EVENT: Canvas, an Art Affair

Inspiration Design Center Hawaii Cavas

Canvas is a three-day art affair culminating with a day of workshops at the Inspiration Design Center.

  • Thursday, April 30 – Canvas opening reception (By invitation. Contact [email protected] for information)
  • Friday, May 1 – Exhibition is open to the public
  • Friday, May 1 – Benefit Dinner (fist seating 5:30pm). Reservations: 808-237-5429. A portion of the proceeds will benefit 808 Urban
  • Saturday, May 2 – Artist workshops and panel discussion from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Honolulu Design Center Cupola Events Room (2nd floor)

10:30am to 11:30am – Workshop 1: “Muted Narratives” by paper artist Julia Sorensen

Julia_Sorenson FLUX HawaiiThis workshop is about creating works of art that fill the gallery space with a simultaneously inviting and unsettling presence. The gallery becomes a stage where semitransparent materials engage in a theatrical manner.

Sorensen is a graduate student in visual arts from the University of San Diego. She has been in the islands for a year now.  She will be continuing her career in art at the San Francisco Art Institute this fall.  

Noon to 1 p.m. – Panel discussion with all artists

Facilitator: John “Prime” Hina, Founder/Mentor of 808 Urban, a Hawaiian nonprofit arts organization

Discussion Topic: Street art and its role in modern Hawai’i

1:30 to 2:30pm – Workshop 2: “More than just graffiti” by artists Beethoven Villarmino and Jesse Velasquez

JesseBeethoven_Kakaako HawaiiVillarmino and Velasquez will be creating artwork from common waste products for muralist; empty aerosol cans. They will be demonstrating up-cycling, the process of converting waste products into purposeful materials of higher quality, adding to the larger picture that I sustainability.

Both Beethoven and Villarmino have been working with 808 Urban for a number of years. They have executed many pieces of wall art on O’ahu, the neighbor islands, and abroad.

3 p.m. to 4 p.m. – Workshop 3: “Intro to Your Camera” led by photographer Andrew McHowell

Andrew MacDowell Photography FLUXMcHowell will teach basic settings and easy ways to remember them. He will also be providing useful and creative ways to bring photographs to life.

McHowell is a self-taught landscape-photographer. His passion for landscape photography developed during his travels around the world. He strives to document each locale in an inspiring way. An entrepreneur as well, he owns a gallery in Hawaii Kai and has published his first book, New Landscapes




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