Upcoming Exhibit: Ho’omaluhia Paradise Painters

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

Hauwahine Guardian of Kawainui

Sunrise at Na Pohaku o Hauwahine

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!)