Every three months, we welcome a new, up-and-coming artist as they display their work in the Parc Promenade Gallery, in the lobby of Waikiki Parc.

Current Artist:

Taylor Johnson

Johnson states ‘My work combines images borrowed from old photographs, different types of dwellings, and birds. The photographs, mostly collected from family albums from the 1940’s and 50’s, refer to a utopia often looked upon with fondness. They reflect on ideals of close family ties, the perfect domestic home, and a closer connection with nature. The past becomes mystified and elevated beyond reality; simultaneously evoking romantic nostalgia and sadness.’

‘I also practice a compulsive collecting of organic objects – nests, feathers, preserved moths – and rearrange them in a way that refers to collections seen in family homes. This grouping of images is an attempt to resolve the contradiction between the tenderly familiar and the eerie. Ultimately, I intend for my work to invoke a somber sense of nostalgia in my viewers.’

Taylor Johnson will be graduating with a BFA degree in Printmaking from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa this Fall 2017. Recently, Johnson’s work and efforts were recognized by the UHM Department of Art + Art History faculty and she received the Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Printmaking award, 2017.

The exhibition runs from September 21 - December 8, 2017 in the lobby of the Waikiki Parc Hotel. 


Previous Artists:

Momoe Nakajima

Momoe Nakajima received a BFA degree from the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa in May, 2017. Recently, Nakajima's work and efforts were recognized by the UHM Department of Art + Art History faculty and she received the Ceramic Faculty Book award, 2017.  Nakajima states 'As the saying goes, “Home is where the heart is.” Being born in Japan, yet raised in Hawai’i, this sentiment holds special relevance. The Jars that accompany each figure ground the women and provide guidance, as 'aumakua are believed to do. The undeniable connections between a person and his/her 'aumakua cannot be explained scientifically; thus I hope to reflect their bonds through matching surface design. The floral designs come from both Japanese and Hawaiian plants. They represent home, old and new, past and present, guiding me as I define for myself where I belong.'


Michael Connolly

Michael Connolly is a Hawai‘i-based artist whose work is inspired by volcanic activity, hot rod flames, and graphic novels. Connolly captures three types of lava—pāhoehoe, ‘a‘ā, and pillow lava. Pāhoehoe is smooth and dense, and forms large, flat areas with smooth bumps. ‘A‘ā is characterized by individual rocks that are rough, porous, jagged, and sharp. In his youth, Connolly collected Hot Wheels cars and always favored those painted with hot rod flames; this motif recurs in his work today. 


Dana Brewer

Dana Brewer received a BFA degree with emphasis in glass from the University of Hawai‘i at Ma¯noa in 2016. Her recent group exhibitions include Vision: 2016 Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition, The Art Gallery, UHM; Viscosity (2015), Commons Gallery, UHM; and Hawai‘i Glass Artists juried exhibitions Translucent (2016) and Hot. Glass. (2015) at The Arts at Marks Garage, Honolulu. Brewer received a purchase award from BoxJelly for one of her works in Vision.


Janet Tran

Janet Tran, an interdisciplinary artist, was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawai‘i. She resides within the urban density of Honolulu, where her ongoing observation and analysis of the city’s transformation prompted her to pursue architecture at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. In 2012, after completing her Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on interior design, she continued her architectural studies while simultaneously expanding her interests and skills in the arts. Her recent art processes and manipulations of spatial relationships have been influenced by her longstanding employment in her family’s small business and as a student assistant for the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s Children Center.


Percy Tam

Percy Lam was born and raised in Hong Kong. When he immigrated to the United States and settled in Honolulu, he tried to belong to the new culture but felt like he was outside of it. Soon, he became fascinated with PEZ candy and dispensers. He found this material interesting because its form reminded him of the buildings of Hong Kong. He collected the PEZ dispensers and candy and began using them as a way to anchor himself and to make sense of his new surroundings and culture. PEZ candy has become his personal material to create metaphors for his life-changing experience of immigrating to a foreign land.  


Erin Marquez

View bronze sculptures by University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa graduate student, Erin Marquez at Waikiki Parc’s Promenade Gallery. “My work is greatly influenced by my passion for animals. Having had a childhood filled with many animals, I am fascinated by their presence. My observations have led me to believe there is a balance between intellect and the physical. The power, movement and personality of each animal is unique. Capturing these mannerisms and gestures has become my obsession. Using gesture, each piece is given a presence. I strive to communicate the wild nature all animals possess. I hope to reveal their uncomplicated, raw beauty as I see it.” said Marquez. 


Jonathan Holshue

View glass sculptures by University of Hawai‘i graduate student, Jonathan Holshue at Waikiki Parc’s Promenade Gallery. “My role is to physically manipulate the molten glass, directly interacting with the medium and acting as the control. I coerce the work, ultimately influencing its evolution,” said Holshue. The Parc Arts exhibition is part of the hotel’s expanded arts partnership with the university. This sponsorship promotes up-and-coming artists and provides opportunities for the school’s students and arts educators.


Shannon Webb

Enjoy ceramic sculptures by University of Hawai‘i student, Shannon Webb at Waikiki Parc’s Promenade Gallery. Flora, fauna and water are the sources of inspiration for Webb’s artwork of organic shapes and utilitarian ceramic vessels.  The Parc Arts exhibition is part of the hotel’s expanded arts partnership with the university. This sponsorship promotes up-and-coming artists and provides opportunities for the school’s students and arts educators. 


Tokyo Midtown Design Competition

A selection of award-winning works from the prestigious Tokyo Midtown Design Competition are highlighted as part of an expanded arts partnership of the University of Hawai‘i at Ma¯noa (UHM), Halekulani and Waikiki Parc Hotel. The esteemed and much-anticipated Tokyo Midtown Awards for art and design have been held annually since 2008. The competition attracts emergimng and established artists, designers, architects, art directors, and graphic designers, as well as students.  


Theresa Marie Heinrich 

Theresa Marie Heinrich’s ceramic and mixed media sculptures are a celebration of the maximal, the baroque, and the obsessive. In her practice, she embraces the present, the void, the moment between our thoughts and our feelings. Calculated to elicit unexpected results, Henirich’s processes imbue each work with meaning.


Emily Patacsil

Emily Patacsil sculpts with glass. She works to explore her own connections to and interpretations of traditional Hawaiian concepts such as kuleana (responsibility) and ‘ohana (family). Through the use of different media, she searches for a sense of self — a sense that looks to the past to understand the present. Her work includes sand-casted glass and solid-formed glass, with additional materials such as carved marble, forged copper and paper.


Nate Ditzler

Nate Ditzler’s sculptural expressions are comprised of two main bodies of work. In contemplation of the tension between the natural and the constructed, and how that tension informs facets of the human condition, his sculptures oscillate between themes of environmental concerns and interpersonal communication to explore the nuances of empathy and compassion.


Tonia Moreno

Artist Tonia Moreno makes functional ware and sculptures out of glass. “There’s a lot of different mediums to work with,” Moreno says. “There’s not only blowing glass, but there’s casting glass in a lost wax method or sand-casting in a mold method.” She likes working with glass because of the many qualities it can have and the countless ways she can work with it. “It’s a material unlike metal or wood or ceramic. The intensity of the heat and the fluidity of the glass in its molten state are what intrigues me.” She was interested in ceramics when she was younger, so is now experimenting with ways to combine glass and ceramics.


Ashley Huang

Ashley Huang presented her recent ceramic sculptures in Bamboo Forest. “Each ceramic bamboo culm represents my relationships with significant people who have influenced me throughout my life,” she says. Huang’s work reflects her personal narratives, experiences, and insights she gained on her own journey of self-discovery. 


Nicole Naone

Artist Nicole Naone has arranged and rearranged experiences into a collection of art that recalls the eccentricity of childhood and its expansion as reflected by adulthood’s ample mishaps. She is inspired by beauty and its self-destructive, inevitable and awkward miracles, fevered outbursts and chaos. Her art is the synthesis of notes on creation and destruction.


Dustin Miyakawa

Ceramicist Dustin Miyakawa is driven to bridge the gap between form and function. His main tool is the potter’s wheel. “The wheel is a unique instrument. I like that it happens so quickly and so dynamically. Form is born out of clay and speed,” he explains. Through his work, he strives to convey the beauty in everyday objects, because he believes that a simple cup can say just as much as a sculpture.

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