created. Longtimers to the local art scene know that this mystery is all about the annual Gift Print.
Each year, the Printmakers select one artist to create a special work for the exhibit, which is printed in an edition of 75. Proceeds from the sale support the Printmakers' classes, workshops, visiting artists, a community access print studio and the annual exhibition.
This year, Keiko Kamata was the selected artist, and her screenprint, titled "Trail," is the work unveiled.
Kamata, born in Japan, is a full-time artist now living and working in Hawaii.
In the November issue of the Honolulu Printmakers newsletter, Tamara Moan writes that Kamata's work is "ethereal and atmospheric" and that the images she creates "threaten to float off the paper." "Trail" reflects just those qualities of Kamata's style.
The print is for sale for $75. Call the Printmakers at 536-5507 for more information.
"Trail," a water-based screenprint by Keiko Kamata, is the 2006 Gift Print for the Honolulu Printmakers annual exhibit.