The East Rift Art Show Starts Friday

Hawaii Museum Of Contemporary Art’s presents The East Rift Art Show – celebrating alternative contemporary art from tattoos to motorcycles, skateboards to metal-work, The East Rift Art Show rocks Hawaii’s wild side.


Named after the Big Island’s volcanic East Rift Zone – famous for its explosive creation – the East Rift Art Show is the Hawaii Museum of Contemporary Art’s first tag-art exhibition. From the classic hot-rod, rockabilly spray-paint to Hawaii’s dynamic tribal fusion, alternative contemporary art has a vibrant history, but like Hawaii’s volcanoes it’s always changing.


According to Rose Adare, the artist who organized the exhibition, “Graffiti, tagging, body-paint, piercings, tattoos and the art of personal expression not only reflect a unique, and above all valid cultural identity, but are often the first generational introduction of a new emergent style.”


Opening night is First Friday, February 7th, 5:30 – 9:30 pm, and features Smack Dab Acoustic, the StarFire Flame Sisters and a provocative body-art fashion show. The East Rift Art show runs from February 8th through February 26th, and features art by Sigmund Alberin, Robert Bennett, John and Rae Butler, Robert Lapkoff, Kristin Lowery, Jacob Arthur Medina, Mydock, Selina Paiva, Roy Ruiz, Leilani Yates and many more. Admission is free, donations appreciated.

The show runs from February 8th through February 26th at the Museum of Contemporary Art at 141 Kalakaua Street in downtown Hilo.  Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday, 9am-4pm, and Saturday, 9am-5pm. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.

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