4 Thursday, October 6, 2016 Island Beat Hawaii Tribune-Herald Mettler says her glasswork will be a nice complement and a contrast to all of the wooden ukulele and furniture at the show. She will showcase a large selection of her work, including items from her “Basket Series,” “Beach Pebble Series” and “Cylinder Series.” “Each unique vessel is a gift from the heart,” says Mettler, whose fascination with glass began when she was a teenager. “I have been working in glass for nearly 20 years, and am continuously inspired by its versatility, fluidity and textural capabilities. Using glass as my canvas, I create bright, living pieces inspired by the flora, fauna and ocean life on the Kona Coast.” Mettler says when working with a piece of glass she designs and hand-sandblasts vessels, allowing her to experiment with layers of texture and pattern. “I etch each unique vessel, often envisioning a series centered on a common theme,” she says. Key loves to research and carve challenging adornments that his ancestors once created. “Sometimes, the original pieces can only be found in artifact books and in the Bishop Museum,” Key explains. “In my carvings, you can see the work of my kupuna who inspired me.” He will bring his carved items and his photography to this exhibit. “Chasing the sun with my camera in hand is what really rejuvenates me after a long day of carving adornments,” he says. “So, it made sense to include both my photography and carving in the show.” Key blends today’s technology with traditional Hawaiian forms in his carving. “Carving is my first love, but the process can be long and excruciating,” Key says. “At times, I can spend over a month on a single piece. My photography, on the other hand, gives me almost instant gratification. I press the shutter, and in a split second, I can see the result. To make it to the printer, the photo must capture your eye immediately, grab you and make you feel like you can walk or swim into the canvas.” An opening reception for the exhibit is slated for 5-8 p.m. Friday at Wailoa Center, with live entertainment and many builders on hand to answer questions. Show hours are 9 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and there will be three special Saturday events sponsored by the Big Island Ukulele Guild. Drawings for a free ukulele will take place opening night as well as during the Saturday events. Kanikapila sessions are noon-3 p.m. Saturday and Oct. 22 led by Alan Hale and Andy Andrews (Puna Kanikapila Association), respectively. An ukulele-building demonstration is slated for noon-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, by Big Island Ukulele Guild members. For more information, call Wailoa Center at 933-0416 or Gleason at 966-6323. For more information about the Big Island Ukulele Guild, visit www.bigislandukuleleguild. org. EXHIBIT From page 3 Courtesy photo Four ukuleles by Michael Perdue.
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