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Dragon eyes and positive vibes at CKMS Art Show

LIHU‘E — Following a hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the very popular Chiefess Kamakahelei Student Art Show returned to the Kaua‘i Society of Artists gallery at Kukui Grove Center on Friday, when student artists, their families and friends enjoyed the creations unveiled to the public.

For many of the student artists, this is the first time they’ve had work exhibited in a gallery said Alissa Hartmann, one of the CKMS art instructors.

Hartmann, CKMS art instructor Leslie Frasier, and the CKMS art department coordinated the exhibit that will be available for viewing daily from noon to 6 p.m. through April 22 at the KSA gallery located near the Keiki Korner play area.

“There are three placed-based works,” Frasier said. “We have the endangered birds art where the students produced their interpretation of the birds they learned about from a bird expert.”

Joining the birds, there are works in Scratch Board where CKMS students learned about rare and native plants, and scratched their interpretations of the plants onto black-covered white material.

“Our third place-based work if about the different beaches we have on the island,” Frasier said. “The students use watercolor and acrylic with black glue for texture. We started out by buying the black glue, but as time went on, we started making our own black glue by adding black paint to the more accessible clear, or white glue that dries clear.”

A similar technique of colors art material is the dragon eyes created by the CKMS students.

A customer, returning after realizing that some of the artwork is available for sale in the CKMS Art Shop, said she really appreciated the project notes that introduced the different student art.

Following the Chiefess Kamakahelei Student Art Show, artist Julljana Pinnock brings her popular “Paint with Julia” series to the gallery.

KSA also reminds artists they have about six weeks remaining to prepare for the KSA 5th annual “Washed Up” Show that is co-sponsored with the Surfrider Foundation, Kaua‘i.

Art entry day for the Washed Up Show is May 27 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the KSA gallery. The show is open from June 3 through 23, usually coinciding with World Ocean Day.

Using man-made debris that has washed up on the shores of Kaua‘i, KSA invites artists and others to create art that portrays the impact on the island’s oceans and sea life, or to express themselves through the use of the medium.


Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and can be reached at 808-245-0453
Source: The Garden Island

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