Heather Brown - Surf Art

Matt Tuohy
By Matt Tuohy
Friday - January 30, 2009
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Heather Brown - Surf Art

It’s always refreshing to see a different take on an old way of doing something.

Which perfectly describes the work of Heather Brown.

Brown’s style of surf art stands out from the usual simply because of her style. Where a lot of surf artists spend hours being meticulous about details like ocean spray or proper shape to coincide with what they are seeing, Brown strips the image down to the basics using bold outlines that give the shapes, colors and subjects in each painting a stained-glass look.

“I want my art to be different, unique - with a new and fresh perspective,” says Brown, who calls her style an abstract form of surf art.

Brown’s work will be featured in the show Saltwater and Feathers Feb. 4-28 at The Chinatown Boardroom, with an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 4.

A transplant from Southern California, Brown came to the Islands in 2000 to attend UH-Manoa to study printmaking, and currently resides on the North Shore.

A few samples of Brown’s work, which she describes as an abstract form of surf art. Pipeline

“I’ve always made art since I was a little kid, but I didn’t start painting till my first semester at the University of Hawaii, where I earned my bachelor’s in fine arts,” she says. She also dabbles in sculpting, photography and does some printmaking.“I’d really like to do intaglio prints again soon,” she confesses.

Aside from surfing and painting for local venues, Brown also works with Foam magazine - a women’s surf magazine that covers fashion, art and music - and is a featured Rip Curl artist for Europe and the U.S. “I’ll be going to Tahiti next month with Rip Curl to help with the coral reef conservation project and to illustrate the trip with my art,” she says. “And this summer, I’ll be going along with the Rip Curl tour across Europe to exhibit my art and run art workshops.”

Other places to find Brown’s surf art are Deep Ecology, Good Art, Wyland galleries as well as her own gallery in Japan, which is due to open in March.

For more information on the artist, visit www.heatherbrownart.com. For more information on the exhibition, visit www.chinatownboardroom.com.

A few samples of Brown’s work, which she describes as an abstract form of surf art. Beach Birds


Feed the Hungry

The Hawaii Potters’ Guild will sell bowls to feed the hungry in its first Empty Bowl Project held in Hawaii. I know what you’re thinking, but we’re not talking about drug paraphernalia, helping cure a major case of the munchies, or a football game. The bowls are works of art that will be sold to help fill shelves at the Hawaii Foodbank.

The guild will sell the locally handmade bowls - donated by its members and outside ceramists - for $15 each at The ARTS at Marks Garage from 6 to 9 p.m. on February’s First Friday, Feb. 6.

The bowls will be filled with soup - cooked up by restaurants Side Street Inn, Downtown, Café Laufer and Great Life Cuisine - accompanied by a piece of bread to complete the meal. All of the funds raised go directly to the Hawaii Foodbank, and canned food donations also will be accepted during the event.

“The idea of this is to represent feeding the hungry - what they normally get is a cup of soup and a piece of bread,” says the event organizer Cindy Chaponot.

A couple of samples of donated bowls that will be sold during the fundraiser

She says the original target number of bowl sales was about 500, but she expects to sell more since artists have sent more than 660 bowls so far. “I was actually able to get more than I asked for,” she says, noting some individual potters are making more than 50 bowls for donation.“We’ve gotten great community support.”

There also will be a silent auction for “signature bowls” created by featured artists such as Yukio Ozaki, Kenny Kicklighter, Ken Kang and others.

The event also will help celebrate the guild’s 42nd anniversary.“We have 75 to 100 members in Hawaii Potters’ Guild, and some of the original (members) will be recognized at the function,” says Chaponot.

The guild, a nonprofit organization, is at 2480 Bingham St. near University Avenue. The organization caters to ceramists of all skill levels and regularly holds classes at its location.“We do other outside community work too,” says Chaponot, “because that’s a part of our mission statement - not to just provide an environment for creating ceramics, but also to help the outside community.”

For more information on the guild or the fundraiser, call 941-8108 or visit www.hawaiipottersguild.org.

“We’re looking forward to having people come,” says Chaponot, who adds she also is trying to get more restaurants on board to help fill the extra bowls.

Check out video footage of a recent last-Saturday Art Walk in Haleiwa, another of which will happen this Saturday, Jan. 30. You also can check out some of the video shot Jan. 24 during the Chinese New Year celebration in Chinatown:


With the major success of Chinatown’s First Friday Art Walks, held every first Friday of the month, gallery owners and artist in Haleiwa decided to get in on the action with Last Saturday’s. Businesses will keep their doors open until about 9 p.m. every last Saturday of the month, and live music and painting available in select galleries.  For a complete list of open businesses during the event, go to www.gonorthshore.org or call 637-4558.



The following is a small sample of the events that occurred during the Chinese New Year celebrations in Chinatown on Jan. 24. Performers from the Fire Arts Collective spun flaming poi balls, staffs and nails to raging techno music, followed by a lion dance from the Wah Ngai Lion Dance Association.  For more information on the weekend’s events, visit www.chinatownhi.com.


Videos by Matt Tuohy


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