Hawaii art book spreads seeds of Aloha

  • Fifty of Hawaii’s master artists are featured in the new book. (COURTESY PHOTO)

Throughout history, artists have documented and reflected the times around them, and the artists selected for the newly released coffee table book, “Aloha Expressionism by Contemporary Hawaii Artists,” are doing just that. Through the art and stories of 50 of Hawaii’s master artists told by award-winning author Lynda McDaniel, the book offers what its curator and producer, Tiffany DeEtte Shafto, calls “seeds of Aloha” — spreading positive inspiration into the world.

To meet the gifted artists in person, a book signing is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. at The Henderson Design Group in The Shops at Mauna Lani on Thursday, Dec. 3. There, books can be autographed and the event includes talk story at 5:30 p.m. with local featured artists Mary Spears, Ellen Crocker, Cliff Johns, Timothy Allan Shafto, Kate and Will Jacobson, and David Reisland.

“Witnessing those moments when people fall for a beautiful work of art showed me the kind of happiness that art brings, and I think the world could really use more joy, happiness, and Aloha spirit right now,” Shafto says.

She is excited about the potential her latest book and the related exhibits hold. “I’m inspired by this amazing group of people. Their art work, processes and stories will inspire generations to come,” Shafto says. “There’s no doubt that an art movement is emerging here. We call it Aloha Expressionism, and it’s teeming with artwork full of beauty and joy, inspired by living in this special place. We felt it was time to capture the essence of this contemporary art movement in Hawaii.”

The book is available at Big Island Glass &Art Gallery in Honokaa, Waimea’s Gallery of Great Things, Wishard Gallery, Isaacs Art Center, and Costco in Kona.

To attend the event, RSVP by Nov. 30 at [email protected]. Additional details about the book can be found at http://alohaexpressionism.com/.

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