LIHUE — Did you ever contemplate creative uses for clear plastic that may be dumped in our already strained landfill where it breaks down into tiny polluting particles over the years?
Gabriela Taylor, artist, environmental activist and avid ocean swimmer, did.
She visualized something more when she purchased bathing suits that covered voluptuous plastic female forms.
Manikins became canvasses as she layered them with vividly painted images of nature, as well as those of ecstatic dancers cavorting through star-studded galaxies and moonbeams. A whimsical painting entitled, “Which Came First?” portrays a rooster crowing under a brilliant sunrise — with eggs nested in the grass.
A reception for Gabriela Taylor’s Recycled & Re-Nude” exhibit will be at The General Store Art Gallery in the heart of Hanalei, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Friday.
Following Taylor’s reception, Unko Funky, a psychedelic jazz band will play from 7 to 10 p.m.
A spontaneous community gathering place next to the old post office, longtime resident Karlos DeTreaux transformed the building into a community art center. Contemporary art graces its spacious gallery and, coincidently, besides Taylor’s current exhibit, two additional artists using recycled materials are exhibiting.
Alejandro Bassi paints colorful surf and other local scenes on flattened corrugated coffee cans. Steve Hashi creates intriguing designs over recycled surfboards with mosaics from broken tiles and mirrors.