Call for Local Artists

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West Hawai‘i Community Health Center (WHCHC) in partnership with Donkey Mill Art Center (DMAC) issues a call for local artists to interpret and explore the theme of Art is Healing: ‘O Wai Au: Who I Am and submit works as part of its fourth annual “Art Is Healing” multi-media juried art exhibition.

“Art is Healing” was created four years ago by West Hawai‘i Community Health Center’s President & CEO Richard Taaffe and DMACs founder Hiroki Morinoue as a way to bring visual art into the healing process by building a permanent collection of art for the West Hawai‘i Community Health Center locations throughout West Hawai‘i.

“Begonias” by Shirley Pu Wills. Courtesy photo.

Interested artists may submit pieces from all disciplines in visual arts including wood, fiber, clay, metal, drawing, painting, prints and photography. Artists are limited to two submissions and each art piece must include a completed entry form with description and signed agreement.

Art is Healing: ‘O Wai Au: Who I Am will be juried by Kumu Hula Keala Ching and Mina Elison. Ching, a Hawaiian cultural educator, composer and spiritual advisor is also fluent in Hawaiian language, the foundation for his teachings. He is co-founder and Executive Director of Na Wai Iwi Ola Foundation. Elison is a guest curator for DMACs exhibit, Ka Wa Ma Hope: Navigating the Future with the Past. Elison has an M.A. in Museum Studies from New York University, has worked with the Japan Society in New York City, the Contemporary Museum in Honolulu and is the curator at Kona Historical Society.


Entry submission deadline is Friday, September 7, 2018, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. All artwork must be hand-delivered to the West Hawai‘i Community Health Center’s Kealakehe located at 74-5214 Keanalehu Dr.

A detailed entry information can be downloaded at www.westhawaiichc.org/calling-all-artists. For more information, contact Natasha Ala by email at [email protected] or calling (808) 331-6472.


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