SOKO members from our 2019-2020 season. 

April 2021 Newsletter

In This Issue:
Upcoming SOKO Events
Featured Artists
Notes from the Editor

Aloha, friends of SOKO. We’ve got big news again this month. SOKO is going to have a one day pop-up event in May! Read on for details. We are now accepting new member applications for artists who wish to join SOKO. And if you know anyone that would like to receive our newsletter, they can now sign up in the Contact section of our website at Thank you for your support.

—Catherine Wynne
Upcoming SOKO Events
MAY 8 POP-UP EVENT. Aloha, friends of SOKO. We’ve got big news again this month. SOKO will be holding a one day pop-up sales event at SKEA in Honaunau on Saturday, May 8, from 10am-4pm. We’ll be under the big tent in front of the SKEA building, rain or shine, and on the lawn, weather permitting. Many of the SOKO artists will be participating, so there will be a wide variety of lovely items in all artistic media from which to choose. All COVID protocols in effect at the time will be observed. More details next month!
WEBSITE NEWS. Many thanks to all who participated in the SOKO auction in February. It was a great success. In fact, it was such a hit that we are now discussing the possibility of having a virtual store on our website on a regular basis. While we’re working on that, you can still find all the individual artists listed on Look up your favorite artist(s), and visit their individual websites to view their work and make a purchase, or give them a call to arrange a private studio tour for yourself or a small group at any time.
CALL FOR NEW MEMBER APPLICATIONS: If you, or anyone you know, is interested in becoming a member of SOKO, the application form for the 2021-22 year is up on our website NOW. Go to “Membership Application”, where you will find the form, and all the information you will need on our criteria for membership. We are accepting applications now. The deadline for submission of the application is June 15, 2021, no exceptions.
Featured Artists
This month, we take a closer look at a painter with a unique and colorful view of the ‘āina around us; and a ceramicist and sculptor whose joyful celebration of life is reflected in her art.

A Perspective On The Future, Viewed From Our Landscape

When the pandemic hit, painter Mark Martel moped around for a month and then spent six months on rainy day projects like writing. Galleries closed, reopened, and closed again, hoping to weather the storm. As autumn saw Hawaii bring the surge under control, local art gained new interest from locals and visitors alike.

For Mark, 2021 brought his new website,, the SOKO online Art Auction, and the statewide Plein Air show in Hilo. It may take years for island galleries to recover, but as Mark refocuses on painting large landscapes and creating other artwork, the future is looking up, and sometimes sideways.
Pro tip: to paint straight lines, view your work from the edge. Below, Mark paints some late bloomers—Waimea’s cherry blossoms. On a second expedition to Waimea the weather fluctuated so much he moved "indoors" to paint.

Mark has also been getting back to figure drawing thanks to safe outdoor sessions at the Amy Greenwell Garden. View info on upcoming figure drawing sessions on Facebook.

Honoring Our Connections With The Past, And With One Another

I find the threads of life experience, voices of the ancestors and an openness to growth and change now draw me into the studio to create, beginning again, moving forward into something new. This year has been different than any before it in so many ways. Covid and loss has affected us all; it is both a time to mourn and a time to dance, celebrating this gift of life. A Crack in the Universe, falling through time. Some of my work this year honors and reflects an exploration of what it means to be human, connect with one another and all beings sharing Mother Earth.
Most SOKO artists are available for studio showings, by appointment. To contact them, go to the “ARTISTS” page on the SOKO website for contact information, or contact SOKO directly through the “CONTACT” page, and we will put you in touch with the artist(s) of your choice.
Our Mission
SOKO (South Kona Artists Collective) brings together artists in South Kona to reach a wider audience through exhibits, events and our annual Studio Tour.

SOKO's 2021 members are Jan Bovard, Kathleen Carr, Ellen Crocker, Barry Gitelson, Gigi Goochey, Jozuf Hadley, Shelley Hoist, Michele Iacobucci, Lisa Kingry, Mark Martel, Dianne McMillen, Joyce Monsky, Lynn Peavy, Andrea Pro, Pamela Colton Thomas Radosevich, Linda Satchell, Kristin Mitsu Shiga, Kevin Spitze, Kim Thompson, Peter Underwood, and Catherine Wynne.

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