Thank You Lana’i Essential Workers!!

As we come to a close on 2020, our keiki want to thank Lanai essential workers for their contributions to our community!

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Your Art Center Gallery has reopened its doors! We are open Monday through Saturday from 10:00-4:00. We are so looking forward to seeing your beautifully masked faces again!! Membership is easy and just $35/individual and $60/household up to FOUR! Access to ceramics, the woodshop, LAVA and more classes as they come up; including Glassblowing classes just ’round the corner! A hui hou!!


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We still have PUMPKINS available for our ANNUAL CARVING CONTEST.

A BIG MAHALO to our Pine Isle family for their donation to the Art Center and the community in bringing back the pumpkin season!

This year, we’re going COVID style, so the contest looks a little different:

1. Come to the Art Center any time and pick out your pumpkin (supplies are limited, so come soon!) Pumpkins are located outside due to temporary closure.

2. Sign out your pumpkin on the contact sheet and Venmo your much-appreciated donation to: @LanaiArt-Center from the app or from Venmo website:

3. Take your pumpkin home and create your special design

4. Post your pics (before, during and/or after) on our Facebook page , tag us on your page and/or post and tag on Instagram: lanaiartcenter

5. On October 30th, we will announce the top three winners based on online votes so let everyone know to go online and thumbs up your post!

PRIZES: Top Three Winners will receive a Lei and a one-year household membership!! A $75 Value!!

Can’t wait to see all the great posts!!!!

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Fun with Acrylics

Lanai Art Center is pleased to present renowned artist, Janet Bocast, who is visiting from Oregon to present a 2 day painting workshop.

“I started painting in the 70’s while living in Alaska. I use acrylic, watercolor and mixed media. I owned an art gallery in Oregon for 10 years. I’ve been teaching art workshops in Oregon for 15 years. I love it. I keep my classes fun and the students engaged during the process. My abstracts are known for being bold, colorful, abstract shapes and design. I engage in commission work for homes and offices, and special events. I am semi retired but still do commission work and teach.”

Beginners to Intermediates will learn to use shapes, texture and color to create beautiful paintings. This “no rules” fun and unconventional workshop will show you how to have fun, loosen up, and develop your own style. Explore color, composition, and abstraction with acrylic on watercolor paper.

This 2 day workshop will be held March 14 & 15, 10-4, at LHES Art Room T-104

Cost is $135 general public or $108 LAC members (20% discount). All materials included.

Due to the highly individualized attention given to each student, only 8 participants will be able to attend so don’t delay, sign up today. You can sign up at the Art Center or simply click here to reserve your spot. We don’t get opportunities like this very often on Lanai!

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Bottle Slumping!

Create fun and useful items from recycled bottles! Maria will assist you with ideas, molds, and embellishing techniques.

This 2 day event starts Friday, March 6 at 5PM. At that time you will assemble your treasure and prepare it for firing in the kiln. The following day at 10AM, you will marvel as your items come out of the kiln and you complete your masterpiece.

Available to all over 12 years of age, but limited to 8 participants due to space constraints.

$30 for the general public. LAC members enjoy a 20% discount – only $24 to attend.

Sign up soon, this WILL sell out! Come in to the Art Center or simply click here to sign up online.


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UPDATE – Date change for Billyo O’Donnell Plein Art Workshop

For more than two decades I’ve been intrigued by the way a painting’s surface and subject complement and compete in the viewer’s mind. In working plein air, I am excited by the way my visual experience translates into a surface language expressed through the richness of paint. Using a personal language of abstract marks, I want to share with the viewer a deeper emotional response to the world in which we live.

This is a fantastic opportunity to learn oil painting techniques from highly acclaimed artist Billyo O’Donnell. Locally, you can see wonderful examples of his work in Mike Carroll’s gallery. This  in-depth workshop on painting from life on location is for the advanced to the beginner. The goal is to give each student a solid understanding of the visual experience through the painting process while engaging the most basic to the most advanced concepts. Billyo will demonstrate and lecture to the group and personalize his instruction for the individual. Billyo’s easy going personality and dedication to teaching has been appreciated by many.

Workshop will be held Friday,  December 27  from 9am-4pm.

Cost is only $125 for this one day events. Materials are not included.  Limited to 12 participants.

Participants will meet at the art center on the morning of the first day and then we will be painting from select locations across the beautiful island of Lana’i, Hawaii.

The instructor  will have a car and may have room for 2-3 students and the equipment. It is highly  encouraged that students carpool to locations.

Materials are not included; a recommended  materials list is available. Please provide adequate time to attain your supplies.

Registration for this workshop is now open. Please don’t delay! You can sign up at the Art Center or online here.

For more information about Billyo and his art, you can visit his website here.

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Kathleen Alexander Watercolor Workshop

“Small Projects in Watercolor – Flowers and Shells”

My paintings are usually about capturing a quiet moment in nature or in life. At the same time, I love to use strong, dynamic colors, and accentuate the contrast between light and shadow in my paintings to create depth and realism. My work is inspired by the natural beauty of the Hawaiian Islands, and I attempt to share that inspiration with those who view my work.  – Kathleen Alexander

Join Maui watercolor artist, Kathleen Alexander, for a two day workshop focusing on small projects. Rather than one larger painting, we will work on several small projects such as shells and tropical flowers. Layering and glazing techniques will be covered, as well as masking and drybrush. The workshop will be taught step by step, with lots of individual attention.

This two day workshop will be held Saturday and Sunday, January 11-12, 2020 from 9 AM-4 PM each day. A break for lunch, coffee and snacks will be provided.

Workshop will be held at the LHES High School Art Classroom T104.

The two day watercolor workshop is open to all (over 16 years of age), beginners are welcome. This event is limited to 12 participants.

Cost of the two-day workshop is $220 for general public / $180 for LAC members. Materials may be purchased from Kathleen at a cost of $40 (paint, paper, use of brushes, etc.) A list of materials is available for those who prefer to provide their own art supplies.

Please come by the Art Center for more information and to register, or you can easily sign up for this workshop by going here.

Kathleen’s past workshops have been inspirational and lots of fun for past participants. Kathleen Alexander moved to Maui in 2010 from the San Francisco Bay Area. She has been painting in watercolor for over thirty years. Kathleen earned her bachelor’s degree in biochemistry, but a short time later, decided to pursue a career in art. She was awarded a one-year scholarship to the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, and attended the AAU in 2000-2001. Kathleen began her art career by participating in fine art festivals in California, and teaches beginning through advanced watercolor painting workshops as well as private lessons.

Her artwork has been accepted into national and international watercolor exhibitions around the globe. She has won many awards for her paintings, and received signature membership in both Northwest Watercolor Society and Watercolor West in 2009. She was a featured artist in April 2010 and June 2014 issues of Watercolor Artist magazine, and is included in Splash 12, Splash 14, Splash 15, Splash 16, Splash 18, Splash 19, and Splash 20 (to be published in 2019) by North Light Books.

Kathleen’s paintings were accepted into the “Art Maui” exhibitions in 2011 and 2012, and recently in the Hawaii National Parks 2016 Centennial Juried Exhibition at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Hawaii.

Kathleen is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society (NWS), Watercolor West (WW), the Northwest Watercolor Society (NWWS), and a member of North American Watercolor Artists.

You can learn about Kathleen Alexander and view examples of her artwork at her website.

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Card Craft!

Learn how to use a “Cricut” craft machine and make your own fancy, personalized cards for any occasion. We’ll have a few devices set up with an instructor and materials. The workshop is free to attend although we are asking for a $2 donation per card produced to help us cover some material costs. We do need a minimum of 3 people so please sign up online or at the Art Center. Oh, and if you are an Art Center member, once you know how to use them, these devices will be available for your use for no charge at any time. What a deal!

To sign up online please click here.

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Glass Fusing Sessions

Due to popular demand (and it’s pretty fun!), we just added 3 individual glass fusing sessions. Each one is only $20 for LAC members ($25 for general public. These will be held on Feb 2, 4, and 6 from 10 – 1. Please check here for more information and to sign up!

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Portrait Painting Workshop

The Lanai Art Center is pleased to present Lanai professional artist Travis Turqueza for a portrait painting workshop. Travis has been a professional artist for over 2 decades and is also a part-time art teacher. 

Lisa Galloway will help facilitate this workshop in her art classroom. She is an art teacher at LHES and will be a participant this time, too! She can be reached by email at or call / text (808) 633 7675.

Travis will demonstrate how to paint a portrait using acrylic paints with supplies provided for participants (included in the workshop fee). He will give step-by-step instructions to each participant. There will be suggested portraits, and those wishing to paint a portrait of their own should let Lisa know in advance so you and Travis are prepared for this option! Any level of artists can attend if 14 years of age or older.

When? Saturday, January 5th, 2019 from 9am to 3pm (approximate end time). We will break for coffee, mid-morning, and lunch. Participants are encouraged to bring potluck items to share or dine on their own as food is not included in the workshop fee.

Where? LHES T104. Park in the County Parking Lot beside the tennis courts and walk to the school gym. T Building is just past the gym (mauka side of the lawn). Look for signs and call Lisa at (808) 633-7675 if you cannot find it!

How Much? $60 for the day’s event / $55 for current LAC members.

How can I sign up? Come into the Art Center gallery or simply click here to register and pay online.

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