Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Gallery Hopping with Marilyn Monroe and Michael Jordan Hologram

Martina (left) and artist Eileen (right) with larger-than-life "Aloha Marilyn Monroe" Portrait.

After rising to the sounds of the tropical birds in our jungle hide-a-way, Eileen Borgeson and I drove to the Kona side of the island to The Gallery (http://www.thegalleryhwv.com/) at the Hilton Waikoloa Village and met with Martina Stephens, the gallery director. Carolyn Chase, of the Chase and Hanes Gallery in Hilo arranged the meeting and she and Peter Sieg of Maalea Press (http://www.maaleapress.net/) joined us in the adventure. Carol and Martina are long time friends and used to work together at this Gallery so it was a casual and informal visit which very much included the Aloha spirit.

We viewed various art editions of Eileen's, including: several different "Aloha Marilyn Monroe" giclee prints-one larger than life and one with 3 images of Marilyn with different colored backgrounds- bronze sculptures (Ascention Bronze and the Muse of Creativity Bronze/AKA: Promax Muse Award) and "Astroid embossed Hologram" (an E-HoloPrint card produced by Letterhead Press - http://www.letterheadpress.com/).

We also looked at several holograms from my collection, including: Sports Illustrated's Holographic "Michael Jordon" Cover and a projected digital holographic mini-movie of a face morphing/opening into the muscles and the skeleton. Very cool.

The Gallery had one of the most extensive and stunning displays of original art by local Big Island Artists. It's sad that this 'economical adjustment' we're going through has had it's effects on some areas of the art market...especially affecting the artists that are creating such amazing imagery. This is certainly the time to acquire art with the prices lowered by the artist reflecting their sensitivity to the current economic climate.

Next, down the street to the Genesis Galleries in the Kings Shops Waikoloa and Queens Market Place where we briefly met with Vera Kirkpatrick, who, with her husband John, own their three galleries on the Kona side. Eileen was particularly taken by some of their unique museum quality and glass art pieces. The emerging and seasoned Glass artists are continually stretching the evelope of what's possible with the medium.

After that we drove from sunny Kona over the Saddle Road, which runs between Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa Volcanos to Hilo. The clouds cleared enough for us to see the observatories and some snow on the tops of both volcanoes. On our drive we brainstormed about the initial Hawaii launch of the "Aloha Marilyn Monroe" at Carolyn's gallery in Hilo the first part of May.

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