MACC Exhibit to Showcase Woodwork From ʻConcept to Creationʻ

January 1, 2020, 5:00 PM HST · Updated January 3, 9:45 AM

Roger Asay and RebeccaDavis Manzanita Sphere, manzanita sticks, 17 inches diameter. Photo courtesy: The Maui Arts & Cultural Center.

The Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Schaefer International Gallery will present The Woodworker’s Journey: Concept to Creation, from Jan. 7 to Feb. 23.

This invitational is developed in conjunction with the Center’s 25th anniversary celebration, and will feature a special group of 25 established artists from Hawai‘i and the US mainland, with distinguished careers in working with wood.

The exhibit is curated by Schaefer International Gallery Director, Neida Bangerter, who worked with
consultants Peter Naramore (Maui), Tai Lake (Hawai‘i Island), and Alan Wilkinson (O‘ahu). They are all
experts in the field of furniture making, and are also participating in the exhibit.

The following 25 artists are participating and represent the highest caliber of contemporary
woodworking artists across the US – Roger Asay & Rebecca Davis (AZ), Joel Bright (HI), Andy Buck
(NY), Robert Butts (HI), Miriam Carpenter (PA), Marcus Castaing (HI), Michael Cullen (CA), Shaun
Fleming (HI), Mats Fogelvik (HI), Hank Gilpin (RI), Katie Hudnall (IN), Yuri Kobayashi (ME), Tai Lake
(HI), Kristin LeVier (ID), Ted Lott (MI), Wendy Maruyama (CA), Peter Naramore (HI), Craig Nutt (TN),
Dean Pulver (NM), Paul Schurch (CA), Michael Patrick Smith (HI), Koji Tanaka (CA), Ricardo Vasquez
(HI), Alan Wilkinson (HI).


“Invited artists were asked to make one new piece for the exhibition. The work can be utilitarian or
conceptual in design, decorative, carved, turned, an assemblage that defies function, refined
conventional, or freeform fusion,” a press release from the MACC read.

“The primary material must be wood, however additions of other materials are acceptable. With the range of regions represented from the U.S. mainland, we expect to see use of unique woods, techniques, and approaches that differ from those of the woodworkers in Hawai‘i.”

As part of the exhibition’s theme of “Concept to Creation,” each participant has been asked to
document their approach/process and their work as it develops. This will show early ideas in the form
of drawings, or photographs that depict stages of making the piece and the artist’s creative approach
to educate visitors on ways woodworkers conceptualize, visualize, and fabricate their work.

The MACC will be hosting several public events for this exhibit. Details are subject to change and additional events will be added as we near the opening of the exhibition.

Related Events:

  • Jan 6, 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Alexa Higashi Meeting Room: Wood Shops and Projects – A panel of
    featuring Dean Plover, Tai Lake, Paul Schurch, Koji Tanaka and will discuss topics of interest about the
    process, tools and techniques of fine art of woodworking.
  • Feb.15, 10 am to Noon / Observe & Play Family Day-This popular program brings families together
    to experience our world-class gallery, view the exhibit, and engage in hands-on-art-making fun.


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