Photos: Arts Fiafia displays local artists
Yesterday was the first day of the three-day Arts Fiafia 2013 that is taking place at the Jean P. Haydon Museum in Fagatogo, hosted by the American Samoa Council on Arts, Culture and Humanities. The event celebrates various Samoan cultural art forms and is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. This year’s event recognizes artists with disabilities.
Local siapo artist Leslie Wood is one of the participants in the event and was responsible for the second largest siapo pupuni ever made (16’x30’) which was displayed during the Pacific Arts Festival in 2008. Wood’s aunt— Mary Pritchard— created the largest siapo pupuni ever made, according to Wood, “and it was displayed all over the world.”
Wood, who lives in the village of Taputimu, has over 40 years of experience in the area of siapo or tapa making. She has shared her knowledge with young people through classes at the ASCC Land Grant and she was at the Museum compound yesterday demonstrating her work.
Other art forms this year include traditional Samoan wear, siapo-making, elei, flower arranging, weaving, wood carving, lei making, visual arts, and Samoan handicrafts.
The event will continue until tomorrow and the museum’s program coordinator Rexx Yandall invites the public out to view the art work and see the demonstrations from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. today and tomorrow.
Yandall added that some of the artwork will be up for sale by the artists themselves.
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