Donkey Mill in Holualoa welcomes visitors to Project Art, a festival to explore making all kinds of art, on Friday and Saturday, April 12-13. The hours are 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Friday and from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday.
Cost for the two-day event is $10 per person, which includes all supplies and unlimited participation. Children under 12 will be admitted for free, and must be accompanied by an adult companion.
“Bring friends, family and island visitors to explore your inner artist,” said spokesman Miho Morinoue. “Our festival is meant to captivate and inspire all ages, and we encourage everyone from the community to join us for our special event.
“Look forward to an interesting weekend creating exciting art in areas such as printmaking, papermaking, lauhala weaving, mixed media, origami, silk screening, raku, lei making and more,” said Morinoue. “Whether you are 9 years old or 90, it is never too late to create.”
Donkey Mill members, along with visiting artists, assisted by more than 50 volunteers, will provide expert guidance. Activities will vary each day and may be subject to change.
Demonstrations on the outdoor stage will also be held in weaving, painting, ukulele making and Hawaiian traditional crafts. A “hands-to-mud” activity will give visitors a chance to use the pottery wheel, a fun time to get your hands dirty. There will be an exhibit of Hawaiian weaving shown concurrently in the main gallery.
All activities will take place in the Donkey Mill’s main building, the children’s studio, great lawn and ceramics studio. Visitors will have a chance to explore the mill, a unique oasis on the slopes of Hualalai in Holualoa, which is known as an artist’s village. The mill’s gift shop will be open and features locally made items for purchase.
The festival site is ADA friendly. Food, drinks, Kona coffee, tea and chocolate tastings will be available for guests. A shuttle from a nearby parking area will provide convenient transportation, as parking is limited. Tickets will be available online at www.donkeymill.com and at the Donkey Mill, located at 78-670 Mamalahoa Highway.