Art Plantation, 66-521 Kamehameha Highway, 637-2343. Works by Alex Steelsmith and the Christmas Tree Show, featuring unique ornaments made by Hawaii artists, premiere on Sunday. Part of the proceeds from the ornaments will go to charity. Shows continue through December.
Arts of Paradise, International Marketplace, 924-2787. Legends and Women of Hawaii, oil, pastel and watercolor paintings by Connie Hennings-Chilton, on view in December. Party 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Dec. 12.
The Cafe, 1152 Kokohead Ave., 739-2556. Watercolors by Julie Kerns Schaper, on view through Jan. 6.
Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii, 1132 Bishop St., Suite 200, 545-4300. Who Cares? We Care! -- works by Juanita Kenda, Song Ja Kim and Min Chong Kim -- on view through Dec. 21. Part of a three-fold Waikiki Gallery exhibit. A percentage of sales benefits the Life Foundation.
Contemporary Museum, 2411 Makiki Heights Drive, 526-0232. Shirts and Skins, works by 14 artists who deal with the human figure, on view through Feb. 2. The artists -- including Tamas Banovich, Gotscho, Marc Quinn and Judith Shea -- forego the direct representation of the body to explore the nature of human existence. Free admission on third Thursday of each month. Gallery tours at 1:30 p.m., garden tours by appointment. Call 526-1322.
The Contemporary Cafe has a display of holiday wreaths by Hawaii artists, through Jan. 5. Artists include Jon Hamblin, Rochelle Lum, Hiroki Morinoue, Esther Shimazu and Roy Venters.
The Contemporary Museum at First Hawaiian Center, 999 Bishop St. Artists/Hawaii, works by 22 artists featured in the book of the same title, on view through Feb. 19. Artists include Satoru Abe, Sally French, Esther Shimazu and Roy Venters.
Contemporary Museums Honolulu Advertiser Gallery, 605 Kapiolani Blvd., 525-8066. ASoWbSAoNPT, works by Hawaii artists, on view through Jan. 15. Artists include Dan Calhoune, Kimberly Chai, Don Ed Hardy, Keiko Hatano, Dean Sakamoto, Pia Stern and Michael Takemoto.
Firehouse Gallery, Waimea, Big Island. Works in oil, watercolors, pencil and collage by Nila Conrad, on view in December. Reception 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday.
Hawaii Medical Association, second floor, 1360 S. Beretania St., 536-7702. Who Cares? We Care! -- works by Louis Pohl -- on view through Dec. 21. Part of a three-fold Waikiki Gallery exhibit. A percentage of sales benefits the Life Foundation.
Hawaii Pacific University Art Gallery, 45-045 Kamehameha Highway, Kaneohe, 233-3167. New Printmakers, works by Sheri Frye, Dan Sailer, Donna Broder, Helene Sroat, Mira Alden and Rob Noland, on view through Jan. 10.
HonBLUE, 501 Sumner St., 531-4611. Fresh Release, mixed media by Kristine Simonds, through Dec. 30.
Honolulu Academy of Arts, 900 S. Beretania St., 532-8700. Watercolors on Hawaii subjects by Millard Sheets, on view through Jan. 12. The West Coast artist was director of art at Scripps College, Claremont Graduate School and Otis Art Institute; served on FDRs Public Works of Art program; and has done several commissions for Hawaii art. Free admission on the first Wednesday of each month.
Modern Design, 1920-1960 reflects the centurys major changes, through March 16. Silver, glass and ceramics highlight changes in the arts of the United States, Russia and Europe.
The Ceramic Tradition of Asia, pieces from different cultures, through Oct. 27, 1997.
Taisho Chic features western-influenced Japanese art and products from 1912 to 1926.
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.
Hoomaluhia Botanical Garden, 45-680 Luluku Road, Kaneohe, 233-7323. Frog Art display on the role of frogs in our environment, on view in December.
Koa Gallery, Kapiolani Community College, 4303 Diamond Head Road, 734-9375. Biannual Faculty Exhibit, on view through Friday. Artists include David Behlke, Sean Browne, Vicki Chock, Kauka de Silva, Jan Hathaway, Adella Islas, Jan McWilliams, Violet Murakami, Noreen Naughton, Cheryl Souza, Russel Sunabe and Shuzo Uemoto.
McHale Videofilm, 1116 Auahi St., 539-8080. Travelling and Traversing, works by Elizabeth Knoke, on view through Dec. 22.
Meeting Place Cafe, 401 Kamakee St., 596-8846. East Meets West Series, watercolor and mixed media works on paper by Ron Kowalke and clay sculpture by Peter Kowalke, through Saturday.
Pacific Cafes Beach House, 5022 Lawai Road, Koloa, Kauai 742-1424. Works by Kauai artists A. Kimberlin Blackburn, Sally French and John Davison, on view through March 16. Blackburn has stylized Hawaiian landscapes, French has mixed media glass and prints and Davison has landscape paintings and watercolors.
Pauahi Tower, Mezzanine Lobby, 1001 Bishop Square. Refinements, painting and clay sculpture by Betty Hay Freeland and Gail Bakutis, on view through Friday. Call Freeland at 572-8146 or Bakutis at 696-3878.
Queen Emma Gallery, Queens Medical Center, 1301 Punchbowl St., 547-4397. Showcase 96, a group show by glassblowers, ceramicists, sculptors, painters and printmakers, on view through Dec. 23. Artists include Jainnie Cox, K.C. Greenan, Karen Hong, Gelareh Khoie, Pearl Kira, Chae Ho Lee, Kelly and Nanda Soderberg and Keone Thurston.
Ramsay Galleries, 1128 Smith St., 537-2787. Press Pass III, photography by Dennis Oda, on view through Dec. 31.
University of Hawaii Art Gallery, Art Building, 2535 The Mall, 956-6888. The Works, ceramics, design, fiber, glass and other works by graduate students, on view through Dec. 13.
Waikiki Gallery, Aston Park Shore Hotel, 595-2399. Who Cares? We Care! -- works by Patricia Green and William Luch -- on view through Dec. 21. Part of a three-fold exhibit. A percentage of sales benefits the Life Foundation.
Art show: North Shore artists showcase and discuss their works at a wine tasting 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Portofino restaurant, Haleiwa. Artists include Wyland, Beverly Fettig, Thomas Deir, Carli Oliver, Mango, Karen Scata, Jesse Miller, Margo Goodwill, John Costello, Malia, David Lopez and Nisla. Tickets $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Call 637-7678 or 638-8731.
Japanese enameling: Kazuko Inomata teaches a three-day workshop on basic enameling and cloisonne, 6 to 9 p.m. Monday through Wednesday at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii. Costs $100; includes handouts and supplies. Register at 945-7633.
Weaving workshops: Sharon Alderman teaches double-weave and color and weave effects, Jan. 4 and 5 and 11 and 12 at the University of Hawaii. Costs $80 one weekend; $150 both. Call 521-5511. Alderman will give a free lecture 6:30 p.m. Jan. 9 at the Academy Art Center.
Studio classes: The Academy Art Center has basic drawing, printmaking, intaglio, ceramics, weaving, jewelry and other arts for adults in 14-week classes beginning Jan. 21. Call 532-8741.
Funding for folk arts: Applications for the 1997 Folk Arts Apprenticeships will be accepted through Jan. 31. The program, aimed at preserving traditional cultural art forms, supports one-to-one training between a master artist and an experienced apprentice with awards of up to $4,000. Call Lynn Martin at 586-0306.
The State Foundation on Culture and the Arts approved 18 apprenticeship teams for 1996, in such arts as Hawaiian fishnet making, ki hoalu, Cantonese opera and Laotian woodcarving.
Focus in Hawaii: Canon USA will accept entries for a statewide amateur photography contest Dec. 1 through Feb. 28. Hawaii residents and active-duty military can submit up to three photographs taken between Jan. 1, 1996, and Feb. 28 which depict an aspect of Hawaii.
Prizes include Canon cameras and binoculars. Winners will be notified in March and have their entries on display at the Canon Gallery in April. No entry fee. Forms available at major camera dealers, Canon, KGMB Channel 9 television and KHNR radio offices. Call 522-5930.
Hui Noeau Juried Members Show: Artists in Maui county may submit two works on Jan. 11 for the gallery show. Artwork must have been produced without supervision in the past two years and must not have been exhibited previously on Maui. Alan M. Leitner will be the juror. Entry fee $10 per piece. Call 572-6560 ext. 30, Maui.
Works on Paper: National exhibit will accept slides of work in any media on paper, including photography, through Feb. 1. New York City art critic Jerry Saltz will be the juror.
Entry fee of $15 covers two entries per artist. For entry form, write: 10th McNeese National Works on Paper, Department of Visual Arts, P.O. Box 92295, McNeese State University, Lake Charles LA 70609-2295. Or call 318-475-5060. Exhibit will run March 20 to April 18.
National Painting Show: Artists may enter two works each in any permanent painting medium through Jan. 31. The show is open to American artists 18 and older; work must be original, and not done under instruction. Entry fee is $10 per slide. Prizes total more than $3,000. Entry forms are available from: Paul Edwards, Art Department, Washington and Jefferson College, Washington PA 15301.
Honolulu International Art Festival: Expressions in Art is planning a show June 21 through 23 at the Amfac building on Fort Street. Call 597-8108.