I have updated the postcard invitation for the Paradise Painters Show at Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden. In addition to my own work and that of Cris Meier with her beautifully detailed renderings in acrylic, and Jaime Mendame’s dreamy tropical oil paintings of landscapes, sea life, and florals, I am delighted to announce the addition of two more artists to the display. Louise Alina joins us with her palette knife landscape paintings, and Ilana Nimz brings a working marine biology background to her art, allowing her to depict rare sights she saw while conducting research on birds, sharks, seals, and more. It’s a really interesting show with a lot to see and think about! It is on display daily from 9 am – 4 pm. The park is absolutely gorgeous so make sure to spend a little time wandering through the acres of scenery!
I will be talking to a group about the mo’olelo of Hauwahine and other stories within the gallery. You are welcome to listen in on Wednesday August 7,2019 at 1:30 pm. There is no reception for this show, but I am always happy to give a little tour of the gallery and talk about what I know of the various works in this show. Please contact me to arrange a meeting.
Paradise Painter’s Show
Ho’omaluhia Garden Gallery (near the Visitor’s Center)
45-680 Luluku Road, Kaneohe, HI
August 1 – 31, 2019
You are invited to view the upcoming exhibit featuring the art of four artists. In the past couple of years it’s been just three of us, Cris Meier, Jaime Mendame, and myself. We have a new artist this year that I haven’t had a chance to meet yet, but I will when I learn how to spell her name. This annual art display at Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden is one of the largest of the year for me. This year will feature over 20 original paintings, and a couple of giclees (canvas prints), debuting several new paintings both large and small. There is no reception for this show, but I will be happy to give you a tour upon request. Please contact me, and we can arrange to meet at the gallery. I will be happy to tell you about my own work and what I know of my talented colleagues as well. Jaime Mendame often paints on site on the weekends during the duration of this show, and he is very fun to watch.
Notably for me, this show will offer the first chance to see the paintings “Hauwahine, Guardian of Kawainui” and “Sunset at Na Pohaku o Hauwahine” displayed together. These are two major works that were inspired by the process of the Association of Hawaii Artists’ recent exhibit, “Wahi Pana: A Sense of Place” that recently finished display at the Honolulu Museum of Art School Main Gallery. Oahu artists were invited to learn the history of a sacred and storied place of legend (a wahi pana), and then encouraged to use the new information to capture the spirit of the location in art. This is the first time both related works created about Kawanui’s beautiful Na Pohaku o Hauwahine area will be shown together. Only “Hauwahine, Guardian of Kawainui” was completed in time for the museum exhibit, but the two paintings depict the everyday beauty and the legendary meaning of the same place, respectively. I feel they are deeply related to each other and I’m glad they will be seen together at least this once.
Hauwahine Guardian of Kawainui
Sunrise at Na Pohanu o Hauwahine
Also debuting at this show, the painting, “Anianiau with Orange Ohia”, a painting of the endangered honeycreeper bird from Kauai with the rare orange form of the ohia flowers (featured on the postcard above). Another major work, “Birds of Kalalau” will be making its first appearance, and several small original affordable works that will not be placed online until after this show. Some paintings always sell during the show, so please take the opportunity to go see it early in its run if you want to see every piece (and/or have first pick!)
The Wahi Pana exhibit is up right now as I write this – the reception came and went in a blur! I tended the show and gave tours a lot during the first week. I truly thought I would have more time to keep everyone up to date on the status of the exhibit while it was still an “upcoming exhibit”, but it turns out that this exhibit was a full-time job for several months and it ramped up to a fever pitch for me right before the reception as I struggled to finish the vinyl signage and the website, wahi-pana.com. Thus, I sent out a quick social media alert about the reception, but now I want to follow it up here and invite you to the exhibit. Wahi Pana: A Sense of Place is on display until July 5. It is spectacular! So many excellent paintings that display a true connection to the land and the history that make Hawaii unique.
Personally, I will be sitting 2 more times: Thursday, June 27, 2019 10:30 – 1 pm, and July 3, 2019, 1 pm – 4:30 pm. If you are not able to come at those particular times, but would still like to have me show you around, please contact me. There are always artists at the gallery, giving visitors information and adding a personal touch to the display.
You can also view a video covering the overall concept of the exhibit. I dusted off my video editing skills again to create a little overview of the exhibit’s concept.
I have a little clip in the middle.
There were a lot of people involved in the success of this exhibit. I am nervous to begin thanking everyone because I know I may end up leaving someone out, but I really want to write this. I was not one of the speakers at the reception and this would have probably made a lousy speech, and you can’t put hyperlinks in a talk either – so this is a better format anyway. I really have so much gratitude toward so many people! Here goes:
Thank you to our sponsors. Their generous donations of time and services made this exhibit possible. To the Peter Drewliner and the Charles E Higa Foundation for a generous financial gift, Edward Enterprises Printing for donating labor on our beautiful catalog, Chromaco, Inc Fine Art Printing for our awards, Associa Inc, and Insurance Associates, and Kimberly Howsley of Aloha Tuscany Studios for financial support.
Thank you to our educators, Kumu Glen Kila, Kumu Joe Recca, Kumu Shirley Recca, Dr. Paul Brennan, and Kamaka Pili. Thank you to all our online educators – many of whose names are hard to find. If your project is on our education page, it was part of our success. You inspired us with your knowledge of these sacred, important locations.
Thank you most of all to Dawn Yoshimura, the curator of the exhibit. The exhibit would not exist without her. This was her baby and she has worked so hard! I do not think anyone has seen the hundreds of hours she donated to the art community because she was overseeing the entire project and doing a large share of the work herself for 5 months (plus the proposal writing time too!). She was the one who pitched the idea and lead us all the way through the design of the show and all the ambitious side projects: panels, discussions, education, etc… She spent the most time of anyone on this project – and that is saying a lot! Time she could have spent at the easel has been spent in connecting and guiding us all to make something greater than the sum of our parts. This is by far the most detailed, far-reaching, community-oriented art event I have been involved in helping to organize. It was all-consuming for me, and even moreso for Dawn. The care and the time really does show in the final exhibit. Some artists have continued their work on series inspired by this exhibit. The influence from this experience will ripple throughout the islands for a long time…
Thank you to Kimberly Howsley for her help as president of AHA and co-chair. She spent many hours editing, planning, and honing the exhibit, and was especially involved in the panels and extra community events. Thanks to her husband Roger, and friends Richard and Asia Di Antonio (who is serving as interim AHA secretary) for their help with tasks especially leading up to the reception! I apologize where I only know first names, but they were so kind to help us!
Thank you to HoMA Director of Curatorial Affairs Healoha Johnston for selecting the concept, and to Exhibit Manager Marlene Siu for hours and hours of coordination with the museum, for helping us communicate with the museum’s teams of graphic designers and web developers. Everyone in the museum team did a wonderful job of helping us bring this exhibit to the larger community. Between AHA and Museum publicity, a crowd of over 200 people showed up for the reception – HOMAS Gallery (Linekona) was standing room only with many people in the hallways!
Thank you to William Zwick for hours spent in painting and hanging the exhibit with Dawn. You two chose a great color of green and I can see the square feet of paint and hours you spent to perfect the exhibit. Every piece is in harmony in its place with its neighbors.
Thank you to Martina for the gorgeous flowers! Your time and aloha really shone through the beauty of the arrangements and lei. The lei I wore at the reception is the most beautiful lei I have ever worn! It was memorable and extravagant! The artist participant lei were unique and wonderful! I have mine hanging in a tree so the Pele’s hair can grow.
Thank you to MaryAnne Long for being our emcee, for helping to communicate with the art community via many email blasts, for helping us get an article out in the Midweek Voice, for all your help at the reception, and for hours of editing help on various written materials. You are so multi-talented!
Thank you to Jui-Lien for a beautiful graphic design contribution. She took the logo and the composite images I created and gave them a cohesive unifying color scheme that inspired everything we did after that initial poster design. Beautiful work! Aslo, she helped us with publicity to a degree I could not have duplicated.
Thank you to Jessica Orfe for her tireless help with promotion – placing posters and postcards, and early design work too! As mentioned, the crowd we drew was thanks in part to your energy and enthusiasm.
Thank you to James Hsu for keeping track of a flurry of treasury activity and writing out who knows how many reimbursement checks for the many details of this exhibit in a timely fashion.
Thank you Liz Corbin for spearheading the refreshments – it was elegantly done! Thank you Adriana Franc, Frances Wong, Barbara Sumida, Linda Umstead, Beth Anderson, and Marilyn Luipold for assistance with the refreshments and cleanup on a hot day where all the punch was gone by the end of the reception!
Thank you to Joe Kingston for the beautiful live music! It’s always a pleasure to hear you play!
Thank you to the 45 other artists for your excellent work! I can tell there was a lot of thought and intention placed into the work you created. It is a very special exhibit because you each took the time to read the prospectus, participate in the process, and follow all the guidelines. I know some of the requirements must have seemed arbitrary before the show, but at least for me, seeing the results hanging in the gallery, I am glad Dawn had the foresight to create the small touches that add a cohesive look to the overall exhibit. Thank you all for sitting the show as well. Your time is truly appreciated! I know it’s a long list, but I want to go ahead and name the participants here with the link to their art on the wahi-pana.com site.
We appreciate our AHA artists Edd Harnas, and Liz Corbin, who have also volunteered to help sit the show with us in solidarity. We managed to fill all the time slots thanks to our generous artists!
As many names as are here, it is not everyone – especially if you were on the museum teams for the facility, security, parking or the graphics/publicity team. I wish I could list you all by name. I know it took time to write the blog, compile the articles, submit copy to chase down third party publicity, to list it on the calendar, to fix the lighting in place for the gallery and the hall, to make sure the gallery is secure each day and every night. There is a whole crew of extremely kind maintenance, exhibits, and security teams who help us with physical logistics. The parking team saved us many headaches by being willing to help us with our passes. Thank you everyone, truly! Without all the collaboration, this would not have all come together. This was truly a huge community effort in which every stroke from every paddle has helped us approach the destination! Mahalo nui loa!
Waikiki through time: On the left, rural 1800s Waikiki as depicted in the painting Diamond Head, Waikiki Beach, and Helumoa by Charles Furneaux blended with a modern photo courtesy of Christopher Chappelear, Composite image by Wendy Roberts
Now that the busy holiday season is over, and Punahou Carnival has come and gone, it is time to focus on spring and summer display plans. This spring and summer are going to be very exciting! Fellow artist and good friend Dawn Yoshimura created a thought-provoking exhibit concept for Association of Hawaii Artists (AHA), and also a second excellent concept for Hawaii Watercolor Society. Amazingly, both ideas were accepted by Honolulu Art Museum, and thus, HWS will be busy working on their exhibit, while a group of us from AHA are working on our exhibit, simultaneously bringing these two beautiful ideas to fruition. Having both proposals accepted is quite a honor and an accomplishment for Dawn. Now she is putting her energy into making the AHA exhibit a reality.
I am involved with the AHA exhibit, a prestigious curated show for AHA which will give local artists a chance to show their love of the beautiful islands we live on. Working with Dawn, and AHA’s new president, Kimberly Howsley, we drafted the initial prospectus and associated plans for the upcoming event and exhibit for AHA. The title is: Wahi Pana: A Sense of Place. “Wahi pana” is a special term in Hawaiian. It roughly translates to “the pulse of a place”. It’s quite an amazing imagery. Perhaps the most intimate marking of time we each experience is the pulse of our own hearts. To extend that intimate, universal sense of time to a specific special location is to extend the bounds of our bodies and our senses into the natural world surrounding us. To me, it shows the beautiful reverence for nature that is present in the names and sayings of the Hawaiian culture and language. The important things that happen over the course of time add to the mana or energy of the place. To know the story of a location is to develop a deeper understanding of the feeling you might get when you step into a certain part of the island.
Pali Outlook 1800s to Modern Day: Pali Highway is one of the arteries for modern traffic moving to and from Honolulu and the windward side. It was once a path for Hawaiian villagers and later farmers to bring food by foot and later by cart from farms on the rural windward side over to Honolulu. Vintage photo courtesy of Kailua Historical Society, modern photo and composite by Wendy Roberts.
The Wahi Pana: A Sense of Place exhibit will consist of a historical education session for all artists on a selected location (the are 1 – 3 locations per Hawaiian Island). Over the weekend of March 8 – 10, artists will be meeting in a limited selection of special historical areas to create art on site. This will foster community and more richly illustrate the way different artists experience the same places. The resulting art will be curated to assure quality with a desire to show the diversity of work created by artists living and working in the islands now. Dawn’s underlying question is whether knowing the history and lore of a specific location will enrich or change the appearance or focus of art done on site where artists can feel the energy of the area and remember the stories they have been told. She is an ardent plein air watercolor painter, and it is inevitable root that her concept grew from. This habit of painting regularly outdoors is widespread among a variety of media (oil painter, pastel artists, etc…) especially here in Hawaii where the weather allows for painting outside year-round. The art in the exhibit will not all be paintings and drawings. Other media can be adapted to be created at least partially on-site, so hopefully we will have a variety of lovely 2D and 3D pieces with a palpable sense of place. The show will center on the feeling that stems from first-hand observation and familiarity with the artist’s chosen location. I suspect for many artists the educational segment really will deepen the sense of these locations being unique, and special to history. In turn, perhaps the locations will be more meaningful to the artist as well.
As of this writing, on February 3, 2019, there is a website (wrangling the website will be one of my biggest contributions to the show). It is destined to grow with time into a more comprehensive and information-rich part of the exhibit. Right now, it is mostly geared toward artists, spelling out the concept and presenting the prospectus and calendar. We are trying to spread news of this opportunity throughout the islands. As time goes forth, the site will transform into an online catalog and documentation that augments the exhibit for visitors to the gallery. The address is: www.wahi-pana.com. I will certainly mention it again in the months to come, and expect to be posting a few updates on Instagram and Facebook as the events unfold. Hopefully one of my pieces will be part of the exhibit as well.
In August, I helped once again to organize and design the hanging schema for Windward Artists Guild’s new show at Pauahi Tower’s gorgeous second floor space. Covered in beautiful travertine stone and topped by soaring coffered ceilings, the spacious venue allows WAG artists to show their large works which offer a valuable interior design option for offices and homes and the chance to collect major works from talented local artists.
“Beach Sentinels”, my piece is at top right.
At the moment, I have one large piece in the show (above at top right), but may add a couple of smaller works later in the show. Speaking of small works, we have a lot of size range in this particular show to fit a wider range of budgets. I think it is a nice compromise between the larger works (more rare in most galleries here) and the smaller work, perfect for gifts as the Holiday season comes closer. Some of our top plein air artists are in this show, so it’s a must-see for those who love small plein air pieces! The show also has a lot of diversity in 2D genres. There are landscapes, abstracts, florals, portraits, stilllifes, and more.
What I am most excited about is the flow of the paintings together within the space. I hope as you view the show, you enjoy the juxtapositions and groupings that are designed to let each piece shine while adding harmonious or interesting collaborative elements to the wall as a whole. Grouping works to maximize the beauty and individuality of each piece, and not letting one piece dominate the wall is a difficult but highly satisfying goal. I often go in with a plan and then invite others to help refine the plan – they never disappoint – the final show is the result of the guild’s refinement of my initial ideas, and together we made the show arrangement work very well within this great venue!
All works are for sale and 15% of those sales are donated to Windward Artists Guild whose mission since 1960 has been to stimulate the visual arts on Oahu. We will use the proceeds to fund our education grants, workshops, and to help sponsor art events that are beneficial to the community.
The Ultra Exhibit is on the second floor (up the escalators or elevators).
Show Dates: August 4, 2018 – End date to be announced later (Likely early 2019)
Pauahi Tower is open from 6 am – 6 pm on weekdays, Saturdays 8 am – 2 pm; Closed Sunday Location: 1003 Bishop St, Honolulu, HI 96813
Parking entrance is on the left at approximately 1080 Alakea Street (Bishop Square Parking), or you may park in public parking at Alii Place across the street if you prefer a more affordable option with a small walk.
Ultra Exhibit I at Pauahi Tower Lobby
(lobby is the second floor – up the escalators) Dates: March 3 – August 3, 2018
Open from 6 am – 6 pm on weekdays, Saturdays 8 am – 2 pm; Closed Sunday Location:1003 Bishop St, Honolulu, HI 96813
Parking entrance is on the left at approximately 1080 Alakea Street (Bishop Square Parking), or you may park in public parking at Alii Place across the street if you prefer a slightly cheaper option with a small walk. Artists Reception: Thursday, May 17, 4 pm – 6 pm
Three of my art pieces are in the Ultra Exhibit at Pauahi Tower. The Ultra Exhibit is named for the large pieces and the unusually long time period in this “ultra” venue – Pauahi Tower, which has a gorgeous travertine marble lobby with soaring ceilings somewhere greater than 20 feet high. We are so thankful to Douglas Emmett and the Pauahi Security team for their permission and support for this show, and to Katherine Love, our curator who ranked and juried the pieces so that we had an impartial decision of which pieces were on display first.
Shama Thrush in a Mountain Apple Tree
I serve as show chair for this very long show – it will be 5 months for stage I and at least 5 months for stage II (which will be entitled Ultra Exhibit II). It’s been an experience that has cemented my confidence in organizing and running a large show, and it continues to take time and ingenuity to readjust the way the art is hung with every sale (because of frequent sales which is absolutely wonderful!) I don’t put the new art in the same place as the one that just sold. An show is about the way pieces interact with the neighboring images. Every piece deserves a chance to be seen, so the paintings must be carefully arranged and re-arranged to give a harmonious grouping where every piece draws your eye in turn. I find on average that I can usually find a way to move three or four pieces to ensure the best look to the show, but it’s very tricky to know which pieces will look good together. I decided to use Photoshop to aid me in my quest for the best hanging scheme. I have scale models of each wall and all 60+ pieces in the show. I use them like digital paper dolls to arrange the work. It saves me hours – especially since I am unable to see every wall at the same time. This is a vast display space!
The public is invited to come to our reception. There are 27 artists in the show. I am not sure if they will all be able to come, but I hope so! If you would like to come but you don’t know what an art show is like, don’t let it intimidate you. You can read my handy guide to attending a reception here: How to Attend an Artists Reception Below I have posted a handy postcard with all the info you need to join us. We will hope to see you there!
I have been quiet. This is a sure sign that I have been working on something very large. I am happy to unveil my latest piece: “Sacred Space” measuring 30″ x 48″ and what makes it such a large project is the level of detail. Murals are larger, but they also get painted with large brushes.
Sacred Space complete with a frame from Brilhante Framing of Kailua
The idea for this piece hit me like a bolt of lightning 4 years ago when I had just watched “Secret of Kells” for the third time. “The Secret of Kells” is a cartoon so beautiful it should be thought of as a moving piece of art rather than what you would typically think of with animation. It is about Celtic illuminated manuscripts and if you haven’t seen it, you should set aside a movie night to take a look. It is a beautiful story with amazing animation. After viewing the amazing animated manuscripts once again, I wondered what tropical illuminated manuscripts would look like, and then after a few odd sketches of extremely stylized Hawaii scenery with a Celtic knotwork spin, the thought pushed into its final form: “What if I used metal leaf like paint to add movement to the water and the leaves – the sunlight dappling, changing, shifting like the light on the leafing?” I knew this had a potential to add another element to the painting, allowing me to more fully express the sense of awe felt while secluded next to a stunning waterfall. I had to learn how to use metal leaf and get good enough to apply it smoothly. That took about 2 years. Then it took a lot of time and care to work my way through the details on the canvas. I set it aside a few times to work on other things and allow my brain time to solve some quandries by passively working on them in the background. I always returned with a fresh point of view. This will certainly not be the last “tropical leaf” painting! I am really interested in using the dynamic shimmer of metals in my work. I had to adjust for the variability of the silver leaf’s changing values, but the final effect adds motion and life that is impossible to show in a photo but I’ll try anyway by posting a detail from different angles.
Here is the ie ie vine in the painting, a woody endemic Hawaiian flower in the pandanus family, shown from two angles so you can see how the silver picks up and reflects light dynamically. You can also see a small portion of the waterfall’s silver leaf.
Giclees (durable canvas prints) of this piece will be available soon. It won’t have the leafing unfortunately since it has to be painted and blended into the rest of the piece, but when I get the final scan, I will be posting it on my “Giclees Available” page.
This piece will debut at the Punahou Carnival Art Show along with two of my little birds:
Akepa with Orange Ohia
Saffron Finch In A Cannonball Tree
A carnival? You might find that odd. Let me explain. Hawaii has a handful of schools that function more like colleges. They are rigorous, demand excellent grades, and inspire the kids who attend to really strive for their best potential. Punahou is one of the largest of these. They have a great scholarship program so that the school can admit kids who can benefit from the challenging education at a rate of payment their family can afford. Every year, Punahou holds a carnival to bridge the gap between what the kids are able to pay and what the school demands to keep the facilities top notch. Oddly enough, they have developed one of the largest, most prestigious art shows in the islands. I am pleased to be participating. If these pieces are sold at the carnival, half the proceeds will go to the Punahou scholarship fund.
This November and December, I am getting a chance to show my works from September’s miniature work frenzy. I had 4 pieces accepted into the AHA Miniature Show which ran throughout November, and 3 were juried in are still on display at the Koa Gallery. Details are here for the Koa Gallery Show which is still on display: http://www.wendyrobertsfineart.com/event/mixed-media-miniature-show/
I am participating in the upcoming fundraiser for the Lymphoma Leukemia Society at the McKellar Residence: 148 Kaimoani Way, Kailua, Hawaii, 96734, this weekend, Sunday October 29, 2017 from 2 – 5 pm. I will personally be late since I am also taking a workshop but I do plan to come from 4 – 5. There will be art for sale with a minimum of 50% of all proceeds going to the Leukemia Society. Many accomplished artists are donating work to the event, and Greg and Junko (an award-winning steel drum band) will play live music for us at this lovely beachside home! Please see this flyer for more information:
I would also urge anyone who feels altruistic to get signed up as a possible marrow donor. Someone amazing did this for my uncle. I was thinking of testing for compatibility when a kind stranger matched him before I could even find out how to sign up. Later, I signed up in the hopes to pay it forward someday. Maybe I will be the stranger with the right marrow to help make extra years possible for someone as wonderful as my uncle. He was seriously ill, but was fortunate to recover well after the bone marrow transplant. He has been granted precious years of life to nuture his grandkids and spend time with friends and family.
Please click here to learn the basics of what it means to sign up in the database and what it would require to be a donor:
If you are between the ages of 18 and 44, you are the right age to be the match. With a simple cheek swab, you can be in the database, and if a match comes up, you can make the decision of whether you are able to donate marrow. Please visit this link to learn how to take the first step to being in the database (a DNA swab to determine compatibility with future patients):
With Hawaii, there are many unique racial combinations, and so it’s important especially here in Hawaii to register since the need for marrow often follows racial/hereditary lines. and it is harder for multiracial patients to be able to match. Someone on the island with wonderful diverse heritage could be the key to help a Filipino/Hawaiian/Japanese/Native American/Irish mixed ancestry patient that would otherwise be unable to find a match.
HO’OMALUHIA BOTANICAL GARDEN GALLERY
(45-680 Luluku Rd, Kaneohe, HI 96744)
August 1 – 29, 2017
Featuring my work, and the art of Cris Meier and Jaime Mendame. I have a lot of new work on display at the gallery that isn’t going to be online until after the show.
How to make the most of your experience:
The gallery is located in one of the most beautiful botanical gardens in Hawaii. It is more of an arboretum than a garden for the majority, but there is a sizeable manicured garden area next to the visitor center and then countless beautiful areas with a combination of flowering trees and bushes, some of which are very rare. Make sure to leave a couple of hours to explore the gardens. I especially recommend Hilonani Lookout, and the beautiful lake. With the large acres of land, there are many beautiful spots in the garden and you can find a quiet spot even on the busiest weekends.
Second, there is another smaller gallery near the main gallery where I am displaying my work. In the small gallery, there is a show of Susan Roger-Arregger’s work. She recently passed away too young from a tragic and sudden spinal cancer. She was an amazing person, artist, and teacher and her work is beautiful and unique. Once an artist passes away it is always harder to see a cohesive show of their works as the art makes its way into disparate collections and scatters across the globe. This is your chance to see a comprehensive collection of her art before it hides away in the treasure troves of private collectors.
Watch for Jaime painting on site. He sometimes stops in and paints at the gallery and he is really fun to watch! I am not sure how often or when he will be there so just look to see if you see a man with an easel painting something beautiful on site.