The seventh annual event, “Cool Fusion: The Festival of 1000 Bowls” will be held on Saturday, September 7, at the Donkey Mill Art Center in Holualoa. Once again your local community art center invites you to come up the hill to cool Kona coffee land to enjoy a refreshing lunch of somen noodles served in a handmade bowl of your choice. Relax on the lawn of the art center while you enjoy live music by Grammy and multiple Na Hoku Hano Hano award winning slack key artist John Keawe.
This festival is an opportunity for guests to bring a piece of handmade art into their daily life. Local ceramic artists have volunteered their time and talent to create 1000 beautiful handmade noodle bowls, which will be displayed the day of the event.
Upon arriving, each guest chooses one of these bowls — which they will keep — to enjoy a light lunch of Japanese cold somen noodles. (Somen is a signature summer dish served cold. Very thin, wheat flour noodles are artfully presented — served in a special broth with an array of carefully prepared toppings, in a personal-sized bowl called a soba choko).
All funds raised by this event will support the Ceramics Department’s mission to bring clay art to people of all ages and abilities in our island community. Along with year-round ongoing classes in pottery and sculpture, the program also offers weekend workshops focusing on various techniques taught by visiting artists from around the world.
This lively exchange of cultures and perspectives brings an essential flow of fresh ideas and new information into our local ceramic scene. Your support allows the Donkey Mill to continue to keep the kilns firing so we can all have access to the healing power of clay.
Admission is $25 for adults and $12 for children 12 and under, and additional bowls can be purchased for as little as $10 each. There will also be larger bowls and other handmade ceramic items for sale.
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