Wailoa Art and Cultural Center will present “Skin and Sky,” a mixed-media exhibition of landscape, figurative and functional works exploring the physical, fantastical and spiritual worlds from Jan. 4 to 24. The event opens with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 4 for Big Island artists Eide Hansamut, David Hubbard, Tim Johnson, Shelby Smith, Esther Szegedy and Robert Weiss.
Hansamut spent much of her childhood traveling the world with her parents and art has always been the center of her life. Nature, specifically the richness of the elements in the tropical environment of Hawaii, is her inspiration.
Expressionist painter Hubbard has “painted the wings of a fly.” His work has been shown throughout the state.
Johnson works with functional ceramic ware and sculptures. Many of his pieces focus on plants or primitive animal figures as their inspiration.
Smith sculpts with various types of media, creating works that stretch the potential of materials and the imagination. His mixed media sculpture uses the history and patina of time in each object’s construction.
Szegedy is a self-taught artist currently working in pastels and watercolor pencil. She also writes and illustrates her own children’s books. The essence of her work is humor, character, movement and color.
Weiss is a plein air painter who works alone and with the Plein Air Artists of Hawaii Island. He focuses on capturing the light, energy and beauty of the island’s landscapes. He is also one of the premier practitioners of the art of scrimshaw. He is a three-time winner of the Rudolph J. Schaefer Maritime Heritage Award, and his work is in private and corporate collections around the world.
Located in Hilo, Wailoa Art and Cultural Center is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and from noon to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. Admission is free.
For more information, call 933-0416 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.