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HONOLULU, HAWAII — art@town presents artist Asia Leong’s first solo exhibition of her photographic intaglio etchings and ceramic sculpture in an exhibition that continues through January 2015. An opening reception will take place at 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, at Town restaurant, 3435 Waialae Ave.

Leong, a renowned jewelry designer raised on Hawaii Island, spent her career in New York and France before returning home, where she discovered a passion for intaglio printmaking in Hilo and at the Honolulu Museum of Art.

“For many years I was drawn to the beauty of the classical engravings which permeate daily French life,” she said. “I enjoy the traditional, tactile aspect of printmaking, combining this quality with contemporary means. The photographs have been taken over the years of my life and travels; each image has a story, a feeling of place.”

There is a thread of naturalistic subtlety that permeates her work. In her prints, Leong strives for a delicacy of tone that rivals the best photography, beginning with soft highlights, evolving through a succession of grays ending in a rich black.

Born to an artistic family, she said, “Ceramic sculpture is an intuitive medium for me. There is nobility in the simple clay body, which is very appealing to develop.”

About the artist:

Asia Leong grew up in the remote forest of Volcano Village on the Big Island of Hawaii, raised by two artists in a way that left her with a unique nature meets city sophisticate sensibility that shapes her design life and art today. Her inaugural jewelry collection, launched in 1995, won the attention of fashion editors who lauded her work in the pages of WWD, Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, Elle and InStyle magazines and attracted the attention of celebrities and jewelry buyers from Barney’s, Fred Segal, Neiman Marcus and Colette in Paris. Recently, Leong returned home from France to focus on merging her interests in fine art and jewelry.

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Sustainable Seafood this October

September 30th, 2014


Chefs Nationwide celebrate Taco Day with
Offering special tacos featuring sustainable seafood from the
Seafood Watch “Best Choices” or “Good Alternatives” lists

on the menu @ town:
Crispy Akule Taco, Kiawe Bean Tortilla, Green Mango and Cilantro Chutney

through October

Kanu Hawaii’s ONO PONO Seafood Campaign:
to offer sustainably farmed or harvested seafood or invasive alternatives
to take some of the pressure off our fisheries and oceans

  Chef Ed Kenney is giving Ahi a break in October, and bringing back a local favorite with Aku Tartare. Ed has long championed putting less-popular fish back on the menu to give our tastebuds something new, and take the pressure off overfished species.

To learn more about the seafood you eat
and how you can #MakeItSustainable, visit &


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Hawaii Food & Wine Festival

August 27th, 2014

Hawaii Food & Wine Festival:
“Hawaiian Airlines Presents Corks & Forks”

Saturday September 6, 2014

featured chefs include Chef Ed Kenney

To buy tickets, or for more information, click here.

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Town will be CLOSED FOR RENOVATIONS on Monday 6/30

and will REOPEN on Tuesday 7/1 – lunch + dinner only

Town will also CLOSE in observance of the 4th of July on Friday

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