Thank you for joining us! A huge, heartfelt Thank You to our friends, family and collectors who attended last night's opening reception. A special thanks to Art Project Paia for providing this incredible opportunity for local artists to showcase our work.
At one point during the evening, I stopped to take it all in: The spacious, contemporary venue, the live music, the lights, the movement, the delicious food, the crowd, and my painting hanging on the wall. "This is really happening!" At that moment, I felt my body fill with immense feeling of joy and gratitude. This is what it feels like when we make our dreams a reality.
Thank you Maui for welcoming us with open arms & with open hearts. Pacific Home became my newest distributer, and I couldn't be happier! I am thrilled and honored to work with the best in my community.
A great time & a great cause! In support of local art & art education in my community, I have donated one of my paintings to be auctioned during Maui Art & Cultural Center's signature gala. I believe Oprah captured my sentiments best when she said: "In order to move forward, we have to give back."
My work is just as much about the process, as it is about the finished product.
These shots were captured in our Lahaina home on Maui, Hawaii. Lahaina (lah-hy-nah) translates to: "cruel sun". My paintings dry much faster here. It often rained on the Big Island, making the climate humid, and stretching out the drying process over several days. I am grateful for this newfound glorious sun.
As I looked back on my 2-years on the Big Island of Hawai'i, I could not help to feel a sense of regret, displacement, and loss as a result of the Kilauea eruptions that forced us to evacuate our home.
Healing takes time. Healing takes family. Sometimes, healing takes distance. The following is an account of the transition that took place inside of me, as I replaced negative feelings with acceptance, understanding and love.
Join me on October 6 & 7 in Roswell, GA at FountainHead Art Space for my Fearless Metallics Workshop: A modern twist to using metallic paint, powders & gold leaf. For more information & to register: https://www.fountainheadartspace.com/gary-bodner
Life is interesting. Although I knew that we were moving to an island with 5 active volcanoes, I honestly did not think that we would experience a volcanic eruption of this magnitude in our lifetime. Wishful thinking? Naïve? Both? The reality is that Kilauea volcano did erupt, and the course of our lives has been changed forever.
Thank you for the sweet, inspiring messages of love and concern we have received since the recent volcanic eruptions, and consequent evacuation from our newly built home on the Big Island of Hawai'i. We have decided to spend a few days on Maui with family and friends for perspective, and some much needed R&R. Your love, friendship and support during this time is gratefully felt and extremely appreciated.
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I knew that the city of Hilo had a lot of murals, but I did not realize how many until we went on a mural scavenger hunt! I must have photographed at least 25, and I don't think I got all of them. Hilo was devastated by a tsunami in 1960. I see the abundance of murals as I way to breathe new life into the city.
This blog was created to share my belief that the art making process can be a vehicle for empowerment.
I am living proof.