Peggy Chun Gallery opening and an affordable art sale highlight the monthly event


POSTED: Friday, April 03, 2009

Access to affordable art, and the grand opening of a new gallery that perpetuates the creative energy of a late and beloved local artist, highlight this month's First Friday downtown art walk.





        Place: Chinatown district

Time: 5 to 9 p.m. Friday; plus, after-hour parties starting at 9 p.m.


Call: 521-2903




Bethel Street Gallery (1140 Bethel St., 524-3552) is expecting so much foot traffic during its Affordable Art Show and Sale that it will stay open an hour later, until 10. Twenty-five local artists will contribute works priced under $1,000, with more than half of the items under $500.

“;We are trying to keep people collecting even in this slow economic period,”; reads a statement from the gallery.

Participating artists include Marc Turner, Scottie Flamm, Chuck Davis, Sandra Blazel, Chris Campbell, Harinani Orme, Jane Raissle, Jo Rowley, Mark Kadota, Noreen Naughton, Snowden Hodges, Alan Carrell, Nancy Vilhauer and Maile Yawata.

Meanwhile, nearby a special discount will be given to shoppers who take in the grand opening of the Peggy Chun Gallery (1161 Nuuanu Ave., 545-4810). Ten percent will be taken off anything purchased there Friday night—provided you're in costume. For inspiration, check out to see some of Chun's whimsical characters. Light pupus and refreshments will be served.

Also, be sure to view…

» The just-opened “;Jumping Flea”; mixed-media group show that celebrates art and music at the Chinatown Boardroom (1160 Nuuanu Ave., 585-7200). The exhibit runs through April 25. Participating artists were asked to use an ukulele kit as their canvas. The public can also purchase their own kits, with a portion of sales benefiting the educational, nonprofit Ukulele Foundation of Hawaii.

» Jaclyn Snowdon's nature photography from the Windward side at INTO (40 N. Hotel St., 536-2211), with an artist's reception.

» Ong King Arts Center's (184 N. King St., 306-7823 or 428-3233) third anniversary blowout starting at 9 p.m., with performances by Family Dinner, Iyeoka & BCAP, Quadraphonix, Christina Nelson, Ariel Eisen, Taimane Gardner, Bridget Gray, Shakti Dance Movement and HUTC. Admission is $10. The gallery will be exhibiting the works of Eisen, Jason Silverstein, Priscilla Ortiz, Amber Crago, John Elliot, Erin McCullough, Spekatlas, Kamea Hadar and others.

» The “;Live in the Lawn”; concert at the Hawaii State Art Museum (250 Hotel St., 586-0900), with the theme “;Pacific Oasis.”; Peter Apo and the Rainbow Nation Band, 808NDNZ and the Royal Hawaiian Band will be featured artists, with Partners in Time and Te Lumanaki o Tokelau I Amelika performing upstairs in the gallery's lanai area.

» An artist talk with Wendy Kawabata at The Contemporary Museum at First Hawaiian Center (999 Bishop St., 526-1322) that starts at 7:30 as she speaks about her exhibit on display through May 19, “;Pull, Poke, Fold.”;

» A live glass-sculpting demonstration by Jessica Landau from 6 to midnight at the Hawaii Institute of Hair Design (1128 Nuuanu Ave., 228-2866).

» Land of Organica (900A Maunakea St., 548-2563), which offers up an atmosphere of wellness until 10 with massage, organic cuisine, music by Brian Von Ahsen, Millicent Cummings, Underwater Radar and special guests; plus, art by some of Oahu's “;underground artisans.”;

Gallery walk maps are available online at