Fresh news direct from my friend, Jasper Wong, who has announced Pow Wow Hawaii

Usually the beauty of art is most commonly enjoyed during its final stage. All the blood, sweat and tears happen behind closed doors. However, that is where the real grandeur lies. The creative process. Imagine for a moment a gathering of internationally renowned artists in one place. A place that will allow them to do what they do best: be creative. We give them the tools, the space and the freedom to paint for one week. During a period of four days, we make that process open to the public, allowing them full engagement and interaction between the artists and their audience. They witness the creativity in its entirety and become an essential part of the artists’ process. It’s about the breaking down of those closed doors and making art accessible. Seeing creativity happen from beginning to end.

A selection of images from four of the included artists – 123Klan, Megs, Will Barras, and Jasper himself – along with the full press release for Pow Wow Hawaii after the jump.

A ‘Pow Wow’ is a Native American celebration of music and art. It’s a gathering of creative minds. Inspired by this ancient tradition, we organize our own ‘Pow Wows’ – art and music events for local communities, on a global scale. We believe in the power of art as an inspirational force, and a way of bringing communities together. In hosting these events, we aim to provide a globally recognized platform for emerging and established creatives, while encouraging the community to participate in the celebration of outstanding local and international art.
In February 2010, the first annual Pow Wow event took place in Hong Kong. Creatives were flown in from all over the world to promote creative pursuits in an urban jungle. Artists including Wu Yue, Jasper Wong, Will Barras, Pat Lee, and Jahan produced live art over two days, while DJs Verbal and Yoon masterfully provided us with musical inspiration.
The second annual Pow Wow will be held in Oahu, Hawaii in February, 2011. Following last year’s success, most of our original line-up are back on board, with some exceptional local and international additions. Our theme this year: the process of creating art. This year promises to be a mind-blowing art event, with more artists, more music, and more reasons for you to Pow Wow.

The opening night of Pow Wow will take place on Saturday, February 19th, 2010 at Loft in Space between 6 pm and 11 pm (details below). Artists will be painting in the venue from February 16 to 19. This period will be open to the public and is a rare opportunity for the community to witness the creative process from beginning to end. As well as meeting their favorite artists one on one.

Post-Event Capsule Collection
A limited-edition capsule collection will be released after the event in collaboration with In4mation and Incase. A selection of artists will develop graphics based on their experiences in Hawaii that will be used on tees and Incase products.

Participating International Artist
123Klan / / Montreal, Canada Jeff Hamada / / Vancouver, Canada Meggs / / Melbourne, Australia Will Barras / / London, England Wu Yue / / Paris, France

Participating Local Artist
Jasper Wong / / Honolulu, Hawaii Jesico Serrano / / Honolulu, Hawaii Kamea Hadar / / Honolulu, Hawaii Prime / / Honolulu, Hawaii

Brand Partners
In4mation / / Honolulu, Hawaii Incase / / San Francisco, California

POW WOW Open Studio and Live Painting
February 16-19, 2011 1:00 pm to late
Loft in Space 831 Queen Street Honolulu, Hawaii 96813 p: 808.688.8055

POW WOW Hawaii Opening Night
Saturday, February 19th, 2011 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Loft in Space 831 Queen Street Honolulu, Hawaii 96813 p: 808.688.8055

POW WOW Afterparty
Saturday, February 19th, 2011 10 pm – late
Nextdoor 43 N Hotel Street Honolulu, HI 96817 p: 808.852.2243

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