Art@town is excited to present Retrospect Designs’ very first “art” opening, “Reclaiming the Title Reclaimed”.

Tyler Gregorka and Lauren Finley-Jacob of Retrospect Designs have collaborated together for this art show. While the theme of reclaimed wood remains constant across the sets of pieces, their inspiration was found in many different places. Lauren was inspired by textiles of central Mexico and South America. She aimed to capture the essence of these beautifully colored and handmade fabrics with a wood medium. Tyler has always been intrigued with the foundation behind geometry and entertains his mind with patterns, allowing his pieces to be experimental in nature, while drawing from classic geometric shapes. Ultimately there was only one goal: to make reclaimed wood look good, and to let people know that there is much more to the reclaimed wood world that weathered pallets. The wood faced on these art pieces are all locally reclaimed from Hawaii.

Tyler is a carpenter and metal fabricator with a background in motorcycles, off road trucks, fine furniture and cabinet making, giving him not only an eye for aesthetics, but for structure and stability. He has always had an urge to create and build, which pushed him towards starting his own business. As founder of Retrospect Designs, Tyler hopes to produce more furniture pieces and express creativity without limits. In his ideal model, Tyler would focus on building custom motorcycles, skateboards, and coffee tables.

Lauren is a student at UH Manoa studying ethnobotany, how humans and plants interact. This has played an important role in her life, exposing her to traveling and to various cultures around the world. With Retrospect Designs, she has been able to hone in skills to make wooden and metal planters. Simultaneously falling in love with design, she now has interest in designing and producing lighting fixtures, wall installations, and furniture.


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New artist Mark Cunningham
“Mother Earth Mother Ocean”
in celebration of Earth Month
April through June
Made in Hawaii, born in Massachusetts, Mark Cunningham has been in love with the ocean and surf for 59 years.  Punahou released him in 1974 for good behavior…a retired City & County of Honolulu Lifeguard he still spends the bulk of his time on the beach and in the water.
As much as Mark loves to ride waves he’s just as intrigued with what lie’s beneath them.
When the conditions allows, he dons mask, fins and snorkel and makes the most out of exploring and scavenging reefs and impact zones for exercise and treasure.  Beachcombing between Makapuu and Kahuku has provided all the wood for the pieces displayed in this exhibit.
You may be looking around and wondering..”treasure”?  For every man’s treasure will be defined in a different and unique manner, and for Mark, these pieces represent a life, a story and an adventure: the remains of a wipeout, a tale floated from miles away, the shiny and the new becoming corroded and encrusted.
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art@town series 29 featuring local artist Isis Godfrey:


Isis Godfrey is a contemporary landscape , portrait and still life painter based in Honolulu and England. At the age of sixteen Isis Godfrey she moved to London from Hawaii to pursue her art career. There she studied traditional techniques in painting, drawing, printing and sculpture in London’s fine art colleges.  Her work was chosen for the prestigious Schafer Portrait Challenge, and Japanese Chamber of Commerce Juried Show as well as The Contemporary Museum’s ContempoRarities She has also had the honour of exhibiting at the Royal College of Art London for the past two years.

Isis’ work is in many corporate collections including Ko’olina Resort, Hualalai resort, Moana Surfrider, Queen’s Medical Center, Sheraton Hotels, and the Waikiki Parc Hotel. She has  been featured Honolulu Advertiser, Honolulu Weekly, Modern Luxury Magazine, City Magazine and Honolulu Magazine.


For the price list and any inquiries, please contact Natalie Aczon, art@town curator.

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HONOLULU, HAWAII — art@town presents artist Asia Leong’s first solo exhibition of her photographic intaglio etchings and ceramic sculpture in an exhibition that continues through January 2015. An opening reception will take place at 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, at Town restaurant, 3435 Waialae Ave.

Leong, a renowned jewelry designer raised on Hawaii Island, spent her career in New York and France before returning home, where she discovered a passion for intaglio printmaking in Hilo and at the Honolulu Museum of Art.

“For many years I was drawn to the beauty of the classical engravings which permeate daily French life,” she said. “I enjoy the traditional, tactile aspect of printmaking, combining this quality with contemporary means. The photographs have been taken over the years of my life and travels; each image has a story, a feeling of place.”

There is a thread of naturalistic subtlety that permeates her work. In her prints, Leong strives for a delicacy of tone that rivals the best photography, beginning with soft highlights, evolving through a succession of grays ending in a rich black.

Born to an artistic family, she said, “Ceramic sculpture is an intuitive medium for me. There is nobility in the simple clay body, which is very appealing to develop.”

About the artist:

Asia Leong grew up in the remote forest of Volcano Village on the Big Island of Hawaii, raised by two artists in a way that left her with a unique nature meets city sophisticate sensibility that shapes her design life and art today. Her inaugural jewelry collection, launched in 1995, won the attention of fashion editors who lauded her work in the pages of WWD, Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, Elle and InStyle magazines and attracted the attention of celebrities and jewelry buyers from Barney’s, Fred Segal, Neiman Marcus and Colette in Paris. Recently, Leong returned home from France to focus on merging her interests in fine art and jewelry.

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