Sunday, April 14, 2013
April 27 It's one of Honolulu’s biggest annual street festivals. The festival will be several blocks along Waikiki’s Kalakaua Avenue from Lewers Street to the Outrigger Waikiki Hotel. Food tents and vendors will be along the route and stages will feature various local entertainers. Come early and stop by the Art on the Zoo Fence before the festival starts. Don't forget about the free parking in the lot at Kapiolani Park. The event runs from 4 to 10 p.m.
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SURF ART BY PAUL A. FORNEY Art on the Zoo Fence
Paul was born and raised in Hawaii. He has been creating his artwork since he was just a young boy in school. His pastimes were going to the beach and drawing. Paul finished school, married, and had two sons, Adam and Daniel. He enjoys painting anything on a very large scale, including theatrical backdrops, murals, and supergraphics on water towers. Paul has a special talent for envisioning an idea and painting it on a surface. Paul's Bone Yard Reef artwork has been seen in the form of comics, stickers, and T-shirts, along with his paintings since 1972. He implements environmental stories into his comics to promote awareness of the need to keep the oceans of the world clean and the animals that live there in harmony. He has designed a swim fin to help lifeguards in Hawaii propel themselves quickly and effortlessly through the water, thus saving lives. Paul enjoys all types of painting and he has developed a substantial collection of his Bone Yard Reef artwork along with his tropical scenery. He has converged the two types of artwork into one, creating paintings that are both realistic and unique at the same time, unlike any other. Meet Paul in person every Saturday and Sunday from 9:00am - 3:00pm in Waikiki along the Zoo Fence
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Featured Artist Lydia Matias aka "Poor Lydia"
Since coming to Hawaii, Lydia has been capturing the people, the little Hawaiian churches, and the nostalgia of Hawaii in the bright colors of her acrylic paintings. Her paintings are as colorful as her life has been, and they bring a smile when people look at them. Lydia is originally from New York City. When she was 17 she won a scholarship at the Art Student League in New York City. But her painting really started when she moved to the South. She had no furniture in the house, and would invite the customers to come to view her paintings all laid out on the floor. That, combined with the fact that she had moved to a poorer area of the country led to her alias "Poor Lydia", and the name just stuck down to today. While in the south, someone suggested she take her paintings to New Orleans to Jackson Square to sell. When she arrived in New Orleans, she walked into the first gallery she saw and the gallery bought all of her paintings. From then on she worked with many galleries throughout the south and had many exhibitions. Lydia worked with an agent for some time. Some highlights of her art career were selling a painting to Refrigerator Perry of the Chicago Bears, along with painting a backdrop for one of the Orders in Mardi Gras. Twenty years ago she moved to Hawaii. During the past 20 years she has continued in her art career as well as taught art to the mentally challenged and was beloved by her students. Make sure to ask for "Poor Lydia" the next time you visit Art on the Zoo Fence in Waikiki. Historical Anecdotes Several years ago a group of Ukranian art students came to Oahu to exhibit their art. Upon arrival they found the art show was canceled. Highly disappointed, their organizers found Art on the Zoo Fence and asked if they could have a space to exhibit the student's art. It was agreed upon, not realizing that there were 20 students in the exhibition. It was a little crowded, but they put up the Ukranian flag and they showed as much of their art as they could. The children were very excited to spend time with the Hawaii artists and to see their own art exhibited there as well. What’s Happening in Kapiolani Park in February EVENT: Kai Backyard Jam DATE: February 22, 2009 TIME: 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm VENUE: Kapiolani Park Bandstand ORGANIZER: Coalition for a Drug-Free Hawaii Waikiki Artfest, FEB 23-24 (Sat-Sun) Kapiolani Park, by the Bandstand, 9 am - 4 pm Featuring artists and handcrafters, music & food. 70-100 booths. Forward to Friend Here are two of Lydia's favorite paintings - The Royal Hawaiian and Hanalei Church.Lydia's work has been featured in Hawaiian Airlines, published by Mutual Publishing, shown at the La Belle Galerie in New Orleans and many other galleries on the mainland.
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