A dozen members of the Living Arts Gallery artists collective stretched themselves to go beyond the picture postcard beauty of the islands and create new works with a fresh perspective. These pieces together create “Beyond the Cliche,” a group show on exhibit through May at the Living Arts Gallery in Hawi. The artists worked with a variety of materials, including belts, computer chips, paint, plastic and ceramics, to create paintings, sculpture and wearable and mixed-media art. A talk story reception with the artists is planned from 3 to 7 p.m. May 11.
Works on exhibit include a triptych of swirling colors and fluid textures, covering an entire wall, in a mixed-media work by Peter Antrim Kowalke; intricate beadwork neck collars with fantastical images of earth, air, water and aumakua by Patricia Keene; Ken Coulling’s sculpture of a female torso balancing on steel disks; Pat Pearlman’s abstracted nesting nene; Layton Kiblinger’s wood wall pieces; and 3-D illusions created by Charlie Corda with carved Plexiglas and metallic paint.
The group show includes new work by Renee Patten; Alex Slotzkin’s mixed-media “primitive tropical” scenes; and Susan O’Malley’s papermaking and fiber arts in 3-D forms. Fauvist colors give Hawaiian landscapes a different reality in the expressionist paintings of Mary Sky Schoolcraft and Richard Rochkovsky. John Hart celebrates the Year of the Snake with a fresh take on the traditional subject matter of Chinese brushwork. Ginger Sandell’s dreamy landscapes float into the subconscious realm, while “The Guardians” by Connie Firestone offers a glimpse of the veil between worlds. The show will also feature pieces by watercolor artists Karen Spachner, Ilmar Reinvald, Maggie Frohmader, Peter Jefferson and Laurie Downey.
For more information, contact the gallery, which is open from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily, at 889-0739 or visit livingartsgallery.net.