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Big Island ʻUkulele Guild

Big Island ʻUkulele Guild, 2017

November 16 – November 19, 2017
Kahilu Theatre Lobby

Opening Reception - Thursday November 16, 5-7pm

Kahilu Exhibits presents the Big Island ʻUkulele Guild 2017, from November 16 through November 19, 2017. The four-day exhibit showcases 'ukulele by eight local builders: Terry Davis, Jane Klassen, Sam Rosen, Tom Russell, Ernest Theisen, Chris Stewart, and Gary Cassel. There will be an opening reception on Thursday, November 16 from 5pm-7pm. This exhibit accompanies Kahilu Theatreʻs 15th Annual 'Ukulele & Slack Key Guitar Festival.

Big Island 'Ukulele Guild 2017, showcases instruments built with a wide variety of materials and styles. Gary Cassel will be exhibiting a “small concert ‘ukulele with a quilted big leaf maple back, flame maple sides, sitka spruce top, mahogany neck, and an ebony fretboard and bridge with abalone rosette and detail.” About the exhibit he writes, “Showcasing our instruments at Kahilu Theatre gives the Big Island 'Ukulele Guild members an opportunity to share their art and craftsmanship with the community. The 'Ukulele and Slack Key Festival provides a perfect venue for acquainting theatergoers with the steps that go into building a hand-crafted instrument. I personally enjoy answering questions and sharing information about this process and about our Guild. It is wonderful to watch people enjoy the variety of sizes, shapes and styles of the beautiful instruments on display.”

Another builder, Tom Russell, is exhibiting an instrument described as a “bright-sounding, ʻwhimsicalʻ spalted waterfall bubinga concert 'ukulele, which features a yellowheart fretboard and brown ebony headstock.” Terry Davis is exhibiting a “tenor 'ukulele made of curly koa and spalted mango”, while Ernest Theisen describes his “Kikipelli Dancer” as “ a tenor 'ukulele with back and sides of oregon black myrtle. Black myrtle is a very rare variety of common myrtle from the Oregon Coast in the Grants Pass area. The top is sitka spruce, neck is spanish cedar, fretboard and bridge are ebony, tuners are Grover gold plated, and the strings are Worth polycarbonate.”

The Big Island 'Ukulele Guild, founded in 2001, is a group of women and men, young and old, professional and amateur, dedicated to improving their craft in the making of fine stringed instruments. They are committed to sharing that knowledge with others through fellowship, quarterly meetings, educational workshops and exhibitions.

The Kahilu Theatre Galleries exhibitions are free and open to the public Monday thru Friday, from 9am – 1pm, and during all performances. Gallery sales benefit the artist and exhibition program of Kahilu Theatre. For more information, visit www.kahilutheatre.org or call (808) 885-6868.

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