Art of the Is­land

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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.

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.

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.

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