Rhinoceros focus of paintings


Rhinotopia, a series of rhinoceros paintings by Sarah Soward, will be on display at the East Hawaii Cultural Jan. 4-26, with an opening reception on Friday, Jan. 4, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The exhibition is free to the public. A gallery walk and art talk is set for Saturday, Jan. 5, from 1 to 2 p.m.

Rhinotopia, said Soward, is “Where rhinos are free to roam into painterly existence outside the confines of strict and tangible reality.”

Roughly 20 paintings of rhinos in her tangential style of composition, juxtaposition and meaning will fill the Mauka and Makai Galleries at the EHCC. The paintings are tributes to the five remaining rhino species and are evidence of the artist’s very decided obsession with this endangered animal.

Archetypes, mythologies and music are all referenced in the paintings. The series is an effort in conservation and awareness as much as it is an act of personal devotion.

Soward donates a percentage of her income from her rhino artwork to the International Rhino Foundation.

Rhinotopia series will be on display at the EHCC from January 4 through January 24, 2013, alongside Adare’s “Restraint and Revolution” portraits.

“Please join us opening night for rhinos and refreshments,” said Soward.

 

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