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