Star-Bulletin Features

Thursday, August 16, 2001


Stuffs featured item
"Olives in a Row" by Brenda Cablayan is
among the art pieces on sale.

Showcase attracts
top chefs, supports youth
art education


EAT, DRINK and get culture.

Each year, the Honolulu Academy of Arts Showcase event offers an evening of exceptional food and wine, in the cultured surroundings of the academy courtyards.

Not only do you eat well, but in buying a ticket you do good, supporting children's art programs. The event has raised a growing amount each year -- $50,000 last summer. That's a whole lot of paint brushes.


Featuring: Food prepared by 10 Oahu chefs, wine, art sale
Date: 6 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday
Place: Honolulu Academy of Arts
Cost: $75, to benefit children's art programs
Preview Art Sale: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Kinau Court Gallery, open to public
Call: 532-6099

Headlining the list of guest chefs are Alan Wong and Roy Yamaguchi, joined by Chai Chaowassaree, Hiroshi Fukui, Daryl Fujita, Wayne Hirabayashi, D.K. Kodama, Douglas Lum, Philippe Padovani and the academy's own chef, Mike Nevin. Dean Okimoto of Nalo Farms will serve up salads.

Many of these chefs return every year.

The Showcase is a grazing event, which means for the price of admission you may pay as many visits as you like to each food station. In most cases the food is prepared and served up fresh, plate by plate, by the chef himself.

Wines have been selected by master sommelier Chuck Furuya, and you have unlimited access to those, as well.

Also key to the Showcase is a two-day art sale, featuring works by 76 artists including Peg Hopper, Esther Shimazu, Vicky Chock, Brenda Cablayan, Mapuana Schneider, Jason Teraoka, Roger Whitlock and Betty Hay Freeland. Work by the late artists John Young and Hon Chu Hee also will be available.

Esther Shimazu's "Short Eared Dog."

The academy has added a silent auction this year. Among items for auction: a sculpture by ceramist Jun Kaneko (minimum bid $29,500), and "tablescapes" by Neiman Marcus and academy volunteers Cherye Pier and Bertie Lee. The tablescapes include china, glassware, napkins, tablecloths and centerpieces.

Most of the art are priced from $80 to $800, in effort to keep art affordable to encourage new collectors, said Vicki Reisner, volunteer services and special project coordinator.

Saturday morning is when the serious art lovers show up to scout for their favorite art, Reisner said. The action begins at 10 a.m. when the doors open, and 75 percent of sales are completed on the first day. The remaining art will remain available for sale Sunday but you'll need to buy a $75 ticket first to get in.

The fundraiser has grown from a small gathering to a feast for 500 to 600 people, Reisner said. Beneficiary of the event, the academy's educational programs, serve 25,000 children each year through art classes, tours and other enrichment programs.

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