Hawaiʻi Watercolor Society’s 2021 Members’ Show, On Display Until Saturday, April 24


Downtown Art Center is proud to feature Hawaii Watercolor Society’s 2021 Member Show in the Second Floor gallery this April, with 50 beautiful watercolor pieces from 31 artists, juried by Laurie Goldstein-Warren. See all the accepted artists and award-winners in the show, including Jimmy Tablante’s painting, “Mother and Child,” which won Best In Show.

In addition, the exhibition includes 16 paintings selected from the HWS open show and a companion show by Honolulu Woodturners Association, with 24 fine wood art pieces.

The Hawaiʻi Watercolor Society show will run from Tuesday, March 30 to Saturday April 24, 2021 in the upstairs DAC gallery.

“Running Blues” by Liz Corbin
“Drummers & Dancers” by Frances Hill
“Underwater Dream” by Janet Meinke-Lau
“Burley” by Craig Mason
“Norfolk Island Pine Bowl” by David Chung

“Something Fishy” on Display Until March 27, 2021


Downtown Art Center is proud to feature approximately 30 local artists and over 175 works of art in its February/March 2021 show, “Something Fishy,” curated by Jackie Mild Lau. The show, located on the second floor of the Chinatown Gateway Plaza building, will be open for free public viewing from Wednesday, February 17 through Saturday, March 27, during gallery hours from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

The diverse mediums for art in this show include drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, wood, fiber, metal, mixed media, glass, and jewelry.

“Circulation” by Chrissia Vaughn, oil on canvas

“Grateful” by Chrissia Vaughn, oil on canvas.

“Green Kaleidonism In Bloom” by Dan Harano, (ceramic, steel wire, silicone)

Gallery view, photo by Tracy Chan

“Reef Fish” by Liz Train (painted canvas) and assorted ceramics.

“Vortex” by Teig Grennan, acrylic on panel

Assorted glassware by Terry Savage



“Celebration: Winter Group Show” on Display Until January 10, 2021

Jackie Lau presents
Celebration : Winter Group Show
Wednesday, December 2, 2020 to Sunday, January 10, 2021 
Downtown / Exhibition Hall / 1041 Nuuanu Ave. Honolulu, Hawaii 96817
Hours are 11 – 6 pm, Wednesday – Sunday (closed Monday and Tuesday)

Hawai’i Craftsmen Statewide Exhibition 2020 is on Display

DAC is extremely happy to announce the very first show in our new gallery upstairs!  Come see this amazing show featuring the work of local artists working in many media including ceramics, glass, fiber, wood, and more!

This exhibition is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Wednesday – Saturday, 11 – 6 and Sundays 1 – 4. This is a large and well ventilated space, but we require all visitors to wear a face mask and observe social distancing.
Click here for directions and parking information.


See a Walkthrough:

DAC is open!

As you might have seen on our Instagram, we are open!  Please wear a face mask and feel free to come see what’s new! Here are a few photos of the work on the walls and on the pedestals at DAC Shop as of June 2020…

Barbara Rau taking care of the DAC Shop

Make Art from Home!

These are difficult times to be alone and because of all the uncertainty that surround us. There are many moments when it’s enough to just breathe. 

We need to help ourselves and others to get out of the funk. My friends came up with the idea that we need to just make art for art’s sake.

We hope that you will join us and help make some community murals as part of our International Dot Day celebration and help reach out to others by sharing your creativity.

Please participate and invite your friends to play too. 


 Please download this template page or follow the instructions below the link:

  • 2020 Make art! Start with a Dot!
    BE inspired
    start with a dot… make your art
    Join our creative community.  We are creating community murals and an exhibit for Honolulu’s International Dot Day celebration for all ages on or about September 15, 2020.
    With all that is going on and the uncertainty of our world, now is the time to make art for art’s sake and to be part of something more than ourselves!
  • Start with a 3-inch circle on cardstock paper.
  • On side one, create intricate, crazy, awe-inspiring, or simple art.
  • On side two, respond to the question, “How would you offer kindness?”
  • Then write a simple positive and encouraging message for yourself or someone else.
    Have FUN. Cut loose and unleash your inner creativity with as much passion as you can muster!  Give yourself permission to go forward with abandon.  Be amazed at what you have created.  Create and BE Healthy.

DAC Shop

Photo of Downtown Art Center Shop display

As we continue to work on the upper level of DAC, the downstairs has become a curated art shop space with continually rotating pieces of art in many disciplines from a variety of local artists.  Come check it out!  (The displays in these photos have changed) There is always something new to see!

Photo of Downtown Art Center Shop display