STATEMENTS IN NEWSPAPER INTERVIEW BY GEORGE ELLIS, RETIRED DIRECTOR OF THE HONOLULU ACADEMY OF ARTS (RETIRED IN 2003)- MOVING TO FLORIDA
from The Honolulu Advertiser, December 2, 2005
THE ART MARKET IN HAWAII
There are so many great artists working here. Exposure for the artists is the problem, because there is not a major urban center where they can show. The talent is here, but not the exposure.
ON ARTISTS IN HAWAII
Don't lose sight of the fact that you are good - no, wonderful - and your art is as good as, or better than, anything on the Mainland. Keep getting it out there like the artists on the Mainland do. Take enormous pride in how good you really are.
COMMENT BY RODNEY CHANG
Like the high price of living, artists pay a price to create in paradise - tropical islands in the middle of no where. Don't like the odds? The lack of getting any recognition worth the cost and effort? Tired of kissing a--? Then leave before it's too late for your career! Relocate to New York City or L.A. if you dare to think you're good enough.