Our artists are frequently featured in a show, showcasing a larger portion of their work. You are invited to come meet the artists as we celebrate their work with Artists Receptions.
We also host other arts events in the our beautiful gallery setting, such as poetry recitations; writers reading their work; acoustic concerts of harpsichord, cello, flute and guitar; booksignings, and artists demonstrations.
The Living Arts Gallery is a living, conscious, and evolving art space. We bring new ideas to light. For more information, please call 808-889-0739 or visit www.livingartsgallery.net
Come share your inspiration with us!
The Living Arts Gallery is happy to announce a show of vibrant watercolors by one of its favorite member artists, Ilmar Reinvald. This collection of new paintings will be on display at the Living Arts Gallery, March through April, with a special artist reception on Saturday, March 9, 2013 from 3 pm to 7 pm. This is a great opportunity to talk story with a very warm and charming “bear” of an artist! The Living Arts Gallery is located on the main street of Hawi at 55-3435 Akoni Pule Highway, and is open daily from 10:30 am to 5:30 pm.
When asked to talk about his work, Ilmar, a retired professional architect and professor, says, “I have been drawing since I was a child and able to pick up a pencil. Exploring the ever changing relationship between the hardness of man made objects and the softness of nature has been an interesting challenge to me in watercolor painting. Sometimes I find this relationship to be harmonious and sometimes clashing. Most of my painting is about communicating this relationship in such a way that the viewer feels the energy of this relationship.”
He doesn’t have to look far for his inspiration. “The lyrical beauty found almost everywhere in Hawaii is a source of joy and awe to me. I seem to discover a fresh aspect of this beauty every day I go out to paint. It is my hope that you will find some of that in my paintings. “
Ilmar was introduced to painting watercolors in art classes in architecture school. He started his professional career as a professor of architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, then worked as the Director of the School of Architecture at Montana State University. Concluding a successful architectural practice in Tacoma, Washington Ilmar moved to Waimea in 2008 and has been painting on a regular basis with North Kohala Plein Air Painters ever since. He became a working artist member of the artist collective at the Living Arts Gallery about one year ago. His subject matter ranges from plantation era cottages, with exquisite detail and shadows, to a looser style of capturing people and places “in the moment.”
Born in Estonia, Ilmar has come a long, long way. Come celebrate his journey and meet him on March 9th at Living Arts Gallery. For more information, call the gallery at 808.889.0739, or visit http://www.livingartsgallery.net
Connie Firestone, artist and interior designer for over thirty years, and one of the founding members of the Living Arts Gallery artist collective since 2009, welcomes you to a "Gathering of Guardians," on display during January and February at the Living Arts Gallery in Hawi. This show of her paintings is a numbered series of images from the other side, shadowy figures barely visible through the veil that separates the worlds. Luminous, multi-layered, and elegantly simple at first glance, these paintings provide a glimpse to another dimension. Connie will available to talk story with you on Saturday afternoons in January and February, with a special "Open House" on Saturday, January 12th and 19th, from
2 - 5 pm. The Living Arts Gallery is located at 55-3435 Akoni Pule Highway, and is open daily from 10:30 am to 5:30 pm.
Connie began this unique style of painting, in which she creates over fifty layers of transparent metallic and acrylic glazes on canvas, about thirteen years ago. It was a dramatic departure from her earlier work which included teaching realistic figure drawing and portraiture at the college level. In her words, "When I moved to Hawaii fourteen years ago I was painting in a primitive style that had been very successful in the Bay Area (California), and I assumed that I would continue in that venue with a Hawaiian slant. After about a year (and to my surprise), I painted the first of "The Guardians." I was drawn to it immediately. So strongly that it was more like an obsession, and though I have refined and polished the style of the work over the years, I am still just as fascinated with "The Guardians" as I was years ago. The pieces are always a challenge. I may have something firmly in mind, and then watch the painting take off in a direction of its own. I have learned to just let this happen and enjoy the ride. They turn out the way they are supposed to and always go to the person that they are meant to be with. I don't title any of the individual paintings in this series, they are just "The Guardians", and are numbered for my records.
"The Guardians" appear differently in different lighting, and depending upon the angle at which they are viewed, which makes for a very personal and interactive experience. Depending on the light, various colors and sheen will be reflected to the viewer. Connie avoids titling the individual paintings because she believes, "a title tells the viewer what to see and these are very personal pieces. The viewer will have their own reaction and response, as it should be."
When asked to to talk about about "The Guardians," Connie replies, "It has been a spiritual journey for me and a life changing journey to create this artwork. And to my own guardians and spirit guides, I am filled with gratitude, for I know they are with me at all times."' Her wish is that "these paintings bring you (the viewer) to peace, comfort and and sense of connection to all that is."
The Guardians are exculsively shown at the Living Arts Gallery in Hawi. For more information please contact the gallery at 808.889.0739 or visit http://www.livingartsgallery.net
and select Connie Firestone from the Featured Artists.
WINTER SOLSTICE CONCERT
Saturday Evening, Dec. 22, 2012 7pm til...
Come enjoy music and merriment at our 3rd annual winter concert! Guitar, flute, cello, and vocals from our very talented local musicians: David Gomes, Wendy Hindley, Richard Russell, Aja, Nelson Denman, Karen Miller, and more!
This is a FREE event, mahalo for donations of canned food/cash for our local food bank.
Aloha and Mahalo! Mele Kalikimaka too!
Laurie Downey is our featured artist for November and December.
Featured Artist for SEPTEMBER -OCTOBER, 2012 is Ginger Anne Sandell.
Recent oils and figurative work in an impressionistic style, plus landscapes and abstracts.
Artist Reception on SATURDAY, Sept 29th, 5 - 7 PM
New Paintings by MARY SKY SCHOOLCRAFT
Featured Artist for July & August, 2012,
Mary Sky Schoolcraft's new paintings reflect fresh energy
in her favorite subject, the magic of rural Hawaii.
Artist reception: Saturday
AUGUST 25, 2012 4 - 6 PM
Prints of her latest work, "Lehuas' Bowl of Light" will be available to be signed by the artist. Special Kama'aina discount too!
"ELEMENTAL MAGIC OF HAWAII"
A group show with special work by each of our Living Arts Gallery core member artists. Dramatic, inspiring, abstract, and a bit of magical realism... Don't miss it! This will be a fun show! Open daily, 10:30 am to 5:30 pm.
Come open your mind, and say "AHHH!"
Be sure to stop by and meet the artists... Connie Firestone, Ken Coulling, John Hart, Ginger Sandell, Melody Moore, Mary Carol Letzring, Maggie Frohmader, Karen Spachner, Mary Sky Schoolcraft, Ilmar Reinvald, Laurie Downey, and Peter Kowalke. More on "Featured Artists" pages.
"OLD BUILDINGS, NEW FACES"
February 10th -March 10th
Artist reception: 4 - 7 PM
Friday, February 17, 2012
"We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us."
This show of Maggie Frohmader's watercolor paintings features the plantation era buildings in North Kohala as they have been evolving in the last 15 years, complimented with charcoal portrait sketches by Mary Carol Letzring.
This installation will be on display at the Living Arts Gallery for a month.
Come join us for a lively discussion with the artist, architects, and visionaries at the artist reception.
Maggie Frohmader has long been fascinated by the historic architecture from the sugar cane era found in Hawi and Kapa'au, and the way that our behavior and mental well-being is shaped by the structures that we inhabit.
A primitive symbolist, her watercolors and drawings capture an innocence and playful perception of the plantation era buildings.
Maggie Frohmader is a graduate of the Cornish School of Allied Arts in Seattle, WA with a BA in Art Education from Glassboro College, NJ. She has taught art to children through mixed media involving theater production. She is also well known for creating replicas of local Kohala landmarks in miniature form as dollhouses and dioramas. Her three dimensional work also includes creating soft doll sculptures to represent the residents.
"BOTANICAL FISH AND
FREE SWIMMING FLOWERS"
March 16th - April 15th
TALK STORY & ARTIST RECEPTION:
Friday, March 30, 2012 4 - 7 PM
KAREN SPACHNER is our featured artist this March, with daring new works in watercolor.
You'll agree that sometimes it's a fine line between reality and fantasy when you see Karen's latest work of amazing reef fishes. Your inner child will delight in the wonderful whimsy of her vivid tropical watercolors, prints and illustrated Keikilani adventure books.