NHERC raising money for scholarship fund


The North Hawaii Education and Research Center will holds its spring quarter rummage sale from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday in the NHERC pavilion located below the Heritage Center.

Donations are being accepted for items from individuals as well as organizations in the community. Items may be dropped off at 45-539 Plumeria Street below Hale Ho‘ola Hamakua. All proceeds from the sale will go to the NHERC scholarship fund. This scholarship fund supports North Hawaii students taking college classes at NHERC in Honokaa.

Booth space is still available. Interested vendors can call 775-8890. Thank you for supporting higher education in North Hawaii.

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Hawaii-based art collective AGGROculture has announced that member Keith Tallett is a recipient of a 2012 Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant. Tallett was one of 25 artists in the United States to receive this prestigious award in the amount of $25,000.

“It’s an immense honor to receive the Mitchell Award and to be included with the outstanding artists that have been awarded this grant since 1993. Part of Joan Mitchell’s vision was to support the development of diverse contemporary artists. For me, receiving this grant reaffirms my decision to live where I do, and how I do … relatively isolated from any big contemporary art scene and engaging the land, culture and community that I was raised in. This grant will help me continue to create work that addresses and challenges our cultural identity and popular perceptions of Hawaii,” Tallett said.

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. Nominators from all over the country were invited to recommend artists at any stage of their career, whose practice would significantly benefit from the grant. The candidates’ images were viewed for consideration through an anonymous process by a jury panel that convened in December at the office of the New York Foundation for the Arts. Nominators and jurors include prominent visual artists, curators, and art educators.

Joan Mitchell (1925-1992) was an essential member of the American Abstract Expressionist movement and was one of the era’s few female painters to gain critical and public acclaim. Her painting and editioned prints can be seen in major museums and collections across America and Europe. The Joan Mitchell Foundation was established in 1993 as a not-for-profit corporation following her death in October 1992. The Foundation celebrates the legacy of Joan Mitchell and expands her vision to support the aspirations and development of diverse contemporary artists.

Keith Tallett is a mixed media artist who was born and raised in Hilo. He is also a second-generation surfboard shaper and a tattoo practitioner of traditional Polynesian patterns. The process of making art becomes a way of creating dialogue between his cultural knowledge and practices, and his investigations as a contemporary artist. The resulting work takes form in paintings, drawings, photography and sculpture. Tallett received a Master of Fine Arts from the San Francisco Art Institute and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Hawaii at Hilo. He has exhibited at such venues as the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, Track 16 Gallery in Los Angeles, and Franklin Parrasch Gallery in New York. Keith was included in the 2011 Artists of Hawaii exhibition at the Honolulu Museum of Art where he received the Jean Charlot Foundation Award for Excellence.

He currently lives with his wife and daughter in Paauilo Mauka and is co-owner of Mahi‘ai Creative, providing photography, graphic design, and video production to non-profits and public agencies.

For more information on the Joan Mitchell Foundation and its recipients, please visit www.joanmitchellfoundation.org. For more information about Keith Tallett please visit www.keithtallett.com. For more information about AGGROculture Collective please visit http://www.aggroculture.org.

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Vendors are wanted for the “Easy Daisies” rummage sale on Saturday, Feb. 23.

Honokaa Elementary School is participating in the “Relay for Life.” They’ve named themselves the “Easy Daisies,” and they are going to have a rummage sale with proceeds to benefit Honokaa Relay for Life.

The event will be at the Honokaa Cafeteria from 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Vendors are welcome for this special rummage sale. To reserve a $10 table, call Karen Kishimoto at 775-8820, ext. 246 (Health Aide). Donations are also welcome; this is your opportunity to do spring cleaning!

Carol Yurth’s column is published every Sunday and spotlights activities on the Hilo-Hamakua coast. She welcomes items for her column. Reach her by mail (46-1250 Kalehua Road, Honokaa HI 96727) at least 10 days before the requested publication date, call her at 775-7101, or e-mail waiukahenutz@gmail.com.

 

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