Just learned that I had two pieces accepted by this year’s juror, Allison Wong, Deputy Dir., Honolulu Academy of Arts, so I will be in this year’s exhibit, which starts on October 7th and runs to Nov. 2 at the Linekona Art Center, near the Academy of Arts but on Victoria Street, east of Thomas Square. The photo is one of the pieces, a Cook Pine shallow bowl, 18″ dia. by 5″ tall. The wall thickness is 3/16″ to 1/4″ and the stain was burned with a Priddle-style “wood vaporizer”.
Other photo is of tree one week before it was cut down.
The show has less than a week to run, and I was able to take some photos of the exhibit. There are over 130 pieces in this multi-media display, and unfortunately, I am only concentrating on the wood pieces, and, with the exception of my two favorite pieces at the end, of fellow Honolulu Woodturners club members.
Francisco Clemente was an invited artist in wood and had a featured placement at the entrance of the exhibit. Not sure of the black piece, but I believe all 5 pieces are Francisco’s. His graceful, soft carved forms and signature leg points are all a pleasure to look at.
This is the Cook Pine piece that I talked about earlier. One of Sharon Doughtie’s signature burned pine knotwork pieces is to the right. To the right of the fiber wall hanging is a pair of gourds that have been covered with intricate line work. To the far left is about 40% of the profile of a huge pine piece titled Big Kahuna, and it is.
These are my two personal favorites:
John Mydock of the Big Island received an Award of Excellence for this piece titled “Spiral Galaxy”. The detail on the burning is incredible! John is relatively new to turning, but as you can see, he is an accomplished artist. A year ago, when Jimmy Clewes participated in the 2nd Honolulu Symposium, he saw another piece that John had made, and Jimmy said that in all his travels, he has never seen anyone as accomplished as John is at pyrography.
This is a cherry burl piece by Derek Bencomo, titled “Come to me Dancing, Maui Style”. Derek is nationally known for his carved pieces, and this is the first piece that I have seen in person. I really admire the way he has worked out the three sets of hard edges that are basically parabolas –almost points at the three feet that sweep up to terminate in the six points at the rim. In this continuity of line I am reminded of I how Sam Maloof explained the hard edge in his rockers that start at the bent and laminated legs all the way up the arms and to the top of the back of the rocker. After seeing this piece, I want to see more!
My apologies to other woodturners who had excellent pieces in the show that were not covered here.