Just past rows of coffee plants and Norfolk Pines, pottery wheels spin to the delight of budding and seasoned artists at the Molokai Arts Center.
The non-profit Center, which was started by a group of local artists, allows Molokai residents and visitors to express their creativity surrounded by fellow lovers of art.
The arts center is located at the Coffees of Hawaii Plantation in Kualapuu, which just happens to be next to the Coffees of Hawaii eatery serving delicious pastries and sandwiches for breakfast and lunch.
The Molokai Arts Center offers pottery classes, jewelry making, lampworking (beading), visual arts and poetry readings. The pottery classes include a special glaze made from Molokai riverbed mud and there are future plans to increase the curriculum with painting, drawing, glass blowing and sculpture.
The best single classes – for visitors or those who can only attend one class – are lampworking and jewelry as you make a complete piece to take home. All classes are $20 each except for youth classes (ages 4- 17) which are free. Molokai truly is a place to nurture the creative spirit.
The vision for the Center says it all, “to build a place where they can gather to share equipment, skills and knowledge; to create beautiful and useful art; to laugh and play and enjoy friendships based on mutual interests.”
For more information on the Molokai Arts Center, please visit: http://www.molokaiartscenter.com/