The theme of the exhibit is for artists to create the physical
or mental surroundings that make them unique. Among other things
that make this exhibit especially significant is that, along
with the Hawai‘i exhibition, it is simultaneously on
view at the Drents Museum in the Netherlands.
Louise Barr, a local printmaker for 20 years, co-coordinated
the exhibit with Toon Weger, who is overseeing the Drents showcase.
Barr met Weger in 1999 when both attended an international
conference on “Art in the 21st Century.”
Barr’s self-portrait titled, “Obsessed,” hangs
in the corner of the gallery and immediately catches the eye.
The brilliance of ruby-colored anthuriums, her favorite flowers,
surrounds her self-portrait and compliments it.
To create the woodcut print, Barr explained, “was a long
and complicated process involving many steps and layers.” She
also explained that printmakers “don’t work directly
with the canvas,” but often use materials such as Plexiglas
Fellow printmaker Donna Broder’s work is also on view.
Titled “The Glass House,” the print portrays a
nude woman crouching inside of a fishbowl, while nine goldfish
swim by outside, looking in.
Broder and Barr’s works are just some the prints, ranging
from simple to abstract, displayed at the art gallery, which
is on the ground floor of the campus academic center.
Barr is a member of the Honolulu Printmakers, which recently
celebrated its 75th anniversary. The organization was set up
in 1928 to encourage art in Hawai‘i and is the oldest
art organization on the islands.
The Place I Live In” is on exhibit through Nov. 21 on
HPU’s windward campus. Gallery hours are Monday through
Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free and open to the
public. For more information call 544-0287.
Come and visit “The Place I Live In.”