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Winners Announced for National Arts Program® in
Mayor Hannemann said, “The artistic creativity of our City employees and their family members never fails to amaze me. For the fourth year, the courtyard of Honolulu Hale is adorned with an outstanding collection of original paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures, and crafts. I would like to thank the National Arts Program Foundation for partnering with the City and enabling us to bring out the artistic talents of our City ohana. Congratulations to the winners and mahalo to everyone who participated in our annual art exhibit.”
Chelsea Iwami’s painting, entitled “Fire,” was named the overall best-in-show.
Iwami's painting was selected from 83 works submitted by 56 City employees and family members. All entries were judged by professional arts practitioners from the City’s Commission on Culture and the Arts. Other winning entries in the exhibit’s various categories include:
3rd Place – E. Tory Laitila, Office of the Mayor, hat entitled “Helmet, 1st Continental Dragoon”
Honorable Mention – Carl “Jerry” Vasconcellos, Department of Parks and Recreation, sculpture “The Wind Blew Hard”
Honorable Mention – Chelsea Iwami, Honolulu Fire Department, painting “Flower”
Honorable Mention – Chrystal Wong, Honolulu Police Department, photograph “Hanabata Days”
Teen, 13-18 Years
Honorable Mention – Jennifer Au, Department of Transportation Services, painting “E Pluribus Unum”
Youth, 12 Years and Under
Honorable Mention – Lauren Baker, Honolulu City Council, drawing “Colorful Ant”
The artwork will be on display through July 28 at Honolulu Hale. Exhibit hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information, call 768-6622 or visit www.honolulu.gov/moca.
The program was established in 1983 by The National Arts Program Foundation to identify the artistic talents of our nation. The program involves employees and family members of municipal and county governments and businesses, and is gradually expanding to include the general public.
Dymian Racoma, 768-6622