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Sat, February 27 at 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM HST

Art is a Priority! Online Art Auction

The importance of the arts has never been so clear. Our 14th annual art auction, celebrates art as an essential component of our individual and collective well-being and health.


Our 14th annual art auction features 90 extraordinarily talented artists who have generously donated their time and talent with a shared sense of urgency. We are committed to establishing West Hawai'i as a model of a resilient, thriving community where art is considered a necessity, not a luxury. Art is a Priority!


Arts education develops the survival skills of creative problem-solving, empathy, collaboration and curiosity necessary to unite communities on a local, national and global scale. In addition to the diverse selection of works by established and emerging artists from Hawai'i and beyond, this year's online auction also debuts 80+ new works on 1’x1’ panels created by invited artists specifically for the event. With proceeds directly supporting the Donkey Mill Art Center, art will be exhibited virtually and at the Mill and sold during the silent and live online auctions. This year's silent and live auctions feature works by more than 50 renowned artists.


How to participate:


Step 1: Pre-register at anytime using the 'register' button on this page. This year, registration is free and there is a suggestion donation of $25, which directly supports our arts organization that is vital to the health of the community. You will receive an email with more information immediately after you submit your registration.


Step 2: View the auction items by clicking the 'auction' button. Start viewing and building your list before the auction opens! The work is grouped into two categories: silent and live auction items. The silent auction items are available for bidding from February 13 at 9:00am HST - February 27th at 5:30pm HST. Mark your calendars! The live auction will begin once the silent closes during our live stream event on February 27th. You will view the live stream event on your unique event page in this platform.


Step 3: Stay engaged through our social media channels or view the work in person at the Donkey Mill. Over the next few weeks we will be highlighting artists, launching video content, and keeping you informed about developments and support services leading up to the live event. Also, if you live on Hawai'i Island, or will be safely traveling to the island, we encourage you to stop by the Donkey Mill Art Center during our business hours, Wednesday - Saturday from 10:00am - 6:00pm to see the work in person for the entire month of February! We also have scheduled curator tours so you can hear first-hand a bit more about the work. Please visit our website for more information.


Important dates:


Silent Auction: Opens on February 13 at 9:00am HST - Closes on February 27th at 5:30pm HST


Live Auction: Begins at February 27 at 5:00pm HST


Highlights of this year's auction include works by renowned artists Wayne Levin, Melissa Chimera, Kaili Chun, Alex Couwenberg, John Koga, Hiroki Morinoue and Richard Notkin; ceramic artists Clayton Amemiya, Jake Boggs, Daven Hee and Esther Shimazu; lauhala pāpale (hats) by Nanette Bell, Roxanne Hironaka and Makiko Yamaguchi and sculptural works by Jesse Kahoonei and Daniel Sheinfeld Rodriguez.


By holding this beloved community event online, the Donkey Mill is able to broaden our reach and increase engagement with the local and global community, enabling patrons around the world to bid competitively. Our auction affords collectors the chance to purchase exemplary work by respected artists.


The Donkey Mill Art Center, home of the Holualoa Foundation for Arts and Culture, is a 501(c)3 charitable organization. The Donkey Mill Art Center is a community hub for the exploration of arts and culture to inform, inspire and strengthen individual and collective well-being. 


Free Register

Please register for this event to get started. In lieu of tickets this year, please consider a suggested donation of $25. You can add the donation amount on the next page. Mahalo!

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Giving Levels

$2,500 $2500 - “Visionary” Level

The Donkey Mill Art Center is a hub for the exploration of arts and culture to nurture individual creative expression and community resilience for the people of West Hawai’i and beyond.  Our vision is to establish West Hawai’i as a model of a resilient, thriving community where art is considered a necessity, not a luxury. 

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$1,500 $1500 - A Thriving Campus Ecosystem

Goal 1 of our 2021-23 strategic plan is to build the capacity of the Mill’s ecosystem where the land, facilities and our programs are equally cared for as interrelated, interdependent elements providing multiple access points for our diverse community to thrive through the exploration of arts and culture. 

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$1,000 $1000 - Community Engagement

Goal 2 of our 2021-23 strategic plan is to learn and grow with the West Hawai’i community in providing opportunities for connection and collaboration through arts and culture. We are reaching beyond our comfort zones to provide multiple access points for equitable, inclusive programs by and for, representing and reflecting, our diverse community in response to the critical need for unity.

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$500 $500 - Arts Advocacy & Partnerships

Goal 3 of our 2021-23 strategic plan is to connect with our diverse community through the arts to address systemic needs and deepen understanding of art as intrinsic to the human experience. If we don’t speak up for the arts in West Hawai'i, who will?! 

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$250 $250 - Exhibition Program

Our Exhibition Program offers much more than gallery space. It fosters multiple access points for engagement for emerging and established artists to exchange diverse perspectives on themes relevant to our geographic region. Each exhibit includes a suite of programs, including artist talks and hands-on workshops. 

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$100 $100 - Artists Residencies

As a strategic plan deliverable, our Program and Exhibition staff are closely collaborating to establish an annual schedule of visiting artists that energize existing studio programs, complement exhibition plans; and bring expertise and opportunity for creative exchange to our region's artists and wider community.

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$50 $50 - Our Studios

The Ceramics Studio is our only studio with funding for a full-time staff member: the one and only Jake Boggs, who has transformed it into a well-oiled machine. We hope that all of our studios (print, fiber arts, metals) may reach the same level of care and investment.

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$25 $25 - Our Community Partners

Our Community Partners now include individual and corporate donors near and far. We are united in our efforts to improve the quality of life for all in our community, across cultural and economic barriers. Thank you for collaborating with us!

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