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Bright and Beautiful Day for Banyan Drive Art Stroll

Saturday, January 12, dawned with light rain and thick clouds, but by the time organizers arrived at Lili`uokalani Gardens to set up for the third annual Banyan Drive Art Stroll, the skies were clear and remained that way all day.

An estimated 1,200 people wandered through Lili`uokalani Gardens to watch plein air painters at work or take a tour from one of four photographers whose images were included in the 2019 calendar.

Plein air painters demonstrated throughout LIli`uokalani Gardens from noon through 3 p.m. and were available to answer questions. [photo by K.T. Cannon-Eger]

Kicking off the Art Stroll at noon was Puna Taiko performing outside Banyan Gallery where door prizes were awarded all day. Puna Taiko also performed outside Hilo Bay Cafe where the photography calendar exhibit was held.

Puna Taiko opened the day at noon outside Banyan Gallery.

Puna Taiko’s second performance was in the gardens across from Hilo Bay Cafe.

Kenji Kuroshima is a man of many talents among which is professional photographer at the Merrie Monarch Festival. Kenji gave a short talk on site selection and camera gear during the Banyan Drive Art Stroll. His image was selected as the featured calendar page for January 2020. Visible in the background are two sets of plein air painters.
[photo by K.T. Cannon-Eger]

Jay Takaaze was awarded Grand Prize from Paradise Helicopters for his image “Morning Moon” which was selected for the cover image as well as for the month of December. This image also was selected in People’s Choice balloting for an award from Cunningham Gallery. A few calendars remain for sale at the Banyan Gallery near Hilo Hawaiian Hotel.

Cover of the 2019 Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens calendar: “Morning Moon” by Jay Takaaze

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Jay Takaaze and Jared Goodwin

The route included historic photos at Pandamonia’s Paleta Palace and a family treasure of a painting of the iconic arched stone bridge.

A row of historic photos, in white mats arranged chronologically, tell the story of the Kushi Bridge, the iconic arched stone bridge from the 1920s through 1970s.

 

Les Takayamas grandfather built the Kushi Bridge in the 1930s. The family loaned a treasured painting of the scene to the Banyan Drive Art Stroll for the day.

Suisan Fish Market hosted Brandon Tengan of Oahu with a demonstration of fish printing.

Gyotaku was a way of documenting a fisherman’s catch. It evolved into an art form.

Silent Auction items, a pastel demonstration by Patti Pease Johnson, and music by harpist Cymber Quinn were featured in the Wai`oli Lounge of the Castle Hilo Hawaiian Hotel. Nearby, door prizes were given away on the hour at Banyan Gallery.

At the east end of the Banyan Drive Art Stroll, a judged art exhibit was on display at the Palm Room of the Grand Naniloa Resort. Ken Charon demonstrated drawing during the afternoon.

K.T. Cannon-Eger and Jelena Clay presented awards to Jared Goodwin, Bonnie Sol Hahn, Jay Takaaze, and Stephen Davies

Jared Goodwin’s “Mokuola Sunset” took first place in the 3rd annual Banyan Drive Art Stroll judged entries.

“Red Bridge” by painter Bonnie Sol Hahn took second place in the judged competition.

“Good Morning” by Jay Takaaze, a frequent visitor to Lili`uokalani Gardens, took third place. Another Takaaze image “Morning Moon” was awarded grand prize in the 2019 Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens calendar contest.

People’s Choice award went to Ron Louie for his watercolor “Favorite Spot”. The award was a gift certificate from Akamai Art Supply in Kailua-Kona

Desiree Moana Cruz was mistress of ceremonies for live entertainment in the lobby lounge of the Grand Naniloa Resort.

Christy Lassiter and Friends opened the afternoon’s musical offerings at noon

Na Hoku Hanohano award winner Kainani Kahaunaele filled the lobby and lanai with grace and joy

Na Hoku Hanohano award winner Mark Yamakana closed the afternoon with crowd favorites

Many thanks to Desiree Moana Cruz for MC duties and Pepe Romero for professional sound

Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to fostering Hilo’s treasured cultural landscape. The Banyan Drive Art Stroll is one of several e vents designed to celebrate the gardens centennial.

For more information and to stay up to date on planned volunteer days and special events, please visit the Facebook page of Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens.

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Capturing light and moments in time

second annual Banyan Drive Art Stroll map/brochure contains a schedule of events for the entire day

The second annual Banyan Drive Art Stroll features events at several locations in Makaoku, the old name for Waiakea peninsula.

Featured on the cover of this year’s brochure/map/schedule is the award-winning work of William Wingert, a painter who will demonstrate from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Lili`uokalani Gardens in the square-roof pavilion close to the red bridge.

Wingert’s home is Hawaii Island where he lives and  paints outdoors, and in his Kealakekua studio. He also teaches painting at the Donkey Mill Art Center in Holualoa, along with an outdoor painting class in Waimea, and drawing and master copy workshops in his studio.

Working in oils and charcoal, William produces landscape, portrait, and figurative work.

Darrell Orwig, artist educator and this year’s judge of the art entries, said of Wingert’s painting: “The artist has rendered smooth, velvety reflections. The overall composition pleases the eye.”

Art on the theme of “The Beauty of Lili`uokalani Gradens” will be on display at the Castle Hilo Hawaiian Hotel and available for voting for the People’s Choice Award from noon to 6:00 p.m. Saturday, January 13.

“This is a very competent collection of work,” Orwig said. “Judging is never easy. Any one of the entries could have been chosen for an award. What I have selected is based on the appeal of the subject matter, craftsmanship, and concept of the piece relative to the theme of the exhibit.

Orwig selected four pieces for honorable mention: Jared Goodwin’s photograph “Path of Reflections,” Diane Renchler’s painting “Looking out from within,” and Marilyn Montgomery’s “Lili`uokalani Portrait” and “Curved Bridge.”

(c) Jared Goodwin, 2018 grand prize winner in photographers calendar contest

“My first honorable mention is a photograph titled ‘The Path of Reflections’ by Jared Goodwin,” Orwig said. “It is a handsome piece and exhibits a clear perspective and a well-balanced composition.” Goodwin’s photograph also was selected by photographers contest judge Charles Wood as the grand prize winner in the calendar contest.

Goodwin is among photographers who will give tours through the gardens. Meet him at 1:45 p.m. near the stone path featured in his award-winning image.

Diane Renchler’s piece “Looking Out from Within” won honors from art exhibit judge Darrell Orwig

“The Red Pagoda Looking Out from Within” by Diane Renchler also received honorable mention from Orwig. “The artist has formalized the space by using a very symmetrical design. The repetition of the palm trees with their reflections in the water produces an almost musical quality to the piece.”

Marilyn Montgomery’s portrait of the Queen was selected for honors by judge Darrell Orwig

“Several artists chose to render a portrait of Queen Lili`uokalani, the namesake of the gardens,” said Orwig. “I chose the pastel painting by Marilyn Montgomery. It combines a feeling of a hand-colored photograph that gives the impression of a snapshot of a moment in time gone by. There also is a sense of a strong woman willing and ready to face her adversaries head on.”

Orwig also selected Montgomery’s “Curved Bridge” for honorable mention. “What I see in this piece is reminiscent of classic impressionism. The treatment of the water reflections and composition are a joy to look at.”

Montgomery is among plein air painters who will be in the newly restored small shelter near the arched stone bridge. Her time slot is noon to 1:30.

Retired now from editorial and advertising illustration, Montgomery worked some in the animation film industry. She says her last real job was as a digital imager and color specialist.

Winners will receive gift certificates from Akamai Art Supply, Cunningham Gallery and Framing, and Ben Franklin.

The Banyan Drive Art Stroll, set for Saturday, January 13, will hold events and exhibits throughout the Waiakea peninsula. Photographers whose images were selected for the second annual Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens calendar will be on display at Hilo Bay Café with grand prize presentation by Paradise Helicopters at 1:00 p.m. Artists will demonstrate en plein air in Lili`uokalnai Gardens from 1 to 3 p.m. Brandon Tengan will demonstrate fish printing (gyotaku) at Suisan Fish Market at 3 p.m.

An invitational art exhibit and silent auction plus entertainment are scheduled for the Grand Naniloa lobby and lounge. Registration for door prizes will be at Banyan Gallery.

Sponsors include Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens, Banyan Gallery, Paradise Helicopters, Akamai Art Supply, Cunningham Gallery, Hilo Hawaiian Hotel, Grand Naniloa Hotel, Hilo Bay Café, the County of Hawaii Parks & Recreation Department and Suisan Fish Market.

The outside of the map/brochure features Wingert’s winning image plus recognition of sponsors

This is the first event of 2018 to continue celebrating the centennial of Lili`uokalani Gardens (2017-2019).

The inside of the map/brochure features a schedule of events organized by location

For more information, see the Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens Facebook page.

Darrell Orwig retired from the Maui Arts and Cultural Center where he set up the Schaeffer International Gallery and was its director. He has juried many exhibitions on Maui, Kaua`I and Hawai`i Island. Orwig has a retrospective exhibit at Hui Noeau in 2011, a one-man exhibit at the East Hawaii Cultural Center in 2016, and participated in a group exhibit at the Wailoa Center in Fall 2017.

 

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Full schedule of art exhibits, demonstrations, entertainment for Banyan Drive Art Stroll

UPDATE: Saturday morning, January 14, the skies are grey at 7:30 a.m. Here’s hoping for a little sun by noon. It’s Hilo and we are waterproof! Everything is set for a wonderful day of art. Be sure to stick around for the pupu (hors d’oeuvres) and live entertainment in the later part of the afternoon.

The first centennial event of 2017 to celebrate Lili`uokalani Gardens is the Banyan Drive Art Stroll set for Saturday, January 14, from noon until 6 p.m.

Art exhibits will be open the full time at the Grand Naniloa Hotel in the Palm Room on the lobby level, at Castle Hilo Hawaiian Hotel in the Wai`oli Lounge on the lobby level, and at Banyan Gallery.

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Valentina Montoya, “Queen Lili`uokalani and her Gardens”, a watercolor, with pen and ink, was recognized with Juror’s First Choice

Free maps and a schedule to all events will be available at each Banyan Drive location.

Painters will gather inside Lili`uokalani Gardens from noon to 3 p.m. demonstrating painting “en plein air” — painting outdoors.

Special demonstrations will take place in the newest pavilion near the red bridge. Demonstration schedule is:

12 noon Valentina Montoya

12:45 p.m. William Wingert

1:30 p.m.  Peter Heineman

2:15 p.m.  F Scott Cahill

From noon to 1 p.m. Christy Lassiter Trio will perform at the Grand Naniloa Hotel. Lassiter’s CD Leale`a (Joy) will be available for sale.

At 2 p.m. Puna Taiko, will play in the old sumo ring area near the tea house in Lili`uokalani Gardens.

Also at 2 p.m., Paradise Helicopters will present the grand prize in the photographers competition at Banyan Gallery. Copies of the photo calendar will be available at Banyan Gallery. A fund raising project, calendars sell for $20. Ask about shipping if you wish calendars mailed to you.

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90 images were entered in the first Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens photo calendar competition — winners will be on display at Banyan Gallery Saturday, Jan. 14

Grand Prize in the photo calendar contest is a ride along with Mick Kalber and Bruce Omori courtesy of Paradise Helicopters

Grand Prize in the photo calendar contest is a ride along with Mick Kalber and Bruce Omori courtesy of Paradise Helicopters

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From 3 to 4 p.m., Brandon Tengan will demonstrate gyotaku at Suisan Fish Market on the Lihiwai Street side of Lili`uokalani Gardens.

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an exhibit of Brandon Tengan gyotaku

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3-4 p.m. Puna Taiko will play outside Banyan Gallery, pupu will be served.

4:00 p.m.  Ken Charon drawing demo at Grand Naniloa.

4-5 p.m. Desmon Haumea and Bambu will play at Hilo Hawaiian, pupu will be served. Copies of the CD “Des and BAMBU – Maui Style will be available for purchase.”

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5-6 p.m. Desmon Haumea and Bambu will play at Grand Naniloa, pupu will be served. Copies of the CD “Des and BAMBU – Maui  Style will be available for purchase.”

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Voting for People’s Choice awards continues all day at the Grand Naniloa until 6 p.m. Winners will be announced the following day.

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Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens, P. O. Box 5147, Hilo HI 96720

For further information, see the Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens page on Facebook or contact K.T. Cannon-Eger by email kteger@hawaii.rr.com or cell phone (808) 895-8130.

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