How to Frame and Photograph your Art: A Free Workshop by Dawn Yoshimura

Two excellent new workshops are on the calendar to be taught by Dawn Yoshimura.  The first is outlined below  and presented via AHA (Association for Hawaii Artists): FREE:  HOW TO PREP FOR ART COMPETITIONS WORKSHOP There is a FREE workshop that is important for more than just competitions - it's all about the finer details of photographing and framing art properly.  This information will help give your work the polished presentation it deserves. Dawn Yoshimura will be teaching a workshop on how to get your paintings ready for competition from photography to framing. This is in partnership with Association for Hawaii Artists, but it's open to anyone! Do you know how to photograph your art and submit it at the right size? Do you have beautiful art but the photos don't do them justice? Have you picked up your work from a venue and notice that someone has had to tighten the wire?  Has your work ever fallen off the wall?  Has a piece you have framed ever stuck to its protective glass?  Do you use cardboard or boxboard to back your pieces even though they contain acid that will ruin your art over time?  Do your eyehooks interfere with your piece hanging flush on the wall so the piece tilts? No public confessions necessary! Please come learn how to remedy these common mistakes and much more! We highly recommend you attend this FREE lesson on the best practices to make your art polished and professional. Better to know now what mistakes you are making than to have a problem at the next show! Please RSVP:

Paper Dyeing Workshop by The SRA Girls

If you missed your opportunity to study paper collage with Susan Rogers-Areggar, this is your chance to learn from the artists she taught, including a few WAG artists (Joy Ritchey, Dottie Brennan, and other talented collage artists).   You will create a stack of colorful, vibrant hand-dyed papers like a myriad of colorful butterflies. Please Download the PDF here to register and read more: 2018 FEBRUARY WORKSHOP_A A preview of the PDF information is below:

Big News for Frank Oliva

Frank Oliva was recently selected for publishing in a book covering contemporary abstract art. The book is entitled Art Journey Abstract Painting: A Celebration of Contemporary Art, and features his work Aboriginal Delta (pictured below). The book is a compilation of the best abstract pieces from The Artist Magazine and Pastel Journal. Congratulations to Frank! You can read his page here: FrankOliva_ArtJourneyAbstract You can order the book here:  

Cynthia Schubert holds Kalapawai Solo Show

Cynthia Schubert has a solo show happening October 8 - November 11 at Kalapawai Cafe (750 Kailua Road, Kailua). The cafe serves great food and often features WAG artists.  Spencer Chang was featured in August, and Wendy Roberts and Marti Rounds displayed work in July,  and Sherree McKellar was the first in the new show schedule in June, kicking off a new format of monthly art displays by talented local artists that is managed on a volunteer basis by Sherree McKellar.  Many thanks to her for finding and scheduling the talented artists who show at Kalapawai! You can expect a steady stream of excellent shows under her guidance.

Two Fundraisers organized by WAG member Sherree McKellar

Please take a look at these two special events generously organized and hosted by Sherree McKellar. October 1, 2017, 2 - 5 p.m.: Painting Party to benefit Make a Wish. Choice of 3 teachers:  Mark Brown, Patrick Ching, Rebecca Snow. Artist Gathering with Refreshments Music to Follow 5 - 6:30 p.m. *Potluck Contribution Appreciated (Contact Sherree). *Take an art class with your favorite artist and also receive a gift piece of their work. $100 Prepaid registration reserves your limited space. Artists will provide all paint, canvas, brushes and supplies and donate 50% of registration fees directly to Make-A-Wish Hawaii. REGISTRATION REQUIRED - PLEASE SEE FLYER BELOW Make a Wish Artists Workshop Info October 29, 2017, 2 - 5 pm.  Art Sale to Benefit the Leukemia Society Please consider donating work.  Contact Sherree to arrange donation: sherreemckellar (at) Sunday, October 29, 2017 From 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. 148 Kaimoani Way Kailua, Hawaii Fifty percent of all sales that day go to Lymphoma, Leukemia Society in honor of James E. McKellar (1940-2015) who fought bravely against CMML, a rare kind of leukemia. Leukemia Society Fundraiser

Opportunity to Work with Creative Arts Experience

WAG has been contacted to help announce the need for artists and administrators who would like to work with Creative Arts Experience, a non-profit with a focus on creative education for kids and kupuna.  The deadline is August 21, 2017. [caption id="attachment_565" align="aligncenter" width="474"] Photo courtesy of Creative Arts Experience[/caption] SEEKING TRAINER/FACILITATOR and GRANT ADMINISTRATOR/PLANNER Creative Arts Experience (CAE) is a 501c3 nonprofit whose mission is to increase the quality of life for individuals, families and communities by making creative arts and creative experiences more available, especially for under-served populations. It accomplishes its mission exclusively by volunteers and contracted services. Applicants would assist CAE in identifying individuals qualified to provide certain services relating to CAE's awarded grant for FY 2018 from the City and County of Honolulu's Grant in Aid program. DEADLINE FOR RESPONSES: August 21, 2017. Please download this PDF document if you want to learn more:  Kupuna Art Project You can learn more about CAE on Facebook Persons meeting all specified qualifications should contact: Sandy Pohl President Creative Arts Experience (808) 226-4787

News for July/August

Aloha! [caption id="attachment_13" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Ho'omaluhia Gardens[/caption] We will be meeting at the end of August to draft our prospectus for the Annual Member Show in October at Ho'omaluhia. It will be the 58th annual show this year - ready your beautiful work and stay tuned for details! Call for Entry There are a few very exciting shows coming up as fall begins. Please visit our call for entry page in the website if you are looking for interesting local competitions. The Japanese Chamber of Commerce is holding the annual Excellence Show with intake in August The Hawaii Watercolor Society Open Show 2017 will have intake in September WAG 58th Annual Member Show will have intake in October   Congratulations! Congratulations to Jimmy Tablante on his acceptance into the San Diego Watercolor 37th Annual International Exhibition! Save the Date Save the date for the Christmas Party - Sunday evening, Dec. 3. Kaneohe Yacht Club. Until the next batch of news, happy creating! Wendy Roberts WAG webmaster P.S. If you have news for the WAG newsletter, feel free to email me wendy (at)

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!

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: [caption id="attachment_256" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Juror William Zwick, Linh Tang, Davilla Harding, Warren Stenberg, K Armstrong, Dorothy Brennan[/caption] 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. [caption id="attachment_251" align="aligncenter" width="300"] WAG Board: Cindy Livermore, Sherree McKellar, Wendy Roberts, Marti Rounds, Ted Clark, Suzanne Barnes, Anita Bruce, (not pictured: Carol Moore)[/caption] 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!