Local artists shine in ART Kaua‘i 2021

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    “Simple but complex” is the description from juror David Kuraoka on Licia McDonald’s “Tenuous and Vulnerable” piece Friday during the taping of the Kaua‘i Society Artists ART Kaua‘i 2021 judging and opening in lieu of a live opening reception, at the KSA gallery at Kukui Grove Center in Lihu‘e.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    RoseAnne Jones, Kaua‘i Society of Artists ART Kaua‘i co-chair, announces Licia McDonald’s “Tenuous and Vulnerable” as a show double-winner Friday while preparing for the opening today from noon to 6 p.m. at the KSA Gallery at Kukui Grove Center in Lihu‘e.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Light pours through the “Goddess Window” created by Evelyn de Buhr when viewed in the Friday-morning light at the ART Kaua‘i 2021 show at the Kaua‘i Society of Artists Gallery at Kukui Grove Center in Lihu‘e.

David Kuraoka, the juror for the 36th annual ART Kaua‘i exhibition, described the work by Licia McDonald, “Tenuous and Vulnerable,” as “simple but complex” during his comments being taped Friday in lieu of the traditional artists’ opening reception.

Governed by the uptick in cases from the COVID-19 virus, ART Kaua‘i turned to the video airways. Work being done by Carol Meckling manning the cameras documents Kuraoka’s thoughts on the show that includes more than 70 pieces from more than 45 local artists.

A look through “Goddess Window,” a stained-glass piece by Evelyn de Buhr, demonstrates Kuraoka’s statement of complexity, as the artwork exploded with color during a privileged view while Kuraoka shared his comments on the variety of pieces available for viewing.

“Goddess Window” is one of the rare pieces in the show that is not for sale.

ART Kaua‘i 2021 opens to the public starting today from noon to 6 p.m. at the KSA Gallery at Kukui Grove Center. The exhibit is available for viewing daily through Oct. 29 with no admission charge. Hours are from noon to 6 p.m. daily, and noon to 7 p.m. Fridays.

Patrons are asked to adhere to current COVID-19 health and safety rules that include wearing face masks, social distancing and no large gatherings. There is a posted sign stating the maximum capacity of the gallery is 25.

• Info: kauaisocietyofartists.org

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Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or dfujimoto@thegardenisland.com.

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