Food, Wine, and Art—What Could Be Better?
Published artists to be featured in Hawaii Food & Wine Festival’s Art Exhibit/Silent Auction
The 5th Annual Hawaii Food & Wine Festival has a new element this year—an art exhibit as part of the silent auction, thanks to Tiffany’s Art Agency and Contemporary Publications. But this isn’t just any art exhibit. The artists invited to participate are all featured in Aloha Expressionism by Contemporary Hawaii Artists—a new coffee table book due to be released on September 12, 2015—the same day as the art exhibit at the Corks & Forks Event.
Featuring 50 inspirational stories and hundreds of works of art from Hawaii’s master artists, the book focuses on works full of joy, beauty, and boundless Aloha. While the artists’ mediums range from watercolor and oils to ceramics and woodworking, they all share one thing in common—their work is an expression of the Aloha Spirit of the islands that inspire them. Tiffany DeEtte Shafto, founder of Contemporary Publications and Tiffany’s Art Agency, curated and designed the book.
“As a state, Hawaii ranks #3 per capita with fine artists and craftspeople— yet most aren’t known on the mainland,” she explains. “Many artists participate only in Hawaii-based exhibitions due to the cost of travel, shipping, and the time away from their studios that mainland events require. The isolation of working in Hawaii leaves many of Hawaii’s top artists overlooked and disconnected. Yet they are creating from the influence of this incredible place and host culture, and their works travel home with our visitors as special remembrances of this time and place. It’s time to celebrate the contribution and connection Hawaiʻi artists make.”
Throughout history, artists have documented and reflected the times around them, and the artists selected for this book are doing just that. Through the art and artists’ stories, told by award-winning author Lynda McDaniel, the book offers what Shafto calls “seeds of Aloha”—spreading positive inspiration into the world. “Witnessing those moments when people fall for a beautiful work of art showed me the kind of happiness that art brings, and I think the world could really use more joy, happiness, and Aloha Spirit right now,” she adds.
Attendees to the Hawaii Food & Wine Festival’s Corks & Forks event will have the opportunity to oohh and aahhh over much of the artwork in person, but everyone can access the entire exhibit through the online silent auction which begins on August 15th, with half of the pieces being exclusively available online. And all of the artwork is for sale.
“The profits from the artists’ sales at the auction will benefit non-profit agriculture and culinary partners – a total win/win/win for our community,” Shafto adds.
Shafto is well-versed in how powerful art books can be for promoting the state’s artists. Her 2009 publication Contemporary Hawaii Woodworkers: the Wood, the Art, the Aloha won numerous awards and quickly sold out. A well-known advocate for Hawaii’s artists, Shafto is excited about the potential her latest book and the related exhibits hold. “I’m inspired by this amazing group of people. Their art work, processes, and stories will inspire generations to come,” she says. “There’s no doubt that an art movement is emerging here. We call it Aloha Expressionism, and it’s teeming with artwork full of beauty and joy, made by people inspired by living in this special place, and the Aloha Spirit that influences their lives. We felt it was time to capture the essence of this contemporary art movement in Hawaii and share it with residents and visitors alike. And we are very grateful to have this opportunity to share fabulous art amongst such a terrific event that so beautifully showcases what the Island are all about. ”
“What makes this book so amazing is the sharing of each artist’s gift to enhance not only our people but the place where we all live. This book shows you what the real Hawaiʻi is all about: our islands, each individually unique and brought to life by these creative artists. That is the Spirit of Aloha.”
President & CEO, Atlantis Adventures
Former Board Chairman, Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority