Local artists on display at the Kauaʻi Society of Artists exhibition
Artist David Kuraoka led the groundbreaking ceramics department at San Francisco State University until 2008. He influenced a generation of artists and built an international reputation for monumental works in clay.
Born and raised on Kauaʻi, he has maintained an active studio in Haʻena. Recently, Kuraoka reviewed about 150 artworks from across Kauaʻi for the 36th annual Kauaʻi Society of Artists exhibition.
"Artists, they're by themselves, in the studio practicing, then once a year they can come out and have a venue. The Kauaʻi artists at least have a venue to show their work."
"I was really glad to see the wide range, because over the years I know the different people, or I know what they have done. Not that I knew them personally but I kind of watched their talent or I watched their work over the years. Many people really got better."
"One thing that really surprised me is Licia McDonald. Her ceramic work just jumps out at you. To make it look so simple, I know how complex it was, as a ceramic person. She definitely should get national recognition or at least get that exposure."
See all 70 works chosen for the 36th annual Kauaʻi Society of Artists exhibition daily noon to 6 p.m., Fridays noon to 7 p.m. at Kukui Grove Center in Lihuʻe. The show closes Oct. 29.
Watch a gallery walk-through with Juror David Kuraoka on YouTube or in the box below.