Amaury Saint-Gilles with his Juror’s Choice, “Blue Mule,” a cyontype photograph by Joseph Laceby.
(COURTESY OF WAIMEA ARTS COUNCIL FOR NHN)
During the month of October, the Waimea Arts Council presents the 29th Annual Helen M. Cassidy Memorial Juried Art Show, on display at the Firehouse Gallery in Kamuela. This show features the best and latest work of members of the Waimea Arts Council. A total of 40 pieces out of 52 entered were accepted and exhibited in the show. Art entries by local artists includes paintings, drawings, sculptures and photographs. The judge for this year’s show was Amaury Saint-Gilles, gallery owner, art critic and supporter of the arts.
Recognition and awards were presented to the following artists at a reception at the Firehouse Gallery on Oct. 5: Juror’s choice, “Blue Mule,” cynotype by Joseph Laceby; first place, “Eucalyptus Bark,” watercolor by Julie McCue; second place “’Akiapola’au,” oil by Rani Denise Ulrich; third place, “Green Sands,” oil by Suzanne Kaliko-Dix; Honorable mentions, “Geisha,” watercolor by Peter Jefferson, “Hamakua Gulch,” acrylic by Jaclyn MacKinnon and “Modern Antigua,” photo by Barbara Schaefer. This year the committee chose North Kohala’s Julie McCue’s “Eucalyptus Bark” for their recognition award.
The annual show is held every October and is named in honor of Helen M. Cassidy who was instrumental in establishing the Waimea Arts Council. Born in Hilo, Hawaii, Cassidy’s painting career started in the 40’s. She studied under Lloyd Sexton and other well-known local artists. In 1973 she moved from Oahu to Waimea after the death of her husband Charles E. Cassidy, who was an associate justice of the Hawaii Supreme Court. In Waimea, she continued to paint and had shows at the Kona Arts Center and in Waimea where her work was recognized. Helen died on April 8, 1985. Her efforts to establish and promote the Waimea Arts Council culminated in the Firehouse Gallery.
The Firehouse Gallery is located across from Waimea Chevron, at the stoplight at 67-1202 Mamalahoa Hwy. and Lindsey Road in Waimea. Parking is in the rear of the complex. Hours are usually 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday. Call 887-1052 to confirm. Visit the website WaimeaArtsCouncil.org.