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Museum’s ArtSpree a feast for the senses

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    Cindy Ellen Russell / 2007 The Contemporary Museum's ArtSpree offers families a chance to explore many forms of arts and movement, all free. Brynne Caleda led yoga classes at the 2007 event.

Let your inner artist out at ArtSpree, a free family event at The Contemporary Museum on July 9.

Art of all forms will be explored — including manga printmaking, music, storytelling and dance — at the museum’s daylong arts jamboree.

ArtSpree takes place on the grounds of the museum in Makiki, which will open its gallery for public viewing. The two exhibitions on display are Darren Waterston’s "Forest Eater" and Ernesto Pujol’s "Walking Ground."

While it is the museum’s 18th annual ArtSpree, it is the first to take place since The Contemporary Museum merged with the Honolulu Academy of Arts.


» Where: The Contemporary Museum, 2411 Makiki Heights Drive

» When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 9

» Parking: Free parking and shuttle service from Punahou School. Public parking and drop-off prohibited at the museum.

» Cost: Free

» Info: 526-1322 or

But this year’s event offers a lineup of artists and activities that is just as exciting as previous years, according to museum spokeswoman Lesa Griffith.

Artists will lead children through hands-on activities throughout the day such as weaving with Alison Moritsugu; clay sculpting with Pamala Tagariello, Rayna Galati and Marti Sellars; face painting with Dana Teruya Len; and creating recycled art with Mark Chai and Jackie Mild Lau. Kaycie Baltunado will teach the making of paper bead jewelry, and Pen and Ink Works will teach manga printmaking.

Dance performances — ranging from a family-friendly burlesque by Cherry Blossom Cabaret to youthful, energetic numbers by Dancers Unlimited — will take over the pavilion, lawn and pool all day.

A lineup of bands will share their tunes at the cafe and galleries, including Starr Kalahiki, a chanteuse who glides effortlessly between jazz standards and rock (and who is about to release her debut CD); Wahiawa native Hope Mayo’s alto-folky tunes; and electronic pop darlings Clones of the Queen.

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