New Show: By Land or By Sea

I am a participating artist in the newest Honolulu Country Club Show: “By Land or Sea”. It’s a group show featuring around 15 artists.  The show will run from February 26, 2017 to April 9, 2017 at Honolulu Country Club, 1690 Ala Puumalu St., Honolulu 96818

You are invited to come enjoy the reception, March 5, 2017, 5:00 – 7:00 PM.  If you have never been to an artist’s reception before, you’re welcome to read my post about how to attend an artist’s reception.

Peaceful Sanctuary by Wendy Roberts

Peaceful Sanctuary

Fiery Sunset by Wendy Roberts

Fiery Sunset

I have two pieces on display at the show, “Peaceful Sanctuary” and “Fiery Sunset”. One for land, and one for sea seemed right.

I am looking forward to seeing the completed show.  I normally stay to help hang the artwork, but this weekend was unusually busy so I had to drop it off and leave before the hanging even began.

I really like the Honolulu Country Club as a venue. It’s a very beautiful building on picture-perfect grounds! I hope to see you there!

 

How to Attend an Artist’s Reception

Artists Reception Refreshments WAG 2016

Artists Reception Refreshments

I used to think I wasn’t allowed to go to artists receptions without receiving a specific invitation in the mail.

I remember very clearly the first Artist’s reception I attended.  It was for my Dad’s solo show at Springville Museum of Art in the mid-nineties. Since my Dad was quadriplegic, he had stopped attending art openings long before I could recall due to his health, so he had only one artist’s reception that I remember.  Because it was one of his only events, and he was very ill, I think many people guessed correctly that it would be his last art show as well. Although it was announced in the newspaper, I really didn’t think about the logistics much.  I just knew the upper floor of the museum held quite a crowd. I’m not sure how many people were there, but I know it was an unusually large crowd.  I remember seeing family, classmates of his from high school, neighbors, friends.  Even some people he hadn’t seen in years attended. Many people were dressed up very nicely.  It felt more like a wedding than a gallery reception in many ways.

It was a lovely event, but somehow I concluded that art receptions were only for people who know the artist. I figured I wasn’t allowed to go to an artist’s reception if I wasn’t a personal friend. Now that I have attended many artists receptions (my own and others), I know that for most of the art receptions in Hawaii, my ideas were absolutely incorrect! I would like to encourage you to attend artists receptions, even if you don’t know any of the artists.  If it looks interesting, you should go. They are truly meant to be parties for the public. We want to see our existing friends/family AND meet new people. We love it when people take to time to see the show we worked hard to put together.

Artists Reception AHA 2016

Artists Reception AHA 2016: Most art shows have an approximately 10 minute presentation of awards and/or quick acknowledgement of the organizers and/or artist.

The real deal with art shows:

Unless there are specific invitations with specific instructions, this is the way artists receptions run:

1. Everyone is welcome.

Artists receptions are like a big, open house type party and really, crowds are a gift.  You can bring friends. You don’t have to know the artist.

2. Dress comfortably

You don’t have to dress nicely, but you can if you like.

3. Enjoy the refreshments

There are almost always light refreshments and drinks.  Yes, you can eat and drink them even if you don’t know the artist.  Go ahead – that’s why we have a refreshment table – for ALL our guests.

4. You are not obligated to buy art

You are not expected to buy something – you can certainly do so if you like, but it’s never an obligation.

5. Stay as long as you like

You can stay for part of the night, or the whole time.

6. Please don’t take it personally if your conversation with the artist is short or interrupted.

I am always trying to strike that perfect balance between visiting with everyone and swapping meaningful conversation for as long as possible.  I never manage to talk to everyone, and inevitably, at least a couple of conversations are cut short. I always wish I had more time.

7. Basic human decency is great.

As long as you don’t destroy the art, act in a rude fashion, or drink all the wine and get wasted, you’re going to fit in just fine!

8. You don’t have to be an art expert to attend.

If you don’t know much about art, you are not alone.  There are always plenty of people who come to support the artist in their life, and their attendance doesn’t center around the art.  Likewise, some people know a lot about art, but don’t know anyone. There are lots of reasons to go to a reception.  No one is expecting you to write an art review for the local paper in which you identify intriguing parallels to 15th century Italian art.

9. Just go.

If you see a show in the newspaper or on an online events calendar that you think would be fun to view, try to go on the artist’s reception night.  It will be full of energy and people.  Sometimes there is live music.  It really is like a wonderful party you didn’t have to plan.  Feel free to “crash” an art reception anytime.  And if you like the work, find the artist and say something nice.  Sign the guestbook, and enjoy the ambiance.

Windward Artists Guild 57th Annual Member Show Photos

The 57th Annual Member Show for the Windward Artists Guild is now at Hoomaluhia Gallery.  I have a couple of photos of the gallery to share.  This is not remotely comprehensive, just a quick overview. You’ll want to see a lot of the work close up and in person.  This show has a lot of pieces that don’t photograph well: collage with beautiful foils and transparent, hand dyed papers; encaustic work that always has a lot of glare in photos but is luminous and vivid in person; and work protected behind glass, its brilliance obscured in photos by inevitable glare.  These works can only be appreciated fully in person.  See the show before October 28, 2016 at Hoomaluhia Botanical Gardens in Kaneohe, and while you’re at it, pack a picnic.  The garden is breathtaking!

Windward Artists Guild 57th Annual Member Show 2016 at Hoomaluhia

Entry Wall of the show

Windward Artists Guild 57th Annual Member Show 2016 at Hoomaluhia Panorama

Panorama from the center of the room

Windward Artists Guild 57th Annual Member Show 2016 at Hoomaluhia Wendy Roberts

Wendy with “Understory” and “Waterlilies”

Meanwhile in the garden just outside, nature is proving that even the cloudy days are gorgeous at Hoomaluhia!

Hoomaluhia Visitor Center

Hoomaluhia Visitor Center

Near the Hoomaluhia Gallery

Trail adjacent to the Hoomaluhia Gallery

Hoomaluhia Heliconia 2016

My favorite plant blooming right now: These yellow heliconia blooming near the gallery are around 3 feet long and fuzzy! The whole plant with its beautiful leaves stretches at least 12 feet, (probably more like 15 feet) tall!

The reception for the show is coming up this weekend on Saturday, October 8, 2016 at from 5 – 7 pm.  We hope to see you there!

September/October Shows

I am participating in two shows for October/November.

Honolulu Hale (City Hall)

Honolulu Hale (City Hall)

Asia-Pacific Arts Consortium’s Pamana Show will take place at Honolulu Hale from September 27 – October 13, 2016.  The reception is on October 6, 2016 from 4 – 6 pm. I will be there , but I will by necessity arrive late by at least a half hour. Three of my works have been juried in for display, “Fiery Sunset”, “Honu Laule’a” and “Sea Lions”.

WAG 57th Annual Member Show

WAG 57th Annual Member Show

Windward Artists Guild is holding its 57th annual Member’s show at the Hoomaluhia Botanical Garden Gallery October 2 – 28, 2016. Please join us at our reception Saturday, October 8 from 5:00 – 7pm. I plan to attend the entire reception. Two of my works will be on display, “Understory”, and “Waterlilies”.

 

Invitation to Windward Artists Guild’s Summer Show 2016

WAG Summer Show 2016Invitation2

You are invited to come enjoy refreshments and see the Windward Artist’s Guild Summer Show at the State Library at our reception on Thursday, July 7, 2016. If you are unable to come that evening, the show will be up during the month of July on the main floor in the relaxing reading room of the beautiful State Library on 478 King Street in Honolulu.  If you are driving, there is metered parking around the entire area, and underground municipal parking a short walk from the library, with entrances on Alapai or Punchbowl between Beretania and King Streets. It’s the same parking you would use for Honolulu Hale. Or there is also paid (meter) parking at Iolani Palace, but Honolulu Hale tends to be less crowded.

The show features 16 artists and approximately 40 works in various media from watercolor and oil paint to fine jewelry and blown glass.

Less than a week left to see the “Convergence” Exhibit

There is less than one week left to see the Convergence Show at Gallery on the Pali. The Gallery on the Pali will be open between 10 and 6 pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday this week. We will take it down this upcoming Friday morning, January 8, 2016.  Leo Hura documented through the lens of his camera – very nice of him to share! Thanks Leo! Please note that the names of my fellow artists should read: Dawn Yoshimura, Suzanne Barnes, and Cynthia Schubert. Three extremely talented artists! It’s been such an honor to work with them!

Enjoy!

Oahu Open Studios

Wendy Roberts at Oahu Open Studios 2015

Wendy Roberts at Oahu Open Studios 2015

A sincere thank you to all those of you who attended Oahu Open Studios.  This was a wonderful year despite not being at my home studio.

I was with five other talented artists at Sherree McKellar’s amazing beach house: Sherree, Mark Brown, Marti Rounds, Suzanne Barnes, and Frank Oliva were a joy to spend time with during the weekend. It was a busy show, but we had time during set up and breakdown to chat and enjoy each other’s company. I posted quite a lot about this at my Facebook page.  Please feel free to scroll through the many photos there.

During the event, I was interviewed by Leo Hura.  If you would like to see the footage, it’s on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7L4oCIykttY

Oahu Open Studios

Thank you to everyone who attended the first annual Oahu Open Studios event held at my studio.  It was a pleasure to meet art enthusiasts, colleagues, and neighbors.  It was also a true pleasure to present my work alongside the lovely and talented Suzanne Barnes.  We had a steady stream of visitors, including our charming neighborhood peacock!

Windward Artists Guild Reception and Awards

Kyung Carroll, Davilla Harding, David Friedman, Wendy Roberts, and Esperance Rakotonirina

Kyung Carroll, Davilla Harding, David Friedman, Wendy Roberts, and Esperance Rakotonirina

I was pleasantly surprised and honored to receive third place in the Fall Windward Artists Guild Show at Hoomaluhia.  My painting, Maunawili, a 20X24 oil painting was awarded the prize. I was truly touched to receive the recognition, especially considering the level of talent present in the show! I would like to thank everyone who attended the reception yesterday, and all the members of WAG that helped put the show together.  It was a lovely evening!

The show will continue to be displayed at the Hoomaluhia Botanical Garden’s gallery (near the Visitor’s Center) until October 26, 2013.  Plan some extra time to wander the inspiring gardens while you’re there.  It’s absolutely breathtaking!  The incredible array of plants are planted along miles of trails on acres of land in several zones, organized by their region of origin.  There is a large pond filled with vibrant orange fish and various water birds. Picnic tables are situated throughout the park that are perfect for eating breakfast or lunch (the park is open 9am – 4pm daily – you will need to bring your own food if you want to have a picnic).  All this beauty is nestled at the foot of the Koolau Mountain chain, which offers impressive views of the sheer mountain cliffs, and some amazing perches on high ground with a commanding view from the mountain to the ocean, and from Kualoa/Chinaman’s Hat all the way to Olomana.