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ART BY EMPLOYEES AND THEIR FAMILIES ON DISPLAY

 

(Thurs., June 9, 2011)—Eighty-three works of art created by City employees and their families are on display at Honolulu Hale as part of the sixth annual exhibit of The National Arts Program in Honolulu. The event, presented by the National Arts Program Foundation and the Mayor's Office of Culture and the Arts, features original paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures, crafts, and other visual arts.

 

Professional artists from the Commission on Culture and the Arts judged all of the works in five categories: amateur, intermediate, professional, teen and youth. A reception and award ceremony was held today at noon. Acting Mayor and Managing Director Douglas Chin congratulated the artists and presented awards to the winners.

 

            A portrait painting titled "I'll Get Through This" by Rebekah Dalton was named the overall best in show. Rebekah is a relative of a Honolulu Police Department employee. She received a $300 grand prize. A total of 16 prizes were awarded and each artist received a certificate from The National Arts Program.

 

The program was established in 1983 by the National Arts Program Foundation to identify the artistic talents of our nation. It involves employees and family members in more than 450 large and small cities, counties, airports, hospitals, and other organizations. The program is now producing "people's art" at a rate of some 30,000 pieces a year. The City and County of Honolulu is the only organization in Hawaii to participate.

 

            "The creativity displayed in these works is amazing," said Mayor's Office of Culture and the Arts Executive Director Kaleve Iosefa.  "I thank the National Arts Program Foundation for partnering with the City. The program brings out the artistic talents of our City ohana."

 

Exhibit hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Exhibit viewing is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Mayor's Office of Culture and the Arts at 768-6622 or visit www.honolulu.gov/moca. Information on the National Arts Program can be found at www.nationalartsprogram.org.

 

AWARD WINNERS

Youth Category

  • First Place: A painting titled "Galloping Free" by Kira Lee, a relative of a Department of Budget and Fiscal Services employee.
  • Second Place: A collage titled "A Perfect Day in Hawaii" by Shawn Iwane, a relative of a Department of Environmental Services employee.
  • Third Place: A drawing titled "My Playground" by Michelle Chang, a relative of a Department of Information Technology employee.
  • Honorable Mention: A watercolor painting titled "Hawaiian Style" by Kaila Baker, a relative of a Honolulu City Council employee.

 

Teen Category

  • First Place: A watercolor painting titled "Love Birds" by Niki Torrijos, a relative of a Honolulu Police Department employee.
  • Second Place: A photograph titled "Whoa…" by Dustin Wagner, a relative of a Department of the Corporation Counsel employee.
  • Third Place: A mixed media drawing titled "Peaceful" by Alex Heldt, a relative of a Honolulu Emergency Services Department employee.
  • Honorable Mention: A mixed media portrait titled "When I Close My Eyes I Dream What's in My Heart" by Taylor Ursulum, relative of a Department of Community Services employee.

 

Amateur Category

  • First Place: A drawing titled "Mother's Love" by Yung Tsu Jow Suchinroj, an employee of the Honolulu Police Department.
  • Second Place: A drawing titled "Tropical Flowers" by Jenna Heldt, a relative of a Honolulu Emergency Services Department employee.
  • Third Place: A painting titled "Hibiscus" by Marino Louis Carreira, an employee of the Honolulu Police Department.
  • Honorable Mention: A digital print titled "Kamen Riders" by Ronald Catiggay, an employee of the Department of Planning and Permitting.

 

Intermediate Category

  • First Place: A ceramic bust titles "Jake" by Sean Nakazaki, a relative of an Office of the City Clerk employee.
  • Second Place: A painting titled "Om Mani Padme Hum" by Amy Tsuneyoshi, an employee of the Board of Water Supply.
  • Third Place: A drawing titled "Red Black Koi" by Frodel Tolentino, an employee of the Department of Design and Construction.
  • Honorable Mention: A photograph titled "Infinite Cactus" by Lynel Rabago, an employee of the Department of Planning and Permitting.

 

Professional Category

  • First Place: A photograph titled "Valorous" by Alexander Caltenco, an employee of the Honolulu Police Department.
  • Second Place: A photograph titled "Verde Heliconia" by Ivan Wentland, a relative of a Department of Information Technology employee.
  • Third Place: A watercolor painting titled "Manoa River" by Yasuko Abeshima, a relative of a Department of Human Resources employee.
  • Honorable Mention: A painting titled "Reflection" by Corinne Gallardo, an employee of the Honolulu City Council.
  • Honorable Mention: A painting titled "Makapu`u Light House" by JoAnn Quintal, a relative of a Board of Water Supply employee.

 

Best in Show

  • A portrait painting titled "I'll Get Through This" by Rebekah Dalton, a relative of a Honolulu Police Department employee.

 

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Contact: Mayor's Office of Culture and the Arts at 768-6622.