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A shot of the 79th Annual Exhibition at the Academy Art Center. The large image of the cockroach was the product of an art project held by the AV Club. Participants stepped onto an ink pad and then onto a canvas. As the shoe prints accumulated, the cockroach gradually appeared.
The Honolulu Printmakers' annual show includes the distinctively unique this year
At Wednesday's opening of the Honolulu Printmakers' 79th Annual Exhibition, visitors played ball -- and made art. Supervised by a group of men calling themselves the AV Club, folks game to get artsy threw balls, bearing various designs and dipped in ink, onto a canvas. The resulting prints were literally a work of art.
Printmakers Executive Director Laura Smith calls the exhibit "a strong show," admittedly with "some quirky things in there." This year's juror, Tanja Softic, selected 92 pieces from 267 entries. "She did a really good job," says Smith. "It's a real tight show -- the prints are well-executed."
Among the more unique pieces is a huge work, composed of two 40-foot, draped papers, that covers an entire wall. Another piece, of cutouts of black and gray flower prints draped over metal rebar, is both beautiful and unusual. "The work's by Allyn Bromley, who's always stretching the boundaries of a print," Smith says. "And not only does she stretch the notion of a print, but her work's attractive, too."
The 79th Annual Exhibition is on display through March 16 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. Call 532-8741.