Chantal Monté has been all over from foreign countries like Bali to Sante Fe and San Francisco. She loves to tap into her creativity through all forms of artwork. She speaks about her exotic paintings, seductive quotes, and deep poems with so much passion. With her background in iyengar yoga and meditation, she’s able to get into the zone to let that artistic ability flow.
Chantal says that, “Sante Fe is a very special for artists and healers.” This is where she got a good taste of the art industry, but Bali is where she was “recreated.” During her repeated trips to Bali she was able to train and work on her gifts. She knew it was time to move on and break free from her past. She’s now pursuing her passion and fire through mediums such as poetry, music and teaching.
Her new album SYRUP was just released. SYRUP has the viscosity of honey mixed with the taste of pleasure and intimacy. You can listen to the teaser here.
“When we are able to experience love and sorrow, ecstasy and pain, equally and without resistance, then we are able to fall in love with our entire life. Everything is welcomed. Nothing is left out. Love is all inclusive.”
She’s expanded and reached out to offer classes such as a global online event called Meditation for Lovers and offers private coaching for couples wanting to explore their relationship as a creative union. And by meditation, she means meeting in the bedroom naked, shutting the door to the outside world and wrapping legs around hips as a way to connect and feel into each other. She’s able to work in-person and online. She will help guide you through every step of the way. If we want to feel turned-on with our lives, we must slow down.
Last Wednesday, in collaboration with Fishcake, the BoxJelly kicked off a fun evening of raffle prizes and info-packed conversation with its inaugural artist in residence, Amelia Samara and Laurie Sumiye, our second artist in residence and newly appointed coordinator of the program. Through this presentation- style conversation, audience members learned more about this unique opportunity and what it takes to become our next artist in residence.
The two artists started by introducing themselves: Amelia grew up in many places, a factor which she attributes to shaping her work and interests. She remarked that while in school, there was perhaps a disproportionate amount of emphasis on the conceptual aspect of art while very little to no attention on the business side.After graduating with BFA in Fiber Arts from University of Hawai’i, she tried to grapple with how to actually make a living as an artist coming from a background where “making beautiful art for the sake of just making beautiful art is not encouraged.”
Born and raised in Mililani, Laurie Sumiye took an 18 year hiatus from the islands until returning to the Big Island where she began a documentary focused on an endangered native Hawai’ian bird called the Palila. During her time away from Oahu, she pursued an undergraduate degree in Art and Communication, worked in web design and advertising, and then earned a filmmaking degree at Hunter College.
Both artists agreed that this residency provides the unique opportunity to understand the professional side of your career as an artist. With a very supportive network of people from both the BoxJelly and Fishcake, you will have people to talk to and bounce ideas off of. The program provides a chance to explore and develop your practice, but also works within a mindset that reassures you that it is okay to create something to sell. Amelia commented that it was a pretty intuitive process, which she entered without knowing exactly what she wanted to do, although artists are required to submit a proposal as part of the application process. While Laurie noted that the program helped keep her on track, by setting deadlines (now 3 months, instead of 6) it also helped her engage with an audience, and connect what she is interested in with a local audience. She now feels that she is at a point where where her art making is a sustainable career, and left the audience with a statement: “It’s possible to live in Hawai’i, to make a living doing what you love *and living in Hawai’i*. You don’t have to go somewhere else, and there’s support for what you do [here], that was my biggest revelation.”
Applications are due June 15 at midnight. More information about the program can be found here.
We are now accepting proposals for BoxJelly+Fishcake Artist in Residence (AiR), a 3-month opportunity to create new work for a solo exhibition in Honolulu, Hawaii in the heart of Kaka’ako, an urban neighborhood with proximity to the beach, shops, restaurants, bars and local events.
We’re looking for bright, enterprising creatives who work in contemporary art practices and forms with big ideas and the ambition to execute them.
The Summer Residency is 3 months July 1st to September 30th.
The residency includes:
A workspace (a clean studio space suitable for artists and designers working in digital arts, video, photography, illustration, fiber arts and textile design).
A solo exhibition at The BoxJelly, the premier co-working space for urban creatives in Hawaii! We will provide press, marketing and hosting costs of the opening reception. All sales from the exhibition go directly to the artist.
Creative mentoring with BoxJelly Arts Coordinator Laurie Sumiye.
A one-on-one portfolio review with Fishcake Art Curator Keiko Hatano.
Consultation with Fishcake Co-Founder and Chief Creative Maura Fujihira and Fishcake Showroom Manager Cassie Louie on selling artwork and design products.
An opportunity to earn a spot on Fishcake’s roster of local and international artists and designers. Fishcake sells artists’ work in two retail locations, as well as direct to homeowners and businesses through their interior design studio, Fishcake Works.
The residency does not include exhibition costs, artist stipend, transportation or housing. We cannot offer a visa for international applicants.
Project proposal: 1-2 pages in length, outlining a plan to create a body of work to enhance BoxJelly’s space. Include a detailed list of techniques and materials, outlining project logistics, supply and labor needs, and budget
Digital zip file containing 5-10 samples of your most recent work with an inventory sheet
Yes, we will be accepting Fall ’17 and Spring ’18 applications in a couple of months.
Who will be deciding on the submissions?
A panel of creative folks the artist will be working with from Fishcake and BoxJelly.
Is there a fee to apply?
Is there an artist’s stipend?
Nope, sorry, just a space.
How big is the space?
About ~150 sq ft or so.
What do you mean by “clean studio space”?
It does not refer how neat you are! The larger space is shared with designers and folks who work on computers. This means no painting, wet media, or materials that give off toxic fumes.
What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
Parking is FREE at the Ward Warehouse parking structure located one block from the BoxJelly on the corner of Ward Ave & Auahi St (across from StarBucks). There is also a drop off loading zone right in front of the BoxJelly.
How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
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“To get something you never had, you need to do something you never did.” Simple but true, trying new things will only expand your opportunities for success. With Kaka’ako’s current growth trends, it is becoming easier than ever to try something new everyday. SALT our Kaka’ako has done a five star job of bringing together community over our favorite indulgences: coffee, food, and drink. We’ve put together a little something on each of these new hot spots to give you a better idea. READ MORE
“Same Same But Different” is a body of work completed over a six month Artist in Residence by fiber artist, Amelia Samari. Commonly used to trick consumers into buying counterfeits, the phrase “Same Same But Different” means something is functionally or aesthetically the same as something else but differs in methods of implementation or minor details. As this concept applies to the body of work, the figures displayed bear a strong resemblance to the bags and baskets that Samari makes and sells yet they do not serve as functional vessels. By removing the original functionality from the vessels while maintaining a similar aesthetic, utility takes second to form, thus forcing the viewer to decide what what the objects represent.READ MORE
Art Opening next Thursday, September 15 at 5pm! BoxJelly’s first Artist in Resident Amelia Samari showcasing “Same Same But Different”, a series of rope sculptures tying together the last six months of her Artist Residency here at BoxJelly.READ MORE
Janna Young is BoxJelly’s in-house pilates instructor teaching private pilates classes, personal training and life coaching in the WhiteBox. Please visit Janna online at Seek to Find for more information.
Brought to you by Kat Araujo Studio, Brushes + Mimosas is a lettering event paired with brunch snacks and mimosas! Come learn the art of calligraphy and leave with your own lettering kit (included in the price).
August 27 from 11:30 to 1 pm at the Box Jelly. Tickets are for sale for $40. Use code EARLYBIRD for 10% off (only available to the first 10 people) Use the link below to sign up.
We all know the age old expression, “Get with the times!” To build off of this notion of being up-to-date on your industry and social circle, the more appropriate saying for our day in age would be “Get with the future!” READ MORE