New Gallery Affiliation

The Gallelry at HAWAII Theatre

The Hawaii Theatre

Proclaimed as the "Pride of the Pacific," the beautiful Hawaii Theatre, built by the Consolidated Amusement Company, opened its doors September 6, 1922 in downtown Honolulu. The Hawaii Theatre operated as a showplace for vaudeville, plays, musicals and silent films until it fell into disrepair and the land lease was abandoned by Consolidated in 1984. In 1986, the Hawaii Theatre Center, a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation was formed to save the Hawaii Theatre from the wrecking ball and in May 1996, the Hawaii Theatre reopened its doors as a 1400-seat, multi-purpose, state-of-the art performance center.

The Hawaii Theatre was recognized as the 'Outstanding Historic Theatre in America' in 2005 by the League of Historic American Theatres and, in 2006, was awarded an Honor Award by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Listed on both the State and National Registers of Historic Places, the Hawaii Theatre is available for all of Hawaii to enjoy.

The director of the Hawaii Theatre Center, Greg Dunn asked me if I would be willing to join a number of other artists in a new gallery he had created in the ground floor space at the corner of Bethel and Pauahi Street. The Hawaii Theatre Center, a 501c3 non profit corporation ,  would run the gallery, thus 40 to 50 percent of the proceeds from any art sale would go to support the  continued renovation and maintenance of the Theater.

I told him that I thought the gallery was a great idea and  that it would be a welcomed addition to the Downtown / Chinatown Art Scene. With all the great events scheduled for the theatre  this year, the potential for a successful gallery in that location is significant.

I was more than happy to contribute and do whatever I can to help.

So far I have installed 10 works and a few matted prints. If you happen to be in the area, please stop by and take a look. I hope to be able  to get down on First Fridays (First Friday of every month) as well as for major events at the theatre, whenever possible.

"Voyagers" Portrait of Nainoa Thompson by Phil Uhl

"Rising Sons" Original Photo by Phil Uhl

Rising Sons
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