Awards & Honors

Anna Skaradzinska and Helen Turner Win Awards at Art Kauai 2014

Winners from Kauai Society of Artists Art Kauai 2014.  Helen Turner and Anna Skaradzinska are pictured on the left.

Anna Skaradzinska won the Rena Selfe Award for her Reverse Acrylic Painting on Plexiglass titled "Feeding the Pigeon":

 From left to right:  Juror Rich Richardson and Anna Skaradzinska

Helen Turner won the KIUC Award for her pastel painting titled, "Sugar Free":


Donia Lilly Receives Juror's Merit Award

 Blue VI
Donia had two paintings accepted into the Pastel Artists of Hawaii 10th Annual Open Juried Show, with one of her paintings – Blue VI, a mixed media work of art from her Evocations series – receiving a Juror’s Merit award. The art exhibition can be viewed from October 7th until November 1st, 2013 at the Honolulu Museum of Art School Gallery (located at 1111 Victoria St., Honolulu, HI).

The juror of this year’s show – Elizabeth Mowry – is known for her “poetic” landscapes. She is a Master Pastelist of the Pastel Society of America and a Distinguished Pastelist in the Pastel Society of the West Coast on whose Board of Advisors she serves. She is also on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Pastel Societies.

This is Donia’s third award in the four Pastel Artists of Hawaii exhibitions she has entered. Her mixed media piece “Rembrandt’s Working Man” received Best in Show at the Members’ Show in 2012.

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Leslie Hagen wins Kauai Artists Merit Award

Leslie Hagen won the Kauai Artists Merit Award for the Kauai Society of Artists Small Works show in December 2012 for her sculpture called, "The Mens Club".
Congratulations Leslie!!!  To see more of her work, please visit:

Donia Lilly Gets Honorable Mention

Donia's painting "Blue Violet II" won Honorable Mention at the Pastel Artists of Hawaii Annual Juried Show on Oahu in November 2012.  Congratulations Donia!!!

Leslie Hagen wins People's Choice Award at KSA Show 


 "Dragon Diva"

On May 4, 2012, Leslie Hagen won the People's Choice Award for her sculpture, "Dragon Diva", at the Kauai Society of Artists Annual Membership Exhibit held at Kukui Grove Shopping Center in Lihue.  Congratulations Leslie!

Leslie says, "The Dragon was inspired by a gecko in my studio and morphed into this Dragon Diva with copper wire wings adorned with rooster feathers.  The body is sculpted from porcelain clay , bisque fired, washed with iron oxide, glazed and fired again to cone 6.  The sculpture stands about 13" tall."
The Kauai Society of Artists puts on several art shows a year, and most are juried shows.  This "People's Choice" Show is decided by the people who visit.  They can vote for their favorite artist for just $1.  The money generated by votes is then awarded to the first, second and third place winners.  For more info about Kauai Society of Artists, please visit .


Donia Lilly Wins Best in Show

 "Rembrandt's Working Man"
Congratulations to Donia Lilly for recently winning Best in Show in the Pastel Artists of Hawaii Annual Members Show on Oahu! She had two paintings in the show and her painting "Rembrandt's Working Man" won. Both paintings will be exhibited at our Women Artists of Kauai Summer Fine Art Festival at the National Tropical Botanical Gardens Southshore Visitor Center on Sunday, June 17, 2012.  For more info about the Pastel Artists of Hawaii, visit:

Congratulations to Anna!

 Anna Skaradzinska with her self portrait  ColoryAni     acrylic on plexiglass   11 x 37 inches
 Reverse acrylic on plexiglass  (painted on the other side of acrylic sheet - reverse process from traditional painting on top of a surface)

The most compelling aspect of myself is my presence.  I am, in spite of how I experience life, I am, in spite of myself.  

Introverted and shy by nature, I feel coming out is sometimes traumatizing and paralyzing event.

It involves practice and observation to be able to recognize when my energy is too subtle or too overbearing.

I chose to portray four parts of myself through four colors, creating texture which represents 

the breaking of a shell out of which I emerge. BLUE  sadness, emotional pain, cool. YELLOW  warmth, safety, enlightenement.  RED love, frustration, passion, anger.  GREEN hope, rejuvenation, growth

Anna Skaradzinska was born in Poland. She has a B.S. in Graphic Arts from the University of Maryland.

After a professional career in illustration/design in New York City, she visited Kauai in 1995 and chose it as the place to settle. 

Anna has been featured in invitational and juried exhibitions, including Kauai Society of Artists' Art Kauai, The Garden Island Arts Council's shows, and Schaefer Portrate Challenge 2003 at Maui Arts & Cultural Center.

Anna was chosen to be one of the 57 artists from Hawaii for the Schaefer Portrait Challenge 2012.  This is a very challenging juried statewide exhibition of portraits of people who live and work in Hawaii.  It is held once every three years. 
From the Maui Arts and Cultural Center, "The artists whose works were selected for the 2012 Challenge are bonded by the desire to transpose the human likeness and interpret each sitter through paint, pastel, graphite, watercolor, stone, clay, wood or mixed media into the final result of a finished portrait." 
Kauai Artists participating:  Susanne Long, Robert Lober, Roberta Griffith, Anna Skaradzinska, 
Margaret Ezekial, Penny Nichols,  Robb Jones, Natasha Young, Patricia Yu (not in photo)
For more information go to:
Us Women Artists of Kauai would like to congratulate Anna for such a prestigious honor!!!

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