Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului will launch its next art show, Soaring Voices: Recent Ceramics by Women from Japan, with a gala Oct. 19 at Schaefer International Art Gallery in Maui Arts & Cultural Center Kahului.
Soaring Voices will wrap up its North American tour on the island and it will showcase over 80 works from museums and private collections. The curated exhibit opens a fascinating window into this ancient craft that had been shrouding its women artists for millennia in obscurity and isolation.
This is the last chance to view the exhibit before it returns to Japan.
“Blue White Floral” is part of the Soaring Voices exhibit.
Takashi Hatakeyama photo
Soaring Voices piece, “Moon Shadow.”
Takashi Hatakeyama photo
The Soaring Voices Gala will kick off at 6 p.m. on Oct 19, with a champagne reception and gallery pre-opening walk through with the curators and artists from Japan. A sit-down dinner will follow in Yokouchi Pavilion Courtyard with cuisine by Chef Sheldon Simeon of Old Lahaina Lu'au paired with island entertainment by Napua Makua, award-winning kumu hula.
The menu will feature poke, pohole fern salad, lomi lomi salmon, Hoaloha Farms yellow taro pounded into poi, fresh fish, huli huli chicken, lau lau, beef stew and desserts. This event will benefit the MACC programs. Its mission is to inspire people through personal and shared experiences of the arts. Seating is limited at $250 per person.
The exhibit is free and open to the public from Oct. 21 to Jan. 6, 2013 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays to Sundays as well as before the shows in Castle Theater in the MACC.
The 11-week exhibit includes a series of events, entertaining and educational, in addition to the gala.
For instance, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 21, the MACC Symposium will bring curators and artists from Japan to walk you through the exhibit.
They are Moderator Jay Jensen of the Honolulu Museum of Art; Hiroko Miura of the Museum of Contemporary Ceramic Art in Japan, Maya Nishi, the co curator of Soaring Voices; Joan B. Mirviss, leading expert on Japanese art; Anne Nishimura Morse of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston; and Halsey and Alice North, leading private art collectors. Admission is $30 per person.
Art lectures and demos will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Oct. 22 and 24 in collaboration with UH Maui College. Learn more about the techniques and materials of the visiting artists from Japan.
Take a break with lunch in the courtyard. Catering by Vasi will sell the meals with bottled water for $15 (also available on Sunday, Oct. 21 for the MACC Symposium).
After lunch, the event moves across the street to the UH-MC campus from 1 to 3 p.m. for studio demonstrations followed by a Q&A opportunity. Cost is $30 a person per day. Lectures on both days can be purchased for $50 per person. Wanna do it all? Cost is $350 for all events. Call the MACC?at 242-7469 or visit wwwmauiarts.org.