Fes­ti­val of 1,000 Bowls brings community to­gether

Hawaii Tribune Herald - - ISLAND BEAT -

The Don­key Mill Art Cen­ter is pre­sent­ing the 11th an­nual Cool Fu­sion: Fes­ti­val of 1,000 Bowls, cel­e­brat­ing ce­ramic, mu­si­cal and culi­nary arts 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 23 at Keauhou Shop­ping Cen­ter.

Tick­ets are $25 pre­sale or $30 at the event. Ad­mis­sion in­cludes a hand­made bowl of your choice, heap­ing with re­fresh­ing, home-style, Ja­panese somen noo­dles, in ad­di­tion to live mu­sic by Green Ma­chine, dance per­for­mances by Kona Dance and Per­form­ing Arts and ce­ramic demon­stra­tions by Big Is­land artists.

Cool Fu­sion: Fes­ti­val of 1,000 Bowls sup­ports art ed­u­ca­tion at the Don­key Mill Art Cen­ter, a community art cen­ter in Holu­aloa.

Each year, renowned ce­ramic artists from through­out the is­land come to­gether to cre­ate uniquely beau­ti­ful somen noodle bowls as a fundraiser to sup­port the Don­key Mill’s pro­gram­ming.

These skilled vol­un­teers meet ev­ery week­end for the pre­ced­ing months un­til 1,000 bowls have been cre­ated, fired, glazed and washed.

The as­sort­ment of hand­made ce­ramic bowls are then ar­ranged on table­tops where guests can care­fully con­sider their se­lec­tions be­fore in­dulging in a lunch of noo­dles.

Kona’s own Gypsea Ge­lato will be on-site, pro­vid­ing a com­pli­men­tary scoop of ge­lato with the pur­chase of a hand­made ge­lato bowl. Ad­di­tion­ally, hand­made ce­ramic items are avail­able for as little as $10 each, with many other pieces of ce­ramic art, in­clud­ing larger bowls, vases and cups.

This year for the first time, the do­nated work of sev­eral no­table main­land ce­ramic artists will be of­fered for sale along­side work by lo­cal tal­ent.

The Don­key Mill’s ce­ramic depart­ment of­fers year-round classes for chil­dren and adults in pot­tery and sculp­ture, as well as spe­cial work­shops taught by vis­it­ing artists from around the world.

A for­mer cof­fee mill, the art cen­ter now func­tions as a gath­er­ing place where peo­ple can de­velop as cre­ative, con­scious and healthy hu­man be­ings through art ed­u­ca­tion and ex­pe­ri­ence.

For more de­tails or to pur­chase tick­ets, visit don­keymil­lart­cen­ter.org.

Courtesy photo

Cool Fu­sion: Fes­ti­val of 1,000 Bowls sup­ports art ed­u­ca­tion at the Don­key Mill Art Cen­ter.

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