Aehegma’s painting chosen to grace festival programs
The Firehouse Gallery in Waimea will feature a show by local artists of art and fine crafts with a cherry blossom theme during February. The show is in conjunction with the Waimea Arts Council sponsorship of the 20th annual Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival on Feb. 2.
The gallery will have a reception and will be open during the festival and the show offers more than 70 works of art, including the original painting selected to represent the 20th annual Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival. “Cherry Blossom Snows,” a painting by internationally exhibited Hawaii Island artist Aelbert Aehegma, will grace the cover of the souvenir program and also be featured on the commemorative event poster.
This impressionistic style 18-by-24-inch painting depicts all the elements that combine to make Waimea’s cherry blossom trees unique. In the early spring of each year, usually after a major snowfall on Mauna Kea, the trees around town start to show signs of life with small pink buds that soon open to bring bright reddish-pink b