Wailoa Cen­ter host­ing ukulele guild, wood­work­ers, art ex­hibits

Hawaii Tribune Herald - - ISLAND BEAT -

Afull sched­ule of art ex­hibits and events is sched­uled for Oc­to­ber in the Main Gallery of the Wailoa Cen­ter.

From Oct. 6-26, the gallery will fea­ture the Big Is­land Ukulele Guild’s Stringed In­stru­ment Ex­hibit and the Big Is­land Wood­work­ers and Artist In­vi­ta­tional.

The Stringed In­stru­ment Ex­hibit show­cases finely crafted ukulele by guild mem­bers as well as a sep­a­rate juried ukulele con­test. Mean­while, wood­work­ers from through­out the Big Is­land were in­vited by the Hawaii Is­land Art Al­liance to share their fine crafts­man­ship skills by ex­hibit­ing fur­ni­ture, wood­turn­ings and sculp­tures for the in­vi­ta­tional.

Along with all the fine ex­am­ples of wood, two in­vited artists, Dar­rell Or­wig, a painter from Maui, and Stephen Freed­man, a ce­ramic artist from East Hawaii, will ac­com­pany the ex­hibit.

The opening re­cep­tion for all the artists will take place from 5-8 p.m. to­day at the Wailoa Cen­ter, 200 Pio­pio St. in the Wailoa River State Recre­ation Area.

The Stringed In­stru­ment show is spon­sor­ing four events through­out the month and each Saturday. Ukule­les will be given away at each event through a ran­dom, free draw­ing, but en­trants must be present to win. All events are free and open to the pub­lic.

From noon-3 p.m. Saturday and Oct. 21, the com­mu­nity can en­joy the af­ter­noon lis­ten­ing to the groups’ kanikapila ukulele jam ses­sion. From noon- 3 p.m. Oct. 14, there will be an ukulele-build­ing demon­stra­tion for those who want to ex­plore the process of hand­craft­ing a stringed in­stru­ment. For more in­for­ma­tion about this por­tion of the ex­hibit, visit BigIs­landUkuleleGuild.org or con­tact Michael Pur­due at 339-5399 or ml­pat­large@gmail.com.

Or­wig will ex­hibit his re­cent col­lec­tion of 30 pas­tel draw­ings and paint­ings that ex­plore his cu­ri­ous in­ter­est with tele­phone poles. He has nu­mer­ous works pur­chased by the Hawaii State Foun­da­tion on Cul­ture and the Arts and has works in the per­ma­nent col­lec­tion of the Hawaii State Art Mu­seum.

His paint­ings and draw­ings also are in pri­vate and cor­po­rate col­lec­tions in Hawaii, the main­land and Europe, as well as works in the per­ma­nent col­lec­tion of the City and County of Honolulu. Or­wig had a one-man show in­stalled at the East Hawaii Cul­tural Cen­ter in 2016.

As the 3-D in­vited artist, Freed­man will have his most re­cent ce­ramic sculp­tures on dis­play. Freed­man has cre­ated com­mis­sions for pub­lic space and ex­hib­ited in gal­leries and mu­se­ums through­out the world since 1975.

Wailoa Cen­ter is a Di­vi­sion of State Parks, Depart­ment of Land and Nat­u­ral Re­sources. It is free and open to the pub­lic from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mon­day through Fri­day The cen­ter nor­mally is closed Saturday, Sun­day and state hol­i­days. For Oc­to­ber’s ex­hibit, Wailoa Cen­ter will be open noon3 p.m. Satur­days for spe­cial events.

For ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion, call 9330416, email wailoa@ ya­hoo.com or visit wailoa­cen­ter.com.

Cour­tesy photo

Maui artist Dar­rell Or­wig has an eye for tele­phone poles.

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