Art at the Capitol 2014 Concludes

Last Friday was the 6th annual Art at the Capitol, where lawmakers welcomed the public to tour their offices to view the publicly held artwork there.

This year’s theme was Illuminating the Legislative Process for the featured complementary chandeliers hanging in the Senate and House chambers at the Hawaii State Capitol.

The “Sun” and “Moon” by kinetic artist, Otto Piene, hang in the House and Senate chambers of the Hawaii State Legislature at the State Capitol

The kinetic light sculptures were commissioned by the State of Hawaii and installed in the koa-lined chambers of the House and Senate in 1971. The House Sun is a gold-plated sphere with 132 smaller golden orbs while the Senate Moon is a silver ball of 630 chambered nautilus shells. The featured artist, Otto Piene was unable to attend the event, but was interviewed speaking about the two complementary sculptures.

Art at the Capitol began in 2008 as Senator Brian Taniguchi’s initiative to welcome the public to view the variety of state-owned artwork displayed not just in the open areas of the State Capitol, but the legislative offices as well.  More than 900 pieces of artwork in the collection of the Hawaii State Foundation on Arts and Culture’s Art in Public Places Program are displayed at the State Capitol.

Two string quartets in the Hawaii Youth Symphony Orchestra played music for guests as they enjoyed the artwork in various legislators’ offices.

Many of the artwork in the Art in Public Places collection are done by artists local to the area. Some were on hand to talk about the works displayed in various offices.


Senator Ige with artist Steve Martin, who created the stoneware vessel displayed in his office.

Some senators provided additional entertainment and refreshment for guests.


Senator Gabbard shows off his Jean Charlot painting and offers his wife’s homemade toffee treats to constituents and guests.


Senator Jill Tokuda entertains guests with music from a harpist and flutist in her office for Art at the Capitol

Many legislators personally welcomed visitors to their offices.


Senator Espero greets guests to his office


Senator Kidani describes painting above her workstation a calming window


Senator Nishihara poses with guests in his office

Senators’ staff were also on hand to discuss the artwork in the offices.


Senate President Donna Mercado Kim’s staff members rest under a wall of photographs.

Many people brought their families to the First Friday because appreciation of art has no age limits.


Guests in show off their 2014 Art at the Capitol packet in Senator Green’s office.


Senator Kahele and Senate Sergeant of Arms, Ben Villaflor taking a break to listen to the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra quartet

The evening was a fun and successful one and we hope that you will join us next year at Art at the Capitol.

Save the Date: April 4, Art at the Capitol

The 6th Annual Art at the Capitol will be held next week on First Friday, April 4, 2014.  On this night, the Hawaii State Capitol turns into an art museum as senators, representatives, the governor and lieutenant governor invite you to tour the public artwork in their offices. This is an opportunity for the public to view more than 500 pieces of artwork held in the collection of the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts’ Art in Public Spaces Program. Fifty-three offices will be participating this year. This year’s Art at the Capitol features the “Sun” and “Moon” chandeliers by Otto Piene in the House and Senate chambers that symbolically illuminate the legislative process. In addition to viewing art, the event will have music and other performances. Art at the Capitol is active on social media. “Like” the Facebook Page, “Join” the Facebook Event, Follow on Instagram, and Subscribe to the YouTube Channel to watch “What’s on Your Wall?” teaser videos. Use #HICapitolArt to tagging on social media.

Art at the Capitol 2013: What’s on Your Wall, Senator Mike Gabbard?

In this episode of “What’s on Your Wall?,” Senator Mike Gabbard (District 20- Kapolei, Makakilo, Portions of Ewa, Kalaeloa and Waipahu) takes us on a tour of the artwork displayed in his office. During the tour, Senator Gabbard shares two pieces of art by Jean Charlot, called Tying Child to Chair and Woman Standing, Child on Back. He also shows three ceramic sculptures by Vicky Chock, called Jurassic Chair, Lychee Chair, and Papaya Chair.  The public will be able to view these pieces and other artwork tonight, April 5, 2013, at the 5th Annual Art at the Capitol from 4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

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You can view more installments of “What’s on your wall?” online at: http://www.youtube.com/user/ArtatTheCapitolHI?feature=watch.

Art at the Capitol 2013: What’s on Your Wall, Senator Laura Thielen?

Senator Laura Thielen (Kailua, Lanikai, Enchanted Lake, Keolu Hills, Maunawili, Waimanalo, Hawai’i Kai, Portlock) provides a sneak peek of pieces of art from the State’s Art in Public Places Program that are currently displayed in her office. In this episode of “What’s on Your Wall?,” Senator Thielen discusses three pieces of art from Hiroki Morinoue, entitled Olympia, Yakuza with a Picasso Tattoo and Picasso Dressed in Kimono. The public will be able to view these pieces and other artwork on April 5, 2013 at the 5th Annual Art at the Capitol from 4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

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You can view more installments of “What’s on your wall?” online at: http://www.youtube.com/user/ArtatTheCapitolHI?feature=watch.

Art at the Capitol 2013: What’s on Your Wall, Senator Russell Ruderman?

Senator Russell Ruderman (District 2- Puna, Ka’u) shares several of his favorite art pieces that are displayed in his office. He showcases works of art from the State’s Art in Public Places Program as well as those from his personal collection of photographs he took himself. The public will be able to view these pieces and other artwork on April 5, 2013 at the 5th Annual Art at the Capitol from 4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

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You can view more installments of “What’s on your wall?” online at: http://www.youtube.com/user/ArtatTheCapitolHI?feature=watch.

Art at the Capitol 2013: What’s on Your Wall, Senator Gilbert Kahele?

In this episode of “What’s on Your Wall?,” Senator Gilbert Kahele (District 1- Hilo) showcases two of his favorite artworks displayed in his office, photographs by Boone Morrison. Senator Kahele, a friend of Morrison, shares a bit of advice from him, “If you want to capture something for now and forever, do something in black and white.” The public will be able to view these pieces and other art work on April 5, 2013 at the 5th Annual Art at the Capitol from 4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

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You can view more installments of “What’s on your wall?” online at: http://www.youtube.com/user/ArtatTheCapitolHI?feature=watch.

Art at the Capitol 2013: What’s on Your Wall, Senator Malama Solomon?

Senator Malama Solomon (District 4-Hilo, Hamakua, Kohala, Waimea, Waikoloa, Kona) provides a look at several art pieces currently displayed in her office. In this video, Senator Solomon explains her personal connection to Howard Farrant’s “Morning,” Carol Ann Davis’ “Still Life with Glasses,” and an untitled work of art by Shirley Ximena Hopper Russell. The public will be able to view these pieces and other artwork on April 5, 2013 at the 5th Annual Art at the Capitol from 4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

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You can view more installments of “What’s on your wall?” online at: http://www.youtube.com/user/ArtatTheCapitolHI?feature=watch.

Art at the Capitol 2013: What’s on Your Wall, Senator Jill Tokuda?

Senator Jill Tokuda (District 24- Kane’ohe, Kane’ohe MCAB, Kailua, He’eia, ‘Ahuimanu) shares two of her favorite art pieces that are displayed in her office. A dog lover, Senator Tokuda selected two sculptures of dogs entitled “Black Dog,” by Esther Shimazu, and “Bone China-Shar Pei Tea,” by Rochelle Lum. These pieces represent two of three dog sculptures found in her office. The public will be able to view these pieces and other art work on April 5, 2013 at the 5th Annual Art at the Capitol from 4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

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You can view more installments of “What’s on your wall?” online at: http://www.youtube.com/user/ArtatTheCapitolHI?feature=watch.

Art at the Capitol 2013: What’s on Your Wall, Senator Brian Taniguchi?

For the 3rd year in a row, the Hawaii State Legislature is kicking off Art at the Capitol with a video web series entitled, “What’s on your wall?” In the days leading up to Art at the Capitol, this series will take the public behind the scenes of the Capitol to speak with legislators about art in their office.
In this particular episode, Senator Brian Taniguchi (District 11- Manoa, Makiki, Punchbowl, Papakolea ) shares one of his favorite art pieces, a wood with burnished drawing by Satoru Abe, which is displayed in his office. Abe was inspired by the materials he used to make woodcut prints and selected a simple rectangular blocks of wood for the sculpture’s principal shape. The public will be able to view this piece and other art work on April 5, 2013 at the 5th Annual Art at the Capitol from 4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Abe is this year’s featured artist.
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You can view more installments of “What’s on your wall?” online at: http://www.youtube.com/user/ArtatTheCapitolHI?feature=watch.

Hawai‘i State Legislature’s “Art at the Capitol” Marks 5th Anniversary

The Hawai‘i State Legislature will open its doors for the 5th Annual “Art at the Capitol” in conjunction with the Hawaii State Art Museum’s First Friday festivities on Friday, April 5, 2013 from 4:30 to 7 p.m.  A program on the third floor kicks off the event.

This is a unique opportunity for the public to view over 460 works of art by local artists placed in the offices of legislators and executive offices.  Forty-eight offices in both the House and the Senate, including the Public Access Room, and Office of the Governor are participating.

“Our State Capitol is like the Louvre in Paris, where we house a vast collection of art in a variety of mediums.  We are fortunate to have these amazing works of art in our offices and we wanted to make it more convenient for people to come and see them all at once to get the full impact of the collection,” said Senator Brian Taniguchi, who has led efforts for the Art at the Capitol event.

Along with viewing the art collection, visitors may watch a short documentary featuring renowned artist Satoru Abe.  He is known for his paintings and sculptures of abstracted natural forms, many of which resemble trees.

“I am thrilled that Satoru Abe will be our featured artist this year,” said Rep. Della Au Belatti who co-coordinates efforts from the House for Art at the Capitol. “He is the last surviving member of the Metcalf Chateau, the art enclave on Metcalf Street of seven young Asian American artists that included Tadashi Sato, who created the Aquarius mosaic in our Capitol rotunda. Now in his late eighties, he still works in his outdoor studio at home, creating sculptures during the day and painting at night. He’s truly amazing.”

Guests will enjoy entertainment featuring live chamber music from the Hawaii Youth Symphony Quartet #1 and #2, and have the chance to mingle with lawmakers and artists.  Satoru Abe, Carol Ann Davis, Boris Huang, John Tanji Koga and Rochelle Lum are among the artists who plan to attend.

“Art at the Capitol is a festive event,” said Rep. Mark Nakashima who coordinates efforts from the House for Art at the Capitol. “The people are invited into their Capitol to visit the offices, chat with legislators, and learn a little more about the personality of the occupant through the art they chose to display.  People can wander the halls listening to live chamber music and later stroll over to downtown Honolulu and celebrate First Friday activities.”

For a preview of some of the art in the offices, a video series, called “Art at the Capitol 2013: What’s on your wall?” can be found on the Art at the Capitol YouTube and Facebook accounts.

New videos featuring a representative and senator talking about artwork from their office will be posted daily until the day of the event.

Art at the Capitol Background:

Art at the Capitol began 5 years ago as Senator Brian Taniguchi’s initiative to allow the public to view art acquired by the “Art in Public Places” program that are displayed in the State Capitol offices.  With more than 900 pieces of artwork in the Capitol, the idea was conceived following a conversation with a Hawaii State Art Museum docent about having legislators open their doors to the public to view the art collection – the people’s art.  During its inaugural year, the Senate opened its doors afterhours for the Art at the Capitol event.   With an overwhelming amount of positive response towards the event, the House of Representatives joined Art at the Capitol the following year.  In 2012, the Governor’s and Lieutenant Governor’s Offices participated in the event, making it the first time that all 5 floors of the State Capitol were open for Art at the Capitol.

Works of art are placed in public areas of the State Capitol as part of the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts’ “Art in Public Places” program, which seeks to enhance the environmental quality of state public buildings and spaces for the enjoyment and enrichment of the public; cultivate the public’s awareness, understanding and appreciation of visual arts; contribute toward the development and recognition of a professional artistic community; and acquire, preserve, and display works of art expressive of the character of the Hawaiian Islands, the multicultural heritage of its people, and the various creative interests of its artists. The program was established in 1967, and was the first of its kind in the nation.

Below are photos of the artwork from the Art in Public Places Collection displayed at the Hawaii State Capitol that visitors will be able to view:

(“View from the Plane” by Katsumi Yamashiro, 1984, watercolor, collage (located in Rep. Della Au Belatti’s office) – Credit: State Foundation on Culture and the Arts)

(“The Three Not So Little Pigs & The Not So Big Not So Bad Wolf” by Jackie Lau Mild, 2007, ceramic-raku (located in Rep. Mark Nakashima’s office) - Credit: State Foundation on Culture and the Arts)

(“Isami” by Satoru Abe, 1988, oil on canvas (located in Sen. Brian Taniguchi’s office) - Credit: State Foundation on Culture and the Arts)

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