Featured Artists of Puka Boutique & Gallery…
One of our newest additions to the Halele‘a artist ohana. Kailua’s Jamie Allen. Jamie R Allen is a fine arts artist who specializes in mixed media. She graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2005 with a BFA in Fine Arts and received her MFA from Montclair State University in New Jersey. After graduating she began teaching at the collage level and continued her painting. In the summer of 2010 Jamie moved to Hawai‘i where she is now an adjunct professor at Hawaii Pacific University. Jamie continues to paint and is represented by galleries both in Hawaii, New Jersey and Rhode Island. Jamies focus is on a subject matter that is gathered from Jamie’s daily encounters with the world around her that resonate beauty, time, land and the cycle of life. Examples can range from tiny seeds, berries, and or a wide range of flowers weather exotic or common. She is especially inspired by color combinations and surface textures. Jamie combines all this gathered information to create her own artistic images that mix both past and present with a more hopeful and beautiful future.
We are thrilled to carry Jamie Allens original mixed media and a small collection of her limited edition giclee’s. With her work being quite popular please contact us for the most current pieces. Aloha nui loa.
The glowing images painted by Pepe evoke a feeling of serenity. Pepe’s work offers a glimpse of true Hawaii through objectifying moments of warm light and an enduring love for the beautiful Aina ( land ). His focus on the movement of light shows Hawaii in a most unique and beautiful way. Pepe is a self-taught artist and has quickly become one of Hawaii’s most sought after artists. After years of studying the monochromatic values of light in black and white, Pepe continues to work in oils in the full color spectrum.
Steve Mei –
Steve Mei is an internationally collected artist and is best known for his evocative signature series titled “tropical deco”. Within this series, Mei creates uniquely bold and distinctively beautiful works depicting his beloved Kauai and the Islands of Hawaii. This series of works incorporates Mei’s stunning use of nostalgic island subject matter with bold, bright colors to create works both contemporary and traditional. Mei’s abilities as a graphic artist are also evident in his exquisite pen and ink renderings of island life.
Cher McMacken –
Cher’s background as an artist began as a young girl in Spokane,WA with oil painting lessons taught by her neighbor. She continued to study the arts throughout collage and boasts a life full of studying art, teaching art, painting and traveling the world. For fifteen years Cher’s focus was on mural art. Since moving to Kauai a few years back, Cher began to work on canvas, focusing on her passion for Kauai colors and the natural beauty of the islands. Her paintings capture the serene essence found within the beauty of Kauai.
Adrienne Mierzwa -
Adrienne Mierzwa works in a variety of media including oil and watercolor painting, drawing and printmaking. Her most recent collection, “visions of Hawaii” a series of original oils paintings done on linen, showcase Mierzwa’s delicate movement with her paintbrush and use of stunning Kauai colors. Mierzwa’s “goal in painting is to distill my feelings about a particular subject into a picture that will convey them to the paintings viewer, and hopefully evoke the same feelings, while exploring the use of color and composition. I love the process of putting paint on canvas and the beautiful effects it can create.”
Jenifer Prince can often be found on the pier at Hanalei Bay with her canvas and her paints. It Jeni’s ability to paint the way Kauai looks and feels has lead her to become one of Kauai’s most collected plein air artists. Her work can be seen at Halele‘a Gallery. Jenifer is also available for commissions. She has painted “house portraits” for many clients around the country. Jenifer is also available private showings.
Frank Pullano Woodworks
Know for using some of the curliest Koa found throughout the Hawaiian Islands. Frank Pullano is one of Hawai‘i’s best woodworkers. Specializing in custom furniture, Frank welcomes people to his workshop daily to show them how he creates his furniture pieces. Amongst his resume of custom Koa entertainment centers that look as if they are built for Kings, Frank also specializes in Koa paddles. In Hawaii giving a gift of a koa paddle is a significant symbol that lies within tradition. Franks work can be seen at Halele‘a Gallery or contact the gallery for your private showing up at Frank’s Kalaheo Studio.
Saim Caglayan was born in Istanbul, Turkey and came to the United States in 1968 to study Architecture. After three years his interest changed and he went on to complete his BA degree in Sculpture from California State University, Long Beach. He then took further graduate courses in art from California State University, Fullerton and the Art Institute of Southern California. For over twenty years he taught sculpture for Crafton Hills College and Golden West College and recently plein air painting at Irvine Valley College, and private painting classes in California and Kaua’i. Saim has been plein air painting the landscapes of the California desert, coastline and Islands of Hawaii for many years now.His goal as a painter is to capture the ever-transient light and its colors within a composition of balance and harmony.
Saim, in 2003 with Pierre Bouret started KOPA, Kauai Outdoor Painters Association, in 2005 with Ronaldo Macedo ISLANDERS, a group of painters representing the Hawaiian Islands and in 2007 with Katalina Prince BSPAI, Borrego Springs Plein Air Invitational. All these organizations and events promote plein air painting and benefit not for profit organizations in their respected communities.
Michelle Dick is one of Hawai‘i’s most respected scratch board artists. Her originals have captivated art lovers for quite some time. We will have more info and photos of Michelle Dick’s work soon!