There is exciting news for some of our local artists, whose artistic talent is being showcased throughout our state. At this time, Paauilo Mauka resident Keith Tallett has his first solo show, “Militia,” at SPF Projects inaugural exhibition in Honolulu. The show will feature a collection of recent epoxy resin paintings, “Flying Hawaiians,” in addition to photographs and installations of tropical flowers and fruit that have been tattooed in the artist’s signature style. The show runs thru July 14.
An expose of Keith’s work is in INNOV8 Magazine. Writer Sonny Ganagan profiles Keith in the article “Tropical Expressionism.” He writes, “For a series titled ‘Tattooed Williams’ (named after a type of banana that is ubiquitous in the islands), Tallett took organic items that would ordinarily start rotting in the tropical understory of his Paauilo home, spent hours tattooing them with local phrases, and then photographed the work at their moment of decay. The resulting images are works of staggering beauty.”
Keith has also received a 2012 Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant. The Painters and Sculptors Grant Program was established by the Joan Mitchell Foundation in 1993 to assist individual artists and to acknowledge painters and sculptors creating work of exceptional quality.
Sally Lundberg, Keith’s wife, was raised in Ahualoa and now lives in Paauilo Mauka. She received an invite to create a mixed media/video installation at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center as apart of “Finding the Forest,” which was on view from Jan. 27 to March 30 of this year.
The Maui Arts and Cultural Center invited accomplished artists and craftsmen from around the state, encouraging investigation of contemporary art-making from conservative to complex. The exhibition outcome was to raise public awareness and spark dialog with traditional and non-traditional works in painting, sculpture, furniture, installation, film and poetry.
Sally also just finished exhibiting a new mixed media work, “Signal Fire,” as a part of the show, “Interior,” which was displayed at Iolani Gallery at Windward Community College from March 15 to May 3, and also included the following artists: Mark Chai, Maura Fujihira, Keiko Hatano, Mary Mitsuda, Chusak Majarone, Deanna Itano and Kamaili Puaoi.
The dates have been set for the Leon Russell Hawaii Tour 2013. Lazar Bear presents the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame legend and music icon Friday, Sept. 27, at the Honokaa People’s Theatre. Honokaa will be a rockin’ that night. More coming; keep tuned.
Keiki of all ages will find themselves sitting on the edge of their seats on Friday, June 28, as an imaginative elephant named Horton, played by Jim Carrey, discovers an entire family of microscopic creatures living on a tiny dust speck named Whoville.
The challenge of keeping these creatures happy and healthy begins to turn sour as their clover home falls into 3,000,000 clovers. Will Whoville survive the caldron of boiling oil? Will Horton forgive the villaness Sour Kangaroo, played by Carol Burnett? Will the tiny residents of Whoville make it to a safe haven?
This box office success is the third Dr. Seuss feature film adaptation, and includes a soundtrack of 34 catchy tunes, including the theme song — “Can’t Fight This Feeling,” by REO Speedwagon.
“Horton Hears a Who” begins at 6:30 p.m. during New Hope Waimea’s monthly Movie Night. Families are encouraged to bring folding chairs, blankets, dinner and even the family pup to Church Row Park, located on Mamalahoa Highway in Waimea. (If the weather turns, the movie will move into the New Hope Waimea Sanctuary.) Free popcorn, bottled water and hot cocoa will be served.
For further information, please contact the New Hope Waimea Church Office at 885-5510.
The 51st annual Parker Ranch July 4th Rodeo & Horse Races starts at 9 a.m. and goes until noon on Thursday, July 4, at the Parker Ranch Arena in Waimea. Hosted by Hawaii’s oldest and largest ranch, Parker Ranch, the event draws paniolo from all islands taking part in traditional and unique-to-Hawaii events, plus thrilling horse races.
So “git” out your gear, wear your paniolo-Western wear! Tickets are available in advance at Parker Ranch Store for $5, or $6 at the gate, with children 10 and under free. For more information, call 885-7311 or go to www.parkerranch.com.
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