At a luncheon with members of the Polynesian Cultural Center’s (PCC) officers on December 13, 2012, folk artist Eric Dowdle unveiled his commissioned landscape painting of the PCC. The lively painting captures the spirit of the PCC’s numerous cultural offerings through eye-catching colors and fun-loving design. Dowdle also transformed his painting into a 500-piece puzzle.
“Eric’s unique style combined with PCC’s vibrant collection of cultures was a harmonious marriage and it shows in this amazing painting,” said PCC President Von Orgill, who accepted the painting. “Eric truly captures the heart and soul of the people, places and heritage of Polynesia. And, having this piece of art available as a puzzle will give our guests the opportunity to share or relive this special place with their friends and family whenever and where ever they want.”
Dowdle is known for transforming his paintings into puzzles, which are sold in Costco, Sam’s Club, Walmart and other retailers worldwide. The PCC puzzle has already sold out in Canada. Dowdle’s collection of artwork includes iconic sport venues, national parks and attractions, including Washington State’s Pike’s Market, Notre Dame football stadium, New York’s Central Park and Yankee Stadium, and more.
“The reason why I love folk art so much is that it allows me to tell a story. The Polynesian Cultural Center’s landscape was particularly exciting to me because I was able to tell numerous stories in one piece. Everything from the Ha: Breath of Life evening show, the dancers in the canoe pageant and even the flora and fauna of the center provided me with great subject matter,” said Dowdle. “Completing the puzzle is only part of the fun, those who have visited the PCC will be able to recognize a few hidden elements and stories when they look closely.”
(photos by Mike Foley)