Enjoy unusual art in an unusual location in Hawaii. Displays of contemporary art share space with a bank in the First Hawaiian Center in downtown Honolulu. The featured art is produced by artists who live or have created a body of work in the islands.

One of the current exhibits is called Woven Vessels. It features the work of “eight innovative artists who consistently push the boundaries of the age-old craft of weaving,” according to the TCM website. The dynamic media “celebrates the many forms of the ‘vessel’.”

One of the artists has a special connection with Hawaii Aloha Travel agent Kalei:

“My Mom, Pam Barton, is one of the very talented artists with displayed exhibits. She has three of her pieces on display. In the picture shown, Mom is with Kaimi, who is my mo’opuna or grandchild, which would make Kaimi my mom’s great-grandchild.

One of her pieces (Chili Peppers) is shown. It’s a wonderful exhibit with amazing one-of-a-kind art pieces. If you make your way to China Town or Iolani Palace, be sure to stop in, as this is in the same downtown neighborhood.”

A good time to visit the gallery would be on the first Friday of each month, when the exhibition is open from 7-9 pm and includes artists’ talks. The next such program is a week from today, on Friday, December 3. The gallery is free, open to the public and validated parking is available.

The Woven Vessels art exhibit is on display until February 11, 2011. The other featured artists are: Bernice Akamine, Mark Chai, Scott Fitzel, Mika McCann, Michael and Misato Mortara, and Gail Toma.

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