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Exciting exhibitions: An Academy Calendar
by Vanessa Katz, A&E editor

The Honolulu Academy of Arts celebrates 75 years of fine art this year, and in celebration, during the whole anniversary year, the museum is free to the public on the first Sunday and first Wednesday of every month.

The Sacred Treasures of Mount Koya
This exhibition of the Art of Japanese Shingon Buddhism opens on Sept. 1 and continues through Nov. 10. For the first time outside of Japan, this special Honolulu-only debut will feature cultural treasures from Mount Koya. The exhibition consists of 91 examples of paintings, sculptures, textiles, and printed works dating from the Heian period to the Showa period demonstrating the rich aesthetic and cultural legacy of Japan’s Shingon Buddhist tradition. More than 2000 visitors from Japan will be traveling to

Detail of a Mount Koya screen
Academy of Arts photo

Hawai‘i to participate in special tours to see this landmark debut in America.

The Founder’s Eye
This popular art exhibit which features textile gifts from Academy founder Anna Rice Cooke, will be displayed until Oct. 6. The exhibit is located in the Textile Gallery on the Asian Wing.
Representing the cultures of Japan, China, Central Asia, Europe, Hawai‘i, and North America, are more than 20 textile masterpieces. Cooke’s textile arts, which were collected in the early days of the Academy, are the foundation for its permanent textile collection that has grown to more than 5,000 pieces from over 60 countries.

Reclusion or Inclusion?
This exhibit of Chinese paintings, on display until Sept. 1 in Gallery 16, is the Academy exploration of Chinese paintings from the transition period, 1630-1682, when China was in a period of great social, political, and cultural turmoil. This period was roughly from the last years of the Ming dynasty through the early years of the Qing dynasty.

Barriers Therein Passages
This exhibit of recent work by Yida Wang ends on August 25. Born and raised in Shanghai, Wang moved to Hawai‘i in her late 20s to study at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa where she earned an MFA degree in 1994. A lecturer in art at UHM since 1995, she teaches classes in drawing and painting. Her rich charcoal drawings, graphite drawings, and oil paintings are often distinguished by a mysteriously expressive and dream-like quality. Wang’s work has received various awards and honors. She has exhibited in regional and national exhibitions and in China.

Located at 900 South Beretania, the Honolulu Academy of Arts museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., with daily walk-through tours at 11 a.m., and Sunday 1 until 5 p.m., with a walk-through tour at 1:15 p.m.

General admission is $7 and special admission for seniors, students, and military is only $4. Admission for academy members and children under 12 is free. Also, admission is free to the Academy Shop, the Pavilion Café, and the Academy Art Center.

Academy art classes
for HPU credit

Basic Drawing
Drawing 1
Figure Drawing
Drawing II
Watercolor I & II: Exploring Creativity
Watercolor I & II
Watercolor: The Edge of Wetness
Capturing Magic: Layering Transparent Watercolor
Chinese Brush Painting
Intuitive Painting I
Intuitive Painting II
Painting I
Painting I & II
Painting: Color and Grids
Breakthrough Painting
Introduction to Color and Painting
Creative Clay
Ceramics: Basic Handbuilding
Ceramics: Handbuilding
Figurative Sculpture
Basic Jewelry
Jewelry with an Attitude: Metal, stone, and fire.
Beading with an Attitude
Jewelry Making-Open Studio
Introduction to Printmaking
Printmaking II
Monotype: The Painterly Print
Weaving I & II
The Art of Calligraphy 2
The Architecture and Design of Books



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