Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Koa Gallery at Kapiolani Community College

Koa Gallery and art at Kapiolani Community College - The Koa Gallery on the campus of Kapiolani Community College is a quiet little space where you can enjoy artwork made by gifted local artists. This gallery would be a great place to stop at after visiting the Farmers Market on Saturday morning since it's a short five minute trek to the north part of the campus. The most recent exhibit, "Material Conversations", opened on February 21st and features Barbara Okamoto and Debbie Young (daughter of famous local artist John Young).

Debbie Young's acrylic paintings, such as the colorful "Tropica", are full of vibrancy and energy. Barbara Okamoto's "Scrabble Rocks" (made with monoprint and colored pencil) is playfully arranged with assymetrical balance and invites viewers to take a closer look at the "game". The outside of the gallery is also full of fantastic artwork. The black rocks that are spread out in the courtyard might make you do a double-take. Life-like body parts seem to emerge out of them!
Two examples shown here are "Stepping Stone" and "Geode". The series is entitled "A Body of Work" and is by Karen Lucas and Richard Miller. The artists ask you "Do stones have souls?" Take a close look and you can decide!
Hanging from the second floor railings are some functional sculptures made by the imaginative students of the Introduction to Sculpture class.
Made only out of toothpicks and glue from a hot glue gun, these sculptures need to protect a raw egg and let it land safely on the ground when dropped from the second floor!
Kapiolani Community College, 4303 Diamond Head Road, "Material Conversions" from February 21st to March 20th, 2008, Monday to Friday 10 am to 4 pm, Saturday 10 am to 2 pm, phone (808)734-9375

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