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Photo exhibit opens Friday

<p>Courtesy photo</p><p>“Blue Moon” by Jean Wence</p>

The photography exhibit, “The Big Island: Our Land, Our Home‚” featuring work by members of the Hawaii Photo Shooters opens on Friday at the Wailoa Art Center’s Fountain Gallery. The exhibit will run through Feb. 21.

An opening reception will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Friday and the public is invited to attend.

Hawaii Photo Shooters is a digital photo club for beginners and mentors.

Members live on the Big Island and get together to share their love of photography. Rather than compete against each other to exhibit photographs, members compete against each other to improve their images.

Internationally known artist John Dawson helped select the best images for this exhibit which focuses on the Big Island.

Brian Tanimoto and Deward Drollinger from Tanimoto Gallery held a workshop to help several members mat, mount, and frame their images for this exhibit.

Exhibitors include Leomi Bergknut, Kate Burroughs, Ed Fenwick, Jeff Ikeda, Pauline Matayoshi, Susan Miyasaka, Demetra Reynolds, Joy San Buenaventura, Randi Schneider, Becky Settlage and Jean Wence.

Those who are interested in joining our club are invited to attend the monthly meetings held on the second Thursday of the month at the conference room of the Hilo Lagoon Center, 101 Aupuni St., Hilo.

For more information, contact Susan Miyasaka at 969-8258, or visit

Wailoa Art & Cultural Center is a Division of State Parks, Department of Land and Natural Resources. Admission is free and open to the public Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Wednesday from 12-4:30 p.m. For more information, call 933-0416, fax (808) 933-0417, or email

Bergknut is a Native Hawaiian writer who uses photos to capture moments of time to accompany her poetry.

Burroughs is a retired entomologist who also has a working fruit farm in Laupahoehoe. She has been a photographer and scrapbooker for years and got into photography to improve the photos that she takes to put in her scrapbooks.

Fenwick was born on the East Coast of the mainland and moved to Hawaii in 1979 to pursue a career in science. He has enjoyed photography as a hobby all his life.

Ikeda is a meat buyer at KTA and the official photographer of Mealani’s A Taste of the Hawaiian Range. He is a part-time

commercial photographer who particularly enjoys photographing birds, whales and nature.

Matayoshi is a retired speech pathologist who is now a substitute teacher. She has only taken photos for a short time since joining Hawaii Photo Shooters in September 2009.

Miyasaka is a professor of Agronomy at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Her favorite hobby is photography.

Reynolds retired from teaching around 1996 and moved to Hilo in 1998. Initially, she resisted switching to digital photography, preferring to operate with a film camera, but today, she is shooting with her second digital camera, a Nikon D90.

San Buenaventura is a lawyer who particularly enjoys photographing scenic wonders during her vacations. She has had photographs exhibited in the Hawaii Photo Expo and the Allen-Tarleton contest of the Camera Club Council of Hawaii.

Schneider is a recently retired University of Hawaii researcher in oceanography and marine science as well as tropical agriculture. She has been interested in photography since childhood, but her primary focus was documentation of scientific research subjects throughout her career.

Settlage is a 4-H extension agent at the University of Hawaii’s Komohana Research and Extension Center. She shares her enthusiasm and knowledge of digital photography with local youths.

Wence is a retired Hilo Union School teacher who really enjoys learning about photography through the club meetings and excursions.


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