Celebrating its 29th year as a cornerstone of the West Hawai’i art scene, the Donkey Mill Art Center proudly presents its annual art auction, Bloom. Showcasing over 100 unique works by emerging and established artists, this event is a testament to the vibrant creativity thriving in the region.

The auction offers various ways for individuals to participate. Art enthusiasts can view the artwork, free and open to the public, at the Donkey Mill gallery from February 3 – March 2 during open hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. For those interested in purchasing artworks, the online silent auction opens on Saturday, February 10th at 10:00 am. Participants must register at: bit.ly/BloomAnnualArtAuction.

The collection of art featured in the auction presents a snapshot of the Mill’s critically important work, with each individual piece representing a unique relationship with our community. We are all immensely grateful for this special gathering of artists who come together each year to donate their works in support of our organization and programs. It’s through art experiences that we have opportunities to grow more fully — to bloom — into the best versions of ourselves,” says Donkey Mill Curator, Mina Elison.

The auction boasts a phenomenal selection of prints, paintings, ceramics, photographs, and fiber arts, celebrating the abundant excellence of local artists at all levels. Notable artists featured include John Koga, Hiroki Morinoue, Clayton Amemiya, Lynn Capell, Roen Hufford, Wayne Levin, and Mayumi Oda. Additionally, internationally renowned artists Michel Tuffery and Melanie Yazzie contribute artworks. This year’s live auction features a once-in-a-lifetime art experience with the beloved Setsuko Morinoue. View the Auction Catalog here: bit.ly/BloomAuctionCatalog.

2024 marks the 70th Anniversary of the Donkey Mill’s historic building. Proceeds from winning bids and donations directly support year-round arts education programming and essential facility improvements. This year will be a period of engagement, planning, and development as the master campus plan takes shape. The organization looks forward to engaging stakeholders and the community in this process of blooming and building a Donkey Mill that will serve for decades to come.

Featured Artwork by John Koga, Ocean Glow (detail), 2023

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