The Three Mountain Alliance, the Natural Area Reserves System, the Alala Project and the Wailoa Arts and Cultural Center announce Hawaii Nei 2012, a juried art exhibition celebrating the native flora and fauna of Hawaii Island.
“Amateur and professional artists of all ages are invited to submit works of art celebrating the native plants, animals and habitats of our beloved island, our Hawaii Nei,” said Wailoa administrator Codie King.
Artwork will be displayed at the center from Nov. 2-26. On opening day, there will be a youth reception and award ceremony for young artists and their families from 4 to 5 p.m., followed by a formal reception and award ceremony for the adult division from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Winners will be announced and prizes awarded.
Entry forms are available at http://hawp.org/partnerships/three-mountain and at the Wailoa center. Artwork will be accepted at Wailoa from noon to 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 26.
All residents of the Island of Hawaii are eligible to participate. All works must be original (no prints or giclees), and the image must not have been previously shown in any other exhibition, gallery or website. Artwork in any medium or combination of media is welcome. All art must be ready for hanging or installation, including attaching wire for framed pieces. Matted work without frames will not be accepted.
There are four age divisions for entry: Adult, elementary school (grades K-5), middle school (grades 6-8), and high school (grades 9-12). Students do not need to be affiliated with a school to enter. Class or group entries are also available for adults and youth (i.e., school class).
For adult entries, there will be separate divisions for amateurs and professionals. Artists may enter more than one piece. A non-refundable fee for each entry will be collected when artwork is submitted. Entry fees are $10 per entry for adults. Youth (under 18) may enter their artwork for free, but a $5 donation is suggested.
The main subject(s) of entered piece(s) must be a species native to the Island of Hawaii. All species found from ridge to reef on the island are acceptable. Subjects from beyond the reef, including the deep ocean, will not be accepted. Artwork featuring non-native species, including Polynesian introductions, will not be accepted.
“Cultural or human components in the piece are acceptable as long as they complement the major theme of native species,” said King.
If you have questions about whether your subject fits these parameters, contact Emily Leucht at firstname.lastname@example.org or (808) 430-1994.