30th Annual Trash Show

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Friday, October 5, 2018 - 5:30pm to Friday, October 26, 2018 - 4:00pm

Ira Ono, founder of “The Trash Show: Hawaii Artists Recycle,” will be returning to jury the 30th anniversary edition of one of East Hawaii’s longest-running annual arts events. The show runs from October 5-26, beginning with a gala opening on Friday, October 5, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., followed by a special dance performance, “My Empty Body is Full of Stars,” by the Prince Dance Theatre company, starting at 7:30 in EHCC’s upstairs performance space, (the gallery will close at this time).

Ono’s roots in recycled art go back to his childhood in New York, when he used to scrounge “treasures” for his mom’s antique shop. He was already known for his own recycled art collages and “trash art” jewelry before he moved to the Big Island. He started the Trash Show in 1988 to give other island artists a showcase for original works made from recycled materials. And they responded, with everything from John Mydock’s fanciful insect sculptures, with wings made from old sunglasses lenses, to elaborate installation pieces made with beach flotsum. Many pieces had strong political messages about the environment, recycling and pollution. The show, Ono says, “reminds people that we’re living on an island with limited resources.”

The exhibit proved so popular that Ono was invited to create similar shows on Maui and Oahu.

For many years, a popular feature of the show was a “Haute Trash Fashion Show” featuring designs by “Trash Goddess” Robin Worley. Those shows ended a few years ago, and Worley now runs Hilo’s Palace Theater. But this year, Worley’s also returning to judge a special event: artists and members of the public are invited to make their own imaginative headgear and wear it on opening night for the “Haute Trash Hat Contest.”

Gala Opening Night Friday October 5th 2018 from 5:30 - 7:30PM here at the East Hawai'i Cultural Center!

Performance from The Prince Dance Theater at 7:30PM on opening night in the Kahua 'Elua (2nd Floor Theater)

Duration of the exhibit: Oct 5- 26, 2018.


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