Solo Art Exhibitions by Hawai‘i-based Contemporary Artists

(Hilo) – As Hawai‘i re-opens for business, local artists are eager to present new works to the public. On Monday, July 6, multiple solo art exhibitions will open at the Wailoa Center. These “pop-up” exhibitions will be on display for one week, through Friday, July 10.

The exhibitions will feature Hawai‘i-based contemporary artists Bailey Ferguson, Gina Hartig Williams, and Joy Ray, plus other local artists. While their work is diverse, each artist is inspired by the unique experience of living and creating on Hawai‘i Island.


Gina Hartig Williams: States of Being

Joy Ray: Stop/Motion

Bailey Ferguson: Under the Liquid Veil

The three artists met in 2017 at a Kipaipai workshop at the Donkey Mill Art Center in Holualoa. Kipaipai workshops connect artists and art-world professionals from Hawai‘i, California, New York and beyond.

Kipaipai founder Andi Campognone says, “Through a strong, vibrant community network and a holistic approach to professional practices, Kipaipai Workshops guide creatives nationwide in building successful and sustainable art careers. We are proud to support Kipaipai Fellows Bailey, Gina and Joy in partnership with Hawaii Island Art Alliance and the Wailoa Center in presenting this live artist talk and exhibition walkthrough.” The artists will be on-site at the Wailoa Center for the duration of their exhibitions, giving tours of their work and presenting live demonstrations of their processes. Joy Ray will offer free sewing kits allowing visitors to create mini textile paintings. The Wailoa Center will be open to visitors from 9am to 4pm daily, and will require all artists and visitors to wear masks and observe social distancing.

Andi Campognone will moderate an artist talk/exhibition tour on Thursday, July 9 at 3:30 PM HST. This talk will be streamed on Zoom, RSVP at www.kipaipai.com.

About The Artist:

  • Joy Ray’s mysterious textile paintings draw inspiration from the colors and textures of Hawai‘i’s lava formations.

  • An avid surfer, Bailey Ferguson’s vibrant paintings reflect the ocean’s energy and colors.

  • Gina Hartig Williams’ whimsical sculptures include cast-off objects collected from the beach and other natural environments.

Joy Ray: Stop/Motion

Hawai‘i-based artist Joy Ray presents abstract textile-based paintings that investigate the intersection of time, pressure and energy, drawing inspiration from the colors and textures of Hawai‘i’s lava formations. Ray’s work is defined by a bold, minimalist palette and richly textured materials including twine, wool, sand and plaster. She received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College and studied art history in Italy. Ray exhibits her work internationally. www.joyrayart.com, @joyrayart on Instagram

Bailey Ferguson: Under the Liquid Veil

Hawai‘i-based artist Bailey Ferguson presents paintings from her ongoing WIPEOUT and Of The Sea ‘series, which investigate the world below the ocean surface. Through gestural abstraction of color, texture and line, she integrates her passion for surfing and ocean conservation into these expressionistic works. Ferguson earned BFA degrees from the University of Denver and Metropolitan State University of Denver. www.baileyferguson.art, baileyferguson.art on Instagram

Gina Hartig Williams: States of Being

Hawai‘i-based artist Gina Hartig Williams presents an installation of new works. Her whimsical sculpture conveys a sense of impossibly buoyant energy poised at the brink of collapse. Pointing to the fragility and intrinsic resilience of nature, Hartig Williams invites viewers to experience both impact and entropy with a sense of wonder, hope and a lightness of being. Gina Hartig Williams is known for her mixed media assemblages that embody time, chance, change, balance and flow. A teacher and world traveler, Hartig Williams received her BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and her MFA at Meadows School of the Arts, Southern Methodist University. @ghartigart on Instagram

Show runs July 6-10, 2020, 9am - 4pm

Artist Talk moderated by Andi Campognone July 9, 3:30pm HST

Streaming on Zoom, RSVP at www.kipaipai.com

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