JOSH LANGLEY / GALLERY IOLANI
"Community College Art: 2007" drew 400 visitors on opening night.
Community college talent revealed
Art professor Toni Martin's efforts have paid off well in creating the biannual "Community College Art" exhibition some six years ago. This year's installment, the show's third, which runs through March 23 at Windward Community College's Gallery Iolani, drew almost 400 visitors on opening night, with folks "waiting in line to get in."
Martin, on staff at Windward, is gratified by the show's popularity because it allows the public to see that "students of two-year colleges are showing excellence in the arts."
The show generated strong interest from art students as well, drawing 500 entries, with 180 selected by jurors Tom Klobe and Jodi Endicott. It features painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, design, digital art, sculpture and video -- representative of all the disciplines taught in community colleges.
Martin also uses the exhibit as a teaching opportunity. "Student coordinators plan, prepare and design the exhibit; they learn what goes into a professional art exhibition," she says.
"Community College Art: 2007" represents the artwork of students from all seven community colleges: Kapiolani, Honolulu, Windward, Leeward, Maui, Hawaii and Kauai. And what's on the wall does the institutions proud, Martin says.
"The quality of the work is really high, and that is an acknowledgment of the professors and the programs they've developed."
Gallery Iolani is located on the Windward campus, at 45-720 Keaahala Road in Kaneohe.
Gallery hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays to Fridays. Call 236-9155.