Keiki & Teen Art on Exhibit at Donkey Mill

July 13, 2017, 11:09 AM HST
* Updated September 8, 4:41 PM
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The Donkey Mill Art Center invites the community to join in celebrating the culmination of its five-week Summer Art Experience (SAE) program through the exhibition of keiki and teen art.

This exhibit will be open to the public for one week starting Saturday, July 15.


The exhibition highlights the artwork made by the students of SAE 2017 exploring the theme “Wahi Pana – Sense of Place.” Students examined their connection to place through history, legend, memory, geography, flora and fauna.


This guiding theme helped students to explore who they are and how they perceive their relationship to home, community and environment using art as a lens.

Students discussed and examined age-appropriate concepts that connected them to their local community and its relationship with the global environment through a variety of artistic mediums, including drawing, painting, papermaking, printmaking, clay and music.

“I felt very comfortable using the clay, it was definitely the best material to tell my story,” first-year teen student Meghean Sanchez said of her experience.


In addition to returning Donkey Mill instructors, notable teachers this year included Bay Area ceramicist Tomoko Nakazato, famed character designer Jin An Wong and Los Angeles painter Kelly Berg.

Students also worked with visiting Japanese Master paper maker Takizawa Tetsuya, and were introduced to paper making crafting handmade paper from native materials, including wauke (Hawaiian Mulberry) grown and harvested in the Donkey Mill garden.

Students leave SAE with an understanding of the power of imagination and creativity, and with a kinship to place and people that they can share from generation to generation.

“We believe that art is so much more than the expressive and precious objects that enrich our lives, but also a way of life in and of itself,” said Donkey Mill Art Center Youth Program Director Miho Morinoue. “We provide a program that enables our students to explore place and belonging through myriad art adventures.” With the help

With help from generous donors, SAE scholarships were available for serious young artists ages 6 to 18.

Donkey Mill Art Center is the home of Holualoa Foundation for Arts and Culture, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit art education organization. Its mission is to provide a stimulating environment that helps individuals discover, develop and expand their artistic abilities. For more information, go online or call (808) 322-3362.

Donkey Mill Art Center, Open Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

78-6670 Mamaloahoa Highway Holualoa, HI 96725
 (808) 322-3362

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