Living Arts Gallery in Hawi presents Connie Firestone’s “Gathering of Guardians” through February. The exhibit features a series of images “from the other side,” barely visible through the veil that separates the worlds. Firestone will talk story Saturday afternoons with open houses slated from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Jan. 19.
Firestone creates her pieces using more than 50 layers of transparent metallic and acrylic glazes on canvas. She has practiced this method since moving to Hawaii.
“When I moved to Hawaii 14 years ago I was painting in a primitive style that had been very successful in the Bay Area, and I assumed that I would continue in that venue with a Hawaiian slant. After about a year, I painted the first of ‘The Guardians.’ I was drawn to it immediately. So strongly that it was more like an obsession, and though I have refined and polished the style of the work over the years, I am still just as fascinated with ‘The Guardians’ as I was years ago,” Firestone said.
The appearance of “The Guardians” changes with different lighting and angles at which they are viewed, allowing for a personal and interactive experience. Firestone intends for the paintings to bring the viewer “peace, comfort and a sense of connection to all that is.”
The gallery at 55-3435 Akoni Pule Highway is open from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. For more information, call the gallery at 889-0739 or visit livingartsgallery.net.