Kona Coffee Cultural Festival Exhibition & Juried Show


Exhibit: Kona Coffee Cultural Festival Exhibition & Juried Show   

On View: Saturday, October 28 - Friday, December 15, 2017

Gallery Hours:  Wednesday - Saturday from 10:00am - 6:30pm

Opening Reception & Awards: Saturday, November 11 from 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Jurors: Kate Jacobson & Kristin Mitsu Shiga

Awards: 1st, 2nd, 3rd & People’s Choice will be awarded in both Youth and Adult Categories

Entry Form can be found here.

Description: The Donkey Mill Art Center and the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival (KCCF) are proud to announce Kona Coffee Cultural Festival Exhibition & Juried Show 2017.  Since its inception in 1970 the Festival has sought to preserve, perpetuate and promote Kona’s nearly 200-year coffee heritage. The Festival features 10 days of festivities honoring pioneers, farmers, artisans & coffee! We invite amateur and professional artists of all ages to submit works of art celebrating KCCF’s 47th Anniversary illustrating the heritage of Kona Coffee through this year’s theme, A Sip of Aloha.

As part of the Juried exhibition, we are honored to feature photographers Akinori Imai and Eirik Johnson. Imai will share 12 black and white portraits of the Kona Coffee Living History Farm (also known as the Uchida Farm) that tells the story about how first generation Japanese coffee farmers lived and worked. The simplicity of the interior and the proximity to the great outdoors is humbling to view. Imai worked closely with photographer and educator Laurel Schultz to finalize the selected images. 

Join us for our opening Reception on Saturday, November 11 from 6 - 8PM. Meet and talk story with our local artists and enjoy light pupus served with Kona Brewing Company’s Pipeline Porter, made with 100% Kona coffee.  


  • Saturday, October 14 6pm - from 10am - Entry submission and delivery of artwork to Donkey Mill
  • Sunday, November 5 - Talk Story with Akinori Imai and Kona Historical Society
  • Saturday, November 11 - Artist Reception, Potluck Gathering and Awards
  • Saturday, December 16 - Pick up artwork

Jurors Bio

Kate Jacobson is a studio potter working in collaboration with her husband, Will, for nearly 40 years. She is widely recognized as an innovator of ceramic techniques and alternative firing methods. Her work has been exhibited internationally and is included in several print publications and art collections. She is a past Executive Director of the Donkey Mill Art Center and co-curated the 2016 exhibition Earth Elements: Gestures of Mutual Respect. In the coming year, she will be participating in Hawaii Artist Collaboration and teaching workshops in Italy, Japan and New Zealand.

"Our open-air studio is surrounded by coffee farms so I have deep respect for the hard work and seasonal rhythms of Kona coffee culture. I am honored to help jury this exhibition." - Kate Jacobson

Kristin Mitsu Shiga is an artist who has split her time between the studio, classroom and various leadership roles in the arts for more than 25 years. As a teacher, she has established thriving metals programs in New York and Oregon, and offers workshops at venues across the US, including Penland, Arrowmont and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. Her work has been exhibited worldwide, and can be found in the Artful Teapot collection and the Permanent Collection of the White House. Kristin served on the collections committee at Museum of Contemporary Craft for over a decade and has juried numerous events and exhibitions, including Craft in America, Art in the Pearl, the Junk to Funk fashion show and Portland Rose Festival’s Starlight Parade.