The Man & The Bear
March 2 - 31
Exploratory works by
Jon Hamblin & Fae Yamaguchi

FREE & Open to ALL Ages

In traditional understanding, March symbolized initiating a new season of life. March embodies a kind of reigniting of the hearts and consciousness of humankind. A time known for Abundant Expression. 

The time of year where the kicks of Spring are observed from the deepest womb of the Mother (Earth). The bear coming out of hibernation. And like our ancestors, we are quickened...our soul-palettes are whetted for new endeavors and forward momentum. 

May this month’s show give way to remembering & reenacting our exploration of joyfulness, play, innocent curiosity, genuine friendships and purposeful reconnections to the people and places we call home. 

"Fae and I are really pleased to be having this show at Mark's. We had been putting out feelers to a few galleries around town. With no real nibbles. Long story short, our chance to show together sort of fell in our laps, with rather short notice. And I think that's refreshing. No working under a deadline, putting on that, "It's got to be good enough for the show!"

Uh uh. Not this exhibit.

Both our works have been done, for better or for worse, with the purity of work done with no expectation of being exhibited. These pieces were done by two people that just have this very strong urge to paint. 

Fae and I have known one another from grad school days at the UH Art Department. We didn't hang out together., but we always sort of felt we had this connection about art, about beauty and chaos in life. And we'd see each other on a semi regular basis at Long's Manoa.

I'm pleased that I get to show with Fae because she is just a lovely person inside and out. But also because Fae and I share a certain quality in our art. It's a steadfast belief in the way we see our art functioning. Because when one goes inside for imagery, for meaning, you become responsible for everything. Every square inch of inner vision imagery requires an internal compass. And staying on course involves self-doubt. And working full time to pay the bills. And dealing with the demons from one's past that surely come to mind in that very private and solitary zone that we both go to when we paint. And so we create images with a certain tenacity. And, this is where I feel a real kinship with our work, the ambivalence between fun and unease. Between feeling happy and feeling angst about being human. Trying to walk a fine line between that which we love and that which scares us. "

JON HAMBLIN was born in Boston and lived in Haiti, New York City and the Mojave desert before his family settled on Kauai. He is a graduate of Kauai High and has a BA in psychology and an MFA in printmaking from the University of Hawaii in Manoa. He has been a high school visual arts teacher at Mid Pacific since 1985 and will be retiring in May of 2018.

Initial views of Hamblin's work often evoke responses about whimsy and lightheartedness. Upon closer scrutiny, his work shows an exploration of different parts of the psyche. And the bright intense colors are not always referring to a totally benign universe. Forces of nature and one's decisions how to regard them run throughout Hamblin's imagery. Hamblin works in a variety of media that includes prints and paintings. In addition to acrylic paints on canvas, he often paints on discarded pieces of roofing metal. Also, words often appear in Hamblin's work. The words' meaning, at once clear and obscure, fulfill both a narrative and visual role in the works. Hamblin's works appear in public and private collections. He has had exhibits in Hawaii and Japan.

FAE YAMAGUCHI has a background in sculpture. By incorporating sculptural elements into video shorts, she created a format of live action and puppetry. Yamaguchi’s videos have screened nationally and internationally. Selected venues include the Berkley Art Museum in Los Angeles, the San Francisco and Chicago International Asian American film festival, the Guggenheim Museum on New York and the Honolulu Museum of Art. Yamaguchi was the recipient of awards including the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship in the Visual Arts, The Artist Project Grants in San Francisco and Visions of the U.S from the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. 

Yamaguchi is an art instructor at the Honolulu Museum of Art School and co -runs an art program called ARTSHOP at Noelani Elementary School. Yamaguchi also works at Noelani as an educational assistant with Special Education. 

Yamaguchi has a MFA from the University of Hawaii. 

Yamaguchi’s website:

To see more of Yamaguchi’s videos got to youtube.