Koa Gallery, Kapiolani Community College, 4303 Diamond Head Road, 734-9375. "Annual Student Exhibition" opens with a reception 2 to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 28. Ceramics, computer images, drawing, painting and design works on display through Sept. 12.
University of Hawaii Art Gallery, Art Building, 2535 The Mall, 956-6888. "Selections 6: Works from the Polaroid Collection" opens with a reception 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday. More than a hundred images of traditional and experimental photography. Dawood Bey, Gilles Perrin, Bob Miller and others present the people of Harlem, Appalachia, China . . . and magazine models with "the boy next door." Show continues through Sept. 27.
Art a la Carte, Ward Centre, 597-8034. "Encaustic," wax paintings by Glenn Yamanoha, and "Vestiges," ceramics by Carl Fieber, on view through August.
The Art Centre at Mauna Lani, Kohala, Big Island, 885-7779. Impressionist oil paintings by Fran Maier, through September.
Arts of Paradise, International Marketplace, 924-2787. "Volcanoscapes," collage by Susan Rogers-Aregger, on view in August.
Boom Gallery, 81 S. Hotel St., Suite 318, 524-8324. "Seven," paintings, prints and sculpture by Adella Islas, Gordon Sasaki, Hal Lum, Jason Teraoka, Kazu Fukuda, K. Everett and Russell Sunabe, on view through Aug. 30.
Brief Essentials, 1430 Kona St., 946-2110. Window display of the watercolor and airbrush works of Alberto Vargas, through August. "Vargas Girls" were featured in Esquire magazine during the 1940s; the original paintings are displayed at the Spencer Museum of Art in Kansas.
Canon Gallery, Ward Plaza, 522-5930. Photography by Thomas Woolsey, owner of Roads Photography in Manoa, on view in August.
Coffee Time Cafe, 3506 Waialae Ave., Kaimuki. "Body and Earth," black and white photography integrating the natural environment and the human body, by Tomiko Jones, on view through Saturday.
Contemporary Museum, 2411 Makiki Heights Drive, 526-0232. Three exhibits feature contemporary works through Sept. 8. "Public Art" is from the collection of the City and County of Honolulu; "Leaving the Century," videos by 20 media artists, arrives from the Video Data Bank, Chicago; "Exquisite Vessels" in ceramic, metal, glass, wood and fiber were acquired through the Sibyl Heide Fund.
"Century" presents "Framing Politics" through Sunday, then "Women Unveiled" Aug. 27 through Sept. 8. Free admission on third Thursday of each month. Gallery tours at 1:30 p.m., garden tours by appointment. Call 526-1322.
Contemporary Museum's Honolulu Advertiser Gallery, 605 Kapiolani Blvd., 525-8066. "Selections 1993-1996" on view through Sept. 18. Recent acquisitions by the Persis Corp. Collection, including works by Vernon Fisher, Wayne Thiebaud, Cheryl Laemmle and Judith Shea.
East-West Center Gallery, John A. Burns Hall, 1777 East-West Road, 944-7111. "Spirits, Status & Society: Melanesian Art," masks, wooden bowls, statues, totems, war clubs, combs and carved ship prows from the collection of Caroline and Donald Yacoe, on view through Sept. 20. See "The Drum and the Mask," a video on South Pacific art, the first Sunday each month and at 5 p.m. Sept. 5. Lecture by John Moffat Fugui and researcher Geoffrey White 5 p.m. Sept. 3. The Yacoes describe "The Spirit of Melanesia" on a walk-through 5 p.m. Sept. 4. For guided tours, call 396-3326 or 944-7322.
Firehouse Gallery, Waimea, Big Island. Works inspired by clowns, by Waimea Arts Council members, on view in August.
Gallery Iolani, Windward Community College, 45-720 Keaahala Road, 235-7346. "Kaho'olawe: Steadfast Love of the Land," photographs of wahi pana (sacred places) by Wayne Levin, Rowland Reeve, Franco Salmoiraghi and David Ulrich, on view Monday through Aug. 31.
Gallery on the Pali, Unitarian Church, 2500 Pali Highway, 526-1191. "Political Statements in Art" on view through Sept. 26. Reception 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Hawaii Medical Association, second floor, 1360 S. Beretania St., 536-7702. "8-8-8," watercolors by Juanita Kenda, Song Kim and Min Chong Kim, on view through Sept. 8. Presented by Waikiki Gallery.
Hawaii Pacific University Art Gallery, 45-045 Kamehameha Highway, Kaneohe, 233-3167. "Joy: Expressions of Art" by Gail Toma on view through Oct. 4.
HonBlue, 501 Sumner St., 531-4611. "Open Volcano" by Koji Aoki, through Monday.
Honolulu Academy of Arts, 900 S. Beretania St., 532-8700. "Workers, An Archaeology of the Industrial Age," photographs by Sebastiao Salgado, on view through Sept. 1. Salgado's "farewell to a world of manual labor" documents the impact of the Industrial Revolution on countries around the world. Free admission on the first Wednesday of each month.
"Pana Oahu: Sacred Stones, Sacred Places," photography of ancient sites by Jan Becket and Joe Singer, on view through Sept. 3.
"Whistle While You Work," scenes of labor in the United States, through Sept. 29. Includes prints by local artists John Kelly, Cornelia Macintyre Foley and Hon Chew Hee.
"Ka Po'e Hawai'i Ma Ka Hana (Hawaii's people at work)," photography of people at work by Hawaii high school students, through Nov. 8.
The Academy will pin your photos of friends and family at work to the "Community Photo Wall" through Sept. 29. Photos of all types are welcome for the collage; each is good for one free admission per person on that day. Photos will not be returned.
"Mountain Peaks," landscapes from the Academy's collection of Chinese paintings, on view through Dec. 1. Chinese painters of the Ming and Qing periods (14th to 18th centuries) kept a strict tradition in composing images.
"The Ceramic Tradition of Asia," Mingei ceramics, blue and white porcelain, celadon and other pieces from different cultures, through July 1997.
Honolulu Hale, 530 S. King St., 527-5666. "Aloha Show" by the Association of Hawaii Artists, on view in the courtyard through Friday. Children's art contest presented by MOA Hawaii, in the Lane Gallery through Aug. 30.
Honolulu Zoo Fence, Monsarrat Avenue. Paintings by local artists on view 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii, 2454 S. Beretania St., 945-7633. "Strength and Diversity: The Story of Japanese American Women in Hawaii," on view through Jan. 17. "Strength," adapted from the National Japanese American Historical Society-Oakland Museum exhibit, chronicles the life stories and contributions of four generations of women, from plantation to contemporary community.
Kahala Moon restaurant, 4614 Kilauea Ave., 732-7777. "Kahiko Moon," paintings by Mark Kadota, through August.
Kapiolani Community College Library, Lama Building, 4303 Diamond Head Road, 734-9259. "Humanity Above Nation," biographical exhibit about two young Japanese men rescued at sea by Americans, who worked to improve relations between their countries, on view through Aug. 30.
Kauai Museum, 245-6931. "Westside Story," works by watercolor painter Christine Faye, woodworker Ray Nitta, Henry Emura, Dean Mayer, Val Nitta, Warren Wichman, Diane Ichiki and Keith Tammarine, on view through Aug. 30.
Ko'olau Gallery, Windward Mall, 247-0709. "Painting the Town," oil paintings by Mark Brown and Ron Lee, through August.
McHale Videofilm, 1116 Auahi St., 539-8080. "Painting in a New Land" by Murry Breem, on view through Oct. 23.
Queen Emma Gallery, Queen's Medical Center, 547-4397. "Reminiscence," paintings and monotypes of Hawaii images by Lei-Sanne Doo, on view through Sept. 1.
Ramsay Galleries, 1128 Smith St., 537-2787. "Alchemy," oils by Alan Leitner, on view through Aug. 30.
Volcano Art Center, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Big Island, 808-967-8222. "Voyaging Canoes of Hawaii," on view through Sunday.
Family art activities: The Contemporary Museum presents artist demonstrations, a dance performance by Iona Pear and children's "Expression Sessions" 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 24 at Borders, Ward Centre. Check out items from the Museum Shop, sample dishes from the Contemporary Cafe and sign up for museum membership at a discount. Call 526-1322.
Sebastiao Salgado on photography: Salgado talks about images from his exhibit at the Honolulu Academy of Arts and his current investigation of human migrations, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 28. Costs $5. Call 532-8700.
Slide show: Ben Norris presents "20 Years of Painting Away From Hawaii," 7:30 p.m. Aug. 29 in the UH-Manoa Art Auditorium, Room 101.
SFCA Fellowship Awards: The Honolulu Academy of Arts honors recipients of the 1996 State Foundation on Culture & the Arts fellowships with exhibits and performances in August.
Works by photographers Renee Iijima, Anne Kapulani Landgraf and Franco Salmoiraghi will be on view at the Academy Art Center through Sept. 3. Choreographers Peter-Rockford Utatsu Espiritu, Cheryl Flaharty and Eva Lee (on video) will join playwright Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl for readings and performances 7:30 p.m. Aug. 30 and 31. Admission $7. Call 532-8700.
Weaving demonstration: Indian masters Kanayalal Mafatlal Salvi and Varsha Kanayalal Salvi create Gujarat silk patola (sari) with detailed dyeing and double ikat weaving, through Sept. 5 at the Academy Art Center, Room 101. Call 532-8741.
Classes: Studio art classes for adults at the Academy Art Center begin Sept. 10; for children, Sept. 21. Adult classes include Chinese brush painting, painting on silk, sculpture, jewelry and papermaking. Tuition is $145 adults, $95 children. Call 532-8741.
"Commitment to Excellence": Entries accepted 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 3 for the Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce show at Amfac Exhibition Gallery. Show will run Sept. 9 through 20. Call 949-5531.
Shoebox sculpture: Sculpture in any media that fits in a standard-size shoebox is the focus of the UH Art Gallery's traveling exhibition. No entry fee; deadline is Sept. 6. For prospectus write to: Shoebox Sculpture Exhibition, University of Hawaii Art Gallery, Honolulu 96822. Or call 956-6888, or e-mail: email@example.com. Gallery's show will be March 16 through April 18, 1997.
"Black and White": Ramsay, Elisabeth Knoke and Ann M. Hayashi will jury the annual show Sept. 25 at the Alana Waikiki Hotel. All media accepted. Call Expressions in Art at 597-8108.
Artistic Endeavors: Jim Franklin is forming a group of artists and crafters to fill 22,000 square feet of studio and show space, and to provide on-site services such as framing and printing. Call 988-1167.