“Write On” Workshop for Young Writers – New Weekly Program Launches Sept. 3

“Write On,” a weekly creative writing workshop for young writers age 13-18, begins Tuesday, September 3.  Presented by Waimea Artists’ Guild in partnership with Kanu o ka ‘Āina Learning ‘Ohana (KALO) and led by island writer Elizabeth Cahill, the group will meet on Tuesdays from 3:30 to 5 p.m., at Kanu o ka ‘Āina New Century Public Charter School.

Instructor Eliza Cahill, courtesy Waimea Artists Guild

Instructor Eliza Cahill, courtesy Waimea Artists Guild

Continuing the WAG ‘Ohana in the Arts series, Write On is an opportunity for youth to develop their unique individual voice, as well as work together in a group setting.  The workshop is designed to help young writers:

  • Listen to and express their personal voice through poetry, memoir and fiction
  • Explore different writing styles and develop writing techniques
  • Experience different authors and poets
  • Have an opportunity to share their work among peers
  • Be encouraged to start writing daily, with personalized writing exercises as homework
  • Work as a group to free their creative potential and find their own voice and style
  • Express their emotions in their writing and to share in a safe environment
  • As a group, learn how to give and receive constructive criticism
  • Learn how to self-edit and do rewrites at a professional level
  • Work on and submit a writing piece to publication

Write On meets Tuesdays, September 3-October 1 from 3:30-5 p.m.  Suggested donation of $20 will help cover cost of materials.   Space is limited, so please register by calling The Pantry, 887-2289.  To reach the Kanu o ka ‘Āina campus, turn onto Kamamalu Street at the “Taco Tako/Waimea Brewhaus” intersection; pass the Police Station on your right; stay on this road through a sharp left bend and look for the campus on your right.

Waimea Artists’ Guild is an association of professional artists whose intent is to produce art and promote education in their community—as part of The Pantry, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, which also includes the Friday Night Crew youth group and Mama’s House Thrift Store. For additional information, please call The Pantry office at (808) 887-2289.

Waimea Arts Programs for April

Two new classes: Realistic Painting, and Basics in Sewing will take place in Waimea in April, continuing the arts program series presented by Waimea Artists’ Guild (WAG) in partnership with Kanu o ka ‘Āina Learning ‘Ohana (KALO).

Waimea Artists Guild

 

Acclaimed nature artist Patrick Ching, known for his vibrant oil paintings of Hawaii’s dramatic landscapes and wildlife, will introduce his techniques at a free community presentation on Friday, April 12, 6-8 p.m. at the Kanu o ka ‘Āina New Century Public Charter School in Waimea.  His Realistic Painting Workshop will be held the following day, Saturday, April 13, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“Bring some photographs of things you’d like to paint; your pet, a place, etc.,” Ching said.  “You may email me photos beforehand to make the best use of our time together. Picture selection is important. Try to keep it simple.”  Ching can be reached at Patrick@NaturallyHawaiian.com.

Cost for the Realistic Painting Workshop is $175, which includes all materials and an 11”x14” canvas for your painting. Bring your own lunch or snacks.  To register, call The Pantry office at 887-2289.

Sewing, for all ages, can be a fun, creative and economical hobby. Offering a great opportunity for beginners, Gina Underhill will teach Basics in Sewing on Tuesdays, at the Kanu campus, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. as follows:  April 9: Get to Know Your Machine, April 16: Let’s Get Sewing, and April 23: Complete the Project.

Cost for all three classes is only $60, and students will need to bring their own sewing machine, scissors, thread, and recycled T-shirts or fabric.  Space is limited, so please register by calling The Pantry, 887-2289.

To reach the Kanu o ka ‘Āina campus, turn onto Kamamalu Street at the “Taco Tako/Waimea Brewhaus” intersection; pass the Police Station on your right; stay on this road through a sharp left bend and look for the campus on your right.

The Pantry is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, which includes Waimea Artists’ Guild, the Friday Night Crew youth group, and Mama’s House Thrift Store.  WAG is an association of professional artists whose intent is to produce art and promote education in their community.  For additional information, contact: Beth or Tom Mehau at The Pantry, 887-2289.

 

Waimea Artists’ Guild Programs at Kanu O Ka ‘Āina School

Two new classes, Fundamentals in Art and Beginners Ballet, come to Waimea March 1-22, 2013, continuing the arts program series presented by Waimea Artists’ Guild (WAG) in partnership with KALO.

Waimea Artists Guild

Professional designer George Detchev brings 15 years of teaching experience in Santa Monica, CA to Waimea for his Fundamentals in Art class.  Encouraging each individual’s talent, Detchev will work with students in watercolor and pastels to seek out the creative spark, to discover the artist in everyone.

Ballet instructor Youlia Doneva has danced, taught and achieved prestigious awards in Bulgaria, Italy, and the United States during the last 25 years.  Employing Russian Ballet techniques to highlight the graceful and exquisite dancer in each student, Doneva teaches a wide range of dance steps, basic ballet movement, position coordination, stretching and creative dance.

“We are so thrilled to have George and Youlia join our community,” said Beth Mehau, Executive Director of The Pantry, of which WAG is a component.  “They are so generous with their talents and they are bringing an amazing enthusiasm and energy into the programs.  If you have ever wanted to try your hand—or your feet—at art or dance, this is a great opportunity to work with highly-skilled teachers, right here in our own backyard.”

Both Fundamentals in Art and Beginners Ballet classes will be held on Fridays, March 1-22 at Kanu o ka ‘Āina New Century Public Charter School in Waimea.  Cost is $85 per person for four weeks of instruction.  To register, please call The Pantry at (808) 887-2289.

Fundamentals in Art Program by George Detchev

Fridays, Fridays, March 1-22

Keiki 6-10 years old, 4 to 5 p.m. (12 Maximum)

Age 11 years and up, 5 to 6 p.m. (12 Maximum)

$85 per person for 4 weeks of instruction

Beginners Ballet with Youlia Doneva

Fridays, Fridays, March 1-22

Keiki 6-10 years old, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. (12 maximum)

Age 11 years and up, 5 to 6 p.m. (12 maximum)

$85 per person for 4 weeks of instructions

Kanu o ka ‘Āina is a free public school for grades K-12 with focus on Hawaiian culture, located in Waimea.  To reach the school, turn onto Kamamalu Street at the “Taco Tako/Waimea Brewhaus” intersection; pass the Police Station on your right; stay on this road through a sharp left bend and look for the campus on your right.

The Pantry is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, which includes Waimea Artists’ Guild, the Friday Night Crew youth group, and Mama’s House Thrift Store.  WAG is an association of professional artists whose intent is to produce art and promote education in their community.  For additional information, contact: Beth or Tom Mehau at The Pantry, 887-2289.

 

Patrick Ching to Teach Oil Painting Workshop at Waimea Artists’ Guild

Waimea Artists’ Guild (WAG) kicks off its Summer Session in June, with an inspiring class in Realistic Oil Painting instructed by renowned nature artist Patrick Ching.  The course begins with a free presentation and demonstration at Thelma Parker Library on June 8, 6-8 p.m. Two days of workshops follow on June 9 and 10, each with two 3-hour sessions from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Patrick Ching

“Realistic oil painting may be learned quickly. It is not as complicated as you think,” says Ching in his course description.  “Bring some photographs of things you’d like to paint; your pet, a place… picture selection is important. Try to keep it simple so you can finish or nearly finish a painting in one workshop.”

Ching has held a one-man art show at Governor John Waihe’e’s Office, designed Hawaii’s first Wildlife Conservation stamp featuring the Nene, and has been owner-operator of Naturally Hawaiian Gallery & Gifts in Waimanalo since 1996.  His murals have graced the walls of Kaiser Hospital, Salt Lake Public Library, Pope Elementary School and Sea Gull School in Kapolei.  He is author of 9 books and collectors of Ching’s work include the Smithsonian Institution and the Bishop Museum.

Ching’s summer classes on Oahu and Kauai sold out quickly, however space is still available for this opportunity for Big Island artists to work with such an accomplished professional.  For more information on Patrick Ching, visit http://www.patrickchingart.com

WAG is an association of professional artists whose intent is to produce art and promote education in their community.  A project of The Pantry 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, WAG is located in the industrial complex adjacent to Mama’s House thrift store, just past NAPA Auto.

The Guild was created by graduates of HOEA, the Hawaiian ‘Ohana for Education in the Arts, whose mission is to “increase the number, accessibility, and visibility of Native Hawaiian Arts and Artists.” Although Native Hawaiian ancestry is not required for membership in the Waimea Artists’ Guild, sensitivity for cultural themes, materials and practices is of primary concern in the operation of the program.  For additional information, contact: Beth or Tom Mehau at 887-2289, email waimeaartists@gmail.com or visit www.waimeaartistsguild.com

Native Hawaiian Arts Market This Weekend

Waimea Artists’ Guild (WAG) invites the community to its fun and educational Native Hawaiian Arts Market on May 12, 2012 at Kahilu Town Hall in Waimea.  From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., shoppers and art lovers can explore a wide variety of media, including fine arts, cultural jewelry, traditional wood and bone carvings, photography, fiber arts, original kapa/tapa cloth and more.

An exceptional opportunity to meet and interact with the artists, WAG’s Native Hawaiian Arts Market also offers live music, “keiki corner” and more.  Admission is free and plate lunch and refreshments are available for purchase.  For more information, contact: Beth or Tom Mehau at 887-2289.

Native Hawaiian Arts Market Presented by Waimea Artists’ Guild for MAMo, Maoli Arts Month

Waimea Artists’ Guild (WAG) will be included in the prestigious Maoli Arts Month (MAMo) in May, with a Native Hawaiian Arts Market May 12, 2012 at Kahilu Town Hall.  The event takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a wide variety of arts media, music, “keiki corner” and more.  Admission is free and plate lunch and refreshments are available for purchase.

Intricate carved cultural jewelry by Tom O'o Mehau, Waimea Artists' Guild

MAMo is an annual celebration of the breadth, depth and diversity of Native Hawaiian arts, with multiple exhibits, entertainment, a wearable art show and an arts market featuring work by Native Hawaiians from across the Islands.  Their goal is to create economic opportunities for Native Hawaiian artists and cultural practitioners by increasing their presence in museums and galleries, and educating residents and visitors about Native Hawaiian art.

The WAG Native Hawaiian Arts Market will showcase Big Island artists and their work in fine arts, cultural jewelry, traditional wood and bone carvings, photography, fiber arts and more.  The event provides the community an exceptional opportunity to meet and interact with the artists themselves, and to own an original Hawaiian creation.

“We couldn’t be more proud to continue the annual market event that HOEA began in 2010,” said Co-Director Beth Mehau, “And it’s a great honor for us to be included on the events calendar for MAMo.  Waimea Artists’ Guild is in very good company, with some of the most acclaimed indigenous artists in Polynesia.”

“Our over-arching goal is to build awareness, to help elevate these artists to the status they’ve earned and deserved, as with other fine arts disciplines,” she said.  The roster is limited to 30 artists from Hawai’i Island, and interested vendors should contact WAG as soon as possible.

Featured artists already on board for the WAG Native Hawaiian Arts Market include:

  • Master woodcarver Toma Barboza
  • Beau Jack Key, a lifetime fisherman and modern-day lure maker who he appreciates the art, functionality and evolution of the ancient Hawaiian fishhook and expresses that in museum-quality work.
  • Auhea Puhi recently turned her attentions to jewelry in copper, silver and legally-obtained walrus ivory after 42 years of distinguished feather lei creations.
  • Geoffrey Mundon, printmaker and creator of bone jewelry, enjoys making art “on the fly” with anything available to capture those fleeting, otherworldly moments that happen daily.
  • Acclaimed kapa-master and artist Roen Hufford
  • Kauanoe Chang, watercolorist, is a D.O.E. Hawaiian Studies Specialist, inspired by the people, places, things, events, physical and emotional and spiritual experiences of Hawai’i.
  • Tom O’o Mehau, known for his highly detailed pen and ink renderings and illustrations, most recently working in small-scaled carving under the tutelage of Maori Master Carver Stacy Gordine

WAG is an association of professional artists whose intent is to produce art and promote education in their community.  A project of The Pantry 501(c)3 non profit organization, WAG is located in the industrial complex adjacent to Mama’s House thrift store, just past NAPA Auto.

The Guild was created by graduates of HOEA, the Hawaiian ‘Ohana for Education in the Arts, whose mission is to “increase the number, accessibility, and visibility of Native Hawaiian Arts and Artists.” Although Native Hawaiian ancestry is not required for membership in the Waimea Artists’ Guild, sensitivity for cultural themes, materials and practices is of primary concern in the operation of the program.  For additional information, contact: Beth or Tom Mehau at 887-2289, email waimeaartists@gmail.com or visit www.waimeaartistsguild.com

New Visual Fundamentals Drawing Workshop at the WAG

Waimea Artists’ Guild (WAG) will present a four-week “Visual Fundamentals” drawing workshop taught by professional artist Marshall Leonard Kary, Jr., at the WAG workspace in Waimea.  Part of the spring ‘Ohana in the Arts workshop series, all Visual Fundamentals class sessions take place on Fridays:  5-6:30 p.m. for children 6-12, and 7-9 p.m. for age 13 through adults.  (Parents may drop children off).

Marshall Leonard Kary, Jr.

An award-winning artist and photographer, Kary is also an instructor at the UH West Hawaii Campus, whose paintings, prints, embossings and paper sculptures have been exhibited in prestigious Hawai‘i and California galleries since the 1970’s.  His workshop will explore the dynamics of drawing, including line, form, texture and shape, using a variety of tools and papers.

We were very pleased with the enthusiastic response to our premier ‘Ohana in the Arts workshop series – Printmaking with Geoffrey Mundon,” said WAG co-director Beth Mehau.  “And Marshall’s drawing classes are going to be just as rewarding—especially for the beginning and less-experienced artists who want to know more of the basics.”

Cost for the four-week Workshop is $80 including materials.  Advance registration is required.  (There is no class on Friday, May 11).

Following Visual Fundamentals, the next ‘Ohana in the Arts Workshop takes place June 1-19, when Toma Barboza presents a five-week Woodworking course.  Also in June & July, WAG will offer its Summer Session, including classes in Oil Painting with Patrick Ching, Relief Printmaking with Harinani Orme, and Cultural Jewelry with Stacy Gordine (beginners and advanced).  Complete course list and descriptions are available at www.WaimeaArtistsGuild.com.

WAG is an association of professional artists whose intent is to produce art and promote education in their community.  A project of The Pantry 501(c)3 non profit organization, WAG is located in the industrial complex adjacent to Mama’s House thrift store, just past NAPA Auto.

The Guild was created by graduates of HOEA, the Hawaiian ‘Ohana for Education in the Arts, whose mission is to “increase the number, accessibility, and visibility of Native Hawaiian Arts and Artists.” Although Native Hawaiian ancestry is not required for membership in the Waimea Artists’ Guild, sensitivity for cultural themes, materials and practices is of primary concern in the operation of the program.  For additional information, contact: Beth or Tom Mehau at 887-2289, email waimeaartists@gmail.com or visit www.waimeaartistsguild.com

Waimea Artists’ Guild Offering Series of Workshops

Waimea Artists’ Guild (WAG) offers a series of workshops for all ages, ‘Ohana in the Arts, launching this month in their new Waimea studio space.  All classes take place on Fridays:  5-6:30 p.m. for children 6-12, and 7-9 p.m. for age 13 through adults.

Currently, Geoffrey Mundon is teaching a 4-part Printmaking Workshop on Fridays March 23-April 6.  Using natural forms and cultural symbols with varying print techniques, Mundon shares his skills and inspires students from first-timers to advanced artists, in the WAG studio.  The cost is $20 per class for the Printmaking Workshop, and students may attend one or all class sessions in the series.

Geoffrey Mundon, demonstrates printmaking techniques to students Iwalani Mehau, Sara Mundon, Kaimana Landers, and Armand Baril. Photo by Tom Mehau, WAG.

Geoffrey Mundon completed the Hawaiian arts program at HOEA (Hawaiian ‘Ohana for Education in the Arts) in 2011 and currently focuses mostly on bone jewelry and printmaking. Typically, he works “on the fly” with anything available to capture those fleeting, otherworldy moments that happen daily. Compelled to build a kind of vocabulary for that and for the personal connections he makes, he says it makes him feel a little more rooted in this world and a little more cosmopolitan in other realms. He’s thrilled when it turns into art.

The next ‘Ohana in the Arts Workshop takes place April 20-May 18, when Marshall Leonard Kary, Jr., teaches a four-week course in Visual Fundamentals at the WAG studio.  A professional artist and photographer, Kary is also an instructor at the UH West Hawaii Campus.  He will explore with students the dynamics of drawing, including line form, texture and shape, using a variety of tools and papers.

In June, Toma Barboza presents a five-week Woodworking course, on five Fridays, beginning June 1.  Barboza guides students through their first project–carving a fishhook—while learning techniques and tools.  He then helps carvers select and create other cultural implements for additional projects, based on their own interests.

Also in June & July, WAG presents its Summer Session classes, an exciting and inspiring series, with a wide variety of media, including Oil Painting with Patrick Ching, Relief Printmaking with Harinani Orme, and Cultural Jewelry with Stacy Gordine (beginners and advanced).  Summer Session courses are multi-day workshops at the WAG Workspace.  Complete course list and descriptions are available at www.WaimeaArtistsGuild.com.

WAG is located in the industrial complex adjacent to Mama’s House thrift store, just past NAPA Auto.  The Guild was created by graduates of HOEA, the Hawaiian ‘Ohana for Education in the Arts, whose mission is to “increase the number, accessibility, and visibility of Native Hawaiian Arts and Artists.”

Although Native Hawaiian ancestry is not required for membership in the Waimea Artists Guide, sensitivity for cultural themes, materials and practices is of primary concern in the operation of the program.  For additional information, contact: Beth or Tom Mehau at 887-2289, email waimeaartists@gmail.com or visit www.waimeaartistsguild.com

Grand Opening of the New Waimea Artists Guild

A new opportunity for artists and artisans of all kinds is now available in North Hawaii, via Waimea Artists Guild (WAG).  WAG invites the public to celebrate its Grand Opening on Friday, March 16, 7-9 p.m., with a traditional blessing by Lanakila Manguil, music, refreshments and Open Studio time to enjoy the new space and learn more about the Guild.

WAG member Ti deL’Arbre will be presenting a “living mandala,” created entirely with fresh local flowers.  Visitors can experience the mandala at the opening, as well as during Open Studio hours on Saturday, March 17 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

WAG is located in the industrial complex adjacent to Mama’s House thrift store, just past NAPA Auto.  The Guild was created by graduates of HOEA, the Hawaiian ‘Ohana for Education in the Arts, whose mission is to “increase the number, accessibility, and visibility to Native Hawaiian Arts and Artists.”

“We humbly intend to continue this goal, while striving to exert, through the arts, a culturally relevant influence on the community at large,” said Co-Director Tom Mehau.

“The Waimea Artists’ Guild is dedicated to fostering a supportive environment for the arts in North Hawaii,” said Beth Mehau, Co-Director.  “Our facility includes equipment for small woodworking projects, carving and soldering stations for jewelry-making, and presses for relief and intaglio printing. These are made available to Guild members, but the workspace is also available for workshops and classes which are open to the public.”

Although Native Hawaiian ancestry is not required for membership in the Waimea Artists Guide, sensitivity for cultural themes, materials and practices is of primary concern in the operation of the program.

The community is invited to come and join in the blessing and learn more about what WAG has to offer in the way of classes, resources and more.  For additional information, contact: Beth or Tom Mehau at 887-2289, email waimeaartists@gmail.com or visit www.waimeaartistsguild.com