ArtI sland of the

101 Things to Do (Big Island) - - SHOPPING -

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.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.