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Artist perspectives from two sides of life's timeline at Downtown Art Center

Artists Crissia Vaughn and Charles Valoroso
Courtesy Tracy Chan
Downtown Art Center
Artists Crissia Vaughn and Charles Valoroso

The exhibition “Illusion and Reality” at Honolulu’s Downtown Art Center showcases photorealistic oil paintings by two artists from two generations. Charles Valoroso is "the Boomer," a self-described art activist who recently returned home to Hawaiʻi after 50 years in arts education in California. Crissia Vaughn is "the Millennial" who grew up on Oʻahu and recently graduated with a fine arts degree from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.

So how did they find common ground through their art? The Conversation sat down with Valoroso and Vaughn to learn about their collaborative process.

The “Illusion and Reality” exhibition at Honolulu’s Downtown Art Center runs through Saturday, Aug. 27.

Full interview with Charles Valoroso and Crissia Vaughn

This interview aired on The Conversationon Aug. 24, 2022. The Conversation airs weekdays at 11 a.m. on HPR-1.

Russell Subiono is the executive producer of The Conversation and host of HPR's This Is Our Hawaiʻi podcast. Born in Honolulu and raised on Hawaiʻi Island, he’s spent the last decade working in local film, television and radio. Contact him at talkback@hawaiipublicradio.org.
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