Firehouse Gallery to display work by Wishnick and Watta in August

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“Koi Pond,” acrylic by Merna Watta (COURTESY OF WAC)
“Oli,” acrylic by Merna Watta (COURTESY OF WAC)
“Dancing Boy,” oil on canvas by Marcia Wishnick (COURTESY OF WAC)

An exhibition of original paintings of “Asian Inspired Art and Visions of Hawaii” by Hawaii Island artists Marcia Wishnick and Merna Watta will be on display at the Firehouse Gallery in Waimea from Wednesday, July 30, through Saturday, Aug. 30. Paintings, prints and cards will be available for sale. The show blends Asian influences with the beauty of Hawaii in vibrant colors on canvas using oil and acrylics. Water, earth, flowers, Hawaiian cultural themes, Asian scrolls and woodblocks are inspirations for the original paintings that Wishnick and Watta bring to the gallery for viewing.

An artists’ reception will be held on Sunday, Aug. 10, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the gallery that will include wine and pupus and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Marcia Wishnick moved to Hawaii with her husband in 2003 from New York City. Her busy life as a physician left no time for creative artistic pleasures. She began painting in oil six years ago and has discovered great joy in bringing beautiful images to life on a blank canvas.

Wishnick has been a long time member of the Waimea Arts Council and displays her art in its Firehouse Gallery. She has been the recipient of awards from the juried Helen Cassidy Art Show and the juried Kahilu Theatre Art Show.

Watta moved to Hawaii in 1993 from San Antonio, Texas. She had a long career in the art world, garnering many honors and awards for her original artwork.

Her paintings are created in the acrylic medium or colored pencil, and include scenery, florals, and Hawaiian themes. She is a long time member of the Waimea Arts Council and exhibits her work in its Firehouse Gallery, as well as in other venues around the island.

The Waimea Arts Council is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the arts on Hawaii Island. The Firehouse Gallery is its most prominent program and is located at the historic corner in Waimea at 67-1201 Mamalahoa Highway, corner Lindsey Road, opposite the Chevron Station. The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday through Friday, and Sunday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. There is ample parking in the rear and nearby shopping centers. Call 887-1052 for more information or visit