Why should you renew your membership or join FHiSAM (Friends of Hawaii State Art Museum) for $25 when HiSAM is a free museum? Well, you will be invited to this year’s Hawai‘i Master Artists Show’s opening SALE night event on Aug 22, for the first access to be the next keeper of a rare, historically relevant work of art! And as always, your membership qualifies you for a 10% discount at Pictures Plus and a $5 certificate to Artizen Cafe, and newsletters. (A $100 membership gets you free entry to the Honolulu Museum of Art and a 10% discount at the HiSAM Shop x MORI).
This year, Art Explorium is organizing the event with FHiSAM as a beneficiary! Art Explorium is a wonderful non-profit art studio for children focused on creativity and art education, with an emphasis on sustainability. The event will be at Luxury Row this year, at a much larger, beautiful space with easy access and complimentary valet parking at the edge of Waikiki. Luxury Row has continuously given to our art community over the years, be it for Modern Masters: local artists’ shows; HIFF, or the Biennial to show their support of arts in Hawaii and has been a recurrent donor to FHiSAM. The Modern Masters Art Show and Sale for Art Explorium is scheduled Aug 20-24. This show, like last year’s Master Artists Event for FHiSAM, will feature works by important past and current artists. Many pieces are being donated from generous private collectors in the spirit of perpetuating the importance of passing along historically important works within our community. Many of these works have been out of view since their acquisition decades ago, including works by Charlot (oil on canvas 1967, pictured above), Tennent, Hitchcock, Sexton and Sato. All Top Picks Artists are planned to be included. August 20-22 is their Preview Show open to the public for a $5 (optional) donation to Art Explorium, and August 22, 6 pm is the Sale event start, by invitation only. Further, Art Explorium plans to give 10% of their net proceeds from the sale as a donation to FHiSAM!
There will be a selection of works by living artists and smaller works on paper that will be available for purchase during the preview show. Prices will be very fair and reasonable (as they were for FHiSAM’s Master Artists Show), but priced to not devalue the art or artists, again with the generous help of Certified Fine Art Appraiser, Andres Harnisch.
Further and separate excitement PRIOR to the Modern Masters Show and Sale… Luxury Row will host an independent historical retrospective from July 24- Aug 15, Satoru Abe – 72 Years of Creativity. Clayton and Lynette Honbo’s Wheel No 2, similar to HiSAM Top Pick, Wheel No 5, will be featured at his retrospective. Abe’s sculpture, Webbed Tree, that was featured at MoMA and TIME Magazine in 1959 will also be on display. Mr. Abe is releasing some of his works from his personal collection to be sold, and part of the proceeds will be donated to FHiSAM.
Top Picks public voting continues through December 2019. Vote for your favorite among the 25 Top Picks, identified by our local art connoisseurs, and be entered in a monthly chance to win an original work from one of the 11 Top Picks living artists! So pass the word to vote at friendsofhisam.org/vote. and help increase awareness of our local artists and great museum, HiSAM!
Please advise if you or others are willing to volunteer for these events, or if you would like to donate relevant artwork that deserves a new life in a new home for a great cause.
Thank you again, Art Explorium and Luxury Row!
Mahalo and Aloha,
Joyce Okano, President
Diane Ito, Jay Suemori, Vice Presidents (FHiSAM)
Heather Williams, Executive Director (Art Explorium)