FREE ANNUAL ‘ART AT THE CAPITOL’ EVENT SET FOR APRIL 7
Public can view art in lawmakers’ offices, view new documentary video on artist Marianna Pineda on making the Queen Lili‘uokalani Statue
WHO: Hawai‘i State Senators and Representatives,
Offices of the Governor and Lt. Governor
WHAT: 9th Annual Art at the Capitol
WHEN: First Friday, April 7, 2017
4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: Hawai‘i State Capitol
415 South Beretania Street
HONOLULU, Hawai‘i - The public is invited to the State Capitol on Friday, April 7 for the 9th annual Art at the Capitol event. This free event has legislators opening their doors to the public to view the diverse collection of artwork from local artists that adorn their offices.
This year's theme, “Onipa‘a – The Spirit of Lili‘uokalani,” reflects on the saga and controversy surrounding the Queen Lili‘uokalani Statue and its sculptor, Marianna Pineda. A documentary video to debut that evening tells the story behind the statue.
“This is one of my favorite events at the State Capitol every year. People have a great time walking floor to floor, viewing the fantastic art, visiting with lawmakers in a casual environment, and enjoying listening to live music echoing through the halls of this beautiful building,” said Sen. Brian Taniguchi. “This year, visitors can also see a new documentary and learn about the making of the statue of Queen Lili‘oukalani, which stands majestically between the State Capitol and ‘Iolani Palace.”
New this year will be an exhibit featuring landscape artwork created by state legislators. The artwork will be judged by artists with the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, and the public will be choosing their favorite landscape for a “People’s Choice” award.
“Art at the Capitol is a community building event bringing together artists, lawmakers, and the public to view and enjoy inspirational works of art from Hawai‘i artists in our Capitol offices,” said Representative Della Au Belatti. “Art celebrates life, inspires creativity, and provokes thinking. It is important for all of us – young and old – to be able to see and contemplate the contemporary works of art displayed here. Please join us for this fun, stimulating, and free event!”
Art at the Capitol begins with an opening program at 4:30 p.m. in room 325 that includes an introduction of artists and special guests. Self-guided tours start at 5 p.m. The Senate and House galleries will be open to view the new video, plus “Father Damien -- Marks of Accomplishment” (2016) and other short documentaries produced for the past Art at the Capitol events. Music will be performed during the event by members of the Hawai‘i Youth Symphony and the OHA Serenaders. The program ends at 7 p.m., then the public is invited to continue the celebration of local art and music across Richards Street at the Hawai‘i State Art Museum (HiSAM), which will be open until 9 p.m.
Art at the Capitol is sponsored by the Hawai‘i State Legislature and the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts.
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