UH gallery lauded for show on Chinese objects
The University of Hawaii Art Gallery received two major awards for the exhibition catalog and educational Web site for its exhibit "Excelling the Work of Heaven: Personal Adornment from China," which was on display from October to December.
The American Association of Museums, a national organization that develops standards and practices for the museum community, recognized the gallery's catalog as one of more than 150 winners in its design competition. More than 800 entries competed this year in the only national juried event for publications produced by museums.
The Web site for "Excelling the Work of Heaven" earned the gallery a bronze award in the competition comprising entries from North America, Europe, Australia and Asia. Judges called the site "informative and beautifully designed" and "extremely functional."
"Excelling the Work of Heaven" featured more than 700 objects of jewelry and adornment made and worn during the Ming and Qing dynasties.
Alana hotel benefit features wine, art
The new wine bar and dining room in the Doubletree Alana hotel is launching a monthly event to benefit the Waikiki Health Center's Care-a-Van Program.
The first "Conscious Down-Tempo" begins at 6 p.m. Friday, continuing until 2 a.m.
The party will feature a tasting of California pinot noir wines, an exhibit by photographer Carolyn Quan and music by Dave Mergens and Paisley, the Kevin Hughes Trio and DJ Trev15.
Quan's photo collages will be on view for a silent auction ending June 26. Proceeds from the auction, as well as a portion of revenue from the event, will go to Care-a-Van.
Tickets are $20 pre-sale, $25 at the door. E-mail Derek Sayegusa, DSayegusa@jbistrowine.com.
"Conscious Down-Tempo" will repeat on the last Friday of every month.
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Carolyn Quan's photo collages will be sold in a silent auction at "Conscious Down-Tempo."
Dinner focuses on California wines
Vino in Restaurant Row will showcase the Palmina winery in a dinner Saturday.
Palmina focuses on Italian grape varieties grown in the Santa Barbara region of California.
Chef Keith Endo's menu: Homemade Pizza with Crispy Shrimp (2006 Palmina Pinot Grigio), Cavatelli with "Pulled" Chicken, Portobello Mushroom & Fennel Pesto (2006 Dolcetto), Sous Vide of Kurobuta Pork belly with Tuscan Bean Stew (2002 Nebbiolo "Sisquoc Vineyard").
Cost is $49. Call 533-4476.
Ruth's names new executive chef
Kyle Yonashiro has been named executive chef at Ruth's Chris Steak House in Restaurant Row.
The Waipahu resident was executive chef at Lulu's Waikiki.
He has also worked at the Fairmont Kea Lani Maui and Acqua Restaurant, among other restaurants.
He is a graduate of Kapiolani Community College and attended the California Culinary Institute.