In brief

  • Palette knife oil painter P.L. Hedden her art titled “PL Hedden.” Courtesy photo/Special to West Hawaii Today

  • Water Lily in Pond by Denise Bird. (Courtesy photo/Special to West Hawaii Today)

Magic Spectacular to go on

The Society for Kona’s Education &Art and the Big Island Magic Club present the 34th annual Magic Spectacular, a virtual family event featuring comedy, magic, and music. Here is your chance for a front row seat to watch the masters of magic create their illusions.


Professional entertainers from around the country will perform their best tricks, accompanied by funny and lighthearted banter. Magicians Robert Baxt, Jay Scott Berry, Charlie Frye, Barry Ganetzky, Shaun Jay, Barry Gitelson (aka the Great Barusky), and Arnie Rabin ( Arneleo the Great) will perform, with music by LT Smooth. As a special bonus, you can learn a magic trick to fool your friends.

The event will be online starting Saturday and run through Jan. 10. Tickets are $10 per household and are available at Proceeds will benefit SKEA, a nonprofit organization based in Honaunau dedicated to providing programs in the arts for the Kona community.

For more information, please visit or email

Hedden named as KVA’s featured artists for January

The Kailua Village Artists featured artist for the month of January is palette knife oil painter P. L. Hedden.

Hedden is a contemporary impressionist specializing in landscapes and seascapes capturing Hawaii Island with oil paints. She is a member of the American Impressionist Society and was a juried artist for Wailoa Center’s Midsummer Art Celebration 2019.

Hedden will be working at the gallery on Jan. 4, 18, and 25. The gallery is located in the Kona Marketplace, 72-5729 Alii Drive, Suite C-110 in Kailua-Kona. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

For more information, call 329-6653 or visit

BSA announces featured artist for January

The Blue Sea Artisans Gallery featured artist for the month of January is fine art photographer Denise Bird.

Bird’s approach to photography is like her approach to life “I live in gratitude and my photography is an expression of that. I find the more gratitude in my heart, the more inspiration is received. On the ground, in the air, or under the sea, my desire and intent is to gather light, both visible and spiritual, to invite, uplift, and inspire all who will see.”

Bird has always been attracted to the arts. Early in childhood she was active in dance and the visual arts. Always making some sort of art piece to hang in her room or share with others. In the 1970s, Bird got creative with hair then went on as a dancer/dance instructor before dabbling in photography in the ’80s and ’90s. Her photography work has been seen around the world on TV and in books, magazines and ad campaigns.

Bird will be holding a drawing to win a 14-inch-by-14-inch gallery wrapped canvas of “Water Lily” valued at $125. The drawing will be held Feb. 2 at the gallery.


The Blue Sea Artisans Gallery, located in the Keauhou Shopping Center, is open 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

For more information, call 329-8000.

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