Past Koa
Spring 2014

Viewpoint

August 28th–September 18th, 2014

Photography show featuring artists Tom Haar, Paul Kodama & Mark Hamasaki

Fall 2014
Spring 2014

Tetsuo Bob Ochikubo & Friends

July 10th - August 16th, 2014

Paintings and sculpture by Tetsuo Bob Ochikubo, Isami Doi, Satoru Abe, Ruth Abe, Bumpei Akaji, Ralph Iwamoto, Robert Kobayashi, Jerry Okimoto, Tadshi Sato & Harry Tsuchidana.

Tetsuo Bob Ochikubo

Salt Wada

May 19th - June 14th, 2014

Featuring artwork by Kauka de Silva, April A.H. Drexel, Maile Andrade, Kapulani Landgraf, Chuck Kawai'olu Souza, Herman Pi'ikea Clark, Kaili Chun, Abbey Romanchak, and Maika'i Tubbs.

Salt Wada
Spring 2014

The Student Show

April 24th - May 9th, 2014

Opening Reception: Thursday, April 24th

KCC Student Showcase

Student Show 2014
Spring 2014

Drawings and Paintings by James Kuroda and Lacquered Wood Sculpture by George Woollard

March 20th - April 17th, 2014

Drawings and paintins by James Kuroda paired with lacquered wood sculptures by George Woollard.

James Kuroda and George Woollard
Spring 2014

KCC Faculty Biennale

February 18th - March 13th 2014

Featuring the work of KCC faculty including: Anh Lu, Calvin Collins, Carl Jennings, Carol Sakihara, Cheryl Souza, Chris Gargiulo, Chris Ota, David Behlke, Emily Moody, Jake Shimabuku, Jared Matsushige, Joseph Hunt, Kaili Chun, Kapulani Landgraf, Kauka De Silva, Kloe Kang, Elizabeth Nakoa, Raphael Lowe, Russell Sunabe, Sharon Sussman, Shuzo Uemoto, Stephen Niles.

KCC Faculty Biennale
Spring 2014

Visual Meditations

January 15th - February 7th, 2014

Opening Reception: Wednesday, January 15th, 4:30 - 7 pm

Wood sculptures by Big Island wood artist, Randy Takaki paired with the abstract paintings of Harry Tsuchidana.

Mixed Media Miniature
Harry Tsuchidana // Randy Takaki
Spring 2014

Mixed Media Miniature

November 21st - December 18th, 2013

Opening Reception: Thursday, November 21st, 4:30 - 7 pm

The Koa Art Gallery is proud to present it’s annual Mixed Media Miniature Show. In it’s 16th year, this annual event brings together over 150 participating artists. The participating artists range from emerging to mid-career and work in an array of different mediums. This exhibition is a perfect stop for collectors, art enthusiasts, and those looking for a unique gift experience for the holidays. With pieces ranging in price from $30- $1,000+, the Mixed Media Miniature show is the perfect venue for individuals looking to get in to collecting for the first time. Despite being the go-to show of the year for Honolulu collectors, the Mixed Media Miniature show is much more than just a commodity. Each artist brings to the table a unique voice and vision, making this show a hodgepodge of artistic insight and surprises.

Mixed Media Miniature
The crowds on opening night!
Fall 2013

Extra Ordinary

October 23rd - November 15th, 2013

Opening Reception: Wednesday, October 23rd, 4:30 - 7 pm

The Koa Gallery is pleased to announce “Extra Ordinary”; an art exhibition featuring works by May Izumi, Lori Uyehara, and Maile Yawata.

Eclipse the normal, deviate from the typical, and experience the corporeal otherness of the fringe. Come explore the fascination, discomfort, and fear attached to the unorthodox and surreal.

Please join us Halloween Night from 6 to 8 pm for a fascinating interdisciplinary examination of “Extra Ordinary” by UH Literature Professor Dr. Kathryn Hoffman. Halloween Night Set music provided by Gary Nomura

Extra Ordinary
Fall 2013

Steve Shrader

October 4th - October 11th, 2013

Opening Reception: Thursday, October 3rd, 4:30 - 7 pm.

Steve Shrader (1944-2007) grew up in Ohio, graduated from Oberlin College and the University of Iowa (MFA), then lived out the rest of his life on Waimanalo Beach on O`ahu, working as a university instructor of English, a journalist, and a graphic designer. His first book of poems, Leaving By the Closet Door, was published by Ithaca House in 1970.

On the Tinfish book: Steve Shrader’s subtle and accomplished poetic thinking casts a far wider net than the Hawaiian islands—it ponders literature, music, history, politics, the world of ideas generally—but ultimately, as he tells us, poetry like politics is local.

—Victoria Nelson, author of My Time in Hawaii: A Polynesian Memoir

Steve Shrader
Steve Shrader, self portrait.
Fall 2013

Durye Kim

September 23rd - September 28th, 2013

Opening reception Monday September 23rd, 6 - 7 pm

Visiting Korean Artist

Korean Doll Show
Fall 2013

Color and Form: Anthony Mendivil and Steve Martin

August 27th - September 19th, 2013

Opening reception August 29th, 4:30 - 7 pm

The Koa Art Gallery is proud to present an exhibition of work by Honolulu-based artists Anthony Mendivil and Steve Martin. The theme of the exhibition will center around the delicate juxtaposition between two very different yet complimentary themes in art: color and form. Although nearly all works of art utilize a balance of these two elements, Mendivil and Martin manage to present this relationship in a unique and thoughtprovoking way.

Originally from San Diego, California, Anthony Mendivil moved to Honolulu, Hawaii in June of 1980. He attests that color has the inimitable power to transform lives through energy. His lively and energetic paintings are a "living" testament to this belief, contributing strong elements of emotionally charged color-play.

Honolulu-based artist Steve Martin works out of his studio in the countryside of the island and teaches a wheel-throwing class at the Hawaii Potters' Guild. Martin's background with craftwork and ceramics provides him the foundation to create his beautifully abstract yet fully functional sculptures. The carefully orchestrated abstract imagery atop functional pottery exhibit a variety of possible shapes and forms.

Korean Doll Show
Summer 2013

Koa Gallery presents Mi Soon Moon Korean Paper Doll Invited Exhibition

August 5th - 9th, 2013

This brief exhibit features artwork from two visiting Korean Artists, Mi Soon Moon and In Ki Kim, as well as five local artists, Jin Ja Kim, Kay Chin, Hosuk Yi, Christy Fujii and Tae Ja Choi.

This show is sponsored by Tae Ja Choi and will run with our summer hours which are M-F 10-3. Please don't hesitate to ask any questions.

Korean Doll Show
Spring 2013

Koa Gallery presents Tribal Art of Southeast Asia

Indonesia,Thailand, the Philippines, Viet Nam and Cambodia

May 29th - July 19th, 2013

The Koa Art Gallery is proud to present an exclusive collection of indigenous artwork from the collection of Caroline Yacoe. This premier collection will primarily feature work native to indigenous tribes of Southeast Asia, focusing primarily on the regions of Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, and the Philippines. The exhibition will include sculpture, 2D works, as well as video pieces to aid in the understanding of the region’s rich culture and history. In addition to the Yacoe collection, there will also be selected works from the collection of Phuong Tran. Tran is a local antiques dealer with years of experience in indigenous arts, jewelry, and crafts.

This exhibition will be an invaluable resource to the Kapi’olani Community College student body as well as the community at large. The Koa Art Gallery will host an opening reception for this exhibition on Wednesday, May 29th 2013 from 4:30-7:00pm in the main gallery.

Tribal Art of Southeast Asia
Spring 2013

Koa Gallery presents The Annual Student Art Show

Multi Media Art Works by Kapiolani Community College Students

April 24th - May 6th 2013

The Student Art Show is one of the Koa Art Gallery’s most anticipated shows. Taking place annually, the Student Art Show features over 100 works of student-made artwork. This exhibition in particular stands as a plenary survey of work in a multitude of mixed media, all created by students at Kapi’olani Community College. The resulting projects stand as a dazzling example of the immense talent from both students and faculty at the college. Some of the departments being represented include drawing, 3D composition, ceramics, painting, design, photography, and jewelry making.

Russell Sunabe and Kazu Kauinana
Spring 2013

Koa Gallery presents Where Dreams Unfold

Glass Work by University of Hawaii Students

April 3 - April 17, 2013

Where Dreams Unfold showcases new glasswork from the University of Hawaii's Glass Program. The primary creative approach to glass exhibited here is as a sculptural and expressive material in the hands of individuals striving to learn, and develop a unique artistic voice. Glass is a challenging, yet rewarding sculptural material. It is one of the few materials that that can be worked in a semi-molten condition, one that requires extensive, elaborate equipment, and an organized coalition of individuals to not only create the work but maintain and operate the facility even before the glass making begins. Perhaps no other material presents such a chasm between desire and attainment. Yet, for the artist who chooses to work with glass, the risks are worth the hours of effort because the visual effects can indeed be so extraordinary.

Each of the individual artists in this exhibition have one thing in common: each is smitten by and deeply engaged in glass. Each was given a “glimpse” and has latched onto something they find extraordinary about glass; perhaps the transparency, or its prismatic gem like qualities, or its frozen liquid-like possibilities. Ultimately each was inspired to extend their reach and to grow. Each are willing subjects, motivated if not seduced by the beauty of glass and its processes. Unfortunately, glasses greatest attribute its prettiness can also be its most formidable stigma. When a material is innately so attractive by itself what is left for the artist to do? This is the challenge that binds each of these artists together.

Glass though can be the chameleon of materials and is able to look like practically any other material, but in the end it always asserts its identity. The effects can be fascinating, if not awe inspiring. For artists who use glass though, it is not what they take away from the material but what they bring to it that determines the success of a particular work. I am proud to say that each artist here, has in their own unique way, made a clear statement in glass.

We'd like to extend an invitation to all of you to visit the glass studio on the Manoa campus. Please feel free to visit any time and see the fires that burn perpetually.

Russell Sunabe and Kazu Kauinana
Spring 2013

Koa Gallery Presents Ka-Ning Fong | Shigeru Miyamoto

Cultural Landscapes

February 14 - March 15 2013

Cultural Landscapes presents a cross section of Hawaii’s unique melting pot of cultural diversity from every end of the spectrum. Exhibiting artists Shigeru Miyamoto and Ka-Ning Fong have both spent a significant portion of their working careers as artists in the islands, each offering in-depth and very personal perspectives while retaining their own voices.

Shigeru Miyamoto is the head of Leeward Community College’s ceramics department and periodically gives workshops on wheel throwing, pit firing, and ceramic sculpture for schools and community art centers across the island. Ka-Ning Fong is best known for interpreting the night scenes in Oahu and Paris. He teaches part-time at UH Manoa.

Russell Sunabe and Kazu Kauinana
Spring 2013

Koa Gallery Presents Russell Sunabe and Kazu Kauinana

Recent Works by Russell Sunabe and Kazu Kauinana

January 10 - February 7, 2013

Both artists created works that reflect a culturally unique view society and self. Artist, painter and art educator, Russell Sunabe credits his images to his personal experiences. Born and raised into Hawai'i’s local culture has helped shape his unique perspective when universal issues are addressed. “My painting practice is descended from the twists and turns of the evolution of Western Art as I seek to capture the sensations of our current social-political situation, albeit from an existentialist perspective,” says Sunabe.Sunabe quotes the painter 20th Century German Expressionist, Max Beckman, “What I want to show in my work is the idea which hides itself behind so-called reality. I am seeking for the bridge, which leads from the visible to the invisible, like the famous cabalist who once said: ‘If you wish to get hold of the invisible, you must penetrate as deeply as possible into the visible.’ ”

Sculptor Kazu Kauinana has focused on those obsessions and occupations that inspire and motivate his audience. He has chosen to use totemic idols as a means to share these ideas. “Idols come and go,” said Kauinana. “Old idols are burned as was done in Hawai'i and other cultures, and replaced by new images of beliefs. Contemporary idols are the tangible and intangible desires that drive us through our daily lives. This series of sculptures can be taken lightly or seriously depending on what you IDOLIZE and believe in.”

Russell Sunabe and Kazu Kauinana
Fall 2012

Koa Gallery presents MMMXV

Mixed Media Miniature Show, the 15th Edition

November 15 - December 14, 2012

The Koa Art Gallery’s annual Mixed Media Miniature Show returns this year for its 15th installment. Every year, the Mixed Media Miniature Show displays artwork by hundreds of Honolulu’s artists, from big names to emerging talent. This show has become a favorite among Honolulu collectors as a venue to find everything from a unique gift idea to that perfect piece for their collection.

This year’s installment will be no different; we have a dazzling lineup of work in every medium from 2D (painting, prints, photography) to 3D (sculpture, jewelry).

Mixed Media Miniature show 15th edition

Koa Gallery presents Tomono/Yamanoha

Recent works by Lonny Tomono and Glenn Yamanoha

September 28 - November 2, 2012

The latest exhibition at The Koa Art Gallery takes us on a journey of sculpture and 2-dimensional work. Created by artists Lonny Tomono and Glenn Yamanoha, the exhibition is a stunning display of both technical artistry as well as conceptual mastery.

Yamanoha is originally from Oahu, but now resides on the Big Island. Showing with Yamanoha is his friend Lonny Tomono, lifelong resident of the Big Island. Tomono has been an active artist working out of the Big Island, with the exception of the five years he spent studying traditional Japanese wood joinery in his not so distant past. Like Tomono, Yamanoha also did a traditional apprenticeship on native soil earlier in his career. This common bond runs deeply throughout both artists' ouvre. In the vast majority of cases art goers are not permitted to touch works of art for conservation reason, but in this show viewers are encouraged to interact with the pieces. Viewers are invited to come and sit on Tomono's precisely joined bench and sculptural chair.

Tomono sculpture superimposed over Yamanoha painting
Tomono/Yamanoha
Spring 2012

Koa Gallery presents 2012 Student Show

Kapiolani Community College Students

April 18 - May 4, 2012

Every year, the Koa Art Gallery hosts a Student Art Show. The Student Art Show is a wonderful survey of artworks created by Kapi'olani Community College's own students in the Arts and New Media Arts programs. Students create work in a wide array of media, from painting and drawing, to 3D sculptures and digital animation. Classes that produce artwork for this exhibition include: Introduction to 3D Composition, Introduction to Painting, Introduction to Drawing, and Introduction to Watercolors.

The Student Show serves as a mere sampling of the capabilities of KCC's talented staff and students in the New Media Arts programs. The show is estimated to boast over 200 works of student-created art.

Nicky Kwon Presents: Unrealistic World

Nanda, Da Yeon Lee, Dong Wook Ahn, Lee Nam Lee, Jun Young Son, & Sung Kuen Jun

January 11 - February 11, 2012

The Koa Art Gallery is pleased to present “Unrealistic World,” an exhibition of digital artwork by six artists from Korea. The exhibition is traveling around the world internationally under the artistic direction of the show’s organizer, Jeong Yoon (Nicky) Kwon. The artists in the show are Nanda, Da Yeon Lee, Dong Wook Ahn, Lee Nam Lee, Jun Young Son, and Sung Keun Jun. The show is comprised of works created using new media, primarily photography and video. The works in the show embody a stunning sense of modernist aesthetic and surrealism, asking viewers to question whether mediums like photography and video, which are primarily used to record reality, actually represent it in an accurate sense. The digital altering of the works (especially those that are photographic) in the exhibit also show that the artists are experimenting with emerging media, pushing boundaries and elevating their definitions to a new level.

These six unique voices from Korea will come together in a single show for the first time in the U.S at the Koa Art Gallery from January 11- February 11, 2012. The gallery will be hosting an opening reception on January 11th from 6-8:30pm.

Nanda
2011
Fall 2011

Mixed Media Miniature XIV

November 17 - December 16, 2011

The Koa Art Gallery is proud to present its annual Mixed Media Miniature Show. In its 14th year, this annual event brings together over 150 participating artists. The participating artists range from emerging to mid-career and work in an array of different media. This exhibition is a perfect stop for collectors, art enthusiasts, and those looking for a unique gift experience for the holidays. With pieces ranging in price from $50 – $1,000+, the Mixed Media Miniature show is the perfect venue for individuals looking to get into collecting for the first time. Despite being the go-to show of the year for Honolulu collectors, the Mixed Media Miniature show is much more than just a commodity. Each artist brings to the table a unique voice and vision, making this show a hodgepodge of artistic insight and surprises.

Mary Mitsuda
Brush-2
2011

Drawings

Yoko Radke

October 6th - November 10th, 2011

The Koa Gallery at Kap'iolani Community College (KCC) is proud to present “Drawings,” an upcoming solo exhibition of artist Yoko Radke’s work. This exhibition is a dazzling display of figure drawings on paper. Radke works primarily in the mediums of drawing and painting. Her works are in response to observing the varied faces and figures of the people of Hawaii.

Born in Kyushu, Japan, Radke was brought up in Manchuria. She moved to Honolulu, Hawaii with her husband, Mark Radke who worked with the Detroit Arsenal in WWII. He was assigned to come to Honolulu in 1977. Thereafter the couple decided to settle down here.

Radke studied fine art and drawing with Professor Kenneth Bushnell at the University of Hawaii and the late Joseph Feher at the Honolulu Academy of Arts. The majority of the work in “Drawings” were created during the University of Hawaii at Manoa Sunday Drawings Group classes which she leads.

Untitled
Pastel
2011

Paintings

Timothy P. Ojile

August 25th - September 30th, 2011

The Koa Gallery at Kap'iolani Community College (KCC) is proud to present, Paintings, a solo exhibition by artist Timothy P. Ojile.

Ojile lives and works in Honolulu, Hawaii. Originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, Ojile obtained a BA in Eastern Art History from the University of Minnesota. He has exhibited extensively both locally, internationally and abroad. His work has been exhibited in New York, Tokyo, Montreal, Paris, Houston, Los Angeles, Brighton (UK) and Washington D.C. among many other places. His work has been collected in numerous public and private collections including the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (De Young and Legion of Honor), Continental Airlines and Hawaii’s own Honolulu Academy of Arts, The Contemporary Museum and The State Foundation on Culture and The Arts. Reviews of his works have appeared in prestigious, international publications such as Art in America.

Ojile is also a professor of art at the Linekona Academy Art Center at the Honolulu Academy of Arts. His courses entitled, Intuitive Painting and Beyond Boundaries serve as an accurate description of how he functions as an artist. Taking a departure from his earlier aesthetic styles, Ojile explores a more expressionistic, emotive and abstract voice in “Paintings.”

Naiad
Acrylic, 53" x 80"
2011
Summer 2011

Anchored By A Precious Past

Lei-Sanne Doo

July 14th - August 4th, 2011

The Koa Gallery at Kap'iolani Community College (KCC) is proud to present, “Anchored By A Precious Past,” a solo exhibition of artist Lei-Sanne Doo’s work.

Doo’s work carries a deeply personal and diaristic tone while simultaneously embodying a broad relational aspect. She grew up in Hawaii on the island of O’ahu but now lives on the East Coast in Boston, Massachusetts. Through a culmination of experiences, her perpetual returns to the islands carry what she calls a new “paradigm distortion,” influenced by a separation of time, distance, and nostalgia.

Hawaii is an “olla podrida” of beautiful culture and diversity. In many ways the idea and place of [Hawaii] both stand as a microcosm for the cosmopolitan ideals of the nation we live in. The exhibition will be comprised of mixed media works- a combination of photo transfer with acrylic and oil paints on various surfaces such as linen, wood and bamboo. The photos transferred are actual images from Doo’s past and heritage; family photos maintained by the artist’s brother over the years. They serve as a reminder of all of our diverse pasts that ultimately shape the culture of the place we all call home.

Flossie Hula
12"x9" Mixed Media
2011

BoroqueCoco: A Contemporary view of Decorative Ceramics

Gail Kendall

June 1st - July 8th, 2011

The Koa Gallery at Kap'iolani Community College (KCC) is proud to present a solo show of artist Gail Kendall's work, Baroquecoco. The show's title is a clever combination of the words "Baroque" and "Rococo, " both of which are viewed as artistic movements in themselves. The histories and etymologies of these words are present in Kendall's work, weaving intricate stories.

As the exhibition's title suggests, Baroquecoco is an exhibition embodying a contemporary view of decorative ceramics. The show is essentially a collection of palimpsests; functional works of ceramic pottery, yet embodying the decorative and conceptual aspects of high art. Kendall's work effectively transcends the space between fine arts and decorative arts (craft), and issues such as the art vs. functional art.

Kendall hails from Michigan and was raised in a small lumber town of Sturgeon Bay near the Upper Peninsula. Her influences, however reflect a cosmopolitan diversity often drawing from European and Middle Eastern pottery traditions from the 13th through 18th centuries. Kendall is fascinated with exploring the juxtaposition of beauty inherent in what she calls both "peasant" and "palace" potteries. She works primarily with red earthenware (also known as terra-cotta.)

Square Plate
10"x10" Ceramic
2011
Spring 2011

Student Art Show

Students of KCC

April 21st - May 5th, 2011

The Koa Gallery at Kap'iolani Community College (KCC) is proud to present a solo show of artist Gail Kendall's work, Baroquecoco. The show's title is a clever combination of the words "Baroque" and "Rococo, " both of which are viewed as artistic movements in themselves. The histories and etymologies of these words are present in Kendall's work, weaving intricate stories.

As the exhibition's title suggests, Baroquecoco is an exhibition embodying a contemporary view of decorative ceramics. The show is essentially a collection of palimpsests; functional works of ceramic pottery, yet embodying the decorative and conceptual aspects of high art. Kendall's work effectively transcends the space between fine arts and decorative arts (craft), and issues such as the art vs. functional art.

Kendall hails from Michigan and was raised in a small lumber town of Sturgeon Bay near the Upper Peninsula. Her influences, however reflect a cosmopolitan diversity often drawing from European and Middle Eastern pottery traditions from the 13th through 18th centuries. Kendall is fascinated with exploring the juxtaposition of beauty inherent in what she calls both "peasant" and "palace" potteries. She works primarily with red earthenware (also known as terra-cotta.)

Alex Angel
Heaven
Mix Media Pen Work, 2011

New Alchemy, Zen & Art

Victor Kobayashi

March 17th - April 14th, 2011

The Koa Art Gallery at KCC presents the 2011 “KOA Award Show” featuring Victor Kobayashi, an esteemed artist and educator of the Islands. Victor began his artistic career as a ceramicist integrating forms of Eastern and Western cultures. His prize-winning art incorporates playful and unexpected transition of various patterns and design on the surface of his work. Today the artist finds expression in the art of mosaic panels and in mixed media collage.

Kobayashi began to experiment with his mosaic tessera inspired by his master hillside garden in St. Louis Heights. His garden offers an insight into Victor’s motivation of finding beauty in nature and translating it into artistic expression no matter what the medium.

Kobayashi is a thoughtful and well-educated scholar, educator and a long time practicing artist. Having graduated with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from UH, he then moved on to the University of Michigan where he received his PhD in Philosophy of Education. He has also traveled to Japan to learn more about his Japanese heritage and family.

Glazed/Unglazed Un-Named Pot
Stoneware
1985

3rd Exhibition: Aspiration for Unification

The Korean Show

February 15th - March 12th, 2011

The Koa Art Gallery at KCC presents the 2011 “KOA Award Show” featuring Victor Kobayashi, an esteemed artist and educator of the Islands. Victor began his artistic career as a ceramicist integrating forms of Eastern and Western cultures. His prize-winning art incorporates playful and unexpected transition of various patterns and design on the surface of his work. Today the artist finds expression in the art of mosaic panels and in mixed media collage.

Kobayashi began to experiment with his mosaic tessera inspired by his master hillside garden in St. Louis Heights. His garden offers an insight into Victor’s motivation of finding beauty in nature and translating it into artistic expression no matter what the medium.

Kobayashi is a thoughtful and well-educated scholar, educator and a long time practicing artist. Having graduated with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from UH, he then moved on to the University of Michigan where he received his PhD in Philosophy of Education. He has also traveled to Japan to learn more about his Japanese heritage and family.

Jin Ja Kim Woollard
We are a Village
Mixed Media, 2011

Origins

The Sketchbook Show

January 14th - February 10th, 2011

The Koa Art Gallery at Kapi‘olani Community College presents, “The Sketchbook Show.” More than forty of the leading artists in the state are participating. Come see how sketches are the key to understanding how visual ideas are born and how they are developed. Works from classical sketches to quick gestures are included.

Artists who are participating include the late Isami Doi, Joe Feher, John Kelly, John Young, and Tadashi Sato. Contemporary artists include Harry Tsuchidana, Fred Roster, Snowden Hodges, Russell Suanbe, Cade Roster, Dorothy Faison, John Koga, Kandi Everett, Alan Leitner, Hal Lum, Pegge Hopper, Violet Murakami, Chuck David, Debbie Young, Paul Levitt, George Woollard, Duane Preble, Darrell Orwig, and Sally French, to name but a few.

This show will be a delight for those who collect, students at any level who have a passion for drawing, or those who are interested in how to keep a sketchbook or drawing journal.

Fall 2010

XIV 2010

Mixed Media Miniature

November 18th - December 17th, 2010

The Koa Art Gallery at Kapi‘olani Community College presents the Mixed Media Miniature XIV art exhibition for 2010, the original inclusive small scale works show for the holidays. The show is more than an art collectors gift show, it has become a slice of contemporary art thought for Oahu and the state. Over 200 small scale works are on display. All media are represented, painting, drawing, watercolors, pastel works, jewelry, sculpture, mixed media, print making and ceramics are featured.

Caution? Righteous? Thirst

Calvin Collins, Mark Maresca, & Dieter Runge

October 15th - November 10th, 2010

The Koa Art Gallery at KCC presents a three-person art exhibition, “Caution ? Righteous ? Thirst,” an exhibition of emerging artists Calvin Collins, Mark Maresca, and Dieter Runge, all of whom recently graduated from the University of Hawaii Manoa with a Masters in Fine Art.

The work of each artist is represented in part of the title of the show: Collins’s work is Caution, Maresca’s work is Righteous, and Runge’s work is Thirst.

Collins’s large-scale portraits and figures present the viewer with the uncertain question of the security or jeopardy of each one of his studies, which creates a striking representation of “caution.” Imposing in pose and posture, the young female forms are evocative and quizzical at the same moment.

Maresca’s bold presentations of large-scale collage give us both delight and repulsion, particularly with an assemblage sculpture of the iconic Hawaiian surfboard penetrated by glass shards from a fractured mirror. The smallest of glass fragments, representing ocean water, are juxtaposed with threatening and jagged edged daggers of light and fear. Marseca’s collaged paintings use magazine and book images to make a kaleidoscope of dizzying layers of information and evoke the “righteous” in his artwork.

Runge presents “thirst” with a grouping of portraits of friends. They reflect our global brotherhood of young and old, masculine and feminine, and a cross-section of genders and cultures. Runge also worked in wood block sunburst prints representative of the artist’s practice of yoga and meditation.

Confluence

Jon Hamblin, Kit Cameron & Suzanne Kanatsiz

September 16th - October 9th, 2010

The Koa Gallery at Kapiolani Community College is excited to present a trio of artists in its latest gallery show, Confluence. Comprised of two- and three-dimensional works, Confluence joins together Jon Hamblin, Kit Cameron, and Suzanne Kanatsiz with their distinctly different styles and media.

Jon Hamblin is an art educator at the Mid-Pacific Institute in Honolulu. His paintings and drawings bring together words, human figures, and an array of colors to evoke his thoughts and experiences from a free-writing journal he keeps at his bedside. Jon’s artwork is lively and energetic, and his work infuses every space with color and light.

Kit Cameron has retired from her career as an art educator, but her passion for creating art has continued on. After drawing on black paper for many years, Kit has returned to drawing with colored pencils and pastels on white paper. She uses this medium to explore life, death, resurrection, and the sacred in everyday life with images of plants and landscapes. Kit divides her time between San Francisco and Honolulu.

Suzanne Kanatsiz specializes in sculpture in her work as a professor at Weber State University in Utah, but her artistry expands into two-dimensional work, as well. In the Koa Gallery, Suzanne will be creating an installation piece that incorporates both drawing and sculpture. As a visiting scholar to the United Arab Emirates and Turkey, Suzanne’s work as been featured around the globe.

2010

The Best of New Media Arts

August 26th - September 11th, 2010

The Koa Art Gallery announces the first show of the new Academic Year, The Best of New Media Arts. The show demonstrates the artwork of KCC students who are part of our established New Media Arts Program. Award winning animations, manipulated digital photography, award winning design and web design are all on display.

Summer 2010

Night Water: Recent Work

David Kuraoka

June 9th - July 9th, 2010

“Night Water”, the newest work from Kauai’s native son, David Kuraoka, is a series of impasto ceramic wall murals. When seen up close textures dominate the viewer’s eye, yet at a distance the illusion of flowing water prevails. Along with the Night Water murals the artist shows mixed wall tiles, his notable multi-patina bronzes, burnished mango forms and his elegant celadon bottles. Don’t miss these exciting three-dimensional as well as two-dimensional art works. The show is a treat for art novices and connoisseurs alike.

Spring 2010

The Student Show 2010

Students of KCC

April 22nd - May 8th, 2010

Turning

Ron Kent

March 17th - April 14th, 2010

The Koa Art Gallery at Kapi‘olani Community College presents its newest show, Turning, the groundbreaking work of internationally renowned wood-turner Ron Kent.

Born in Chicago, Kent has been involved in the Hawai‘i art community since 1967. Trained as a mechanical engineer at the University of California Los Angeles, Kent drew upon his educational background to find his niche in the world of art. Applying his mechanical aptitude, in the 1970s he developed his signature technique of creating translucent bowls from Norfolk/Cook Pine turned on a lathe and carved with a hand-controlled chisel. Kent developed a technique of “turning” Norfolk Pine crafted with the intent of simultaneously being a nonfunctional bowl and an art object. The end result was a wooden bowl that held only air and was turned as thin as 3/32 of an inch thick. The Norfolk/Cook Pine bowls were the first of their kind, solidifying Kent as one of the pioneers of the process and the creation of nonfunctional bowls. His light-capturing artwork offers a unique presentation of artistic woodworking that now includes wood sculptures and fiber work.

Kent’s artwork is included in the permanent collections of the Musée de Louvre in Paris, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, det Danske Kunstindustrimuseet in Copenhagen, the Victoria and Albert Art Museum in London, and the Hawkes Bay Cultural Trust in New Zealand, among many others. Special presentations of Kent’s work have been given to Emperor Akihito of Japan, President William Jefferson Clinton, President Ronald Reagan, and President George H.W. Bush. His work has been included in the Official White House Collection of American Crafts, as well.

This exhibition is funded by the generous support of the John Young Foundation.

Recycling & Redefining the Everyday

Carol Sakihara & Loreen Matsushima

February 17th - March 12th, 2010

The Koa Art Gallery at Kapi‘olani Community College presents a new exhibition, “R & R – Recycling & Redefining the Everyday”; the work of Loreen Matsushima and Carol Sakihara.

Ms. Sakihara combines themes that are explored from her journal writing and is related to her physical and emotional daily life. The images that emerge become visually expressed in plant, figure, and animal forms.

Ms. Matsushima is reflective on human-kind’s impact on our earthly confinement and the emerging awareness that humanity is responsible for the stewardship of the planet. She works from easily discarded objects such as twist off bottle caps, from the ubiquitous water bottle in exploring how our lifestyles and behavior affects the global environment to a detrimental end result or how we have the ability to shape our future and effectively reverse adverse outcomes.

Faculty Biennial 2010

Teaching Artists

January 13th - February 11th, 2010

The Koa Art Gallery at Kapi‘olani Community College presents the first show of the new decade, the KCC Art Faculty Biennial 2010. Visual images from over twenty working and teaching artists are on display.

Works by painting instructors Carl Jennings, Russell Sunabe, Steven Niles and David Behlke include landscapes, political images and abstractions. Drawing instructor, Kloe Kang, presents an action drawing, a still life with geometric shapes, visually supporting “process oriented” work.

Works from those who teach three-dimensional techniques, Kaili Chun, Chuck Souza, Kauka deSilva, Kazuichi Kauinana; include classical ceramics, figurative sculpture and non-objective works.

Works from our two photography instructors, Shuzo Uemoto and Kapulani Landgraf, as well as work from out design instructors, Elizabeth Nakoa, Kimberly Chai, and Carol Sakihara, are included.

A variety of works, by KCC New Media Art instructors, Chris Gargiluo, Joseph Tremonti, Ailed Garcia, Sharon Sussman, David Goldberg, Emily Moody, Diana Jeon and Kirsten Rae Simonson, are surprisingly diverse. Works include animation, digital prints, mixed media and other photo-based works. The Koa Art Gallery brings cohesion to this diverse group of artists, with a show that will delight and surprise the viewer with each turn of the head.

Fall 2009

XIII

Mixed Media Miniature

November 19th - December 18th, 2009

The Koa Art Gallery's annual Mixed Media Miniature XII art exhibition for 2009 is the original inclusive small scale works show for the holidays. The show is more than an art collectors gift show, it has become a slice of contemporary art thought for Oahu and the state. All media are represented, painting, drawing, watercolors, pastel works, jewelry, sculpture, mixed media, printinmaking and ceramics are featured.

New Works

Yoko Haar & Erika Luecke

October 21st - November 13th, 2009

Kauai 5

Carol Bennett, Doug Britt, Sharon Britt, Karen Gally & Wayne Zebzda

September 23rd - October 16th, 2009

Visual Investigations

Carl Jennings, Carol Sakihara, David Behlke, Elizabeth Nakoa, Kauka de Silva, & Kloe Kang

August 26th - September 18th, 2009

Summer 2009

Seen & Unseen

Charles Bowen, Jean-Jeacques Dicker & Philippe L. Gross

May 27th - June 20th, 2009

Spring 2009

The Space In Between

Mark Kadota

March 18th - April 17th, 2009

Painting, Sculpture and Sound/Video Installation.

Sharing The Knowledge

Naughton, Chou, Lee, Sakamoto, Yamamoto, Young

February 18th - March 14th, 2009

An exhibition of art work by Noreen Naughton, Professor Emeritus, Kapi'olani Comuunity College, and 5 of her former students who have all completed their MFA degrees in the visual arts and are now professional artist.

Wunderlust: The Keepers Tale

Sally French

January 14th - February 14th, 2009

The Koa art Gallery at Kapi‘olani Community College presents the new work of Sally French. Ms French, a life-long resident of Kauai displays a new sequential digital photographic work, “Wunderlust: the Keepers Tale”, a tale of the mysterious comic egg and its keepers. The images test and touch our funny bones and hint at broader women’s issue’s issues concerning birth, rearing rage and finally, letting go. There are good guys and bad guys along the journey in this complex, many faceted portrait of Sally French, “now”.

2nd Exhibition : Aspiration For Unification

The Korean Show

January 4th - January 10th, 2009

Fall 2008

XI

Mixed Media Miniature

November 20th - December 20th, 2008

The Koa Art Gallery at KCC announces the 2008 Mixed Media Miniature Show XI, the original holiday art show and sale. MMM XI is more than a holiday art sale for collectors; this art exhibition represents an accurate cross section of contemporary art throughout the state of Hawai'i. Some of Hawaii's most notable artists are regular contributors to our show, with artist from all neighbor islands participating. Artists working in traditional media, painting, drawing, photography, ceramics and those working with experimental mixed media works along with those working in new media digital works are all included. The show is perfect for those looking for unique holiday treasures as well as those who have the collecting bug. Don't miss this once a year opportunity!

Local Motives

Russell Sunabe, Chuck Souza, Maile Yawata & Kazu Kauinana

September 17th - October 10th, 2008

What does it mean to be a local in Hawaii? This question and? other related topics is in focus in Koa Gallery’s new art exhibition called “Local Motives”. The participating artists are Russell Sunabe, Chuck Souza, Maile Yawata and Kazu Kauinana – all sons and daughters of Hawaii. In their art making they acknowledges the beauty of the A‘ina (the land),investigates the concept of ethnicity and the ever changing society of Hawaii.

Darkness

A Juried Photography Exhibition

September 17th - October 10th, 2008

The Koa Art Gallery at Kapiolani Community College presents a juried photography exhibition "DARKNESS".

2008

New Media Arts Show

August 27th - September 12th, 2008

Presenting the best artwork from the New Media Arts students at Kapi'olani Community College.

Summer 2008

A Sense of Place

Hawkins Biggins, Dana Forsberg, Carol Wong, Duane Preble, Darrell Orwig & Victor Giordano

July 17th - August 16th, 2008

“A Sense of Place”, a six person photographic exploration of Hawai‘i. Featured artists are Ms. Hawkins Biggins, Ms. Dana Forsberg, Ms. Carol Wong, Mr. Duane Preble, Mr. Darrell Orwig, and Mr. Victor Giordano.

Spring 2008

2008

The Student Show

April 23rd - May 9th, 2008

Presenting the best artwork from the students at Kapi'olani Community College.

Watermarks

John Wisnosky

March 26th - April 17th, 2008

Watercolors and other works of internationally recognized artist John Wisnosky.

Material Conversation

Barbara Okamoto & Debbie Young

February 21st – March 20th, 2008

The work of these two gifted artists forms a rich and unique expression of their approach to art.

Hawaii artists Young and Okamoto, believe that for many artists, materials are crucial participants in the conversations that result in the finished object. The artists say in their statement that the finished works of art,”on a good day, still whisper and echo the conversations that happened along the way.”

The artists invite you to come and participate in their material conversations.

Destiny?

David Behlke, Dennis Goodbee, Janet Jin, Karen Lee & Bud Spindt

January 16th – February 15th, 2008

The Koa Gallery at Kapi‘olani Community College presents “Destiny?” the work of David Behlke, Dennis Goodbee, Janet Jin, Karen Lee and Bud Spindt. This five-person show brings together diverse artists with a Dada chance-like opportunity. Visual commonalties are found in explorations of light, human forms, and mystery of figures and details lost in space.

Fall 2007

2007

Mixed Media Miniature Show

November 21st - December 15th, 2007

The Koa Art Gallery at KCC announces the 2007 Mixed Media Miniature Show X, the original holiday art show and sale. MMM X is more than a holiday art sale for collectors; this art exhibition represents an accurate cross section of contemporary art throughout the state of Hawai'i. Some of Hawaii's most notable artists are regular contributors to our show, with artist from all neighbor islands participating. Artists working in traditional media, painting, drawing, photography, ceramics and those working with experimental mixed media works along with those working in new media digital works are all included. The show is perfect for those looking for unique holiday treasures as well as those who have the collecting bug. Don't miss this once a year opportunity!

The True Enlightenment of White Walls

The Fine Art Faculty

September 26th - October 19th, 2007

Twenty-five members of the fine art faculty display work representative of the current art scene in Hawa'i.Presenting the works of David Behlke, Sean Browne, Adella Buss, Kim Chai, Kaili Chun, Kauka de Silva, Ailed Garcia, Norman Graffam, Jan Hathaway, Carl Jennings, Diana Jeon, Karen Jones, Kloe Kang, Solomon Kauinana, Kapulani Landgraf, Elizabeth Nakoa, Maya Portner, Chuck Souza, Russell Sunabe, Sharon Sussman, Joseph Tremonti, and Shuzo Uemoto. Don't miss this visually diverse and exciting show!

2007

Faculty Biennial Art Exhibit

August 29th - September 20th, 2007

Cora Yee, a graduate of both Punahou School and University of Hawai’i-Manoa has led a culture-enriched life as a result of being exposed to diversity in Hawaii, traveling through Europe for eight years this along with her recent marriage to her husband Roman, (originally from Nepal); is all integrated in her artwork. With her most recent images, Yee has abandoned her usual whimsical and decorative style to portray a much deeper, rich story of the Himalayan culture and religious beliefs. Yee’s inspiration derives from her admiration of the Himalayan people who base their lives around love and trust despite fear of political and socioeconomic turmoil in a developing country. Yee’s work demonstrates her intense passion through color and tones and a more introverted series of work has emerged, serious paintings, which engage the imagination of inner self. Don’t miss Yee’s first solo exhibition since the 70’s at the Koa Gallery at Kapiolani Community College, through October 19th.

Summer 2007

Aspiration for Unification

The Korea Show

May 14th - June 13th, 2007

Exhibition of the leading artists from the sister-city & exhibitions

Spring 2007

The Student Art Show 2007

Students of KCC

April 19th - May 3rd, 2007

Come and see the best of KCC’s beginning and intermediate art courses in drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, and photography. Also presented are the cutting edge digital art by students of the New Media Art program and thought provoking pieces by the Expanded Arts students, contemporary ideas explored. The show, designed by the team enrolled in the Art 260 Gallery Design Class displays their gifts as new gallery designers. The student art exhibit is sure to please those who want to see this end of the school year exhibit is a visual treat for the most discriminating eye.

Haar

Tom & Yoko Haar

Feb 7th - Mar 3rd, 2007

A gifted ceramicist, Yoko Haar, born and raised in Japan, has shown tremendous artistic growth in recent years. She is known for her use of natural objects and abstractions of nature in her work. Her new series brings focus to the texture of natural objects and a feeling of nature revealed at archeological digs as objects emerge from the earth. Subtle in color and form Yoko’s work reminds the viewer of music in the distance. Tom Haar is inspired with the abstractions found in nature. Currently, his influence by nature’s abstraction has led him to create works that challenge the senses to explore the natural world in it’s most intimate form. Haar says, “My interests lie in certain graphic elements such as the repeated life lines, as well as scratches and scrapes which show vestiges of the passage of time”. Don’t miss this timely and visually rewarding exhibit.

The Marsh Kings Daughter

Linda Kane, Faith Milnes, & Laura Smith

Jan 8th - Feb 3rd, 2007

The Koa Gallery announces the first show of the New Year, The Marsh Kings Daughter, a three-person show by Linda Kane, Faith Milnes, and Laura Smith. These three friends and accomplished artists were all enthused to unite using the theme of a folk tale turned short story written by the famous 19th century Danish author, Hans Christian Andersen.

The Marsh King's Daughter Story

Fall 2006

IX

Mixed Media Miniature Show

November 16th - December 16th, 2006

Starring Hawai‘i's favorite contemporary artists

Iterations

Deborah Nehmad

October 11 - November 9, 2006

Dark Machinima

Eddo Stern

September 13th - October 6th, 2006

An electronic media artist, Eddo Stern was born in Tel Aviv and grew up in Israel's southern Negev Desert. He received his MFA in Art and Integrated Media from the California Institute for the Arts. Stern is currently a visiting faculty member at both Cal Arts and the University of Southern California

Formerly a computer game programmer, Stern now powerfully comments on this technology and its vernacular in his work. His interests span new narrative and documentary modes and cross-cultural/cross-media representations in film, computer games and on the Internet.

2006

The Best of New Media Arts

August 23rd - September 9th, 2006

Summer 2006

Center Your Creativity

Instructors of the Center Your Creativity

July 5th - August 4th, 2006

Works from the Instructors of the Center Your Creativity summer classes

Spring 2006

Student Show : Cross Perspectives

Students of KCC

April 13th - May 3rd, 2006

The Koa Gallery and the KCC Gallery Design class present the 19th annual Student Art Show. The student show, entitled "Cross Perspectives", showcases artwork done by KCC students throughout the 2005/2006 academic year.

The show will highlight all of media taught at the KCC, such as painting, photography, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, installations, video, digital art, jewelry, design, and others.

Last years student show exhibited over 250 works, this year's show will be shown both the Koa Gallery and the KCC Library. Come out to see and support the future of Hawaii's art scene.

Read the promotional article about the student show in the Honolulu Advertiser.

Koa Award Winner : 2006

Dodie Warren

March 8th – April 7th, 2006

The Koa Gallery at Kapi‘olani Community College presents the thirteenth annual KOA Award to the artist, Ms. Dodie Warren. The KOA Award is a life-long achievement award in the visual arts presented to those individuals who have impacted the art scene in Hawaii during the course of their careers in visual arts. The KOA Award includes a solo exhibition at the Koa Gallery and other festivities.

Ms. Warren has spent many years teaching a multitude of print making techniques while mastering the complicated mezzotint technique. Mezzotint allows her to obtain rich dark passages of saturated ink in her prints. Working out of the Honolulu Printmakers studio at the Academy Art Center Ms. Warren has provided insightful and constructive printmaking classes to hundreds of artists interested in reverse image thinking that the discipline of printmaking demands.

Witnessing

Gail Harada, Keiko Hatano, Tsugumi Iwasaki-Higbee, Jessica Kim-Campuspos, Lori Ohtani & Noe Tanigawa

Feb. 8th - March 3rd, 2006

The six women in this exhibition bear witness to experiences with humor, frustration, anger, awe, and quiet contemplation.

The work does not offer grand insights or resolutions. Its intensions are modest -- to document the confusions, contradictions, and epiphanies of daily life, in ones home, outside one’s door, and beyond. Witnessing and struggling to witness.

Miracles and Malcontents

Rosalinda Kolb & Harinani Orme

Jan. 11th – Feb. 3rd, 2006

Fall 2005

A LIttle Somethin' Somethin'

Mixed Media Miniature

November 17th – December 15th, 2005

Invitational of small scale work showcases over 150 2d and 3d work.

Figuratively Speaking

Allen Stamper & Chuck Davis

October 19th – November 10th, 2005

Reflections & Growth

Linda Hutchinson & Margo Mitchell

September 21st - October 14th, 2005

Painting and ceramics.

“13” Thirteen

Artists from The Gallerys Past

August 24th – September 16th, 2005

Celebrating 13 years of Painting in the Koa Gallery. 17 artists who have had solo or two person shows at the Koa Gallery since 1992: Linda Fong, Kloe Kang, Jinja Kim, Paul Levitt, Alan Leitner, Brigitta Leitner, Mary Mitsuda, Lawrence Maruya, Hiroki Morinoue, Noreen Naughton, Timothy Ojile, Tom Okimoto, Amy Russell, Noe Tanigawa, Lori Uyehara, Helene Wilder, George Woolard.

Summer 2005

Portable Art Portable Peace

1st. Summer Session

July 4th – July 30th, 2005

Center your Creativity Exhibit

Metalmorphosis

Carole Bowen, Brenda May Ching, Nancy Montgomery, Phyllis Murakami-Siu, Frances Pickens, Carol Sakihara, Donna Shimazu & Cynthia Wiig

May 25th – June 29th, 2005

9 person group show of Jewelry and Sculpture

Spring 2005

2005

The Student Art Show

April 21st – May 11th, 2005

Student Show displays the best work of the past academic year

KOA Award 2005

Harry Tsuchidana

March 16th – April 16th, 2005

This lifetime achievement annual fine arts award is presented to a senior master artist.

Ceramics And Paintings

Paul Nash & Noreen Naughton

February 15th – March 11th, 2005

The husband and wife team display their new work.

All Things Large and Small

Mary Mitsuda & Lori Uyehara

January 12 – February 10th, 2005

Mary Mitsuda, paintings & Lori Uyehara, sculpture.

Fall 2004

VII

Mixed Media Miniature

November 17th – December 16th, 2004

Over one hundred invited artists show work in small scale, just right for holiday collectors.

2004

Art Faculty Biennial Exhibit

October 15th – November 12th, 2004

Contemporary work by the talented and diverse art instructors and faculty at KCC.

E Hawai’i E, Mau Ku‘u Aloha No: Hawaii Always My Love Indeed.

Lucille Cooper

September 15th – October 14th, 2004

The well-known ceramic & watercolor artist exhibits selected work from the last 25 years of her brilliant career.

2004

Student Art Show

August 23rd – September 9th, 2004

Some of the best projects from our New Media Arts Students: Animation, Computer Design, Website designs.

Summer 2004

Performance

Mark Kadota

June 2004

In conjunction with the Center Your Creativity Workshops.

Spring 2004

2004

Annual Student Show

May 2004

KOA Award Winner

Claude Horan

March 10th – April, 2004

2004

Tom Okimoto & Lawrence Maruya

February 10th – March 5th, 2004

A Retrospective

Dodie Warren

January 12th – February 5th, 2004

Fall 2003

VI

Mixed Media Miniature Exhibit

November 24th – December 19th, 2003

A fund-raiser for the Koa Gallery.

10 years of the KOA Award

Bumpei Akaji

October 27th – November 20th, 2003

KOA Awardees from the past ten years, and honoring KOA Award Bumpei Akaji.

2003

Korean Exchange Exhibit

September 17th - October 23rd, 2003

In conjunction with The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu Academy of Arts & UH Manoa.

9 x 7

Laura Smith and friends

August 20th –September 13th, 2003

Nine works by seven artists; Laura Smith and friends

Summer 2003

2003

Korean Art group exhibit

May 26th – June 2nd, 2003

1st summer session.

Spring 2003

2003

Annual Student Show

April 23th – May 9th, 2003

Kao Award

Reiko Brandon

March 19th – April 17th, 2003

Textile artist, Reiko Brandon display’s her new and innovative work.

2003

Community College Art

January 14th – February 14th, 2003

a look at some of the best work by the talented students in the Community College System. Partially funded a grant from the SFCA.

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