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Inspired by the spectacular, uncut beauty of this one-of-a-kind island, Big Island artists are pumping out artwork as varied as the landscape and as prolific as the lava that flows from Madame Pele’s volcano. Original works can be found almost everywhere – in large, high end galleries like Wyland Kona Oceanfront Gallery, in small, specialty shops like Hawai‘i Titanium Rings and Cindy Coats Gallery, or in outdoor markets like Ali`i Gardens Marketplace.Take a walk along Ali`i Drive in Kailua-Kona for a good look at the art of the island.
Wyland Kona Oceanfront Gallery
Marine life is the dominant theme at Wyland Kona Oceanfront Gallery. Seascapes and sculptures showcase the work of renown artist Wyland, and mingle with a diverse collection of nine other accomplished artists. Wyland, who has gained celebrity for the marine life murals he has painted on walls throughout the world, completed his 100th and largest canvas last year with a nearly two-mile long mural in the Beijing Olympic InternationalSculpture Park. The expansive gallery on Kailua Bay features museum quality, original artwork and is owned by Mark Hanna and his wife, Diane. Hanna has a long relationship with Wyland having managed galleries for the artist for more than 10 years.
Jill’s Hot Stuff
At Jill’s Hot Stuff in Ali’i Gardens Marketplace, you can find hand-crafted, beaded toe thongs and toe rings. Until you’ve had a pair of these things, you can’t possibly know how hot your feet can look. Toe thongs are great for barefoot weddings and other occasions when a pedicure isn’t quite enough. Owner Jill Ernst, a New York transplant, developed her product out of a belief that bare feet should be beautiful – particularly in Hawai`i.
Hawai‘i Titanium Rings
Strong, lightweight and virtually maintenance-free, titanium is being used more and more in the production of designer jewelry. The owners of Hawai‘i Titanium Rings, Jerry and Chris Guire, were among the first in the world to design rings made from titanium. One of the fastest growing segments of the titanium jewelry market is engagement and wedding rings. The owners of Hawai‘i Titanium Rings design and craft their jewelry in a small sidewalk stall on Ali`i Drive in the Kona Inn Shopping Village. A nearby outdoor gallery and an outlet in the Kings’ Shops display a large collection of the versatile rings.
Cindy Coats Gallery
Cindy Coats is a prolific and versatile artist who operates from a gallery across from the pier and the King Kamehamea Hotel in Kailua-Kona. Coats, owner of the Cindy Coats Gallery, works in a variety of mediums to create the bright, cheerful prints that hang in her gallery. Formerly, the owner of an Albuquerque studio, Coats and her husband moved to Kona in 1996. You can find her in her gallery Tuesdays through Saturdays.