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Flower Exhibition Blooms at EWC Gallery
HONOLULU (May 25) – Creating beautiful artistic works out of flowers and greenery is something shared among many cultures throughout the world.  Hawai`i is lucky to have an abundance of beautiful and fragrant plants, representatives of many cultures, and is home to countless flower artists … a winning trifecta the East-West Center Gallery is showcasing.

The Gallery’s upcoming exhibition titled Flower Traditions in Hawai`i is bringing together some of the foremost flower artists in the state to display their unique talents and the exquisite natural materials with which they work. Four distinct and diverse traditions are featured in the exhibition that runs from June 3 through 17. Hawaiian lei making will feature the artistry of Bill Char and his haku lei; Japanese ikebana will be represented by the president of the Ikenobu School Elsie Tanaka; Gilman Hu will showcase the art of narcissus carving; and Vilad Southammagosanl of the Lao Buddhist Temple of Hawai`i will create elaborate ceremonial offerings of Laos.

Weekday visitors to the Gallery can enjoy flower displays, photographs by Marco Garcia, and a video program produced by Layla Schuster and Hawai`i Craftsmen. On three consecutive Sundays, June 3, 10, and 17, artists will demonstrate their art techniques 2:00-4:00 p.m. The inaugural Sunday activities will feature demonstrations by Bill Char, Gilman Hu, Stephen Fong, JoAnne Yokata, and Vilad Southammagosanl.

The East-West Center Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays. The Gallery is closed on Saturdays and holidays. Admission is free.

The Gallery is located on the ground floor of John A. Burns Hall, 1601 East-West Road (corner of Dole Street and East-West Road). Weekday parking is available on the adjacent University of Hawai`i at Manoa campus for $3. Parking on Sundays is generally ample and free.

The Flower Traditions in Hawai`i exhibition is being generously supported by Hawai`i Craftsmen with funding from the National Endowment of the Arts. EWC Arts programs are supported by the Hawai`i Pacific Rim Society, Cooke Foundation, Friends of Hawai`i Charities, and generous contributors to the EWC Foundation, including members of the EWC Arts ‘Ohana.

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For more information regarding the exhibition please contact Dr. Michael Schuster at (808) 944-7543 or via email at schustem@eastwestcenter.org . Media inquiries should be addressed to John Lewis at (808) 944-7204
or via email at lewisj@eastwestcenter.org.

The EAST-WEST CENTER is an education and research organization established by the U.S. Congress in 1960 to strengthen relations and understanding among the peoples and nations of Asia, the Pacific, and the United States.  The Center contributes to a peaceful, prosperous and just Asia Pacific community by serving as a vigorous hub for cooperative research, education and dialogue on critical issues of common concern to the Asia Pacific region and the United States.  Funding for the Center comes from the U.S. government, with additional support provided by private agencies, individuals, foundations, corporations, and the governments of the region.