WAG Member Show 2023 at Hoʻomaluhia Botanical Garden

Show Dates: October 2 – 30, 2023. Gallery hours are 9:00 am – 3:30 pm daily. Calling all WAG Members and all artists who would like to join us to be part of this annual show: It is time once again for the Annual Members Show! There is not an entry fee, but you need to be a member of WAG. MORE INFO FOR ARTISTS WHO WANT TO BE PART OF THE SHOW: Submission: Members are invited to submit up to two (2) pieces of art. The entry form with title, medium, size and price, is due on Wednesday, September 27 (see form on p. 4). Intake: Sunday, October 1, 9:30 – 11:30 am. NO WORK WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER 11:30 A.M. PLEASE BE MINDFUL OF THIS SCHEDULE SO NO ONE IS DISAPPOINTED. Reception to Meet the Artists, Sunday, October 8, 12:30 – 3:30 pm. We’re returning to a WAG tradition and holding the Annual Members Meeting at the beginning of the reception. We still cannot have food and beverages in the Gallery. We’re looking into the options for an outdoor refreshment area. Pickup: Tuesday, October 31, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm. Please be prompt so that the Gallery can be prepared for the next exhibition. There are no facilities for storing art that isn’t picked up. Please get all the details here: 2023-WAG-Member-Show-Prospectus_FinalDownload

Downtown Art Center “Emergence” Exhibit

The Emergence Show will be on display at Downtown Art Center until May 27, 2023. Featuring 52 artists from Windward Artists Guild and Association of Hawaii Artists, and memorial exhibits of art from Candace Fenander, Joan Fleming, and Barbara Sumida. The show includes all media, including paintings, drawings, ceramics, several types of glass art, and wall sculpture.

A Belated Memorial

The family of Bette Decker was kind to reach out and let us know of her passing in July of 2022. Jenna Lacy, Betteʻs granddaughter, shared some wonderful information that will be interesting to all of us who have benefitted from Betteʻs skills as an organizer and an artist. "Bette was a co-founder of the Windward Artists Guild along with her friend Rosalie Prussling" along with Gini McCall, Lucille Cooper, and with the assistance of Juliette May Fraser and David Ash. "She was a fierce lover of life and adventure and had such a keen eye for interesting art and antiques, which she often used as models in her paintings. She was always wearing some fascinating conversation piece or article of clothing, changing the molecules in the room with her astonishing intellectual synthesis of life and the hidden realities of the world, and always having the most fun. She was an artist to the very core of her heart, and we are feeling the tremendous force of loss of her absence in our family." Thank you to the family of Bette Decker for letting us know. She left us a wonderful legacy of friendships, great shows, thousands of dollars of good deeds, and an organization that turned 60 years old back in 2020! Her obituary is below but you can also find it here: https://www.stoessfuneralhome.com/obituary/Bette-Decker Bette Marie Decker, 92, passed away on July 31, 2022. She was born in San Diego, CA. She was the first of three girls born to W.T. Wolley, Lt Commander USN (Ret.) and Nelly Wolley. She followed her passion in 1948 by studying fine arts at Florida State University and University of Hawaii. Throughout her life she actively pursued her love of art and painting, and created thousands of pieces, to include design in oil, acrylic, clay, sculpting, etchings, and print in a variety of media. In 1950, she married the love of her life, Walter Decker in Pensacola, FL. Bette was the co-founder and Creative Art Director of the Aloha Candle Company, Resort Line Hawaii, and Banana Bay clothing company. She co-founded the Windward Artists Guild in Kailua, HI, which still exists today. She was president of The Made in Hawaii Association, a large group of manufacturers of local Hawaiian products. She loved teaching children creative expression through art in various forms at the YWCA and the Summer Arts Program for children in Kailua-Kaneohe, Hawaii, later volunteering in classrooms for children ages 5-18. The majority of her life was spent in Hawaii and Kentucky. Bette is survived by four children, six grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

Windward Artists Guild 62nd Annual Show

Windward Artists Guild is happy to announce the 62nd Annual Member Show at Ho'omaluhia Botanical Garden! Please see the show Oct 2 - 29, 2022, open daily from 9:30 am - 3:30 pm.  You are encouraged to join us for the Meet the Artists event on October 9 (Sunday) from 1:30 - 3:30 pm. There are around 40 artists in all in this exhibit. Please feel free to invite anyone and share this on any social media platform - Everyone is welcome!Artists featured on this postcard (not a comprehensive list of who is in the show) L to R top to Bottom:Lovelyn Voorhees, Madalyn Purcell, David Warner AIA, Rebekah Luke, Marina Levy, Bernadette Chan, Jennifer Ko, Carol D'Angelo, Roger Tinius, MaryAnne Long, Cynthia Schubert, Liz Corbin;Suzanne McCrary painted the abstract painting used as the unifying background image. Thank you to all the participating artists and to our supportive visitors!  We hope to see you there!

Windward Artists Guild Announces the 62nd Annual Member Show

We invite our members to display their art at Ho'omaluhia in October. This is not a juried show, but it always brings out beautiful art from our members. Hanging work at Ho'omaluhia is a chance to show many visitors from all around the world your beautiful art! If you would like to join us for this show (and our upcoming Arts at Marks holiday show), please do feel free to join or renew your WAG membership. The members display is free for all WAG members. Then you can download the prospectus from our Call for Entry page. The gallery space in 2019 during our 59th annual member show Unlike previous years, we will be requiring members who have pieces in the show to be at the gallery for two 3-hour shifts during the month the show will be open (October 2022). This is a valuable opportunity to meet new people. You can answer questions they might have about the show or about your art, and it gives you a chance to see the show in depth and spend time at the gardens. Food is not allowed in the art gallery, but you can bring a snack and enjoy an impromptu picnic either before or after your gallery sitting.

WAG Workshops for Summer Fun!

Get ready to sharpen your skills and have fun with fellow WAG artists at TWO upcoming workshops (and at least one more still in development)! JULY 16TH 10 AM - 1 PM ACRYLIC POURING WITH LIZ CORBIN Learn the joyful technique of acrylic pouring where you can make suggestions to the paint, but you also will be surprised by the results as the paint has some final touches of its own. You will create 2 canvases of acrylic pouring art. All supplies are included! Price: $30 WAG Members/ $35 Non WAG / $15 for Students grade 9 - College Location: Kailua, HI Thank you, registration is closed with a full class. PAST: JUNE 17, 2022 2PM - 4PM CREATING A SKIN TONE PALETTE WITH JODIE CHOCK Join Jodie Chock as she explains how to mix the warms and cools needed to make convincing skin tones for portraiture and figure painting. You will be practicing mixing paint in both acrylic and oil. All supplies are included! Price: $30 WAG Members/ $35 Non WAG / $15 for Students grade 9 - College Location: Kailua UPDATE: This event has concluded and it was great! Thanks to everyone who was part of this workshop!

A Generous Gift

Julie Anne Banks Julie Anne Banks, a vibrant artist who lived in Kaneohe for many years, recently left a legacy of generosity that WAG deeply appreciates and would like to acknowledge. During her memorial celebration, the family and friends of Julie Anne made donations to WAG in lieu of flowers. We are grateful for the trust placed in us to use the gift wisely. For our first action, we are in the process of setting up a scholarship bearing her name for art students. Details will be posted in our newsletter sometime within the next year as we finalize and follow through on the plans. Julie Anne was a member of Windward Artists Guild and had fond memories of social and charitable activities while she was involved with the guild. Her love of art was a passion, and for those lucky enough to own a piece of her artwork, the beauty of her creativity lives on. From her obituary comes this insight into Julie Anne as an artist: "She was always thinking and sharing about how she could get her work out to the world."   You may see her full obituary here: Julie Anne Banks Full Obituary We extend sincere condolences to her loved ones. We are touched by her thoughtfulness and the kindness of her family and friends.

Current Shows for the end of March 2022

Windward Artists Guild would like to share a few shows that are happening now and in the near future featuring WAG members... Hawaii Watercolor Society Members' Show at Downtown Art Center 2022 Hawaii Watercolor Society Members' ShowDowntown Art CenterMarch 29-April 30Tues-Sat noon-6pmSun noon-4pmJuror Eric Wiegardt has selected 70 works from local artists--many of whom are members of WAG and AHA as well as HWS. The exhibit also includes 3-D work by invited ceramicists, including the late Charles Higa who was active as a potter as well as an award-winning watercolorist. First Friday reception will be April 1, 5 - 6:30 pm. Linda Umstead's piece, Daybreak Waterhole (above) won the Best in Show/Golden Callus award. HERstory at Arts at Mark's Garage Arts at Mark's Garage hosts HERstory through March 26, 2022. The gallery is open Tuesdays through Saturdays noon to 5 pm. There is one last Pau Hana Reception on March 25, 2022 from 5 - 7 pm - don't miss it! The show features some of our talented WAG member artists including Cynthia Schubert, Claudia Wallace, Frances Wong, and MaryAnne Long who curated the show. Also open in the same area is the Downtown Art Center, with new regular hours Tuesdays - Saturdays 11 am - 4 pm. WAG Members Wendy Roberts and Jimmy Tablante have work in the gallery at this time.

Impressions / Expressions Show

Windward Artists Guild would like to invite the public to view its first major in-person show in two years! Impressions/Expressions is on display at the Windward Community College's elegant 'Iolani Gallery from February 4 - March 4, 2022. The gallery is open Weekdays and Sundays 1 - 5 pm. The gallery is closed on Saturdays. The reception will be in the outdoor courtyard on February 11, 2022 from 4 - 7 pm. We hope to see you there! Enjoy the show!