DANA BREWER at WAIKIKI PARC GALLERY
February 9 – March 31, 2017
Public Reception: Thursday, February 9, 2017 / 6-8pm
Dana Brewer was born and raised in Washington State, for the most part, in the countryside. From a young age she developed a love of nature and for the beauty of the large oak and pine trees that surrounded her.
In 2011, Brewer relocated to Honolulu to attend the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM) to pursue a career in the field of interpreting. She decided to try her hand at glassblowing. Although she had always feared heat—even the heat of an oven full of cookies—she was somehow drawn to the molten glass and the kilns. As her fears subsided, Brewer discovered that heat, gravity, and breath can unite to create the most elegant, nature-inspired forms. She was hooked—her joy in the medium was evident and she couldn’t imagine her life without the heat. In May 2016, Brewer received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a focus on glass from the Department of Art + Art History, UHM. In the future, Brewer plans to continue creating and developing as an artist with a concentration in hot glass.
Brewer states, “For me, the easiest way to get lost and found at the same time is in nature. Art is my way to praise nature, to continue the conversation and recognition of the vital connection between an individual and nature.”
Her recent group exhibitions include Vision: 2016 Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition, The Art Gallery, UHM; Viscosity (2015), Commons Gallery, UHM; and Hawa’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.
Guitarist Christopher Hopper will provide music at the opening reception in this series of up-and-coming young artists’ exhibitions at the Waikiki Parc. In 2016, he received a Bachelor of Music degree in performance from the Department of Music, UHM. He has also studied with guitar virtuosos Carlos Barbosa Lima, and the Brazilian Guitar Duo’s Douglas Lora and João Luiz. A regular performer at Hy’s Steakhouse, Hopper teaches guitar and ukulele to 20 students each week.
SPONSORS: University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Department of Art + Art History, College of Arts + Humanities, and Waikiki Parc Hotel – Hospitality Sponsor for the Arts at UH Mānoa
ADDRESS, HOURS + ADMISSION
Parc Promenade Gallery, Waikiki Parc Hotel Lobby
2233 Helumoa Road, Honolulu
Daily hotel hours / Free admission
Complimentary parking with hotel validation
Petrichor (detail), 2016
blown, hot-sculpted glass, found wood, paint
Photographer: Chris Rohrer