Category Archives: Member News

Holiday Party

It’s almost holiday time and WAG is celebrating in style. We have planned a beautiful catered party at Sherree’s courtyard on the beach. There will be live music and great company, gourmet food and an amazing ambiance. Please join us – if you are not a WAG member, you can join us and get year’s worth of access to exhibits, events, and workshops as well as helping to fund the charitable activities WAG performs every year. Educational grants and sponsorships of events that stimulate the arts in our local area are the focus of WAG’s efforts in the community. See the flyer for details. We hope to see you there!

WAG Holiday Party 2015 Invite

Please note, you do not have to live on the windward side to be a WAG artist. We were founded on the windward side, and most of our educational grants are centered here, but if you are on Oahu and want to participate, we welcome you!

Reception and Awards from the 56th Annual Member Exhibit

With October almost over, it’s the perfect time to plan a visit to the exhibit if you have not seen it yet. The show is up until October 30, 2015, at the Gallery at Ho’omaluhia Botanical Gardens (45-680 Luluku Road, Kaneohe). The gallery is open daily from 9 AM – 4 PM, and entry into the gallery and garden is free.

The reception and awards were presented on the evening of Friday, October 9, 2015. I am finally posting a recap with photos of the reception.

First, the awards for this exhibit were as follows:

Juror William Zwick, Linh Tang, Davilla Harding, Warren Stenberg, K Armstrong, Dorothy Brennan
Juror William Zwick, Linh Tang, Davilla Harding, Warren Stenberg, K Armstrong, Dorothy Brennan

First Place: Linh Tang
Second Place: Davilla Harding
Third Place: Warren Stenberg
Honorable Mentions: Dorothy Brennan, K Armstrong

Congratulations to all our excellent winners! The work was of a particularly high caliber this year. Thank you to William Zwick, the curator, for helping jury and hang the show.

The board members were all present except for President Carol Moore.

WAG Board: Cindy Livermore, Sherree McKellar, Wendy Roberts, Marti Rounds, Ted Clark, Suzanne Barnes, Anita Bruce, (not pictured: Carol Moore)
WAG Board: Cindy Livermore, Sherree McKellar, Wendy Roberts, Marti Rounds, Ted Clark, Suzanne Barnes, Anita Bruce, (not pictured: Carol Moore)

Thanks to everyone who attended the reception. Thanks also to everyone who visits the show throughout October, and particularly to those who have purchased works from the show. We appreciate your support of the arts in our community!

WAG Grant Helps Fund a Castle High School Art Field Trip

High School Students working at Hoomaluhia
High School Students working at Hoomaluhia

Lucky Castle HS art students! Their teacher, Casilda Gracias used her 2015 WAG grant for a field trip to Hoomaluhia Botanical Garden.

Her concept was to have students research native Hawaiian plants, then create both a pastel painting, and a canvas painting, using the techniques of artist Georgia O'Keefe. They additionally learned the meaning of endemic, indigenous and native plants, as well as state laws that govern over threatened and endangered native Hawaiian plants.

Hard at work
Hard at work

Their chalk pastel painting designs were first sketched in pencil.  The subject had to touch all 4 sides of the paper, and the focal point was required to be off center. The sketches showed value, shadows and highlights, then were colored with pastel in either warm, cool, or realistic colors. At the end of the project, each student successfully produced a Native Hawaiian mini canvas watercolor painting.

Some of the finished works
Some of the finished works

Windward Artists Guild Grants

Although this story is mentioned briefly in the newsletter for WAG, I wanted to flesh out the details and share a little more of the story of the charitable side of the Windward Artists Guild. For years now, WAG has been donating grants to education in the community in the arts. Each year, windward Oahu teachers can apply to receive grants to help buy art supplies for the classroom to lighten the burden on the art teachers in our community. WAG also helps with the Total Life Recovery Program in the Women’s Community Correctional Center by providing a grant to Cynthia Schubert Richmond, a member of WAG and the volunteer art teacher in charge of the art class for WCCC. In teaching the ladies at the facility, she hopes they will learn to use artistic expression as a coping mechanism with the challenges they face.

I asked Cynthia to write a little bit about the program, and this is what she wrote, “Ruth Pistor, who was a member of WAG and a signature member of the Hawaii Watercolor Society started teaching there about eleven years ago. Unfortunately, she passed away at 91 a little over two years ago. That’s when I came into the picture. Ruth and I were friends from church and after she passed away, she left a huge gap in our hearts and in the prison ministries. That’s when I decided to talk with Chaplain Tammy from TLR who told me that they would love to have me take over. All volunteers have to go through an eight hour training session at the Dillingham correctional facility. So after doing that and turning in letters of recommendation, I began teaching one day a week, an hour and a half each time. I can’t say enough about how this ministry helps both the women and the teachers. I feel blessed by the experience of being with women who are free just by knowing God even though they are in prison. I teach them about art. They teach me about life. Doesn’t seem like a fair trade but that’s how it is! 🙂

WAG has generously given our class $250 in 2013 and increased it to $500 in 2014! TLR and I are indebted to this financial support. If anyone would like to donate art supplies, they can email me.” Cynthia’s email is c_schubertrichmond (at) hotmail.com. Please note that I always include emails written in a format to avoid the automatic SPAM robots, so simply replace the (at) with @ and take out the spaces. For more information about the Total Life Recovery Program, please visit http://totalliferecovery.org/programs.html

Member News

Aloha WAG members! We have a few pieces of news from our members. This week is the last to see two of our members’ art on display: Anita Bruce is at Gallery on the Pali (2500 Pali Highway) in a show entitled, “Undercurrents of Tradition”, Sherree McKellar is showing her work in the Honolulu Academy of Art’s Gallery at Linekona (1111 Victoria Street). Both shows run until the last day of January, so time is of the essence. Marcia Morse is part of a show called “13 Women” at the Pegge Hopper Gallery until February 21, 2015.

There are a few interesting art events continuing or starting in February. The Schaffer Art Portrait Challenge is now on display in Maui and runs until March 22, 2015. The People’s Choice Award will be announced on March 14 at the reception. WAG artist Jimmy Tablante was juried into the show, so make sure to look for his contribution if you get a chance to see the show. The Punahou Carnival is on the horizon, Opening night is Feb 3 4:30pm – 8 pm, and the carnival is happening on Feb. 6 and 7, 11am – 11pm. A couple of WAG members will be donating work, including Lynne Boyer and Esperance Rakotonirina.

If you are a WAG member and have news, a correction or addition to what you see posted here, a show, or a workshop you would like to have posted here, you can contact Wendy Roberts (wendysroberts (at) gmail.com).