The Arts at Marks Garage is dedicated to building upon the commitment of co-creating an arch of Hawaiian storytelling.
July's mo'olelo series will be inspired by the current Sailor Jerry Festival Tattoo Art Exhibition taking place in the gallery space throughout the month of June. Showcasing an amazing array of local tattoo artists including a featured cotton jacquard tapestry piece of a tattooed woman on sunset beach by Masami Teraoka.
Tattoo artists Kai Yamada, Lynda Hess & Cecile Pages will be joining in conversation around the art of tattooing, the many rich stories and expansive experiences that the life of a tattoo artist has in relationship to Hawai'i and the root culture. Other local tattoo artists will be guests as well to engage in a talk story session you won't want to miss!
Kaimana Yamada: Kaimana Yamada: Born In Lahaina, Maui. Moved to Oahu in 2005. Started professionally tattooing full-time in 2008. Been chasing his dream to become a good tattooer ever since. Kai is in a continuous state of growing and always learning. An introspective that appreciates the strength and honesty in classics while adding his generational voice and vision to reimagining it, reflected in the flash work down for the Sailor Jerry Festival Show.
Lynda Hess: Lynda Hess: Lynda Hess graduated from the University of Hawaii, Manoa with a BA in Art History (1986). She has been a painter for over 30 years. Her painting oeuvre primarily focused on physical, personal and social aspects of women’s issues. These considerations merged with more general mind/body issues, a theme enhanced by her breast cancer diagnosis fourteen years ago. Her last project, Soli: Solitaire Solutions, was interactive and presented to the public at the Pegge Hopper Gallery for six weeks in 2015. She has shown her art primarily in Hawaii, but has also had solo shows in Dallas, Texas and Nagoya, Japan.
Cecile Pages: Born in 1990 in Reunion Island, a very small volcanic island in the middle of the Indian Ocean. She grew up in France, and her artistic skills were pointed as soon as she was given a pencil and long as she can remember, she knew she would dedicate her life to drawing. She started tattooing in 2010 in Paris with the clear intention to learn and make American traditional tattooing. Soon she started to move around: Cologne, Germany then Geneva, Switzerland, where she made her very first steps into ceramics. After this 4 years of tattooing in big cities, she felt the urge to reconnect to her birthplace, Reunion Island, where she put tattooing into a pause and focused on perfecting the craft of ceramics during 9 months. She then did a 1.5 year South-American tour, tattooing in almost every country, then dedicated the past two years travelling the world: the USA, Europe, Asia, Oceania. Her art is highly influenced by folk art, tattooing, art brut, sacred oriental art and nature, and probably her favorite topic is depicting women in a large palette of vivid colors.
Loosly modeled after the Moth Radio show concept, the goal of MoMo Night is to provide local community and visitors to visual and oral storytelling by the Hawaiian community, yielding a new level of understanding and appreciation for the root culture of Hawai'i - not just in terms of the past, but the ongoing challenges and successes in the present and future. Community collaborations will include Pu'uhonua Society, PA'I Foundation and other Native Hawaiian artists, practitioners, scholars and organizations.
BYOP - Bring Your Own Pupu! Feel free to bring a little something to eat during the program. Arts at Marks Garage got you covered with beverages for sale from the Bar@MARKS sponsored by Kona Brewing Co.
Doors Open: 6p
Program Starts: 6:30p
Door Donation Always Welcomed!!
PARKING: FREE street parking after 6pm, $1.50/hr before 6pm. Chinatown Municipals Garages, $4 flat rate after 5p (Beretania or Bethel St. locations).