A&E Wrap-Up: February 5, 2021

  • "Mixed Polynesian Art” was a piece by by Aloalii Iona from the 2020 show. (Courtesy photo/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • Hanaiali‘i

  • The Blue Sea Artisans featured artist for the month of February is multimedia artist Sue Mailander, whose piece “Red is Sunrise-Sunset” is pictured. (Courtesy photo/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • Carol McMillan was elected as the Hawaii Writers Guild's new president.

  • The Kailua Village Artists featured artist for the month of February is award-winning photographer and wood turner Thomas Carey, whose photograph “Eels Moray Yellowmargin” is pictured. (Courtesy photo/Special to West Hawaii Today)

Submissions sought for Na ‘Opio Youth Art Show

The Waimea Arts Council announces a call for young artists in North Hawaii for its 37th annual Na ‘Opio Youth Art Show.

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This show coincides with National Youth Art Month, which falls in March. Young artists in grades 6 through 12 from schools and homeschooled students in the North and South Kohala and Hamakua districts are invited to submit their original works of art for this year’s show.

This popular event has provided an opportunity for young artists’ works to be shown to the public for many years, sometimes leading to their own one-person shows. Some students have gone on to professional art careers have had their start with the Na ‘Opio. In lieu of the annual Juried Art Show at Waimea Arts Council’s Firehouse Gallery, this year’s show will be shown to the public in a Virtual Art Show.

Youth Art Month was founded in 1961 by the Crayon, Water Color &Craft Institute, Inc., the predecessor of the Art &Creative Materials Institute, Inc. in cooperation with the National Art Education Association, Inc. The purpose was to “emphasize the value of participating in art for all children.”

The deadline to email submissions is midnight Feb. 26. For more information and forms contact, Event Chair Wendi Roehrig at wendi.roehrig@gmail.com or (808) 756-0823.

Kahilu presents Hanaiali‘i Saturday, Lim Family of Kohala Feb. 13

Six-time Grammy Award Nominee, multiple Na Hoku Hanohano Award-winner and highest-selling Hawaiian female vocalist of all time, Amy Hanaiali‘i performs live on the Kahilu Theatre stage, streaming live via Kahilu TV at 4 p.m. Saturday. There will also be a live talk story with Amy following the performance.

The award-winning Lim Family of Kohala shares an intimate look at their journey through Hawaiian music and dance. Accompanied with storytelling, hula, and chant, Welo: Life, Legacy &Family celebrates the rich cultural legacy of Kohala’s first family of music. The Lim family brings this special presentation LIVE to the Kahilu Theatre stage, streaming live via Kahilu TV at 4 p.m. Feb. 13. There will also be a live talk-story with the family, following the performance.

Individual tickets for each shows, which are good for an entire household, are $19.99 and available at Kahilu.TV.

Blue Sea Artisans announce February featured artist

The Blue Sea Artisans Gallery featured artist for the month of February is multimedia artist Sue Mailander, who is introducing four new pieces to her “Eye of the Needle” Series, including “Red is Sunrise/Sunset” and “Green is a River Runs Thru.”

The Blue Sea Artisans Gallery, located in the Keauhou Shopping Center, is open 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. For more information, call (808) 329-8000.

KVA featuring Carey during February

The Kailua Village Artists Gallery’s featured artist for the month of February is award winning photographer and wood turner Thomas Carey. Carey will be at the Kona Marketplace gallery on Tuesday and Feb. 23.

The Kailua Village Artists Gallery is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information, call (808) 329-6653 or visit www.kailuavillageartists.com.

Writers guild holds annual meeting, election

In keeping with the times, The Hawaii Writers Guild held its fourth annual meeting and election of officers via Zoom on Jan. 16.

The guild added 17 new members during 2020, ending with 72 members, including two student members, according to secretary Diane Revell.

It also achieved status as a tax-exempt nonprofit organization, created two online programs to replace the in-person programs impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and published the first issue of the guild’s online literary review, Latitudes.

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Fifteen members published books in 2020, and many others published writings in anthologies, magazines and newspapers. One member even had her Christmas musical staged on Kahilu TV.

The election of officers for 2021 was also announced at the annual meeting. Carol McMillan was elected as the guild’s new president. Other officers, who were re-elected, include Bruce Stern, vice president, from Waikoloa; Diane Revell, secretary, from North Kohala; and Bob Lupo, treasurer, from Hakalau.

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