Art in the garden extraordinaire

29 01 2019

 

Creator Ira Ono has put together the most charming fine arts gallery in a garden I have ever seen. A friend insisted on taking me there today. Now I agree it’s a must see when you visit Volcano on Hawaii island, where I happened to be for a high school class reunion.

The place is called Volcano Garden Arts and Cafe Ono. I was first attracted to the whimsy of interesting objects d’art mixed within the landscape, such as the colorful tea garden.

A pair of extra large blue-and-white pots stand like sentinels at the beginning of a path

Ono Tea Garden

Nearby, a small clearing ringed with mature pines offers a meditation space with a wooden bench at one edge and an altar at the opposite end.

Other sculpted figures provide additional oriental touches.

Large prayer flags decorate a secluded space for a luncheon or tea.

Mister Rabbit

Bird house spigot

Umbrella-ed tables

Two different lizards

    Miniature succulents

Besides the garden there is an indoor space selling fine art by local artists—2D, jewelry, glass, textiles, an array of gift items. I ran into Ira Ono himself, and we had a delightful conversation that ended with him offering to rep me and my hand-dyed tissue paper collages. The artist has good taste.

~ Rebekah





Teacher turned student

15 01 2019

    “Lava Flows to the Sea” by Rebekah

Some friends asked me at the beginning of the new year, are you teaching now? Well, the short answer is no. There is nothing scheduled.

At the current exhibit of my large hand-dyed tissue paper collages, another local artist struck up a conversation, admiring the work and explaining that he was unfamiliar with the art medium. He said he would like to learn how to do it, to add to his skills in oil, acrylic, and water color. He was sure he would have to pay some money for lessons. Did I teach it?

I said my teachers were the late Gloria Foss and the late Susan Rogers-Aregger. I was among the next “generation,” but I am not teaching the method, I said. He said I was being selfish. That remark was hard to hear. I’m reflecting on it.

So, if I’m not teaching, what am I doing? I am studying voice, hoping to continue singing as a chorister, and attending Hawaiian language classes. In other words, I am a student.

Having reflected on “selfishness,” I’ll share that there is a scheduled program of tissue dying and collage making by the students of Foss and Rogers-Aregger. Interested persons may come to simply observe or pay fees to participate in the art making. 

The following Tuesdays in 2019 for collage workshop at Hoʻomaluhia Botanical Garden Visitor Center:

January 15, 29

February 12

March 12, 26

April 9, 23

May 14, 28

June 11, 25

July 9, 23

August 13, 27

September 10, 24

October 8, 22

November 12

The following dates in 2019 for tissue dyeing at Hoʻomaluhia Botanical Garden Visitor Center:

February 23 (tie dyeing fabric on February 24)

March 2 and 3

Contact Peggy Hoefer at go_hoefers@hawaii.rr.com for more information.

If you go: “Fiery Volcano Collages and Doodles” by Rebekah Luke and Kalei Nuʻuhiwa runs until Jan. 27, 2019, at the Hoʻomaluhia Botanical Garden Visitor Center  Lecture Room, daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.





Celebrate artists and art today

5 01 2019

Itʻs today! Today is the Opening Reception for “Fiery Volcano Collages & Doodles” at Ho‘omaluhia Botanical Garden at four oʻclock. My co-exhibitor Kalei Nuuhiwa is on Oahu, and we are spending the morning preparing to welcome our friends and supporters who are coming to view and celebrate our latest artworks.Weʻre gathering flowers from the garden to decorate, and we’ve coralled our best buddies to help out with refreshments and musical entertainment.

I am so very honored to show with soon-to-be Dr. Nu‘uhiwa, a PhD candidate at the University of Waikato.

From the show catalog:

THE ARTISTS began creating and assembling the pieces for this exhibit in May 2018 when the longest Kilauea Volcano eruption since 1924 began. News photography and reports and the energy of Pele herself inspired the work. While Rebekah worked with dye, tissue paper, glue, and a knife on large canvases, Kalei used colored pens to doodle in a very small 35-page book. The two women first met on a Kaho‘olawe access trip for Makahiki in the late 1990s, Rebekah coming from O‘ahu, and Kalei from Maui.

The art exhibit runs until January 27. Ho‘omaluhia Botanical Garden is on Luluku Road in Kaneohe, and it is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Many thanks to the inspirers and the helpers, including the folks at Sunshine Arts in windward O‘ahu for my picture frames, pianist Joerg Alfter, Olive at Ho‘omaluhia Botanical Garden, my girlfriends Becky-Lori-and-Peg, and my “easel” Pete.

~ Rebekah

 





Artist’s process

28 12 2018

When I delivered the final diptych to the framer yesterday for the January 5-27 art exhibit “Fiery Volcano Collages & Doodles” at Hoʻomaluhia Botanical Garden Lecture Room, Malinda of Sunshine Arts asked an interesting question: How long did it take you to make the collages? Thinking back, I started them in May when the most recent volcanic activity began and worked non-stop until now. That means I made an average of one diptych (two panels) a month. Most are big. Whew, no wonder I’m tired!

“From Haleakalā”
40” x 30” both panels of diptych. Hand-dyed tissue paper collage. Volcano series by Rebekah Luke

If you go: Hoʻomaluhia Botanical Garden Visitor Center Lecture Room is located on Luluku Road in Kāneʻohe between Pali and Likelike highways. Open daily from 9 to 4.





Fiery volcano collages & doodles

8 12 2018





Papaya art

21 08 2018

Wowee! I reused the parchment paper on which I dried papaya chunks (using the heat from the oven light only) to bake a puff pastry at 450 degrees F. The paper was still slightly damp from the papaya. Look what happened! I wonder if I can use this paper in my collage art. Gonna try!





Volcano series

19 06 2018

‘ŌHIʻA LEHUA diptych
24″ x 12″ Hand-dyed Tissue Paper Collage
Volcano Series NFS

Fascinated, rather, mesmerized by the Kilauea volcano eruption at Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō on Hawai‘i island, during the past month, I have embarked on a fine art project goal to collage a series of diptychs for exhibition in January 2019. I started at the end — the ‘Ōhiʻa Lehua flower that is one of the first plants to naturally emerge and grow out of a fresh lava field.

I am reserving all the collages for the exhibit, and, therefore, they are not for purchase until that time.  Please click on the PAINTINGS menu tab to see more!

~ Rebekah








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