Sunday, April 10, 2011

New Paintings by AJ

Cosette, Tuko and I drove into Hilo yesterday to catch the one day sale at Ben Franklin store, where we spent lots of money on canvases and other art supplies. Too bad that's the only place now in town to buy art things, as they have a small variety of mostly not such great stuff. But we had fun, going to the East Hawai'i Cultural Center to see the Spring Art Show, which we were all too busy and important to enter (actually the entry date is Saturday, which is when I have life drawing at my studio, which is my excuse). It was a surprisingly sophisticated show with very sparse hanging and many nice pieces. Then we went to check out the new "One" Gallery, which is a revamping of the old Ka Huina Gallery. It is cluttered but nicely done with some good artists, in a charming old Hilo building.

I brought some new paintings into our gallery last week. One of them is a portrait of a mother and her baby, a commission from a nice young surgeon. I thought the baby looked interestingly serious. The other two were actually in my summer show at the Wailoa Center but I reworked them quite a bit: Keokea beach, in Kohala, and Kaluahine Falls, the intermittently running waterfall south of Waipi'o Valley.

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