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Banyan Drive Art Stroll set for Saturday, January 11

The fourth annual Banyan Drive Art Stroll will be held from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, January 11.

(Thursday 1/9) UPDATE: rain or shine, the indoor events will be held. Stormy weather may impact the plein air artist demonstration in Lili`uokalani Gardens, but all other events will continue.

“Favorite Spot” watercolor by Ron Louie received People’s Choice award in 2019. Mahalo to Aaron Miyasato and 4digital Inc. for graphic art and printing

Harry Wishard of the Wishard Gallery in North Kohala, was the judge for the fourth annual Banyan Drive Art Stroll competition on the theme of “Joy in the Gardens.”

Taking first place is “Under the Banyan Tree” a watercolor by Ron Louie. “Favorite Spot” Louie’s work in 2019 took People’s Choice and is featured on the 2020 brochure and flyer.

“Under the Banyan Tree” showed a mastery of the quick, unforgiving execution of watercolors,” said Wishard.

Second place goes to “Reflections” by Craig Allen Lawver and third to “Garden of Love” by Stephen Davies.

Works selected for the judged exhibit will be on display in the Palm Room on the lobby level of the Grand Naniloa Resort Saturday, January 11. Voting for People’s Choice will take place there from noon until 6:00 p.m.

Harry Wishard was born and raised on the island of Hawai`i. His uncle Lloyd Sexton led him into the life of an artist at an early age. He has painted daily for more than 50 years.

Wishard spoke of several factors in making his decision from the entries. “First was their adherence to the theme. Then there was their skill level in their chosen medium.”

Puna Taiko will open the day at noon outside Banyan Gallery.

The Banyan Drive Art Stroll is organized by Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens and The Banyan Gallery. Held on the second Saturday in January, the noon to 6 p.m. event features plein air demonstrations in the gardens from noon to 3 p.m., a judged photographers exhibit at Hilo Bay Café through 4:30 p.m., gyotaku presentation at Suisan Fish Market at 3 p.m., block printing demonstration with Bob Douglas at Pandamonia’s Paleta Palace in Ali`i Ice, live entertainment, a silent auction, and additional indoor art demonstrations.

Grand prize presentation for the photographer’s exhibit will be at 1:30 p.m. The grand prize is a doors-off helicopter ride with Mick Kalber and Bruce Omori aboard Paradise Helicopters. Voting for People’s Choice Award in the photographer’s section will continue until 4:30 p.m.

Featured plein air artists in Lili`uokalani Gardens include Marilyn Montgomery, Crystal Nylin, William Wingert, Kevin Spitze, Amy Markham, Bonnie Sol, Abbie Rabb, Christine Ahia, and  others.

Sakiko Shinkai, who studied at the Studio Incamminati Fine Art in Philadelphia and Kyoto Tachibana Women’s University, will demonstrate portrait painting in the Palm Room at the Grand Naniloa from 3 to 5 p.m. Patti Pease Johnson will demonstrate pastels in the same space from 1 to 3 p.m.

Featured artists in the Palm Room at the Grand Naniloa Resort include: Ron Louie, Craig Allen Lawver, Stephen Davies, Faith Cloud, Kornelius Schorle, Rodney Rauch, Raleigh Timmins, Patti Pease Johnson, K.T. Cannon-Eger, Bonnie Sol, Vivian Ursula Bratton, Suzanne Hutchins, and Melanie Pruitt.

Award presentation for judged works will take place in The Palm Room at 4 p.m. People’s Choice ballots may be cast until 6 p.m.

“Painting with Light” a fused glass demonstration by Ronni Barbula will take place in the Wai`oli Lounge on the lobby level of the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel from noon to 5 p.m. A Silent Auction will be held in the same space.

Live entertainment includes outdoor performances by Puna Taiko, opening the event at noon. Hawaiian music is featured at the Grand Naniloa Resort lobby lounge starting with Randy Lorenzo and Friends at noon followed by the Kalapana Awa Band at 2 p.m. Closing the event with the 4 to 6 p.m. time slot will be Christy Lassiter. Emcees are Ku`ehu Mauga and Holly K with sound by Pepe Romero. (UPDATED 1/9)

Produced by Hawaii Printing Corporation, this $5.00 pin serves as one person’s admission to six pupu stations throughout the Banyan Drive Art Stroll on Saturday, January 11, 2020.

Appetizers will be served at different times at each location to patrons of the event wearing the Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens logo pin. Pins are available for $5 at Banyan Gallery, Hilo Bay Café, the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel, and the Grand Naniloa Resort. Door prize registration is at Banyan Gallery where a wall of the gallery will feature art from Lili`uokalani Gardens.

A brochure listing all events and times with a map to all sites will be available throughout the peninsula.

For up to date information on the schedule, please see the 4th annual Banyan Drive Art Stroll event on the Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens Facebook page.


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Angel Crossing selected for Friends first photo calendar

An image by Kenneth Wendall Jackson of Hilo was selected by photography contest juror Alvis Upitis to appear on the cover of a 2017 calendar of images captured in Lili`uokalani Gardens.

“Every show distills out a single image that represents the body of work and draws the viewer in for more,” said Upitis. “Angel Crossing” was that iconic image for me. Like a movie still frame, it asks from me a soundtrack, perhaps “Aloha `Oe” played on grand piano.”

“Angel Crossing” appears on the cover of the first Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens photo calendar and as the main image for the month of June. Another of Jackson’s images, “Winter Day 3,” was selected for the month of November.

Kenneth W. Jackson took his first photograph at the age of 8. He spent 37 years running a successful photography business on the mainland. His work experience is in the U.S. Navy as well as in utility services, soils and concrete testing, and sewer main inspection for several mainland companies. He moved to Hilo in May 2013.

Juror Alvis Upitis is a working commercial photographer with 40 years experience shooting for Fortune 500 companies and top advertising agencies worldwide. He has BS and MFA degrees in photography. He taught photo art and techniques at the college level for 10 years.

The contest attracted 90 entries for a 13-month calendar. Images not chosen for the main month page went through a second selection for potential inclusion as a thumbnail image. In all, 39 different views of the gardens are included in this first Friends of Lili`uokalani calendar competition.

“We are thrilled with the quality of images selected,” said Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens president K.T. Cannon-Eger. “So much so that a separate display of calendar contest winners will appear in the Banyan Gallery Saturday, January 14, from noon until 6 p.m. as part of the Banyan Drive Art Stroll.”

Banyan Gallery

Banyan Gallery outside of the Castle Hilo Hawaiian Hotel will display calendar winners on Saturday, January 14, from noon until 6 p.m.

“We owe deep gratitude to photo calendar juror Alvis Upitis for bringing his professional expertise to a difficult selection process,” said photographer and videographer Kenneth Goodrich of Volcano, who organized the competition.

Goodrich of Hawaii Photo Retreat also is the calendar’s graphic designer. Printing and production was done locally by Hawaii Printing Corporation.

Jackson will receive the grand prize of a ride along with Mick Kalber and Bruce Omori from Paradise Helicopters. Prize presentation will take place at 2:00 p.m. at the Banyan Gallery.

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

Other photographers featured in the calendar and the month of their image are: Paul Miyasaki for “Lili`uokalani Nene” (January), K.T. Canon Eger for “Nagasaki Lion Picnic” (February), Kornelius Schorle for “Walk With Me” (March), Steve Godzsak for “Nature’s Shapes n Colors” (April), Alan Lakritz for “The Bridge of Tides” (May), Toby Hazel for “Tea Room View” (July), Debra L Newbery for “Bamboo Pagoda” (August), Steve Pollard for “Wahine Hula” (September), Alan Lakritz “Hilo Bay Serenity” (October), Valerie A. Victorine for “Lili`uokalani Shrine” (December), and Vernon L. Enriques for “All the Park” (January 2018)

Copies of the fund raising calendar will be sold to benefit projects in Lili`uokalani Gardens. For more information, please refer to the Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens Facebook page.


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


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