Community arts center The ARTS at Marks Garage attracts over 30,000 people per year. Visitors are drawn to its varied exhibition program which features a new show every month, alongside its busy calendar of events that includes over 150 performances, screenings, lectures, and workshops. The ARTS at Marks Garage is home to over a dozen performance and visual arts groups, and offers a range of creative classes for the neighborhood community with a focus on classes for young people. The center is also recognized for its sponsorship of the creative revitalization of Honolulu’s Downtown-Chinatown area, providing support through neighborhood relations, street festivals, First Friday Gallery Walks, and numerous other celebrations. The First Friday Gallery Walk began in 2003 as a free, self-guided tour around the galleries and studios in the area, all of which hold rotating art exhibitions and provide entertainment specifically for the event.
Arts At Marks Garage, 1159 Nuuanu Ave, Honolulu, HI, USA,+1 808 521 2903
Now in its 25th year, Nohea Gallery was established by mother-and-daughter duo Gail and Laurie Baron. This small family-run gallery has since shown great passion for local art, as well as the artists within the community. The space features original paintings by artists such as Kau’i Chun, Peter Shepard Cole, jewelry by Beach Girls Jewelry, Sonny Ching Designs, Paradisus, and Wayne Keet. Nohea also displays wood, glass, and ceramic works by local craftsmen and guest exhibitors from around the world. Committed to presenting the best in local arts and crafts, the gallery is an everyday celebration of the local artistic community, having received multiple local awards.
Nohea Gallery, 1050 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, HI, USA, +1 808 596 0074
Independent artist-run space Pegge Hopper Gallery opened its doors in 1983. Hopper, whose original paintings, drawings, posters, and limited editions are on display at the gallery, is originally from California. She moved to Honolulu in the 1960s as the Art Director for a local ad agency before returning to her true passion, painting, in 1970, specializing in figurative and landscape painting. Alongside her own works, the Pegge Hopper Gallery also periodically presents works by other artists in group shows.
Pegge Hopper Gallery, 1164 Nuuanu Ave, Honolulu, HI, USA, +1 808 524 1160
Owner and founder Robyn Buntin opened his first gallery in Hawaii in 1976, showcasing works by Hawaii-based artists alongside Japanese antiques. Buntin is an expert in Japanese and Chinese art, particularly Buddhist art and sculpture and Chinese jade. His wife Judy lends her expertise on Japanese woodblock prints. The couple exhibit a sizeable collection of Japanese antiques acquired whilst living in Japan. Now conveniently located near to the Honolulu Academy of Arts, Robyn Buntin of Honolulu presents a variety of contemporary and modern artworks and antiques with a focus on Japanese, Zen, Chinese, Hawaiian, Polynesian, Southeast Asian, Tibetan, Himalayan, Indian, Korean and Pre-Colombian art.
Robyn Buntin of Honolulu, 848 S Beretania St, Honolulu, HI, USA, +1 808 523 5913