Saturday, August 3, 2013

Upcoming Exhibition | Korean Paper Doll Invited Exhibition

We hope you're all enjoying the summer break! Summer session II commences this week for UH campuses. The Koa Art Gallery is busy preparing our last show of the summer, a splendid exhibition of handmade paper dolls crafted by various artists from Korea. But it doesn't stop there! The exhibition will also feature 2D paintings by various artists from Korea. Mi Soon Moon, our star 3D exhibiting artist, has made gorgeous dolls out of Korean paper. Mi Soon Moon has exhibited in over 300 shows in her home country of Korea and is currently the Director of the Sectoral Committee of Handicrafts in Korea's Fine Arts Association. She is also the head of the Social Education Center at Shilla University in Seoul, Korea.

The exhibition will run from August 5-7, 2013 at The Koa Art Gallery with a reception on Wednesday, August 7th from 5-7pm. 
We hope that you'll be able to join us! 

A selection of beautiful hand-made dolls by Mi Soon Moon 

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Student Show Opening

Last night was the opening reception for one of the most anticipated shows of the year: the annual Student Art Show. The 2013 installment of the Student Art Show featured some of the best student-made artwork in recent years. This year also marked the first year in which the Koa Art Gallery decided to put on an extension of the show in the Lama Library. We had over 300 works of quality submissions, all created in courses offered at Kapi Ľolani Community College.

For those of you who missed the opening, the Student Art Show will be up through May 6th at both venues: The Koa Art Gallery (main gallery) and the Lama Library.

The Koa Art Gallery's Student Art Show 2013. Featured artwork: Strength (2013) by Nicki Ralar

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Student Art Show 2013: Behind The Scenes!

The student show is one of the most demanding installs of the year. We currently have nearly 300 works of student-made artwork in the show. It takes a lot of time, effort, and dedication from the staff in order to put such a large show together. Here are a few shots that demonstrate what goes in to making a show like the annual Student Show happen:

Black and white photographs being positioned for installation
Installation tools

Gallery manager Rosie Eckerman and our main installation guy,
Jeremy Shea handling a large display case 

Jeremy looking for the right nails and screws to hang artwork 

Jeremy taking measurements 

We also had help from our most recent intern, Shaemus Tarrant.
He's with us all the way from Australia! 

Installation view of a finished wall. Looking good! 

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Student Art Show 2013

It's that time of the year again! We're gearing up for the 2013 installment of our annual Student Art Show at the Koa Art Gallery. As usual, the gallery has been very busy with students and instructors coming in to submit work. We've been spoiled over the years by the talented students and faculty at Kapi'olani Community College and are expecting to see amazing work. From the submissions we've seen so far, it looks like our expectations are spot on! Just like last year, the show will be taking place at 2 different venues: part of it will be at the Koa Art Gallery and another installment will be located in the Lama Library. The final exhibition will feature well over a hundred works of art created by the students at Kapi'olani Community College.

We highly encourage you all to join us for the opening reception at both venues (Koa Art Gallery and Lama Library) on Wednesday, April 24th from 4:30-7:00 pm!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Cultural Landscapes: Ka-Ning Fong and Shigeru Miyamoto

The creative process: Koa Gallery director, David Behlke conversing with student installation personnel.

Cultural Landscapes is a joint exhibition by artist Ka-Ning Fong and Shigeru Miyamoto. The exhibition features both paintings (by Ka-Ning Fong) and sculptures (Shigeru Miyamoto.) The work of both artists addresses themes that are relevant to the extremely unique physical and sociopolitical landscape found here in Hawaii. Their works express the social, political, and cultural climates of the Pacific Rim.

The gallery is featuring 15 original pieces by acclaimed cityscape artist Ka-Ning Fong and 19 original sculptures by Shigeru Miyamoto.

The gallery received a great review of the show from Joleen Oshiro at the Honolulu Star Advertiser. You can read the story here:

Monday, January 14, 2013

More Installation Photos | Recent Works by Russell Sunabe and Kazu Kauinana

Gallery assistants Jeremy Shea and Nicki Ralar contemplate the perfect placement for a painting by Russell Sunabe 

Nicki assists gallery director, David Behlke arranging early illustrations by Russell Sunabe 

Another painting by Russell Sunabe 

Installation is a painstaking but rewarding process. Director Behlke discusses placement with an installation assistant

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Opening Reception For "Recent Works by Russell Sunabe and Kazu Kauinana"

The opening reception for our first show of the Spring 2013 semester, "Recent Works by Russell Sunabe and Kazu Kauinana" opens this Thursday, January 10th! Join us at the gallery from 4:30-7:00pm to meet the artists and view the show!