‘East Rift Art Show’ opens today


The Hawaii Museum of Contemporary Art presents “The East Rift Art Show,” celebrating alternative contemporary art from tattoos to motorcycles and skateboards to metal work.

Named after the Big Island’s volcanic East Rift Zone, “The East Rift Art Show” is the Hawaii Museum of Contemporary Art’s first tag-art exhibition.

The exhibit will feature classic hot-rod, rockabilly spray-paint, tribal fusion and alternative contemporary art, to name a few.

“Graffiti, tagging, body-paint, piercings, tattoos and the art of personal expression not only reflect a unique, and above all valid cultural identity, but are often the first generational introduction of a new emergent style,” said Rose Adare, the artist who organized the exhibition.

Opening night is 5:30-9 p.m. today and features Smack Dab Acoustic, the StarFire Flame Sisters and a provocative body-art fashion show.

“The East Rift Art Show” is Feb. 8-26 and features art by Sigmund Alberin, Robert Bennett, John and Rae Butler, Robert Lapkoff, Kristin Lowery, Jacob Arthur Medina, Mydock, Selina Paiva, Roy Ruiz, Leilani Yates and many more.

The Museum of Contemporary Art is located at 141 Kalakaua St. in downtown Hilo, and is open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free, donations are appreciated.

 

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