Viewpoints Gallery in the heart of paniolo country in Makawao will put on its latest exhibit Friday through Aug. 7, featuring the fine artworks of Betty Hay Freeland and Suzy Papanikolas. The exhibit will open with an artist's reception at 5 p.m. Friday.
"The Hawaiian islands are my motivation," says Freeland. "I see the beauty that surrounds us, and all of the emotions of that scene send me to the easel. I then try to capture the emotions on canvas.
"I don't see the Hawaii of today with modern buildings and developments," she continues. "I choose to depict the landscape void of most of that with the exception of the charming old building telling a lifestyle story."
“It is a spectacular treat to witness sunrise on the coast at Mo‘omomi Preserve,” says Betty Hay Freeland, who captured it in oil on linen. “Light dances everywhere.”
“Shores of Eden is a new oil by artist Kit Gentry at Village Galleries in Lahaina.
“Blueview 4” by Forsythe
“Yellow Hula Skirt” by Suzy Papanikolas, acrylic on canvas, came from visits by the artist to Pu‘ukohola Heiau on the Big Island.”
In line with her appreciation for Hawaiian culture, for this show, Papanikolas decided to focus on nature, painting the birds from her own backyard, and images from ceremonies of ancient Hawaii.
"Once a year, a cultural event is held at Pu'ukohola Heiau on the Big Island," Papanikolas says. "Many kahunas and their followers gather in mid August at sunrise to honor the gods of the largest heiau (altar) in the Hawaiian Islands. It's an honor as well as a privilege to represent images from such an auspicious occasion."
Call Viewpoints at 572-5979.
Abstract painter/photographer Brad Forsythe of Haiku was chosen for the 2013 Kellicutt International Juried Show in Half Moon Bay, Calif.
The artist's "Blueview 4," from his "Island Time" digital collage series, is featured in the show. Nearly 2,000 images were submitted from more than 29 countries and jurors selected only 45 total images for the elite exhibition.
"I've always had a fascination with passing cloud formations carried along by the trade winds of Hawaii. With this work I'm exploring the movement of sky, sea and landscape between the viewer and the view."
The exhibition will also be shown at Gallery at Calumet in San Francisco. The show runs through August 5.
Forsythe is represented by Turnbull Fine Art in Paia. Call 579-9385.
"Shores of Eden" is a new oil by Kit Gentry that just went on display at Village Galleries in Lahaina.
Originally from Michigan, Gentry received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Michigan School of Art. After a 16-year residence on Maui, he lives near Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee, but continues to produce landscape paintings with island themes, inspired by Hawaii and French Polynesia. Call 661-5199.