Sally French has maintained her studio on Kaua‘i for 31 years and is an experienced artist and art educator. Known for her dark humor and exploration of diverse materials, Sally now focuses on the monotype process and hosting artists in her Double Dog Dare Studio. A longtime exhibiting artist with over 35 solo shows, including two at The Contemporary Museum in Honolulu, her paintings, prints, photographs and installations have been exhibited in over 40 group shows including the catalogued national traveling exhibit “Comic Release” curated by Barbara Bloemink and Vicky Clark; “Pop!” at Heidi Cho Gallery, NYC; and “Paper Now!” at I Space Gallery, Chicago, IL. Sally has taught art in the San Francisco Unified School District and lectured as a visiting artist at Print Press, Denton, TX; Denver School for the Arts; the Art Institute of Chicago; and Eastern Illinois University. She has also taught at Penland School of Crafts, Asheville, NC; The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, HI; and Maui Arts and Culture Center. sallyfrench.com
Ha‘amauliola “Ha‘a” Makua Aiona has fifteen years of teaching experience at Waiakea High School and Ke Kula ‘O Nawahīokalaniʻōpu‘u (Nawahī). At Nawahī, Ha‘amauliola has established a Holistic Hawaiian Language and Cultural Arts Program called Mahu‘ilani that focuses on sharing the traditional arts. She has over 20 years of experience in the art of ‘ohe kapala and has been a hula student for over 25 years and an instructor for kumu hula Johnny Lum Ho in Halau O Ka Ua Kani Lehua for 15 years. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Hawaiian Studies, a Masters of Education, and is a certified teacher through the Kahuawaiola Indigenous Teacher Education Preparation Program. Kala‘i Aiona is a native to Hawai‘i Island and participated in the pioneering Hawaiian Language Medium Education Program in Hilo. A part of the first class at Pūnana Leo o Hilo, Ke Kula Kaiapuni ‘O Keaukaha, and a graduate of Ke Kula ‘O Nawahīokalani‘ōpu‘u, his true passion derives from his love of the ‘aina and meakanu Hawai‘i or native Hawaiian plants. Kala‘i holds a Bachelor of Science in agri-business and has experience as a Hawaiian ethnobotany teacher. He enjoys sharing his knowledge of plants, their uses, and the various Hawaiian crafts that can be created from them.
Patricia Tuton earned her BS in Education and MFA at the University of Colorado. She has taught for the University of Colorado, University of Kansas, King County Arts, Yakima Valley College, and the City of Kirkland. She exhibits her work regularly and enjoys teaching all levels of watercolor, acrylics, and mixed media.
Arlene Mornick is a Master Instructor for Art Clay World and teaches metal clay in several locations in the San Francisco Bay Area as well as at many annual festivals held throughout the country including Glass Craft and Bead Expo in Las Vegas, NV and Bead & Button in Milwaukee, WI. Her step-by-step, project articles appear frequently in Jewelry Artist/Lapidary Journal magazine. As a teacher, she loves to help individuals find their creative side and learn to express themselves in new ways! lemordesigns.com
Jeff Juhlin is a nationally recognized artist known for his encaustic and mixed media painting and printmaking work that evokes a meditative and grounded exploration of color, space and mark making. Jeff has been working with encaustic for over 15 years and has completed residencies and fellowships at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts and Moulin Au Neuf, Auvillar France. His work is included in numerous national and international exhibitions including recent exhibits in France and Korea. Born in Salt Lake City, Jeff studied at the University of Utah and the Bellas Artes, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and holds a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. Jeff’s work has been featured in several publications including Encaustic With A Textile Sensibility by Daniela Woolf and Encaustic Art in the 21st Century by Anne Lee & Ashley Rooney. He is represented in galleries in Salt Lake City, Denver, Scottsdale, and Santa Fe. Jeff lives and works in Salt Lake City and Torrey, Utah. jeffjuhlin.com
Jennifer Roberts Almodova has been a faculty member at San Francisco Academy of Art University since 1991. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art from Scripps College in Claremont, California and her Master’s degree in Sculpture from San Francisco State University. She has 28 years of experience as an exhibiting artist and visual designer and is an educator in design, color theory, watercolor painting and sculpture. Jennifer teaches painting workshops in California, Hawai‘i, Italy, and France and exhibits internationally with work in collections across the United States, Europe, and Asia. A partial listing of collectors includes the Bank of Tokyo, Pacific Bell, Bill Graham Presents (Live Nation), the collection of Ruth Asawa, and the collection of Stephen DeStaebler. jenniferrobertsalmodova.com
Robert Regis Dvorák presents workshops and lectures on creativity, drawing, and painting for colleges, universities and art centers. He is the author of The Magic of Drawing, Drawing Without Fear, Experiential Drawing, The Practice of Drawing as Meditation, Travel Drawing and Painting and The Pocket Drawing Book. He is the author of “Twenty Minutes to a Beautiful Figure” featured in Watercolor: An American Artist Publication. He has presented his workshops for the University of California Santa Cruz, Foothill and De Anza Colleges, the University of Hawai‘i, the Palo Alto Art Center and others. youcreate.com
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