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Fusion of art and science in new Chinatown

Artist and his spouse posing in front of his photographs in art gallery.
Beth Lenz posing in front of artwork in gallery.
Opening night in gallery at art exhibit.
Art exhibit closing night poster.

The sci-art exhibit will close on November 24 and host a screening along with a talk story. 

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Sea Grant College Program (Hawaiʻi Sea Grant) kicked off its second annual sci-art exhibition on November 3 at The ARTS at Marks Garage in Honolulu’s Chinatown Historic District.

“This exhibition is an exciting moment for Hawaiʻi Sea Grant to share with our communities. Here, visitors will have the extraordinary opportunity to immerse themselves in the mesmerizing fusion of art and science, where artists from Hawaiʻi and all over the world unveil their own distinct connection with the ocean and the ecosystems they passionately study, conserve, and cherish,” said Dr. Beth Lenz, Hawai‘i Sea Grant’s assistant director for diversity and community engagement who organized and curated the exhibit. “This exhibit is a celebration, rich in diverse perspectives and unified by our collective love for the natural world.” 

The exhibit is open to the public through November 24, Tuesday–Saturday, noon–5 p.m. Every Monday (November 6, 13, and 20), the exhibit will host the Science by the Sea Seminar Series at The ARTS at Marks Garage from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. where Hawaiʻi Sea Grant-funded graduate fellows will share their research.

The artwork honors the deep connection to Hawai‘i’s environment and natural resources and showcases the unique perspectives of the artists through many different mediums, a few of which will be offered for sale at the event. A portion of the proceeds will go to the UH Foundation to help those impacted in Maui. 

The exhibit features more than 60 pieces of art, such as oil paintings highlighting microscopic imagery of coral reef organisms; sculptures depicting the mountains to the sea using repurposed materials discarded from scientific research; drawings of marine mammals sleeping vertically in the water column; glow-in-the-dark ceramic and glass abstract sculptures inspired by coral reefs and the myriad interconnections among the reef and ocean life; and much more. 

On the closing night, November 24, there will be a screening of the Voice of the Sea SMMILE for Marine Mammals episode and talk story with the creators and students of the Summer Marine Mammal Intensive Learning Experience for Hawaiʻi high school students 

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View the program HERE


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