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.
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.
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!
The Windward Artists Guild is proud to announce the online display of our 61st Annual Member Show! Go take a look and help us pick the People's Choice Award(s)! In the case of tie or near-tie, we will award more than one. The reception is on November 18, a Thursday in the evening. Exact time will be announced soon - please sign up to attend the reception and join us for a nice evening featuring a popular activity we call "Show and Tell" where artists can display works in progress or hot-off-the-easel works with the behind the scenes story! All sales benefit not only the local artist but also the guild, whose members collaborate to generate grants that support art activities and education throughout Oahu and help local artists learn the skills associated with group shows and local professional development. In 2021, WAG orchestrated a series of classes jointly run in partnership with Adventist Health Castle so that the community could easily and inexpensively seek group art class activity during the pandemic from home. The classes were a popular and much needed outlet. Additionally, there were a dozen scholarship-awards given out to talented high school students in the Scholastic Art show to encourage budding artists. To finish out the year, WAG will be creating opportunities for its artists to develop their skills through both this show, and our upcoming Mini Miniature show at Arts at Marks December 2 - 8, 2021, which promises to be an exciting holiday sale of small, affordable works (a great gift for those tricky people in your life who have everything!) Thank you for your support of local art!
We have a great opportunity to be part of an in-person show and pop-up sale this December. The Arts at Marks Garage is trying something new to showcase Hawaii arts and artists in an innovative format for the holidays. For each of the first three weeks of December, a different group will sponsor an exhibit of miniatures and WAG has the first week (Dec. 2-8) for our “Mini Miniatures Show,” featuring 2D work up to 80 sq. in. and 3D work up to 10 in. on the longest dimension. The great news is that there is no entry fee for all current paid members, and you are welcome to join us for just this show (http://windwardartistsguild.org/joinrenew/). Deadline is November 17. You can show up to 3 pieces and replace any that are sold. There will be a Pop-Up sale on Saturday and Sunday where you can offer prints, small originals, arts & crafts, etc. in addition to the show art. See the prospectus for all the details: WAG-Mini-Miniature-Show-at-Arts-at-Marks-Garage-2021-ProspectusDownload We're looking forward to seeing you and your art in this new venue and format. Thank you!Liz CorbinShow Chair
Aloha WAG members! We are still facing shortages of display space on Oahu including our traditional venue of Ho'omaluhia, which is not open, so we are going online at least once more with a show that will be much like our 2020 shows, and the date of posting will be November 5, thus the deadline to enter is October 25, 2021. The good news is that our past online shows were viewed by a lot of people, not just those on Oahu, and the resulting sales were equal to our best and exceeding many of our usual in-person shows. I have no hesitation in urging you to participate. Best of all, the show is free to members, and you are welcome to join just for this show. WAG membership is $30, but if you already paid your membership for 2021, there is no entry fee, just a commission of 15% for any sales made through the site. The cost of putting on a show like this is minimal. That means the majority of proceeds go to support educational projects such as our grants to teachers and the popular Adventist Health Castle virtual class series. You may display up to 4 pieces. Please see all details by downloading the prospectus here: Prospectus-for-WAG-2021-Online-Members-Show-rev2Download
We miss our physical shows but are actively planning for 2022! Here is a look back at 2019 and our 59th annual member show... In light of continuing concerns for COVID, we are planning to have our 61st annual member show online. It is free to all WAG members and our views and sales last year were very good so it will be a worthwhile endeavor for our artist members. We are glad to be able to offer this show digitally until we can schedule something in person. We have been discussing options for 2022 in the hopes we can welcome our new members face to face. There is nothing like hanging a show together for teaching new artists how to put together a professional presentation, but this is the best alternative under the circumstances with our usual venue still closed. We thank each and every one of our members for supporting the educational goals of WAG. We have been very active especially with digital education in conjunction with Adventist Health Castle and the wellness program. It is the volunteer efforts of our board and support of our membership that helps make programs like this possible! Mahalo!
Several Windward Artists Guild Members are in the latest show at Downtown Art Center which features raku ceramics, fire pit ceramics, and plein air paintings. All art on display was created with outdoor processes. The display is up from June 30 - July 31, 2021 Wednesdays - Saturdays 11 am - 6 pm. There will be a raku ho'olaule'a (party) on July 17, 2021. Please see the following flyer for all information: Out In The Elements FlyerDownload
WAG's site has looked more or less the same 2014 - 2020, but for 2021 we are adjusting it a little to reflect all the design changes that have happened in the past 7 years. The physical entity of the site has also moved around behind the scenes, finally attaining a level of independence that it has never had before, so this is the perfect time to celebrate by giving it a makeover. Don't worry - all the archives and subdomains will be here. Please bear with us as we re-upload, move, and spruce up the site. For the next few days, parts of the site may not be uploaded yet. If you notice anything not functioning correctly after April 8, 2021, please email us to let us know that you have found an error and we will fix it and notify you that it has been repaired. Thank you!