Hawaii’s nature captured: Waimea Arts Center featuing solo photography show

  • ”Hanging Hibiscus” by Barbara Schaefer will be featured as part of the solo show “Infinite to Infinitesimal” during the month of July. (Courtesy photo/Special to West Hawaii Today)

The Firehouse Gallery in Waimea presents a solo photography show “Infinite to Infinitesimal” during the month of July featuring local artist Barbara Schaefer.

The exhibition is subtitled “100 Flowers, A Few Trees and The Long Views” and illustrates Barbara’s photographic interests from the Milky Way Galaxy to the tiniest flower.

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“100 Flowers” is a collection of more than 100 images, highlighting many years of Barbara’s passion for capturing the beauty of these wonders of nature. “A Few Trees” features blossoming wiliwili trees under the Milky Way Galaxy. Some of the proceeds from the sale of the wiliwili images will benefit the Waikoloa Dry Forest Initiative’s effort to save and reforest this ecosystem. “The Long Views” is a series of panoramic images meant to inspire those taking the “long view” toward the future, especially toward the 50th anniversary Year of the Waimea Arts Council in 2024. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the panoramic images will benefit the Arts Council endowment fund.

This is the kick-off event for this fundraising effort to ensure the Waimea Arts Council’s viability into the future. There will be fun events during the month including “Ask a Botanist and Tree Giveaway” on July 31, a closing celebration from 3 to 5 p.m. July 31, and a fun month-long contest for a photo give-away.

“My profession and travels have afforded me opportunities to be in amazing places during special times, seeing views and conditions others seldom have the opportunity to experience. My goal is to see and capture images in a different light, to notice details others might miss. Sharing these images, giving others the opportunity to also see, experience, and enjoy them, is, for me, the most rewarding part of photography,” Schaefer said. “A photograph is successful if it captures and communicates the sense of place and feelings the photographer is experiencing or if it sets the viewer’s imagination free to roam, wander and wonder. The craft of photography is getting the exposure, focus, and composition as planned. The art of photography is capturing moments, experiences, and feelings. I am always striving to improve both my art and my craft.”

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The Firehouse Gallery is located at the intersection of Lindsey Road and Mamalahoa Highway in Waimea. Regular hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday through Sunday, plus additional days and times when the flags are flying.

For special viewing by appointment contact Barbara by email to BASchaeferPhoto@gmail.com or calling (808) 640-9270.

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