Larry Tonogan was born and raised on Oahu but lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for the past 30 years. He returned to Hawaii three years ago, but choosing to retire on Maui. Educated at the University of Hawaii Architectural program, Larry ended up in the engineering field in California. He minored in Art at UH dabbling in architectural renderings and life drawings. While living in California, Larry studied for two years with a Sensei from Japan on the art of Ikebana at the California Flower Art Academy. Larry is not a certified Ikebana instructor, but is allowed to share his knowledge. Sharing knowledge is one of the key concepts of Ikebana. For the past six years, Larry has been giving classes to students of all ages, in freestyle flower arranging. Freestyle arranging is not affiliated with any specific school of Ikebana but follows all the main concepts. The intent is to teach students how to manipulate plant material and arrange them in a simple yet elegant way using readily available sources. Students would not be able to enter an arrangement in an Ikebana exhibition. Larry is also the founder of the Haiku Flower Art Association (HFAA). HFAA is a non-profit organization with the goal of sharing resources and knowledge of flower arranging within its membership.
Valentin Miro-Quesada is an oil painter and mixed media artist who got his start in the visual arts at three years old in the Hui’s Tiny Hands class. A graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Painting & Printmaking, Valentin enjoys sharing his diverse talents with Camp Kaluanui keiki!
Maria Dougherty is originally from the East Coast and now teaches art at Haiku and Pukalani Elementary Schools. Maria has worked with children of all ages in both educational and recreational settings. Maria enjoys creating a safe, engaging, and inspiring place for children to explore and discover a wide variety of art media.
Tania Arens was born in NYC in and raised in Germany. She studied painting at the Staedelschule/Frankfurt and then learned the art of tattooing and traveled extensively until she settled in Hawai‘i where she rediscovered her German grandparents’ trade: printmaking. Currently, she works in printmaking, painting and tattooing.
Heather O'Shaughnessy is a fine artist and arts educator skilled in several artistic media, including ceramic arts, wax sculpture, illustration, watercolor, block printing and fine paper cutting. Growing up in St. Louis Missouri, she started her journey as an artist as a child through classes offered by community based, non-profit art institutions just like the Hui, which inspires her deep appreciation of community supported art programs. She continued to broaden her studies of the ceramic arts and in 2006 created a collection of vintage inspired, functional ceramic ware and hand enameled porcelain jewelry. She enjoys the study of rare art techniques such as layered porcelain painting and enameling and the art of Dresden lace, an art technique almost totally lost with the destruction of most of the porcelain houses and factories during the bombings of Dresden in World War II. She also spent many years experimenting with ceroplastics, the art of modeling and casting in wax, and as part of the Pop Surrealist movement, she exhibits her wax relief sculptures internationally. She is the proud mother of an 11 year old daughter (also a burgeoning artist) that attends Maui Preparatory Academy in Napili and in their free time, they’re usually creating art!
Watercolor artist Kathleen Alexander has lived in Haiku, Maui with her husband since 2010. Kathleen teaches watercolor painting workshops in Hawai‘i and on the U.S. mainland. Her artwork has been accepted into watercolor exhibitions around the globe. She was a featured artist in the April 2010 issue of Watercolor Artist magazine and had an article published in the June 2014 issue. She is included in Splash 12, Splash 14, Splash 15, Splash 16, and Splash 18 to be published in 2017 (North Light Books, publisher). Kathleen is represented in Maui by the Village Galleries and was accepted into Art Maui in 2011 and 2012.
Terry Lopez received her MFA in drawing, painting and printmaking from California State University at Fullerton where she also taught for several years before moving back to Maui in 2009. In addition to many group and solo shows in California, Terry has been involved in the art scene on Maui as both a plein air and abstract painter. Her work has been exhibited at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Viewpoints Gallery, and Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center and hangs in collections in Europe, the mainland and as well as other galleries in Hawaii. Terry enjoys teaching both painting and drawing to all levels of students!
Robynn Smith lives and works in the Monterey Bay Area of California. She earned her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and her MA and MFA from San Jose State University. She is currently the Chair of Two Dimensional Fine Arts at Monterey Peninsula College. Notable workshop teaching and residencies include: Donkey Mill Art Center, Honolulu Printmakers, Landscape Arts Research in Queenstown, Tasmania, Open Studio in Toronto, Kala Art Institute, Anderson Ranch Art Center, Snowmass Village, Frans Masereel Centrum and Rhode Island School of Design. She is the founder of Blue Mouse Studios in Aptos, CA and International Print Day in May. Robynn exhibits her prints and mixed media paintings nationally and internationally, in museums, educational art institutions, and galleries. robynnsmith.com
Dawn Emerson has been exploring the possibilities of pastels for over twenty years, always seeking to expand the expressive range of the medium. Her work with monotypes and other forms of printmaking has opened new vistas and imagery that she shares generously with her students. As a teacher, she is always exploring how new tools, techniques, and processes like monotypes can nurture the creative growth of her students. Dawn’s work has won many international awards and she has been featured in many artist books and magazines. dawnemerson.com
Roger Whitlock has been painting in watercolor since 1985. He is a signature member of the Hawai‘i Watercolor Society and the Northwest Watercolor Society. Since 1992, he has had over thirty solo shows and has participated in many group shows in Hawai‘i, on the mainland, and abroad. In 2008, he was named by Honolulu Magazine as one of nine Hawai‘i artists to collect. He teaches watercolor regularly at the Honolulu Museum of Art School. rogerwhitlock.com
Kristy Gordon has ten years of experience teaching and conducting painting workshops, lectures, and classes throughout North America. She has taught at numerous institutions and academies including the New York Academy of Art, the National Academy in NYC, and the Academy of Realist Art in Ottawa. Kristy exhibits her work internationally and has earned numerous awards including the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant and an Exceptional Merit Award from the Portrait Society of America. She has been widely featured in magazines, art publications, radio and television shows, including International Artist, Fine Art Connoisseur, The Artist’s Magazine, Southwest Art and Bravo!’s Star Portraits. Her paintings hang in over 500 public and private collections worldwide. Kristy is represented by Stricoff Fine Art in New York City, Grenning Gallery in Sag Harbor and Cube Gallery in Ottawa, Canada. kristygordon.com
Mele Kahalepuna Chun started learning featherwork at the early age of 5 from her tutu, “Aunty” Mary Louise Kaleonahenahe Wentworth Peck Kekuewa, a renowned feather lei master. Mele taught classes and workshops along side her tutu and mom, Paulette Nohealani Kahalepuna, and gave talks, lectures, and ran workshops for them when they were not available. Today, Mele carries on her family legacy, runs the family shop Na Lima Mili Hulu No‘eau with great pride and knows that her tutu and mom are with her every step of the way. Mele still has her first lei hulu in her Kapahulu store! featherlegacy.com
Charles Cohan received his MFA in printmaking from the Cranbrook Academy of Art. He has taught workshops at the Rochester Institute of Technology, Pilchuck Glass School, Anderson Ranch Art Center, Pyramid Atlantic, Whanganui Polytechnic in New Zealand, Canberra Glassworks/Megalo Printmakers, and the University of South Australia. He has received research grants from the U.S. Department of State, the Helpmann Foundation, and the Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts. He currently chairs the printmaking department at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. charlescohan.com
Ira Ono is an internationally known, multi-faceted visual and performing artist who is well known in Hawai‘i for his fresh and innovative work featuring a wide range of media and subject matter. His works are featured in the Hawai‘i State Art Museum and private collections in the United States, Europe and Japan. Ira is the founder/owner of Volcano Garden Arts and the founder of annual “Trash Art” shows on Oahu, Maui, and the Big Island. iraono.com
James Bailey earned his B.F.A. from the University of Minnesota and his M.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is currently an artist and Professor in the School of Art at the University of Montana. In 1998, he established Matrix Press, which brings in nationally recognized artists to collaborate in the production of limited edition prints and he is also one of the co-founders for the Annual Day of the Dead Steamroller Print Project (now moving into its fifteenth year!). As an artist, James continues his research into both traditional and experimental approaches in printmaking. James has exhibited his work nationally and internationally in over 300 exhibitions and national print portfolios across 35 states as well as Estonia, France, China, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. His work can be found in numerous public and private collections including those of the Walker Art Center, New York Public Library, Jundt Art Museum, Boise Art Museum, Mesa Arts Center, Hillard University Art Museum and Sioux City Arts Center among others. James was interviewed for the full length documentary film on printmaking titled Midwest Matrixand he serves on the board for the Printmaking Legacy Project. Learn more at jamesbaileyart.com
Michael Javalde was born in the Philippines and at the age of six, he moved to Hawaii where he currently resides. He graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a BFA degree with a photography focus. Michael's photographic work primarily uses both color and black & white analogue photography and alternative photographic techniques. Much of his work draw inspirations from the complex and enigmatic human psyche and the human condition. He is also trained in the marks-making techniques of traditional printmaking, i.e. intaglio, relief, lithography as well as screen printing and digital media. Michael is the Hui's Exhibitions Coordinator and a Teaching Artist for youth and adult programs.
Edward Baldwin got back into photography with a DSLR soon after moving back to Maui in 2007. He has enjoyed recognition in many of Maui’s galleries including Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center, Viewpoints Gallery, and the Schaefer International Gallery. With an ongoing interest in improving his skills through education and practical application, he is proficient in Photoshop as well as many other software applications designed for today’s digital photography. He is often seen roaming the island with camera in hand capturing the infinite beauty of Maui 24/7 as noted by many of his photos taken after sundown. You can click here to visit his Flickr page (with over 30,000 views) that showcases many of his favorites and includes images from Bali, China, and Japan. Quite a few of these images were taken and processed exclusively with his iPhone, validating that the “best” camera is the one you have with you.
Ian Tremewen’s work reflects his interest in light, space, and shadow. His abstract interpretation of the amorphic shapes of nature coupled with his design and composition enable him to present a perspective that is distinctly his own. Ian’s work has been exhibited in Australia, Canada, and the United States and is included in the collections of the Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts.