Monday, December 21, 2009
These are photos from our recent Fine Art Festival at the National Tropical Botanical Gardens in Poipu, Kauai on December 19, 2009.
Many Mahalos to all the Women Artists of Kauai, Nani and staff at NTBG, the musicians (Anela, Blue, and Dr. Miller), Pohaku Shave Ice, Savage Shrimp, The Right Slice, and all of our helpers and supporters!
Aloha and Happy Holidays,
Thursday, December 10, 2009
(Left: Momi Machado, right: Marionette Taboniar.)
We had quite the turnout for our Women Artists of Kauai Holiday Fine Art Festival and Fundraiser Saturday, November 28, 2009. Momi from Nana's House was quite surprised and elated as I presented her with our gift. Contributing artists are: Robin McCoy, Rocky Riedel, Aweepano Vivian Satow, Dava Shepherd, Anna Skaradzinska, Helen Turner, Jana Viles, Schar Freeman, Marionette, and Leslie Tribolet.
I would like to thank Pastor Phyllis Meighen and the congregation at Hanapepe United Church of Christ for use of their Fellowship Hall for this event. I would also like to thank those who came out to support the arts and Nana's House!
Mahalo Nui Loa,
WAK welcomes a new member, Marlene Czajkowski! Her sculptures are beautiful and amazing!
Here's an excerpt from her bio: "My obsession—my subject--has always been tribal: Native American, African, and now, of course, Indigenous Hawaiian. There is an authenticity, a purity of
being—something raw, natural. I am utterly passionate about the sacred quality of a pose. My art is an act of discovery—a necessary surrender to outcome. I search for the real—my people have to be in their element. A pretty face? I couldn’t care less."
"There is in my relationship to my work this: That single moment you want to embrace—like the mother and child—and then it is (they are) gone. I snap my fingers--the moment is gone. My sculpture represents those moments we cannot hold onto. To me, that is what is most sacred—the fleeting connection of souls."
It is truly a great honor to have Marlene as a member of WAK!
Aloha and Mahalo,
Sunday, December 6, 2009
and Women Artists of Kauai Winter Fine Art Festival, Saturday, December 19, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Southshore Visitors Center Meadow
Visit the Gardens during December’s ‘Ohana Day and be treated to a unique display and sale of one of a kind, gallery quality art pieces, reproductions, gift items and ornaments created by some of Kauai’s most talented fine artists. A portion of the sales from all the thirteen participating WAK artists during this event will benefit NTBG.
This fun, outdoor in the garden, family event will also feature live music by guitarist, Dr. Matthew Miller, harpist, Anela, and blues musician, Blue Dux. Savage Shrimp and Pohaku Shave Ice will be selling their tasty treats, and NTBG’s volunteer craft group, Oshibana, will be offering their hand-crafted products for purchase.
A Toys for Tots drop off box, provided by the Women Artists of Kauai, will be available under the tents. Bring a brand new, unwrapped toy, and the first twenty donations will receive a special “Holiday Mahalo Gift” from the artists.
Participating artists include Helen Turner, Rocky Riedel, Dava Shepherd, Aweepano Vivian Satow, Robin McCoy, Marionette, Anna Skaradzinska, Schar Freeman, Emily Miller, Lilian de Mello, Patrice Pendarvis, Jana Viles, and Leslie Tribolet.
Admission to the event is free. Please park in the Visitors Center parking lot. The festival will be located on the front lawn immediately to the left (west) of the main entrance gate, under the Monkey Pod trees. NTBG’s Southshore Visitors Center is located across from Spouting Horn in Poipu, at 4425 Lawai Road .