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Suzanne Dix-Kaliko and Tim Wright

Featured Cowl Artist: Suzanne Dix-Kaliko

Suzanne Dix-Kaliko was 18 when her highschool artwork trainer gifted her a set of oils and he or she started to color. Raised in a small city in western New York, Suzanne was all the time an artist. She graduated from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn in 1974 with a BFA, majoring in portray and drawing. Suzanne has exhibited all throughout the US and her work is collected internationally.

Suzanne moved to Hawai‘i in 1994 and her first years exhibiting on Hawai‘i Island have been on the Mauna Lani Resort. In 1999 she turned artist-in-residence at 4 Seasons Hualalai. For 10 years her sales space was outdoors their cultural middle, the place she was privileged to study from kūpuna who got here to show Hawaiian tradition.

Pictured on Ke Ola’s cowl, Aunty Harriet Soong was grasp quilter at Hualalai. Her quilts take from three to 10 years to create, as they’re all hand sewn. The quilt she displays within the cowl picture is a Maui marriage ceremony quilt. Aunty Harriet has quilts hanging within the Smithsonian in Washington, DC as examples of Hawaiian quilt mastery.

Suzanne displays, “Since my pursuits are culturally oriented, I flourished at Hualalai. I cherished my interactions with kūpuna, and appreciated their opinions of my work. I’m impressed by nature so I paint ‘plein aire’ (on web site, out-of-doors) to seize the essence of the place earlier than me. Working outdoors is difficult and I take advantage of acrylic paint to start out the picture, make notes after which end within the studio with oils. Typically I choose up pastels or watercolors to vary the tone of the artwork.”

Suzanne moved to Ka‘ū in 2000. Marvin Keith commissioned her to color a mural on the Pāhala Senior Middle. She says, “The seniors in Pāhala are superb. The mural options them—Taka Fukunaga on the south wall; the road dancing gals in addition to the cultural dancers (Hawaiian, Filipino, Japanese) on the east wall. Taka continues to be alive at 97 and tends his personal backyard in Pāhala to this present day.

“Now a senior myself, I admire the Pāhala Senior Middle greater than ever. Throughout this previous yr it’s change into clear Hawai‘i takes care of their elders. The Pāhala middle has reached out to test on how I’m doing weekly all all through the disaster we’re dwelling with. I taught there (earlier than COVID hit) and had the pleasure to know the parents and listen to their tales firsthand.”

Suzanneʻs work might be present in Nā‘ālehu on the Ka‘ū Gallery and Present Store and he or she additionally gives studio excursions by appointment.

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Desk of Contents Photographer: Tim Wright

Tim Wright is a fourth era Hawai‘i Islander who covers Hawai‘i as a part-time freelance information and sports activities photojournalist. From 1994 to 2001, Tim labored as a part-time stringer photographer for American Media and the Nationwide Enquirer, protecting “off-beat” tales and celebrities in Hawai‘i and Las Vegas. He additionally supplied many information photos to the Related Press, together with Presidents Clinton and George H.W. Bush in Hawai‘i. His pictures and quick tales have been printed in Hawai‘i and newspapers worldwide.

Timʻs picture, featured in Ke Olaʻs desk of contents, of Paul Neves and Jonathan Naone was taken at a Royal Order of Kamehameha blessing of the Naha stone on the Hilo Public Library in 2003.   

The TV present Hawaiian Transferring Firm did a phase on Timʻs pictures in 2001, and he has additionally appeared on The Historical past Channel. 

Tim can be a licensed electrical safety contractor who advises firms in Hawai‘i and on the West Coast to promote or purchase safety firms. He was the previous proprietor of Argent Safety, LLC.

He grew up in Kamaoa, Ka‘ū and at present resides in Hilo together with his spouse Terry and two canines, Coconut and Mason.

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