Mia Terre, visiting from Michigan, said Kimberly McDonogh was absolutely amazing.
“I had to tell her that,” Terre said. “When I did stop to talk with her, the next thing you knew, I was doing an opera piece to her violin playing.”
McDonogh, who graduated from Island School in June, will be joined by Griffin Lord, another Island School graduate, Saturday at The Shops at Kukuiula from 6 to 9 p.m. during its Art Walk event.
“We’re bringing back The Shops at Kukuiula Art Walk starting Saturday,” said Stacie Chiba-Miguel, the real estate manager at The Shops at Kukuiula. “The Art Walk will take place on the second Saturday of each month where galleries around the village will feature local artists while some of our amazing restaurants will partner with the galleries to serve delicious pupu.”
Chiba-Miguel said McDonogh and Lord will be making a guest appearance before they head off to college, Lord heading to the Art Institute of Chicago and McDonogh leaving for the College of Wooster located in Ohio.
“I heard Kim play at a meeting I was attending and she blew my mind,” Chiba-Miguel said. “She and Griffin are so talented, and they both leave for college in a couple of weeks, so I’m glad we’re showcasing them before they leave. It’ll be a nice treat for the village.”
Chiba-Miguel said there are five galleries in The Shops at Kukuiula with a sixth scheduled to open in September.
“Evolve” will be featured at Galerie 103, and Robin McCoy, known for her works in oil of exotic flowers, sunlit seascapes, and classic old Hawaiian plantation-style homes, will be featured at the Halelea gallery.
A resident of Kalaheo, McCoy’s work can be seen at Halelea in Kukuiula, at the Dolphin restaurant in Hanalei, and at her Kalaheo studio, or on her Robin McCoy Paintings website.
“Evolve” features the works of 40 artists who bring the world of genetically modified organisms into the art kingdom, and proceeds will benefit several nonprofit organizations on the island.
Other galleries in the village include the Afeinberg Gallery, Scott Hanft Photography and the Red Koi Collection featuring photographic orchid renderings by Ada Koene.
McDonogh learned to play the violin while attending the 5th grade in Missouri. Since moving to Kauai, she has played under Helen Sina for five years as well as with the Kauai Community College orchestra.
During her high school career, McDonogh also played for the Island School chorus.
She met Julia Gegen, an aspiring violin student from Kalaheo, whose father Pat Gegen lent her the electric violin to play.
Sharon said Kimberly plans on playing at the First Saturday events when she returns home during school breaks.
The Shops at Kukuiula will also host the return of the popular Flavors of Kukuiula on Aug. 16 from 5 to 7 p.m., when merchants throughout the village will extend their stores and restaurants onto the concourse for the shopping public under a canopy of music from the Greenstone Project, which will play in the Palm Court area.
Visit www.theshopsatkukuiula.com or call 742-9545 for more information.