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Our “tradigital” work at Wailoa Center.

“Tradigital” work by Robbyn Peck: photographic giclee print, pencil sketch, hand-built frame.

We don’t just reproduce other artist’s work here at HFAC… sometimes we get to make some of our own! David Hubbard and I have a number of items in an exhibit showcasing “tradigital” art at Wailoa Center thru July 27, 2017.

“Tradigital” is a term coined to describe art and artists that combine traditional and digital methods and media. Hubbard and I hope you’ll take a moment to check out the show. The diversity of the 15 participating artists makes for an interesting, varied exhibit.

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HFAC is relocating!

Howdy art fans… please help get the word out: We are moving Hilo Fine Art Center back to our original location in Shipman Business Park! We’ve enjoyed our time in downtown Hilo but we’re adding screen printing to our line of services and want to keep everything in one location.
We’ll be making the move to 16-643 Kipimana Street (Keaau) the week of October 10 thru 14.  Stop by and see us sometime!

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David Hubbard on “Tradigital” Painting…

“Tradigital” is a blending of the words “traditional” and “digital”. The process of creating digital art is likewise a mixture of old and new. An artwork is considered tradigital if a significant step in the process of creating the artwork was performed using digital technology.

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Artists can experiment with infinite variations using uncoated giclée prints of the original as a starting point.

In the example seen here, the central painting is a traditional oil on canvas. the tradigital paintings on either side are significant reworks from the original painting, executed in oil over uncoated giclée canvas prints. These are original paintings in their own right and depart from the original painting far more than would enhanced giclée prints.

Digital/giclée prints are an important new tool in the artist’s creative kit, and can provide a painter with fresh options to choose from, choices which simply cannot be made within a single painting.

Tradigital painting allows artists to follow the advice of the great sage Yogi Berra, who once said, “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”

It’s a whole new world…

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We love our new scanner!

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The CRUSE Scanner’s unique light distribution system ensures the faithful reproduction of even the finest surface textures.

Yes folks, we’ve gone big time… and we’re loving it.

We’ve always thought we had a pretty good thing going here. The acquisition of a truly world-class CRUSE scanner is just icing on the cake.

Just how great are CRUSE scanners? The quality and detail of the digital files they produce make them the scanner of choice of organizations such as the Getty Foundation, The Pentagon, the Vatican and NASA, to name a few.

Weren’t we doing pretty well with what we already had?

As a matter of fact, running some tests confirmed the quality of our previous digital captures. However, they required a lot of tear-down and set-up, we couldn’t shoot through glass and we were limited when it came to the depth of texture we were able to reproduce. Well, not any more!

Come in, check it out. We think you’ll love our new scanner too!

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Something different for First Friday…

Hilo Fine Art Center is proud to announce that this month we’re doing something a little different for First Friday. 
 
We’re doing nothing.
More specifically, we are closing at 6 o’clock to go see Arthur Johnsen’s important exhibit at the EHCC/HMOCA. Arthur is one of Hawai’i’s major talents and is holding a retrospective in the Central Gallery there. It will be a beautiful room.
There is a small bit of controversy surrounding the show. Some will argue that Arthur is not nearly old enough, and certainly not dead enough, for a retrospective – but none will argue that he lacks the chops.

We will also be attending the Big Island Plein Air show at Wailoa Arts & Cultural Center. Forty artists from all around Hawaii Island will be exhibiting recent work. We look forward to viewing at least 600 pounds of landscapes there! (Mahalos to Leslie Sears for the cat herding.)

It’s a great month for Art in Hilo, and a good time to play a little hooky.
See you at the openings!

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Gosh darn that Bob…

Bob Douglas Lights
“Lights” acrylic on canvas by Bob Douglas, 2013

A shout out today to Bob Douglas. Kudos and mahalo for going above and beyond the call as an artist.

Long story short – on the last day of Bob’s recent show with Trudee Siemann at HFAC, a man visiting from Texas showed interest in one of Bob’s large paintings. As is too often the case, the man was hoping for a significant discount from the listed price. To help facilitate the sale, we agreed to forgo the gallery commission if the man would deal with Bob directly. (Honestly, the painting was seven feet square and was to be shipped to Texas; we were content to miss out on THAT fun.) Bob negotiated the sale, crated the piece, and sent it along. Good job!

Here the story gets special. Afterwards, he came in to give us some money as a token of appreciation. We tried to refuse but he was too persistent. He out-gracioused us. We are in training to see that it doesn’t happen again.

Too many artists see galleries as enemies. They see the gallery as living off the artists’ genius and struggle, contributing little and getting much. Better to see the gallery as your co-collaborator, a partner who will handle the messy and distasteful Selling Art Thing and free you to do the fun and exciting Create Masterpieces Thing. When bringing in work to exhibit, let the gallery know the price you want for the work. Let them mark it up – whatever the number. Then, go home and make more art.

As an alternative, try selling your work door-to-door. Let us know how that works for you!

Again, kudos and mahalo to Bob Douglas!

PS- Whether selling through galleries or by yourself, always ask for a price that would make you happy. To sell a piece and be angry about it just doesn’t make sense…

Thanks for your time,

David L. Hubbard

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Peace of Kauai Shell and Sea Glass Jewelry Now at HFAC!

PeaceOfKauiPeace of Kauai’s gorgeous shell, Tahitian pearl and sea glass jewelry will be offered at special introductory prices during our First Friday event July 5th!

Each piece is beautifully designed and hand crafted by Colleen Daly using precious metals so they’ll look great for years to come. These make wonderful gifts for yourself or someone you love.

Join the fun July 5th from 6:00-8:30pm. Enjoy live music and sale prices on select items.

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Giclee sales to benefit Hawaiian crow!

`Alala & Lehua by Dennis Leatherman

Limited edition giclees of illustrator Dennis Leatherman’s beautifully rendered `Alala & Lehua are now on sale with 25% of proceeds going to the ‘Alala Project. Currently the ‘alala, or Hawaiian crow, is extinct in the wild and efforts are being made to breed the birds in captivity with the hope of re-establishing them in the wild some day.

Only 50 of the 24″x8″ prints are available and are currently on sale for $100 each. The original painting can be seen as part of the Hawaii Nei exhibit now on display at Waliloa Art and Cultural Center.

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