Wailoa Center hosts West Hawaii Artists Tribe


When thinking of the west side of the Big Island, what comes to mind might be sunny beaches, dolphins splashing in a deep blue sea, breathtaking sunsets and restaurants serving mai tais by the water’s edge.

The Kona side has yet another gift to offer, and folks outside the district won’t have to drive too far to see it.

The West Hawaii Artists Tribe (WHAT), is traveling to Hilo to present its 10-man-and-woman show titled “Journeys,” opening with an artists’ reception from 5-7 p.m. today at Wailoa Center.

WHAT members have been busy at work all summer as they geared up for the September show. They have been painting, sculpting, building, printing and photographing.

The West Hawaii Artist Tribe is a diverse group of artists who come together to nurture and support creativity through experimentation and risk-taking. They are an eclectic meld of artists who are interested in inspiring growth, change and innovation in their work.

They gather together eight times a year to show their recent work, exchange ideas about materials and concepts, inspire each other and decide the theme for their next piece. Each artist takes the theme and expresses it through their own medium of choice. This last year, the theme has been “Journeys.”

WHAT consists of 10 artists living between Waimea and Ocean View: Jean Kingsley Love, Joyce Monsky, William Fortini Jr., Kathleen T. Carr, Leslie Steinwachs, Judy Rodman, Pamela Colton Thomas, Melany Kerver, Peter Underwood and Kathleen M. Dunphy.

Entertainment at the opening reception will be provided by the members of the Hilo Ukulele Kanikapila Association (HUKA).

The show runs today through Sept. 25. Works on display include pieces in mediums including painting, printmaking, sculpture, assemblage, photography and clay.

 

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