New Year, Ancient Stuff
Galleries / In this world of knock-offs and imitations, Zen Buddhist Phuong Tran is focused on authenticity. As the proprietor of Art Treasures Gallery on Nuuanu Avenue for more than 30 years, Tran is a veteran of Honolulu’s Chinatown and has seen enough fake stuff to flood Fort Street.
He hopes that by teaching you how to identify the truly valuable treasures, you too can amass a priceless collection of history like the one exhibited in his Lunar New Year Show, running at The ARTS at Marks Garage through Feb. 23, with an opening reception ushering the Year of the Snake on First Friday.
Since the market is flooded with fake dZi beads (Tibetan for “Heaven’s Bead”) Tran will float between his store and the gallery to educate visitors on how to identify valuable treasures. He will also discuss how to evaluate ancient antiques and share the history and culture behind his personal collection: cabinets full of symbols and icons of the Chinese zodiac in jade, precious metals, Buddhist scrolls, ancient antiques, contemporary pieces, jewelry and more, each possessing an individual history and context. All proceeds will go to The Arts Merchants Districts, The ARTS at Marks and Buddha’s Light International Association.