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Artpiece Also Transformed into 500-Piece Puzzle Available Nationally

Laie, Hawaii – December 17, 2012 – At a luncheon with members of the Polynesian Cultural Center’s (PCC) officers, 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.”
In the spirit of giving, the Center is making a donation of Dowdle’s PCC puzzles to Toys for Tots. A great gift, the puzzle is available at the PCCs retail stores or online at DowdleFolkArt.com.
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.”

Founded in 1963 as a non-profit organization, the Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC) has entertained more than 37 million visitors, while preserving and portraying the culture, arts and crafts of Polynesia to the rest of the world. In addition, the PCC has provided financial assistance to over 18,000 young people from more than 70 different countries while they attend Brigham Young University-Hawaii. As a non-profit organization, 100 percent of PCC’s revenue is used for daily operations and to support education.