The Donkey Mill Art Center’s Exhibition Program features contemporary visual arts, crafts, and culture as an entry point to explore diverse perspectives, tell stories and to encourage meaningful dialogue and reflection. The Mill’s gallery is a dynamic space to experience contemporary art through thought-provoking original exhibitions and collaborations with guest curators and artists from Hawai’i and abroad. Our artist residencies promote the exchange of ideas and skills between visiting and local artists, and invite community members and visitors alike to connect through the arts on a global scale.


Our exhibitions are always free and open to the public.

Gallery Hours: You can come and view the gallery during our open hours of Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00am to 6:00pm. Safety is a primary concern at the Mill. Wearing a mask is required while visiting our facilities.

“Wilfred Yamasawa” by Adare, (detail), 2021

Kona People

On View: October 23 – December 18, 2021

Paired with Kona farmers, artists featured in this exhibition create works which convey the spirit of “Kona People” through explorations in portraiture.

“Farming has taught me to live closer to ʻāina, to pay attention to everything happening in your environment, to live
simply. Farming means you will always have something to offer to share or to trade. Farming can teach you so much about yourself. It highlights the reciprocal relationship between you and ʻāina.”
Anne Kamuela Meheula, Kona Farmer featured in Kona People through work by artist Hana Yoshihata

This curated exhibition pairs artists with Kona farmers to create works which convey the spirit of “Kona People” through explorations in portraiture. From oil paintings to digital media and drawings, artists employ a variety of methods and media to capture connections between these farmers, the ‘āina and their work. In this collaborative project, farmers and artists shared stories, lessons learned from the land and visions of the future. Featured artists include Adare, Noel Badges Pugh, Naehalani Breeland, Aspen Dewey, Ronit Fahl, Amanda Lillibridge, Mary Lovein, Miho Morinoue, Brandon Reis, Virginia Small, William Wingert and Hana Yoshihata.

Awards will be presented by guest judges, Valerie Corcoran, President of the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival and artist, Gerald Walsh III, who will select first, second and third place winners. The “People’s Choice Award” will be presented to the artist garnering the most votes from the community.

This exhibition and programs are made possible by the support of the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival, the Hawaiʻi Community Foundation’s CHANGE Grant, and a Biennium Grant of the Hawai’i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts.

Opening reception (by appointment)
Saturday, November 6, 2021 6:00 – 8:00 PM
*Registration required – Max 8 people per half hour

Virtual Artist & Farmer Walkthrough (Online)
Thursday, November 11, 5:30 – 7:30 PM
*Registration required

Curator Tour (In-person)
Saturday, November 20, 2:00 – 3:00 & 3:30 – 4:30pm
*Registration required


Emergence: Young Artist Exhibition

Emergence: Young Artist Exhibition

July 16 – August 14, 2021


Young artists of the Donkey Mill were the stars of this exhibition featuring dynamic works from talented students from ages 6 to 16. As art and artmaking for youth is all about exploring relationships to self, family, local and global community, and nature, the works revealed these emerging connections. This exhibition reflected these connections and the themes explored in each art class: a deepened understanding of Hawaii’s native species, the ‘āina and the ocean, cultures near and far visited by the voyaging canoe, Hōkūle‘a, as well as the knowledge held in moon phases and the cycles of nature. Working with diverse media ranging from clay to kapa, and woven textiles to paper sculpture, bookmaking, painting and drawing, the works in this exhibition captured the connection and creativity of these brilliant young artists.

James Jack: a guide to loving water

James Jack: a guide to loving water

May 26 – July 3, 2021


In this experiential exhibition, the Gallery was a participatory space for sharing methods of love for the water and land which we depend upon. Together, with the Donkey Mill Art Center, artist James Jack invited the community of Kona and beyond to engage with water, and listen to the stories and wisdom which water shares with us today. This open-ended exploration of water wove language, creative process and indigenous knowledge to form the basis for an exhibition that presented a collection of listening to water as interdependent parts of documenting imaginative ways of connecting.

Series: Ceramic Works of Form and Image

Series: Ceramic Works of Form and Image

March 13 – May 1, 2021


Through exploration of form, color, texture, and imagery, works by ceramicist Peter Durst and select students culminated in a dynamic collection of over forty architectural ceramic works of diverse scalewith subjects ranging from nature’s wonders to humanity and humor.


This exhibition featured the work of Peter Durst, Heide Cumes, Deirdre Fortune, Cris Lindborg, and Stanward Oyama.

ART IS A PRIORITY!: Annual Art Auction

ART IS A PRIORITY!: Annual Art Auction

February 3 – 26, 2021


During this extraordinary year, the importance of the arts has never been so clear. This year’s online art auction, Art is a Priority!, celebrated art as an essential component of our individual and collective well-being and health. Arts education develops the survival skills of creative problem-solving, empathy, collaboration and curiosity necessary to unite communities on a local, national and global scale. This year we invited 40 + artists, providing an extraordinarily diverse selection of art by established and emerging artists from Hawai’i and beyond.