April 22nd, 2020 / posted by paularath

Arlene Woo’s watercolor, “Man in the Mountain,” won Best in Show in the Hawaii Watercolor Society’s Member Show.

While museums and galleries are shut down during this treacherous time, art is finding its way out into the world in all manner of innovative ways.

Leave it to artists to find a way to have their work seen, in spite of the quarantine.

One outstanding example is Gallery Iolani at Windward Community College, where Toni Martin and her innovative staff have put their current show, Fiber Hawaii  2020, on a video. The show is presented by Hawaii Craftsmen and is titled “In, of or About Fiber: Functional and Non-Functional Objects Made in Any Craft Medium.”

The gallery staff walks you all around the show and brings you the name of the artist and a little about the materials and process used to achieve the work. And, hey, the music is great!

I am proud to be part of this show, and delighted to enjoy the video featuring so many creative approaches to fiber.

You can see my recent work hanging in the video, two framed pieces of fiber art on canvas. Both are inspired by North Shore beaches. As you may recall, I did a lot of my growing up on the North Shore, and it often appears in my work.

I would like to share the link with you here:


An original watercolor by Nancy Taylor.

Another local arts organization, the Hawaii Watercolor Society, is showing its entire current show online at www.hawaiiwatercolorsociety.org.
It’s the HWS annual Member Show, and it is really worth checking it out. If you see a painting that sings to you, it’s also possible to buy it online.
Watercolor is often considered the most challenging form of painting. It’s not for the timid.
What I especially love about this show is the depth and breadth of the paintings. The juror, Anthony Lee, wrote in his Juror’s Statement:
“I was especially impressed by the wide range of watercolor paintings that were submitted for me to review this year. They included well-observed representational artwork with diverse subject matter, as well as stylized abstract art, all executed with great authority and precision. As we live in the culturally diverse islands of Hawaii, I believe each artist has paid tribute to this special environment through his or her work.”
Although it’s sad to think of the lovely gardens and galleries of the Honolulu Museum of Art devoid of patrons, it’s a treat to escape online at www.honolulumuseum.org to check out the local artists featured in the First Hawaiian Center and the “30 American” show at HoMA. And hey, for you hungry cinephiles, the Doris Duke Theatre has put some of their special films online for us to enjoy. Check it out!
Paula Rath


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