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Emmanuel Jarus is a Canadian-born artist and muralist inspired by the visual human experience. His work reimagines how art can exist in public spaces. For the past 8 years, Jarus has been working with communities across Canada and around the globe to produce large-scale portraits and figures among other images on wall surfaces. They can be found within major cities as well as across rural settings. He has had notable international recognition as a contemporary muralist and figurative painter. He studied briefly at the Academy of Realist Art in Toronto but attributes his knowledge of art to various influences including his grandmother, inspiration from graffiti, and resources found on the internet. The narrative Jarus depicts in his approach communicates a story of individual spirit relevant to the metabolism of that particular neighbourhood. A combination of acrylic, latex and aerosol paint is used to create representations of the people he’s inspired by along his travels. He enjoys painting in public space so that he can understand its context and express it through his work. MORE.
Over the past 15 years, Andy Behrle has been creating site-specific and site-responsive installations that reflect upon the cultural, geologic, and social histories of places where he has lived and visited. Since 2015, many of these projects have focused on the use of new media technologies and digital video projection to immerse viewers in worlds shaped by colors of light and textures of water. More recently, Behrle has used digital editing software to stitch together multiple video files to re-imagine stained glass windows of historic places and traditional fabric patterns. For all of these projects, he captures video footage of local water sources both naturally occurring and created by humanity to investigate global systems through regional water use issues.
Born and raised outside of Boston, Massachusetts, Behrle has chased professional aspirations, personal growth, and creative inspirations around the country before settling in Hawai’i in 2018. Receiving his BA in Philosophy & Religion and Studio Art from Elmira College (New York), Behrle quickly associated the language of objects with existential thoughts and set upon exploring the invisible realities of our universe through his artwork. Taking this avenue of inquiry to Arizona State University, he soon embraced the creation of time-based installations with his MFA thesis exhibition. A few years removed from the studio, Behrle’s art practice was reignited in Birmingham, Alabama where the cultural and geologic histories of the South inspired new large-scale works. After relocating to the Pacific Northwest in 2012, Behrle began creating experiential installations with light and digital technologies. While living and working in the Yakima, Washington area, Behrle opened a dozen solo exhibitions and was awarded numerous grants and residencies. In 2018, Behrle broke onto the international light art scene while creating video installations for festivals in Germany and Tunisia. He now resides in Hawai'i with his wife and son.
For Leilehua Yuen, telling and teaching stories is an all-consuming passion which takes many forms. Her style is rooted in tradition, but often incorporates cutting edge technology; having performed solos as well as planetarium shows in which her watercolor paintings grew around her and over her head as she spoke. Nearly 30 years ago, she coined the term "edutainment" to describe what she does - educate while entertaining.
Her credits include live variety format Hawaiian culture stage shows in Hilo's historic Palace Theater, monthly Hawaiian culture presentations at Mauna Kea's Visitor Information Station, hula “informances” for Volcano Art Center at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, and Hilo’s Lei Day program.
Leilehua spends much time researching the stories, legends and myths of Hawai‘i, many of which she learned originally from her kūpuna. She also uses her vast collection of books and clippings, online sites, and she delves into archives, such as the old Hawaiian newspapers now searchable online through the Bishop Museum and other sources. What has made the research especially rewarding and exciting for her is being able to bring forgotten stories to life and finding the missing pieces of incomplete stories she learned long ago.
A student of the legendary Aunty Nona Beamer, Leilehua notes that she was learning all the time, because Aunty Nona never wasted a minute. She was constantly teaching and took advantage of opportunities: waiting in an airport lounge, for example, was never down time, it was practice time.
Today, Leilehua continues the same "never waste a moment" esthetic with her own students, using every possible moment to learn and teach.