Tree of Life Exhibition Gala Opening

Please join us for the following two events as we celebrate the opening of the East-West Center’s newest exhibition, Tree of Life.

Saturday, June 3, 4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.

Tree of Life: Celebrating Handcraft from India + Malaysia
Honolulu Museum of Art School
900 S. Beretania Street
Honolulu, HI  96814

As part of programming for the East-West Center Gallery’s exhibition Tree of Life, on view June 4 to September 10, the Honolulu Museum of Art School hosts a talk and demonstrations by visiting artists.

In the exhibition are works from 20 Asian countries. You’ll see textiles, paintings, ceramics, basketry, metal work, jewelry, lacquer, stone, wood, and leather. Handcrafted from natural and sustainable materials, the artwork focuses on traditional and contemporary interpretations of the Tree of Life. The aim of the exhibition is to create awareness about the importance of ecology to stimulate creativity as well as to highlight cultural sustainability.


Jai Prakash, India

Demonstrations, 4-4:30 pm:

Jai Prakash, India: miniature painting
Deepak Sankit, India: enamel jewelry
Michael Lim, Sarawak, Malaysia: palm leaf weaving
Ramsay Ong, Sarawak, Malaysia: collage, bead jewelry
Mathew Ngau Jau, Sarawak, Malaysia: sapeh lute music

Talk, 4:45-5:30 pm:
“Tradition and Innovation in Indian Arts and Crafts” by Manjari Nirula

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Sunday, June 4, 2:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m.

East-West Center Gallery

Exhibition Gala Opening including reception, art demonstrations, short performance, and exhibition tour with guest curators Edric Ong and Manjari Nirula.

Illustrated Talk: “Tree of Life: ‘Ohi‘a Lehua”

Please join us at the East-West Center Gallery on Sunday, July 23, from 2:00–3:00 p.m., for an illustrated talk: “Tree of Life: ‘Ohi‘a Lehua.” Learn about Rapid ‘Ohi‘a Death threatening Hawai‘i’s Tree of Life with Christy Martin, CGAPS-Coordinating Group on Alien Pest Species (a project of the Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit, UH-Manoa).

From right: ‘Ōhi‘a lehua blossoms on a healthy tree; browning of an infected ‘ōhi‘a. Photos: National Park Service

Illustrated Talk: “The Buddhist Bodhi Tree”

Please join us on Sunday, July 9, 2:00–3:00 p.m. for an illustrated talk, “The Buddhist Bodhi Tree,” with Patricia Masters from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa.

East-West Center Gallery
John A. Burns Hall, 1601 East-West Road
(corner Dole St. & East-West Rd.)

Parking on the UH-Mānoa campus is normally free and ample on Sundays.

For further information: 944-7177