Donkey Mill Art Center’s annual auction goes virtual


Caroline Kilhour, “Double Octopus Swim”
10/50, 2020

For more than a decade, the Donkey Mill Art Center’s annual art auction has been a premier event for art lovers and collectors. The COVID-19 pandemic is not changing that.

The 14th annual event will be held online this year from February 13-27, culminating with a live auction on February 27 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

“Art is not a luxury, as arts education develops the survival skills of creative problem solving, empathy, collaboration and curiosity needed to unite communities locally and globally. Said Mina Elison, communications director and curator of Donkey Mill.

While this year’s tender is live, Elison said, the Donkey Mill looks forward to safely welcoming the community in person to The Mill throughout February to see the work in the gallery. .

The online auction features works by over 70 renowned artists, ranging in value from $ 100 to over $ 10,000. In addition to the vast selection of works by established and emerging artists from Hawaii and beyond, this year’s auction also features over 80 new works on 1’x1 ‘panels created by guest artists specifically. for the event.


The annual auction allows Donkey Mill to continuously serve the West Hawai’i community as an established arts organization.


“By hosting this beloved online community event, Donkey Mill is able to broaden its reach and increase its engagement with the local and global community, enabling patrons from around the world to compete competitively on the exemplary work. of respected artists ”, according to a statement Donkey Mill.

Highlights from this year’s auction include works by renowned artists Melissa Chimera, Kaili Chun, Alex Couwenberg, John Koga, Wayne Levin, Hiroki Morinoue, Richard Notkin, Harinani Orme and Carl Pao; ceramicists Clayton Amemiya, Jisoo Boggs, Daven Hee and Esther Shimazu; lauhala pāpale (hats) by Nanette Bell and Makiko Yamaguchi and sculptural works by Jesse Kahoonei and Daniel Sheinfeld Rodriguez, and much more!

Online registration for the live online auction is donation-based and begins February 3, 2021. Visit for more information and register to participate in

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