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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Saturday, January 16, 2010

For the love of Grandma

By Treena Shapiro
Assistant Features Editor

Hawaii news photo - The Honolulu Advertiser

Kaydi Kuriyama tackles an art project at Bank of Hawaii Family Sunday. Tomorrow’s crafts include mini flower arrangements and postcards.

SHUZO UEMOTO | Honolulu Academy of Arts

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"In Honor of Grandmother," curated by textiles manager Sara Oka, was inspired by a Hawaiian quilt donated to the Honolulu Academy of Arts in 2007 by Thane Pratt. The quilt belonged to his mother, Brenda Cooke Pratt, who inherited it from her mother, Anna Rice Cooke, founder of the Academy.

The quilt, "Ka'ohu o Halemano," by Ella Victor, is one of 40 works in the exhibit with a rich island family history. Also on display will be a crazy quilt that belonged to Republican senator for Hawai'i's Territorial Legislature Joseph Farrington, two feather lei that belonged to King Lunalilo's grandmother Princess Miriam Kalakua Kaheiheimaile, and other gifts made by or inherited from grandmas.

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Grandmothers will be honored in art and play at the Honolulu Academy of Arts Bank of Hawaii Family Sunday.

The academy is exhibiting "In Honor of Grandmother," inspiring the family day theme "I [heart] Grandma," a free event for all ages. Visitors are encouraged to bring their grandmothers, and the first 100 grandmas will get a complimentary flower.

In November, the academy put out a call for images of grandmothers, which have been used in a tile textile piece included in the "In Honor of Grandmother" exhibition. Contributors can view the artwork in Gallery 22 and people who come tomorrow can bring in new images of their grandmothers, which will be scanned in by Academy staff and added to the work.

Family Sunday art activities include making miniature flower arrangements and fabric postcards for grandmas. There will also be quilting demonstrations, a performance by the dynamic seniors in the North Shore Scottish Country Dancers, storytelling by Hannelore Herbig and bingo.

Admission to the Honolulu Academy of Arts is free tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 532-8700 or visit www.honoluluacademy.org.

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