Friday, June 25, 2010

Summer Fine Art Festival

Anna Skaradzinska

Anela Lauren

Elizabeth Ferris

Patrice Pendarvis

Helen Turner

Dava Shepherd's new photo pendants

A closeup of Helen Turner's work

Marionette Taboniar

Sketching by Helen Turner

Susi Strom

Susi's Hokule'a

Happy Snacks Food Wagon

Shave Ice!

Dr. Matthew Miller

Joe Taboniar

Jeff Iglesia

Watercolor in progress by Elizabeth Ferris

Marionette Taboniar and Dava Shepherd

These photos are from our Second Annual Fine Art Festival at the National Tropical Botanical Gardens in Poipu, Kauai that took place on Saturday, June 19, 2010. Thank you to all the Women Artists of Kauai who participated and to all those who came out to support the artists and the botanical gardens. MAHALO NUI LOA!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Summer Fine Art Festival at NTBG

Women Artists of Kaua'i
Second Annual Summer Fine Art Festival
at the National Tropical Botanical Gardens
in Poipu, Kaua'i

Saturday, June 19, 2010 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Join us under the tents at the beautiful gardens in Poipu, Kauai (across from Spouting Horn) for a free, fun and exciting family event.

Visit with local artists Helen Turner, Anna Skaradzinska, Lilian de Mello, Dava Shepherd, Patrice Pendarvis, Elizabeth Ferris, Susan Strom, and Marionette.

Fine Art will be for sale in a variety of mediums such as paintings, photography, mixed media, and more with a portion of the proceeds going directly to the gardens.

Live entertainment will be provided by Anela Saxon, Jeff Iglesia, and Dr. Matthew Miller. Happy Snacks will be offering their delicious Thai food, smoothies, and other snacks. Shave ice will also be available.

Call (808) 742-2433 for more info.

(Pictured from top to bottom: Helen Turner demonstrating her technique with pastels, Anna Skaradzinska displaying her gorgeous tiles at last year's art festival.)

Monday, June 14, 2010

Susan Strom

"Wave Riders" Watercolor on Wood

Women Artists of Kauai welcomes another new member, Susan Strom!

Susan (Susi) Strom resides in Wailua, and has been immersed in the Arts from the time she was a very young child. She studied under two Master Painters, one in the Medium of Oil, the other in Watercolor. Because of Susi's deep relationship with water, she gravitated to the medium of Watercolor, and has been a successful painter of landscapes and ocean elements for over 20 years.

Because Susi grew up originally on the beaches and forests of the Puget Sound in Washington State, she was always intrigued by the creative use of natural elements, and began painting on pieces of wood that would wash ashore. "It rained more often than not, where we lived in the Pacific Northwest, so we had to get real creative in order to pass the time. We spent a lot of time outdoors, even in temperamental weather. It could be weeks before the sun came out!" The demand for her work grew, and Susi went on to attend the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico under Special Invitation, and from there worked in nearly every facet of the Art Industry, from coast to coast.

Always searching for innovative applications to incorporate into her chosen medium, Susi currently works with watercolors infused with mica, which gives her paintings a dimensional depth, and luminescent quality. She still prefers to paint on wood base, as has been her whimsical preference since childhood. Her subjects are the many landscapes and settings of her home, the island of Kaua'i. Often the titles of her works are in Hawaiian, to lend full meaning.

Susi is currently represented by Earth Sea Gallery in Kapa'a, and The Art House in Koloa. She can be reached at (808) 212-5205, or you may e-mail her at