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2021-2022 Exhibit Season


Kahilu Exhibits, at Kahilu Theatre, is proud to present a solo exhibition of recent works by local multimedia artist and photographer, PATRICIA UEHARA. Uehara’s exhibition, ...perceptions..., opens with a public reception on Thursday, June 23 from 5 – 6:30pm. This exhibition will feature artwork that combines the artist’s training as a painter with her deep connection to sewing in Kahilu Theatre’s Hāmākua Gallery. ...perceptions... will be on view from June 23 – August 16, 2022.


Patricia Uehara has always been entranced with the stories and emotions evoked by the human form. In her exhibition, ...perceptions..., Uehara has embedded photographic images of people into fabric compositions that use found objects like sleeping bags and her grandmother’s kimono. By stitching these images and objects together, Uehara investigates current humanitarian crises like homelessness as well as the history of her family’s migration from Okinawa to Hawaiʻi in the early 1900’s. The artists explains, “Formally trained in drawing and painting, I have reached back into my experiences growing up sewing and creating with fabric and thread.” Through her process, she looks to share her perceptions of the experiences of others, both close to her or observed from a distance.


Patricia Uehara was born and raised in Honolulu, the granddaughter of Okinawan immigrants. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts (painting and drawing) from the University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa in 1975. Uehara and her husband relocated to Hawaiʻi Island where they raised two daughters and she embarked on a career in elementary education. Now retired from teaching, Uehara has dedicated herself to creating art full time. This is her first solo exhibition. She lives and works in Kealakekua.


“I have always been entranced with the human form and the narrative and emotion involved when viewing a work of art. It comes with a kind of curiosity about the stories, ideas and the process of creativity. So, it is with ideas and my perceptions of these ideas, that I have taken this road.” — Patricia Uehara


The Waimea Education Hui, in partnership with Kahilu Exhibits at Kahilu Theatre, the Royal Order of Kamehameha I Moku o Kohala, Waimea Hawaiian Civic Club, and Nā Kālai Waʻa, 
welcomes the return of our annual WAIMEA ALL SCHOOLS ART EXHIBITION. The exhibit will display May 11 through June 16, 2022.

Unable to be mounted since 2019 because of the pandemic, this exhibition showcases the rich culture and unique talent in our community. Inspired by the strength of individuals, families, schools, and the community; this year’s theme “Kū ikaika Kū a ʻaha lua — Stand Strong, Stand Together” is a tribute to the memory of three individuals who stood strong as pillars of the Waimea community:  Jennifer Bryan, Ski Kwiatkowski, and Scot Plunkett. Together, we honor their memories.


This year’s exhibition will feature artwork created by students, their educators, their families, and community members embodying an artistic response to the question, “What inspires your strength to stand together as individuals, families, schools, and as a community?” The exhibition represents the determination of our community educators, students, and families to overcome the obstacles presented over these past few years.

Brilliance of Now, Juried Exhibition, January 12 - March 4, 2022

As part of our visual arts program, Kahilu Exhibits annually presents a juried exhibition of Hawai’i state artists. We select a juror each year from outside the theatre who has a relevant and significant career in the visual arts. We are proud to announce the juror of this year's exhibition is Mina Elison, Communications Director and Curator at the Donkey Mill Art Center. Application details will be available on CaFÉ(callforentry.org) in August of 2021.

Ming Li Jiang, Exhibition, M
arch 16 - May 12, 2022

Cinnabar by Ming Li Jiang
Ming Li Jiang was born in Shanghai China in 1954, graduated from Fine Arts College of Shanghai University, where he became an instructor upon graduation. Member of the Shanghai Artists’ Association, Shanghai Print-Maker Artists’ Association, Director and Judge of Shanghai Young Artists’ Association & Exhibition. He emigrated to the United States of America in 1989 and has worked as Art Director of painting and design for numerous local companies, including prominent Aloha print & textile companies. Jiang established his own design company Kalama Collection LTD in 2000. He will present a solo exhibition of new gestural carved and painted wooded panels.

Peter Durst, Exhibition, March 16 - May 12, 2022

Peter Durst has been a potter, ceramicist, and sculptor for almost 50 years and has exhibited his work nationally in galleries, art centers, museums, private collections and public spaces. After receiving a BA from Allegheny College and a JD from NYU School of Law, he became interested in pottery and discovered the Anderson Ranch in Snowmass. Colorado. After working there for 2 years, getting a ceramics education and developing his skills, he moved to Denver and opened his first studio. He has maintained Durst Studio, Gallery, and Sculpture Garden since 1990. He has been a long-time visitor to the Big Island of Hawaii and since 2010, a part time resident, where he maintains a studio in Napoopoo and teaches ceramics at Donkey Mill Art Center in Holualoa.


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