On Friday April 17th, 2015, Kupa’a 104 was transformed into an art gallery. As UHMC’s main music classroom, Kupa’a 104 serves the dual purpose of piano lab and class instruction. It’s a space where pianists spend most of their time practising and for that reason, anything to inspire them to play and stay is worthwhile.
To launch the annual music week when nearly all music classes are open and free to the public, we worked with other departments to make this exhibit happen. As early as February 2015, the Art Department helped get the artists and supplies together for the art and music improvisation event. The art supplies and picture hanging system were funded by the UHCC grant awarded for “Instrumental ensemble: sustainable learning community” project.
The acrylic paintings were created on the last day of the 2015 Maui Open Studios (MOS) in Heona Art Building. Pianists from the new 1-credit MUS203 Instrumental Ensemble class witnessed the birth of these works as they played on four digital pianos. [Read more.]
Staff from Robert Burton’s Operations & Maintenance team arrived early in the mornings in April, before classes took place, to measure and drill holes into concrete walls to install the picture-hanging brackets.
About the art and improvisation idea, UHMC art instructor Mike Takemoto said, “Having done similar events with Ebb and Flow Arts (with Emil Richards), I had a good idea of what to expect and how to proceed. I basically listened to the musicians and used the colors and shapes I saw in the music. There isn’t any rational explanation how or why that […]