Art in the reading room

7 07 2016

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The main branch of the Hawaii State Library on 478 S. King Street at Punchbowl street, downtown Honolulu, is the venue for a showing of art by the Windward Artists Guild. The works of sixteen artists, including me, are represented here in the Reading Room through July 29. It’s a tight show; all of the pieces are pictured in these two photos. Juror Richard Duggan awarded Wendy Roberts the top prize for her triptych, pictured below.

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My father brought me to this library nearly every weekend. It was a 45-minute car ride from Wahiawa in those days when I was a child. A library rat, he loved the periodical room and non-fiction. I explored the juvenile section and, when I was older, the stacks. I pored over the scripts of musical shows and was fascinated by the collection of music scores. I found the Hawaii and Pacific collection, and that became my favorite. All of that is still there, although the card catalog drawers have given way to computers, and the green-painted Adirondack chairs in the central courtyard are long gone. Funny how my art has brought me back to the enjoyment of reading ink-on-paper books.





Windward Artists Guild mounts summer show in Honolulu

1 07 2016

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Two of my Kaneohe Bay paintings are on exhibit Monday through Saturday, July 1-29, at the Hawaii State Public Library Reading Room, 478 S. King St., Honolulu.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Wednesday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday; and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday.

It’s part of the Windward Artists Guild Summer Show. The art works were juried by Richard Duggan, whose current work involves the research, development, design, and production of large educational exhibits.

You are cordially invited to the Artists Reception from 4 to 6 p.m., July 7, to view this group show and to meet the artists!

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“At Anchor, Kaneohe Bay,” 16″ x 20″ oil, © Rebekah Luke

"Bayfront," 18" x 24" oil, © Rebekah Luke

“Bayfront,” 18″ x 24″ oil, © Rebekah Luke





Validation of an artist

4 04 2016

People who make fine art often work alone. Like writers and composers, they start with a blank canvas and require solitude to put their ideas down. Sometimes, when they think they have taken their work as far as it can go and prior to publishing, they work with a team. Working with others helps artists to develop a thick skin because one is surely to receive criticism, constructive or not.

When an artist is brave enough and has the guts to put work on display for others to see—others besides family and close friends—that is a milestone. The next step may be to price the art. Imagine: someone may want to purchase it!

Along the way, colleagues and mentors will help. Mine, Susan Rogers-Aregger, taught me everything I know about finishing paintings so that they are ready for exhibit, how to market art, and how to manage a gallery. I am so very grateful. Yesterday, her tutelage reached another high point with the opening of the group exhibit “Collages and Clay” in Kāneʻohe, Oʻahu.

 

A sparkling collage painting and ceramic masks by Susan Rogers-Aregger greet visitors to new exhibit

A sparkling collage painting and ceramic masks by Susan Rogers-Aregger greet visitors to new exhibit at Ho‘omaluhia Botanical Garden.

 

A dozen artists, all influenced by Susan who also works in clay, combined their hand-dyed tissue paper creations and pots for an exciting display. Friends and family came to celebrate at the reception. No longer alone, we met each others’ human support system and became better acquainted with the lives of the rest of the team.

 

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My sister artists and new friends at the opening reception—Hiroko, Maite, and Dottie. The fat cat in the background is my creation entitled “Living Large.” It has sold!

Bob and Tommy of The Band Tantalus entertained guests with acoustic sounds. Warm to cool palettes grace the gallery walls.

Bob and Tommy of The Band Tantalus entertained guests with acoustic sounds. Warm to cool palettes grace the gallery walls.

 

By the way, artists love sales. A sale for one is a sale for all! Selling our work is how many of us make our income, and it is wonderful encouragement to keep going. Thank you!

Recently I received two emails, sent separately by two individual buyers who photographed my work in their homes and shared the images with me, to show me how they used my paintings in their decor and their artistic eye. That kind gesture took why we make art to another level of appreciation and enjoyment.

If you go— “Collages and Clay” runs through April 29, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Ho‘omaluhia Botanical Garden Visitor Center, entrance at the end of Luluku Road, Kāneʻohe, Oʻahu.

Copyright 2016 Rebekah Luke




Emerging from a creative slump

6 05 2015

If you find yourself in a creative slump…

Please see the current Windward Artists Guild exhibition of 2D and 3D fine art at Place gallery in Honolulu. The garden setting designed by Philpotts is at once lively, soothing, tasteful, and refreshing!

I am honored that juror Jay Jensen of the Honolulu Museum of Art selected my painting to exhibit. Thank you! No one seemed to like it until now. Here is the photo DH made of my piece, and me, in the window at last night’s opening.
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Until now, Hawaiian landscapes have comprised the body of my fine art work. I made “Mango Papaya Pineapple” several years ago when the still life of tropical fruit at the studio cried, “Paint me!” And so I was inspired to drop everything and do just that. I recall completing it in one session.

Juicy colors straight out of the tube, and strong, deliberate knife strokes on the canvas. All messy with oil paint everywhere on my palette and my hands at the end. A good tired.

This reminds me of what my late teacher Gloria Foss said, “People don’t care about what you paint. They care about how you paint.”

With that memory and encouragement from an acceptance of my art work, weeks, no, months of a creative dry period just turned around. I have decided to make what’s old new again.

When you go:
Place gallery is located at 54 South School Street, Honolulu, between Pali Highway and Barron Lane. Show is open daily during daytime business hours through May 22. Art is for purchase.

Copyright 2015 Rebekah Luke





Win win, Ruth says, but I call it bartering!

24 02 2012

All of a sudden, things are starting to move around here, and everyone is tuning in to the new energy. Even Alice Brown and Ula feel the change.  But first, an announcement:

Rebekah Luke is the solo guest artist starting Sunday, Feb. 26, at the residence at 914 Kainui Drive in Kailua! I’m thrilled! My sister Ruth and her colleague Karyn have staged the home for sale with my oil paintings, and I must say, both the house and my paintings look great! Instead of seeing my work in my virtual gallery, people can now see what the paintings look like hanging in their frames and imagine what they will look like in their own home or office. There is really no substitute for seeing the original.

Ruth phoned and asked if they could borrow an easel to set up an area as an artist’s studio. Sure, I said. Then she asked if I had any paintings they could use to decorate the freshly painted walls. Indeed, I’m always looking for opportunities to show my art, and, really, no problem. Ruth, an equestrian, did help me out once by providing a horse I needed for a photo shoot.

DH and I loaded the paintings — nearly all my available inventory — into the car. I wanted a large enough choice from which Ruth and Karyn could select. I also packed up other props, like a palette, some paint tubes, some brushes, even some “leaners” (unfinished or unsaleable canvases).

When I reached the venue I could do whatever I wanted, in any of the rooms, to install an art show! The public would come to see the property, and at the same time they would view the art. The realtor associates needed interior decor, and I welcomed gallery space! “It’s a win win,” Ruth said, quite pleased with herself. I’m loving it too.

I arranged the paintings on the floor in front of the wall they would hang on, and the three of us concurred as to their placement. Naturally, I deferred to my hosts, and I’m so glad I did! All of the paintings are on display!

About the property: Conveniently located at the edge of Kailua, on an avenue lined with coconut palms. Renovated 3BR, 2B, single story, large back yard, new landscaping. The current owner is our mom Ivalee, and the home has been in the family since the 1960s (or earlier) when Grandpa and Grandma Haus lived in it. Ruth can give you the asking price.

About the paintings: My original Hawaiian landscapes and still life in oil. $125 to $800.

If you are on Oahu, I hope you’ll take the opportunity to meet us and see our work.

The Special Showings and Open House dates and times are:

Sunday, Feb. 26, 2-5 p.m.
Thursday, Mar. 1, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Sunday, Mar., 4, noon to 5 p.m.
Thursday, Mar. 8, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Sunday, Mar. 11, 2 to 5 p.m.
Sunday, Mar. 18, 2 to 5 p.m.

Thanks, Ruth and Karyn!

In the next post I’ll give an update on my teaching adventures, travel adventures, new energy, etc., Meanwhile, here are today’s snaps of the studio animals.

Alice Brown, our adorable puppy, keeps me company in the studio.

Ula, the bossy cat. Look out! She's old now.

Copyright 2012 Rebekah Luke




Latest artworks on view in Honolulu

17 09 2011

Hello Art Lovers! “Banyan Shade” and “Lanikai Diptych” made it into the juried show of the Association of Hawaii Artists this morning. Ta dah! These are my most recently framed original oil paintings made this year.

Banyan Shade, 16" x 20" Oil on Canvas, $600.00

Having my work selected for a public exhibition encourages me to keep going, and I’m thankful a large audience will see it.

I installed “Banyan Shade” in a dark wood frame. I framed the two panels of “Lanikai Diptych” in a beautiful solid curly koa. (And when is curly koa not beautiful?! ;-))

Come take a look. The art is for sale and will be on display through October 14, 2011. Here’s the rest of the 411:

Event—The 42nd Annual Contemporary Exhibit of the Association of Hawaii Artists; Antoinette Martin, juror.

Dates—Sept. 19-Oct. 14; M-F 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Sunday closed)

Place—Pauahi Tower, 1001 Bishop St., lobby level, downtown Honolulu.

Reception—4:30-6:30 p.m., Sept. 27. You’re invited! Recommended parking is at Alii Place (cheaper rates).

Please let me know if you wish to purchase my original art for your private collection, and I will work with you on a payment plan.

"Wa'a Kolu, Moku Lua," 16" x 20" Oil on Canvas, left panel of "Lanikai Diptych," $1,400.00 for 2 panels

"Julie's Coconut Tree," 16" x 20" Oil on Canvas, right panel of "Lanikai Diptych," $1,400.00 for 2 panels

Copyright 2011 Rebekah Luke




Seven island artists paint and show works at Ho‘omaluhia

3 08 2010

Our “If it’s Thursday, it must be Ho‘omaluhia!” public exhibit of paintings opens today at Ho‘omaluhia Botanical Garden visitor center and extends to August 30, 2010. The show displays the works of local artists Alex Weinstein, K.Y. Lum, Naomi Weinstein, Noreen Naughton, Richard Guy, Val Saban, and yours truly Rebekah Luke. The collection looks great!

Photo of me by Noreen Naughton

Every Thursday for the past 10 years, more or less, our group has painted in the peaceful landscape that is Ho‘omaluhia, located at Luluku, at the base of the majestic Ko‘olau mountains in windward Oahu. We come from different backgrounds and for different reasons to enjoy the garden and each other’s friendship.

This the first exhibit of paintings for four of our group. All but one of the 42 works in oil and acrylic may be purchased, with prices ranging from $75 to $2,800. Most prices are reasonable and realistic for original art, so it’s a good opportunity to start or add to your collection. Interested buyers should contact the artists directly (lay away plan of installments considered), as no sales transactions are permitted on the city property.

How we met (excerpt from catalog)

In the 1990s, art professor Noreen Naughton frequented Europe with summer abroad courses. K.Y. Lum, a psychiatrist, and his wife took the “Drawing in Italy” tour, visiting Rome and Tuscany to take in Renaissance art in hill towns and obscure churches. When they went a second time to Italy, Naomi and Alex Weinstein joined Noreen’s group. Alex, an architect, is a good sketcher, and Naomi, a retired educator, was a ceramist.

They all went with Noreen again to paint in France, “Following the Path of the Impressionists” from Amsterdam to Paris.

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Naomi Weinstein

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Richard Guy

When they returned to Hawai‘i they continued to paint with Noreen in the landscape. Ho‘omaluhia Botanical Garden became a favorite venue. K.Y. and the Weinsteins are the only ones from Noreen’s original group who continue to paint together on Thursdays.

The others: Val Saban, former international trader and industrialist, lives in the same building as K.Y., and the two swim together.

Rebekah Luke (that’s me) who studied painting with the late Gloria Foss, and K.Y. are first cousins. Richard Guy, retired chief justice of Washington state and a local arbitrator and mediator, joined the group after being introduced by Naomi who is in the same book club as his wife.

Val Saban

Noreen Naughton

If you go (and we hope you will)

The park entrance is located at the end of Luluku Road in Kaneohe, Oahu. The art will be on view every day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through August 30, 2010.  Exception: The park is closed on Aug. 6 and 27.

Thursday is the theme. You can meet the artists at a punch-and-cookies reception on Thursday, August 5, from noon to 2 p.m. Most of us will be there on the other Thursdays in August in the mornings only.

Allow time to enjoy the rest of Ho‘omaluhia Botanical Garden’s plants, trails, picnic areas, lake, camp sites, and overall Hawaiian tropical scenery.

Thanks for visiting!

Copyright 2010 Rebekah Luke







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