Small Works’ no small matter

Members of the Kaua‘i Society of Artists will open this year’s Small Works Show tomorrow at the Kukui Grove Center exhibition hall, with the reception starting at 5 p.m.

The reception will begin with a walk-and-talk session with the show’s juror, former Kaua‘i resident Shigeru Miyamoto, ceramics professor at the University of Hawai‘i. The show features 76 works by 47 artists.

Members of KSA submitted works of from all mediums, from paintings to three-dimensional sculptures, with the restriction of keeping them no larger than 12 inches in any dimension.

Betty Jean Nativio submitted painted pairs of shoes as her entries in this year’s show.

Accustomed to doing large pieces, the pieces she submitted were made specifically for the show, she said.

“(This show) allowed me to work in sort of three-dimensional objects. These are real shoes painted,” she said.

The piece, “Growing Pains,” she said, “with the clocks, shows the sense of time, because when you’re young you want to get older, and when you’re older, time goes by too fast.” Plein-air artist Pierre Bouret submitted little paintings of beach scenes.

“I had to pick something that fit in the perimeter of the show, so I picked all little scenes of people on the beach,” he said.

“They were all little snapshots of life on Kaua‘i to sort of capture fleeting moments on our island. I have this large canvas, and sort of paint the little shots in separate boxes,” he explained.

“If I like them, then I’ll cut them out and mount them.” The show will run till March 3, the works are for sale unless indicated not for sale by the artists, with 25 percent of sales of the art being donated to KSA leaders to further their programs.

Lanaly Cabalo, lifestyle writer, may be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 237) or


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