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.
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.