Pomogranate Window by  Satoko Dung

     Happy New Year! We hope that 2005 started off well for you! The images
in this month's e-newsletter are from the special HWS exhibit at the Academy
Arts Center at Linekona. Quite a few AHA members showed their works in the
exhibit that opened this month.


            Did you know that the AHA is 79 years old this year? Iharo
Hironaka formed it in 1926, one year before the Honolulu Academy of Arts
opened. The population of Honolulu was about 150,000 at that time. In our
records, I reviewed a list of past presidents and members and recognized
many illustrious names such as Madge Tennent, John Young and Juliette May
Fraser. It's so great seeing names of people who have supported AHA for so
many years and who are still on our roster: Mandell Andres, Barbara Betts,
Susan Brooks, Rodney (Pygoya) Chang, Gloria Foss, Susan Rogers-Aregger,
Elisabeth Knoke-Dieckvoss, Ruth Laird Pistor, Ramsay, Ron Kent.the list goes

            Dale Laitinen NWS, California watercolor artist, will be giving
a free watercolor demonstration on February 5, 2005 at the Kaneohe Yacht
Club at 10:00 a.m. The public is invited to attend this first annual
gathering of the year for AHA. Please call 239-6066 for more information or
to RSVP. This event is in collaboration with the Pogan Gallery and Pogan Art
Workshops of Lake Tahoe, California. Do a "Google" on Dale Laitinen. There's
quite a bit of information on him on the internet as he is a signature
member of Watercolor West and the National Watercolor Society, and has had
many articles written by or about him. Mary Mitsuda sent a link to one of
her favorite sites on the web where she found some interesting info on Dale'
s watercolor palette/choice of pigments:

      Earthbound: An Awakening   Patrice Federspiel


      Forgetting-A Portrait of Alzheimer's

      Artist:  Bridgette Adams
     I've been slow in changing out the material on the website, but it
shouldn't be too long before we will be looking at new artists and new
images. Be sure to check back towards the end of the month when we will be
featuring two fiber artists: Liz Kent and Charlene Hughes. Charlene "cleaned
up" at the AHA Fall Show two years ago by walking away with prizes for her
quilts made with antique silk kimono fabric. These two fine artists give us
yet another perspective on the creative process.

            If you would like to have a picture album of your work on our
website, email a maximum of eight digital pictures to me and I'll put them
up there.


                                                        Shadow Pattern
Yosuko Abeshima

            At our annual fall show two years ago, one of the jurors was
Snowden Hodges. (He has a very beautiful painting of a dendrobium plant
hanging at the Hawaii State Art Museum.) Snowden teaches a sell-out summer
painting course called The Atelier program at Windward Community College. It
runs for six weeks starting in June. The program is patterned after the
method of classical training of the 17th century. It focuses on intensive
training in the techniques of realistic drawing and painting, drawing from
live models, and developing the discipline to perceive and render light,
tone and form accurately. It is the only Atelier program in the state. If
you are interested in learning the painting techniques of the old masters,
do register early for this class by calling the art department at the WCC

            Ulu        Snowden Hodges


            Another AHA artist offers a plein air workshop on Maui or in
France. Julie Houck's workshop, "Capturing Light and Color en Plein Air," is
for artists of any level who want to improve their understanding of how to
better capture the essence of color, light, composition and atmosphere in
their plein air paintings. The France workshop will be based in the tiny
French medieval village of Siorac-en-Perigord, in the beautiful unspoiled
Dordogne Valley in the south of France.

            Maui Hawaii February 21-25, Cost: $385.00

            Siorac-en- Perigord, Dordogne Valley France

            June 4-18 (one-week sessions available), June 4-11, June 11-18).

            Cost: Two weeks $2,200; one week $1,200, includes 14 (7) nights
en suite accommodation, (10) 5 days painting workshop instruction. To ensure
maximum individual attention, enrollment is limited to ten participants. AHA
members receive a 10% discount on workshop fees.

            Contact Julie at 1-808-873-0597 (outer island number) or email
her at

            She is also listed in our membership roster on the web.

            Kula Garden                     Julie Houck



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