Coordinators of the East Hawaii Cultural Center, home of the Hawaii Museum of Contemporary Art, are organizing an art auction fundraiser for the evening of Friday, Aug. 2. Artists, and other community members who’d like to help a good cause, are invited to help the nonprofit organization by donating works of art for the auction.
Donors may drop off art at the EHCC office at 141 Kalakua St. in downtown Hilo, or call to make arrangements for pickup. Art will be accepted until July 31. A preview of the art and a silent auction bid process will be offered July 24-31 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The final auction will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 2. For information, please call 961-5711.
Lourdan Kimbrell, president of the governing East Hawaii Cultural Council Board of Directors, said the gala auction evening also will be a membership drive and an event to honor three outstanding local artists from the area — Bea Israel, Rose Adare and Rod Cameron — who won the three top awards in the recent “Best of the West” art competition at the Wyland Gallery in Kona.
The Aug. 2 event will include art, music, dancing, performance and more, including an exhibit of the winning artists’ works that were shown in Kona but have not yet been seen in East Hawaii.
There will also be an unveiling of a new sign proclaiming the old Hilo Police Station, which has housed the EHCC for many years, the “Hawaii Museum of Contemporary Art.”
Kimbrell said the sign has been designed and painted by another local artist and graphic designer, Sarah Soward. The event will start at 5:30 p.m. and continue until 10 p.m. Suggested donation will be $3 for members, $4 for nonmembers.
“And for those who wish to sign up as new members, the event will be free and there also will be $5 taken off of their new membership fee,” said Kimbrell.
On another front, he said the EHCC/Hawaii Museum of Contemporary Art is still accepting applications from interested parties in the greater Hilo area for the upcoming Hilo Open Studios Tour which will be held Nov. 15-17. Applications must be postmarked or hand delivered to the EHCC office by Aug. 30. Call EHCC for more information at 961-5711.