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WEST HAWAII TODAY | BIG ISLAND ENTERTAINMENT SCENE FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2016 | 11 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT be devastating on a number of levels: ecologically, culturally, and economically. If interested in submitting a piece to the contest, all artwork must be registered online by Oct. 20 at www. hawaiineiartcontest.org. A photo of the artwork and entry fees are required with registration. The piece must be original, created in the past two years, and the image must not have been previously shown in any other exhibition, gallery or website. Artwork drop-off dates, times, and locations are 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Donkey Mill Art Center in Holualoa and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Wailoa Center in Hilo. West Hawaii participants are required to have their items boxed and ready for transport to Hilo. The exhibition will begin Nov. 4 with a 4:30-5:30 p.m. reception at Wailoa Center in Hilo followed by a formal reception and award ceremony for the adult division from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Winners will be announced and prizes awarded along with music, crafts and refreshments and the annual native species costume contest at 5:30 p.m. All ages are welcome to attend. This year, Hawaii Nei will be visited by an Acquisition Award Committee from the State Foundation for Culture and the Arts. Artwork selected for an Acquisition Award are added to the State Foundation’s Art in Public Spaces Collection. Wailoa Center is located at 200 Piopio St. Admission is free and the gallery is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Info: hawaii.nei. art@gmail.com, www. hawaiineiartcontest.org. Workshops & classes Tropical flower arranging workshop starts Oct. 7 Kaipo AhChong will host tropical flower arranging workshops starting Oct. 7 at Volcano Art Center. A tropical agriculture farmer and member of Halau Na Kamalei, AhChong will share his expert skills in this handson workshop, which will be held 2-4 p.m. Oct. 7 and Nov. 4. Participants will explore color and texture in 3 dimensions with tropical flowers. Each class will result in an arrangement to take home and enjoy. Cleaned tropical flowers will be provided and the class fee is $45. Info: 967-8222, www. volcanoartcenter.org. Author plans workshop Big Island writing teacher and award-winning novelist Tom Peek will host a new writing workshop, “Writing On The Wild Side,” Oct. 8 at Volcano Art Center. Peek offers a wealth of knowledge that writers can use in everyday social media sharing, including journaling and blogging. “Writing on the Wild Side” will help writers create prose that people actually want to read. A writer for more than three decades, Peek’s work includes an awardwinning novel, newspaper stories and commentaries, university publications, magazine articles, national park exhibits and awardwinning video productions. The workshop is 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and costs $65 for members; $75 for nonmembers. Info: www. volcanoartcenter.org. SKEA Magic Camp starts Oct. 10 The Society for Kona’s Education and Art hosts its Magic Camp Oct. 10-13 in Honaunau. The camp runs 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day and provides a fun, educational and creative opportunity for students ages 10-18 to learn the tricks of the trade with local talented magicians Arnie “Arneleo The Great” Rabin, Barry “The Great Barusky” Gitelson, and Bruce and Jennifer Meyers. Tuition is $75 for the week, in addition to a SKEA one-year family membership, which costs $35. Scholarships are available. Space is limited to 20 students. Info: 328-9392, www.skea.org. Announcements Skaggs tabbed for international art exhibit Big Island artist Christina Skaggs’ painting “Garden of Pomegranates” remains on display at the through Nov. 13 at the Irving Arts Center, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, in Dallas. The painting was selected by renowned curator Maryam Ekhtiar, Metropolitan Museum of Art for the fifth annual Juried International Exhibition of Contemporary Islamic Art, which opened Sept. 17. The international exhibit offers a window into contemporary art inspired by Islamic culture, art, literature and architecture. Works of art from 23 states and nine other countries including France, Bahrain, Iran, Italy, Korea and India are part of the exhibit. Info: www. christinaskaggspaintings. com, www. islamicartrevival.com.- ➠ Continued from page 8 GET SOME INK! Submit press releases via email to entertainment@ westhawaiitoday.com. INCLUDES TWO-PERSON SHARED CART Cool, gentle winds with rolling fairways. 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