Satoru Abe's sculpture "A Chair" is among the works on exhibit at the Japanese Chamber of Commerce's "Commitment to Excellence" art show, on display through Sept. 3 at the Academy Art Center.
Commitment to excellence
LEGENDARY local artist Satoru Abe has participated in the Japanese Chamber of Commerce's annual art show for some 18 years. "He brings so much credibility to the show itself," says Wendy Abe, president of the organization. "Satoru's done a lot for the chamber of commerce through the art show."
To say thanks, the JCCH has dedicated this year's show to Abe. The "28th Annual Commitment to Excellence Art Exhibition: Salute to Satoru Abe" combines the works of 22 invited artists, including three pieces by Abe, with juried selections of 31 other artists.
This year's jurors -- Sarah Bremsler, art professor at Kapiolani Community College; Charles Cohan, art professor at University of Hawaii-Manoa; and Michael Rooks, curator at The Contemporary Museum -- reviewed 480 entries and picked 43 works. First-, second- and third-place awards were given in two- and three-dimensional art, as well as honorable mentions in each category and "Best in Show" and "Newcomer Award" recognitions.
"Commitment to Excellence" runs through Sept. 3 at the Academy Art Center, 1111 Victoria St. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is free. Call 532-8741.
Alan Konishi took first place in the two-dimensional category with "Joseph Kahahawai Jr.," the trio of works at right.
The "Best in Show' award went to Meister Eckhart for "calamityjane-neverodd-oreven."
The top award in the three-dimensional category went to Mat Kubo for "Good Fortune!"