Call to artists for fourth annual MidSummer Art Celebration

Artists from throughout Hawaii are invited to submit works for the fourth annual MidSummer Art Celebration all media juried exhibit, which opens June 4 at the Wailoa Center in Hilo.

The deadline to submit art to be considered for the exhibition is 5:59 p.m. May 14. Artists whose work is selected will be notified May 17.

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Artists may submit up to five pieces to be considered. There is a $15 entry fee to participate.

Those who are selected to be a part of the exhibit must drop off the pieces selected from 10 a.m.-noon May 29 at the Wailoa Center located at 200 Piopio St. Pieces also will be picked up at 10 a.m. May 28 at the Donkey Mill Art Center in Holualoa.

All off-island work accepted for the show must be received by May 28. Artists are responsible for shipping the pieces to and from the Wailoa Center. Packages must include a prepaid return label as well as a $10 handling fee.

Monetary prizes will be awarded. Pieces also should be for sale. The Hawaii Island Art Alliance will charge a 20% commission on all sales.

The exhibition will run through June 30. Artists must pick up their pieces from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. July 1.

This year’s juror is Iliahi Anthony.

“It is an honor to be asked to serve as a juror for this year’s fourth annual all media juried exhibit,” Anthony said. “I will do my best to contribute to the selection of a diverse but cohesive body of work.”

As a lifelong dancer, hula is her greatest lens.

“I am interested in the movement of elements coming together in a piece of art,” Anthony said. “How do the different elements flow, connect and interact with each other? How does the artist tell the story?”

She said as a multimedia fiber artist and object designer, she needs to understand the integrity of her materials. It is important to her as a juror that pieces show transformation of the material.

“The artist should demonstrate depth and familiarity of their materials and skill required to work in this medium,” Anthony said.

She also will look for ingenuity and a unique voice in the pieces submitted.

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“Works selected should have an individual expression while complimenting other works in the exhibit,” Anthony said.

For more information, contact the Hawaii Island Art Alliance at hiartalliance@gmail.com or visit the Wailoa Center’s website at www.wailoacenter.com.

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