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  • One Night Stand in The Chinatown Courtyard

  • Type: Entertainment/Art/Exhibit
    Date: Friday - 9/2/2011
    Time: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
    Mendonca Building Courtyard
    1126 Smith Street
    #11 on the Gallery
    Walk Guide
    (Other Venues)
    For More info:
    JoDee Hunt, 262-5930
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    Cost: Free
The Mendonca Building's Courtyard will be open in September with the usual music and art in conjunction with our Loft tenants upstairs. Come through the Bamboo Courtyard Gate or go directly to the Second Floor through two choices: the Smith Street door or up the red Courtyard stairs to meet our new artists and view scheduled performances upstairs.
ART NAKANISHI will be branching out in a new direction in the Courtyard this month with 20 original acrylic paintings. He has been primarily a ceramist for the past 23 years, with works exhibited at Tropical Clay in Ward Center. Most of his “pinchpot” vases are meant for ikebana & chabana arrangements while his wood sculptures have the wabisabi feel. His art training began at the Academy of Arts, where his father was a long time member. He continued with art studies at UH Manoa, concentrating on sculpture. He was in Japan doing further studies when he “fell” into ceramics and currently he is working with acrylics on canvas.
KELLEY JEANNE KEAOLANI MARTIN is new to the Courtyard. Her company Dax & Zan Jewelry was created in 2009 with inspiration from her two active, young sons and her love of the ocean. She began combining her seashell findings at the beach with her growing supply of beads at home. The result was pleasantly surprising. Soon her friends and family were wearing her creations. Pieces come in many different styles complemented with Czech and fire-polished glass, mixed agates and other semi-precious stones, Swarvoski crystals, seashells and other natural elements. These are combined with various metals to form a unique, fresh and fun creation. Many of the necklace, earrings and rings are created to be matched together in a set, or clients can choose to mix it up to create a whole new look. Since no two stones are alike, each piece will definitely be one-of-a-kind. Dax & Zan’s mission is to provide a great piece of jewelry at fair prices.
SHAYNE TURNER, will return again to offer her unique jewelry that she calls Grand Strands. Crafted individually and by hand in beautiful Temple Valley, each unique piece celebrates many of nature’s own creations, reflecting places and colors of our Islands.
NILMA HUNTER will be displaying her jewelry as well.  Originally from Brazil, Nilma discovered her love for jewelry designing, quit her job of 12 years in a hotel on the North Shore and dedicated her time to this new love. Self taught and motivated by Phil 4:13, she designs and handcrafts unique ocean inspired pieces with mostly earth friendly silver (reclaimed from old electronic equipment and other resources) and other sustainable mediums such as sea glass and shells found on beaches and Golden Grass (naturally recurring in the central area of Brazil). She combines the crochet and knit art her mother taught her in her jewelry by using thin wire to create one of a kind pieces. Nilma enjoys the challenge of custom orders such as finger printing on silver.
DIEDRE CHASE returns to the courtyard after a successful Christmas display several years ago. What began as a penchant for collecting vintage glass beads turned into a jewelry-making adventure called Deesigns Hawaii that has lasted for more than 20 years.

Created with sterling silver and gold-filled components, natural materials and glass, each one-of-a-kind piece is made with thought and care to appeal to the modern woman, whether her mood is playful, casual, glamorous or classic.                
FRED GAYAGAS will return after several months away to provide Courtyard music. Come and join him with your instruments or hula in his backyard style entertainment.

Entry to the venue is either on Maunakea Street or Smith Street through the Bamboo into the Courtyard. This event is free and open to the public.

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