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  • Type: Exhibit
    Date: Friday - 11/5/2010
    Time: 7 p.m. - 9 p.m
    Contemporary Museum
    Gallery downtown
    @ First Hawaiian Bank
    999 Bishop St. & King St.,
    Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
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    Cost: Free
Lynne Gilroy, Janetta Napp and a Woven Vessels group exhibition

November 5, 2010 – February 11, 2011

In-between: New Works by Janetta Napp
Dividing her time between Berlin and Honolulu, artist Janetta Napp notes, “All in all, by staying in zones in-between countries and cultures, painting and drawing, the tangible and invisible, the personal and the anonymous, I search for some sort of truth that I only seem to near in the areas less defined.” Napp’s recent series documenting her fascination with microbiology and classification and her ongoing ballpoint pen sketches, which illuminate her daily thoughts, are the subjects of this exhibition of drawings, sculptures, and paintings.

Horizon: New Paintings Lynne Gilroy
Intrigued with capturing the subtle variations of light over time, Maui artist Lynne Gilroy spent three years creating her newest series of mixed-media works on panel. This careful study of the horizon, where air meets water, led to works that range from comparative landscapes to abstracted lines of color. The exhibition includes works titled, Colored Pairs, bright monochromes coupled with patterned black panels, inspired by the refractions of light under water and overwhelmingly magenta sunsets. The artist notes, “In the end, the subject moved from the horizon to pure light and became completely open to interpretation.” click image for larger view.

Woven Vessels: Featuring Works by Bernice Akamine, Pam Barton, Mark Chai, Scott Fitzel, Mika McCann, Michael and Misato Mortara, and Gail Toma
Comprised of a remarkably diverse range of media: glass, wood, found objects, and fiber, Woven Vessels features the works of eight innovative artists who consistently push the boundaries of the age-old craft of weaving. Sharing similar processes and technical attributes, the dynamic media—skillfully manipulated by each artist—celebrates the many forms of the “vessel” and presents an evocative look at the evolving boundaries between functional and sculptural art.

Showcasing the ancient and limitless “vessel” shape as it is created through the universal technique of weaving, this exhibition provides an examination of fundamental design elements—space, line, balance, color, shape, texture, form and value—to highlight the “re-invention” of timeless concepts and aesthetic themes.


For more information about The Contemporary Museum at First Hawaiian Center or the Morinoue family exhibitions, visit our website at; Exhibition Info: (808) 526-0232; Reception: (808) 526-1322. Third Thursdays are free docent-guided tour days at FHC, when exhibitions are on view! Meet the docent in the bank lobby at noon.

In 1996, The Contemporary Museum opened a downtown venue at the First Hawaiian Center in the heart of Honolulu's busy central business district, which was hailed as "a unique marriage of commerce and the arts." Generously underwritten by First Hawaiian Bank, these galleries co-exist with banking offices and showcase art by current and former residents and artists of Hawaii. The main banking hall is flanked by a dramatic art-glass wall created by James Carpenter. The wall consists of 185 prisms. The gallery area has a light and airy 60-foot vaulted atrium. Galleries are also located on the second floor mezzanine of First Hawaiian Center.

First Hawaiian Center is the tallest building in Hawaii and the world corporate headquarters of First Hawaiian Bank, Hawaii oldest bank and a multi-billion dollar company established by Charles Reed Bishop, consort of Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop and founder of Bishop Museum. The building cost over $175 million to construct and was designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates who also built Sotheby's Worldwide Headquarters, the World Bank Headquarters, and the Shanghai World Financial Center. Walter Dods spearheaded the project and is credited with the idea to include the art gallery in the bank's public spaces. He is also credited with transforming First Hawaiian into the largest and most profitable bank in the state. The architects made considerable efforts to incorporate as much natural light into the building interiors and used metaphoric designs in reference to natural phenomena found in Hawaii.

All of the profits of the art sales from FHC exhibitions benefit the artists.


TCM at First Hawaiian Center is located at 999 Bishop Street in downtown Honolulu, Hawaii. Admission is free; Validated parking available for TCM Members with membership card.

Gallery Hours:

Monday-Thursday; 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Friday - 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Closed weekends and bank holidays

First Fridays - 7 to 9 p.m. with Gallery Talk offered at 7:30 p.m. (When exhibitions are on view)

FHC Exhibition Tours:

Guided tours are offered at noon on the third Thursday of each month, when exhibitions are on view.

Exhibition Information:

Phone: (808) 526-1322; Web site:

Staff Contacts:

Curator of Exhibitions - Inger Tully, 237-5230
Director of Museum Advancement - Charlie Aldinger, 237-5231
Assistant to the TCM Director - Gordon Wong, 237-5210

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