Thursday, December 27, 2012

Free Origami Peace Crane Workshop

Please join me at my studio, Painting Paradise, in Waimea on Sunday, December 30, 2012 at noon for an afternoon of Origami Peace Crane folding to honor the victims and families of Sandy Hook. No folding experience is needed as I will demonstrate and have directions handy. 

I will be serving tea and coffee and some pupus and will provide the paper.  Feel free to bring a snack to share and some origami paper (if you have any extra).  

Map to my studio:

Aloha and Peace,

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Art and Wine Thursdays

Aloha from the beautiful Kaua'i Beach Resort,

Our monthly Art & Wine event returns next week Thursday, December 6th ……and tonight we‘ve got something special for our attendees!
For the month of December we are featuring a special evening of Art & Sake!

About this month’s event…
The price to attend Art & Wine is $15 per person (tax & gratuity additional) which includes the wine tasting and a light menu of served appetizers.
This price also includes a dining coupon good for a 15% food discount off of any entrĂ©e purchased for dinner at the Naupaka Terrace.  The coupon will be good for 1 month from the date of this event and is not combinable with any other offer. It will be given out at the event to individuals who pay to attend - limit 1 coupon per person. This discount offers attendees a great opportunity to enjoy the art & wine, then stay on-site for dinner that evening or return later to dine.

About the Art
Kauai-based artist Marionette Taboniar will be on-site this evening with a mini-exhibition that includes her new collection of reverse acrylic paintings on plexiglass, featuring beautiful underwater scenes!  "Reverse" acrylic means it has to be painted in a reverse method from the normal way of painting.  In other words, the details have to be painted first with the background added last.  Marionette is currently painting underwater scenes of turtles and fish using this method and adds a touch of "gold" paint which gives the piece a sparkle when held in the light at the right angle.

Marionette fell in love with Kauai in 1992 and has been painting "Hawaiian Style" ever since.  Her works include the techniques of acrylics, encaustics, silk painting, watercolors, and pastels and can be found in public and private collections around the world.  Her latest commercial commission was "Tropical Bamboo II" a 22"x30" watercolor for Design Studio of Honolulu this summer.  She has also created numerous designs for Kauai Coffee Company.

For over five years Marionette has been operating her studio, Painting Paradise, in Waimea where she teaches a variety of classes.   In her spare time she enjoys fishing and going to the beach with her husband, Joe.  For more information about Marionette and her art, please visit

About the Sake Tasting
Our topic for the evening is "A Taste of Sake”.  Here are our featured wines:

˜™   RYO
Ryo is sprightly fresh sake smooth and luxurious as it enters, leading to a subtle bitterness for an impression of dry sake. 
Type:  Junmai Ginjo (Super Premium Grade)
Brewery:  Chiyomusubi Sake Brewery Co., Ltd.
Region:  Sanin, Tottori
Sake Meter Value:  +15 (Very Dry)
Alcohol:  16.2%
Polishing Rate:  Below 60%
Variety of Rice:  Not less than 15% of Koji rice
Serving Recommendations:  Chilled, Room Temperature

Made by a brief aging period and pasteurization right before bottling, Fresh and Light Namachozo is characterized by a refreshingly cool aroma and mild taste.  Smooth, mild sake with refreshing aroma, aged at a cool temperature before pasteurized.
Type:  Junmai Namachozo (aged for six months, pasteurized before bottling)
Brewery:  Tatsuuma-Honke Brewing Co., Ltd.
Region:  Kinki, Hyogo
Sake Meter Value:  +3 (Dry)
Alcohol:  13-14%
Polishing Rate:  70%
Variety of Rice:  Gohyakumangoku, Hyogo Yumenishiki
Serving Recommendations:  Chilled, Room Temperature
Food Pairing:  White fish sashimi, usuzukuri (thin sliced white fish), sukiyaki, teppanyaki

Ozeki Dry is a smooth, dry and light-bodied sake with refreshing fruity flavor.  Tastes best when served chilled.
Type:  Junmai (Made with only rice and water.)
Brewery:  Ozeki Sake (USA), Inc.
Sake Meter Value:  +8 (Pretty Dry)
Alcohol:  14.5%
Polishing Rate:  70%
Variety of Rice:  Short Grain S-102
Serving Recommendation:  Chilled
Food Pairing:  Fried Chicken, Seafood, Poured over Oysters

Non-filtered sake with rice flavor and mellow finish.  Velvety in texture with a pleasant fragrance of freshly steamed rice. This Nigori sake (roughly filtered sake) a traditional favorite. Creamy with a mild sweetness, this sake is deliciously unique.
Type:   Junmai Nigori (sake that has not been pressed fully from the fermenting rice solids)
Brewery:  Tatsuuma-Honke Brewing Co., Ltd.
Region:  Kinki, Hyogo
Sake Meter Value:  -13 (Very Sweet)
Alcohol:  14-15%
Polishing Rate:  60%
Variety of Rice:  Nihonbare, Koshihikari
Serving Recommendation:  Chilled
Food Pairing:  Yakitori, Japanese-style beef steak, tempura, fried foods

About the Food
Appetizers prepared by Executive Chef Mark Sassone and his culinary team will be served to accompany the featured wines of the evening.

About the Music
Live music with Jonah Cummings begins at 6:00 pm in Shutters Lounge that evening.

See you there!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Holiday Fine Art Festival - November 24, 2012

Women Artists of Kaua'i Holiday Fine Art Festival and Fundraiser 
Saturday, November 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Hanapepe United Church of Christ

Great holiday fun, food, live music, and shopping at the 4th Annual Holiday Fine Art Festival featuring original paintings, photography, pottery, sculpture, mixed media and more!  A portion of the proceeds will go directly to HUCC's Free Community Lunch program offered every Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 pm.

Participating artists include Patrice Pendarvis, Anna Skaradzinska, Dawn Lundquist, Helen Turner, Marionette Taboniar, Leslie Hagen, Caylin Spear, Donia Lilly, Debbie Barklow, and Rhonda Forsberg.

Live soothing guitar music will be provided by Dr. Matthew Miller.   Plus, The HUCC "Lanai Cafe" will be serving sandwiches, soups, salads, baked goods, and beverages. 

Admission to this fun, family event is free. The festival will be located at the Hanapepe United Church of Christ Fellowship Hall which is right next to the Hanapepe library.

The Women Artists of Kaua‘i promotes the works of female artists on the island while raising funds for local charities on Kaua‘i. All works are original, consisting of paintings, prints, photography, drawings, sculptures, mixed-media, metal, glass, fabric and textile art, or digital art.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Silen Art Auction and Art Exhibit Fundraiser

Silent Art Auction and Art Exhibit to Benefit Nana's House and Hale Ho'omalu
The Women Artists of Kaua'i will be having a special Silent Art Auction and Art Exhibit at the Kukui Grove art exhibition space on the weekend of September 14 through 16, 2012. The purpose of this event is to raise funds for Nana's House and Hale Ho'omalu (Child and Family Service)  which are both family support centers providing a food pantry, clothing closet, parenting classes, counseling, head start and healthy start programs, legal services and much, much more...and all for free to the community.
The opening reception and art auction will begin at 5 p.m. On Friday, September 14, and the winners of the art auction will be announced promptly at 8 p.m. One hundred percent of the art auction proceeds will be going directly to Nana's House and Hale Ho'omalu.
The art exhibit will continue through Sunday and twenty percent of the proceeds from all art sales will go to the charity. Hours for the art exhibit will be Friday, September 14 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, September 15 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, September 16 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
A big mahalo goes out to Kauai Society of Artists for use of their space, Kukui Grove, and the women artists who so graciously donated their art and time for this fundraiser.  For more information please visit or call Marionette at 808-631-9173.

Here's a sneak peak of some of the amazing art that will be featured this weekend:

 Donia Lilly's pastel painting "Blue-Violet II"
 Anna Skaradzinska's reverse acrylic on plexiglass "Egret Morning"
 Leslie Hagen's sculpture "Koi Pond Spitter 5"
Anna Skaradzinska's palm frond painting "Garden Snake"
Marionette Taboniar's encaustic painting "Exotic Bamboo I"

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Painting Plumerias in Watercolor

Painting Plumerias in Watercolor
an online painting class with Marionette
 This work at your own pace class begins on August 17, 2012

Have you ever wanted to paint gorgeous, sunlit, tropical flowers?  Well, this class is for you!  Whether you are a beginner or an advanced artist, I will demonstrate my techniques to create two vibrant plumeria paintings in this online class.  No drawing skills are necessary!

In this class you will receive my two reference photos to print out of the Pink Plumeria and Rainbow Plumeria.  Plus, you will receive my exact art supply list with links to the Blick Art Materials website.  This makes ordering your supplies easy, or you can use the links to see photos of what the supplies look like if you want to purchase them at your local arts and crafts store.

During the ten videos where I demonstrate the Pink Plumeria and eleven videos of the Rainbow Plumeria, you will gain an understanding of how to properly use quality watercolor supplies, how to correct mistakes, how to blend and shade the delicate plumeria petal, layering, and much, much more.  Plus, I will be available either by email or phone during the three weeks of the class to answer any questions and to provide additional assistance.

This is how the class works:

*All videos and emails will be available for at least three months after the end of the class so that you may work at your own speed.  The videos will be embedded in the email so that you just have to click the photo of the video to be taken to the actual video.  All videos in this class are "private" which means they are only available to those in the class.

*The first email for the class will go out on August 17, 2012 and will contain the reference photos for you to print out, the supply list, and the first video for the Pink Plumeria so you can start your first drawing.

*The second email will go out one week later on August 24, 2012 and will contain the next nine videos for the Pink Plumeria project.

*The third email will go out on August 31, 2012 and will contain the eleven videos for the Rainbow Plumeria project.

*Additional emails may be sent out to the class as necessary if there are any specific questions that need to be answered, etc...  Plus, I will ask that those of you who finish your paintings during the three weeks to send me a .jpg of your finished painting(s) for me to post in a final email to the class.  (This is strictly voluntary.)

*If you wish to have a private critique of your painting, just send me a .jpg of your painting attached in an email, and I will be happy to do so.

Class registration is now closed.
Stay tuned for a future class.

Mahalo for signing up and Happy Painting!!!
808.631.9173 (Please remember that I'm in the Hawaiian Time Zone)

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

2012 Summer Fine Art Festival

4th Annual Summer Fine Art Festival June 17, 2012

National Tropical Botanical Garden & Women Artists of Kaua‘i
4th Annual Summer Fine Art Festival 
on NTBG's ‘Ohana Day Sunday, June 17, 2012
from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Southshore Visitors Center

Come relax in a beautiful, tropical garden and treat yourself to a fun art festival where you can meet and talk story with some of Kauai's most prolific women artists.   Patrice Pendarvis, Caylin Spear, Donia Lilly, Lilian de Mello, Dawn Lundquist and Marionette Taboniar will be discussing their creative process and some may even demonstrate.   Plus, gallery quality art will be for sale in a variety of styles and mediums with a portion of the proceeds supporting NTBG.

Live Hawaiian music will be provided by Mahea and Friends from 10 a.m. to noon and Dr. Matthew Miller will sooth us with his relaxing guitar music from noon to 2 p.m.  We will also have on site Chalupa's Mexican Food where you can order up  authentic tamales, burritos, tacos, enchiladas and more! 

The Southshore Visitors Center is located across from Spouting Horn at 4425 Lawa‘i Rd, Po‘ipu.  For more info call the Center at 742-2433.

The mission of the National Tropical Botanical Garden is to enrich life through discovery, scientific research, conservation & education by perpetuating the survival of plants, ecosystems, & cultural knowledge of tropical regions.

The Women Artists of Kaua‘i promotes the works of female artists on the island while raising funds for local charities on Kaua‘i. All works are original, consisting of paintings, prints, photography, drawings, sculptures, pottery, mixed-media, metal, glass, fabric and textile art, or digital art.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Paint Our Garden

Paint Our Garden
Sunday, May 20, 2012 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
at National Tropical Botanical Gardens Southshore Visitor Center
(across from Spouting Horn in Poipu)
(808) 742-2433

Choose from one of three art classes to participate in and/or watch two professional artists plein air paint on site.

Watercolor Landscapes with Patrice Pendarvis: All materials are included and beginners are welcome. $50.  Limit of eight students.  To register, call Patrice at (808) 635-2930.

Painting Exotic Tropical Flowers in Watercolor with Marionette:  All materials are included and beginners are welcome. $40.  Limit of eight students.  To register, call Marionette at (808) 631-9173.

Plein Air Oil Painting with Dawn Lundquist: All materials are included and beginners are welcome. $57.  Limit of seven students.  To register, call Dawn at (808) 635-2785.

Plus, Live Plein Air Painting on site with watercolorist, Emily Miller and pastel artist, Helen Turner!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Women Artists of Kauai Art Studio Tour 2012

1st Annual Artist's Studio Tour 2012

Printable PDF Map 

Come join 11 artists at 7 locations from Princeville to Waimea town for the Women Artists of Kauai 1st Annual Artists' Studio Tour! Admission for this event is free and 20% of all sales will be donated to the Zonta Club of Hanalei's Scholarship fund. The self-driving tour is on Saturday Feb 25th and Sunday Feb 26th - times vary according to individual studios.  The group would like to thank our generous sponsors for making this event possible: the Midweek, the Zonta Club of Hanalei, Savage Pearls, and Na Pali Properties. We hope to see you in our studios!