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Wahi Pana: A Sense of Place

No Big Thing @Nohea Gallery

Nohea Gallery opened last year after having been forced to move from Ward Warehouse, they opened up at the Hyatt, but the shop is tiny and cannot do justice to all the wonderful art they have had over the years. I am fortunate that they have been so supportive of my art since my return home and was honored when asked to join their mini show last week. The show is up through the month of May but there areRead More

Color Bridges Workshop at the HUB

ON April 21, 2019 I ran a interactive session to present my Color Bridges theory of harmonic color and how it can be created and used to enhance or lift our moods and environment. It was part of the public programming of the HUB, one of 10 locations around the city for installations. I’ve been making Color Bridges for some time now. I realise many don’t really understand my fascination with them—making them, sharing them, etc. But I take comfortRead More

Artist Talk at Honolulu Biennial The Hub Main Stage: Wahi Pana-A Sense of Place

There will be a free panel discussion on March 11 from 4 to 6pm at the Hub Main Stage at the Ward Center at 1200 Ala Moana Blvd. It is free, but you need to register because of limited seating. Take a friend to listen to the lively and thought provoking discussion. The Honolulu Biennial is focusing on the theme of Make Wrong Right Now and exploring themes of place, belonging and identity in a biennial that covers Oceania andRead More

Talk Story

Learning through the oral tradition is not only transferred from kumu (expert) to haumana (student) but also through the telling of stories. The retelling of stories in an amusing and engaging way was an admired gift as I grew up. People would exclaim in pleasure and anticipation if a favorite cousin or aunty was said to be coming to a party. “Oh! Deborah’s coming? Good! Good! She can talk story!” Listening to a gifted storyteller retell a story was asRead More

Wahi Pana: A Sense of Place

“Wahi Pana” means a pulse of a place and many understand it to mean a place of reknown or historied place such as the site of the birth of Kamehameha in Kohala. But I also believe a wahi pana can also be a place that creates the sense of belonging, especially if it is one that is tied to the place of your birth or where you feel a connection to as part of your ohana (family). I wrote aRead More

2019 Reading Tips on books that will really change you

Warning: These are books you need to do by yourself in your own timing. Landmarks walks you through the Ignatian Journey of 4 weeks. If you are looking to deepen your spiritual practice. I was initially turned off by the crude drawings, being an artist, but I chose to see them as cocktail napkin drawings in a conversation with the author and it helped me get through the really deep things she had to share. For the person who wantsRead More

First Friday at Arts at Mark’s Garage

Hawaii Watercolor Society’s Member’s Show opens on First Friday in Honolulu’s Chinatown District. 2018 HWS selection My first apartment after finishing art college in the Bay Area was down here and the vibe is still the same–fragrant lei, food steam escaping as doors open or close to diners, colors, textures, sounds and smells all waft up on the tropical evening air for a festive feeling. The annual members show was juried this year by Tom Hoffman, who is also conductingRead More

AHA sponsors “How To Prep for Art Competitions” seminar

Many art events and organizations review work online nowadays so it is becoming a neccessary part of an artist’s toolbox to know how to prepare files to submit of your work. This seminar will cover best practices in preparing to submit your artwork for a show. Association of Hawaii Artists (AHA) is the oldest art organisation in Hawaii and offers exhibition opportunities for its members in juried shows twice a year. This seminar is to help the volunteers who putRead More

All inclusive Color Bridges Workshop April 12

I hear some of the same comments by some who think watercolor is hard and I wish I could erase from the vernacular. Like “watercolor is so hard, it’s the hardest medium” and “watercolor doesn’t last, it fades not like oils”. I created this workshop to help share my love for watercolor as well as educate aspiring artists or collectors about watercolor as a medium that brings joy when painting with it as well as to appreciate the creative powerRead More