Exhibition: Nā Māla: Layered Landscapes of Kona Coffee Heritage


Title: Nā Māla: Layered Landscapes of Kona Coffee Heritage

Curator: Mina Elison

On-view: Saturday, October 24 - Saturday, December 12, 2020 during gallery hours Wednesday - Saturday from 10:00am - 4:00pm

Online Artist Exhibition Walkthrough: Thursday, November 5, 2020, 5:00-6:30pm

Panel Discussion: Thursday, November 12, 5:00-6:30pm

Description: The Donkey Mill Art Center is honored to present the exhibition Nā Māla: Layered Landscapes of Kona Coffee Heritage featuring works by local artists exploring the layered natural, cultural and agricultural landscapes of our precious home. From the generous and extensive māla, or gardens, of Kona’s mahiʻai (farmers), to the opportunities the ‘āina provided to Kona’s coffee families, artworks featured explore interconnected elements of nā māla which continue to create and sustain growth and abundance in Kona today. 

Nā Māla brings together works of art in a variety of materials--from paintings and drawing to multi-media installations and sculpture--created by artists exploring their personal relationships with the land and sea of Kona and how these experiences shape their lives. 

Participating Artists: Jake Boggs, Robert Corsair, Tara Cronin, Heide Cumes, Angaea Cuna, Akiko Cutlip, Michael Cutlip and Pier Fichefeux, Eric Edwards, Bailey A. Ferguson, Patsy Greenwell, Jesse Kekoa Kahoonei, Kanani Ka'ulukukui, Jr., Cris Lindborg, Kasey Lindley, Gerald Lucena, Kahaka'io Ravenscraft, Laurel Schultz, and Hana Yoshihata.  

Artists of diverse media were invited to create original works exploring the multi-faceted and layered elements that culminate in the abundance of Kona, within which is our celebrated Kona coffee. The “layered landscapes” of Kona are omnipresent and widely encountered. The natural environment unique to Kona is comprised of many factors such as our well-drained soils, weather cycles with typically dry winters and rainy summer months, and the calm, wind-protected slopes of Mauna Loa and Hualālai. The historic and contemporary cultural landscape consists of a layering of these cultures, is rooted in a foundation of values, traditions and spirituality of Kanaka ‘Ōiwi (Hawaiian people). Kona’s biodiversity within this evolving agricultural landscape has been an integral part of the Kona way of life. Through examination of these relationships, one can better understand the traditions and values which will support an ecologically, economically and culturally sustainable community. 

This exhibition is curated by the Donkey Mill’s Communication Director & Curator, Mina Elison, and will be on view at the Donkey Mill from Saturday, October 24 through Saturday, December 12. Visitors to the exhibition will be able to vote for the People’s Choice Award which will be awarded based on votes received by December 5, 2020. More information can be found at donkeymillartcenter.org.

The Donkey Mill Art Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, provides art education and experiences to people of all ages and abilities. This includes hands-on classes, exhibitions, and events of contemporary visual arts, crafts and culture. For more information, visit donkeymillartcenter.org or call (808) 322-3362.

Donkey Mill Art Center is open Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 78-6670 Mamalahoa Highway in Hōlualoa.

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