SOKO members from our 2021-2022 season.
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October 2021 Newsletter

In This Issue:
Upcoming SOKO Events
Featured Artists
Member News

Notes from the Editor

Aloha friends of SOKO. This month we are happy to introduce to you two brand-new members of SOKO, along with the return of one of our founding members, who has been absent from the tour for the last few years. It gives us great pleasure to welcome back Jill Ami Meyers, and to introduce to you Kabira Lyon and Monica Guckenheimer. Monica and Kabira are relative newcomers to Hawai’i Island, so you may not yet be familiar with their work, but we’re confident you’ll love it as much as we do!

Catherine Wynne

Upcoming SOKO Events
STUDIO TOUR 2022. SOKO’s Annual Studio Tour and Sale will take place February 26-27, 2022. We are all preparing new work and are greatly looking forward to welcoming all of you back into our studios and homes. Until then, you can find us at and on our individual websites.
Our Featured Artists of the Month
Here’s a little something about our new artists, in their own words:

Colorful, tropical, and whimsical is how I describe my paintings!

I enjoy it when my art makes people smile. 😊 I love working with color and fashionable designs, no matter what medium I use. Painting creates a happy space for me, usually followed with a time warp, as an hour could suddenly fly by while engulfed in a work of art.

Growing up in New York, I have studied art all my life, I am fortunate to have experienced many museums and art shows.

Creating one of a kind original wearable silks for 36 years at the Blue Ginger Gallery was a wonderful way share my art in Hawai’i. 

Living by Kealakekua Bay, I always find beauty and new inspirations to express myself, and appreciate every opportunity I receive. 

I Try To Capture The Beauty And Magnificence Of Nature Through My Dance With Colors

Kabira Lyon was born in Chile in 1952. She dedicated her life mostly to spiritual searching. She has been exploring the world of meditation, art and psychology for many years. She studied art at the University of Alaska, with numerous well known artists from around the world. She is currently residing between Alaska and Hawaii.

Improvisational Quilt Artist

I am an improvisational quilt artist. My quilts are made with upcycled materials, vintage Japanese fabrics, used Hawaiian shirts and bold, bright new fabrics. Scrappy and modern quilts are my passion. I live in the village of Napo’opo’o. I also like to draw and paint.
SOKO Artist News
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.
Weaver Kim Thompson has had two scarves accepted into the “Inspirations” exhibit in Honolulu. The show runs through October 15 at the Downtown Art Center. 

From printmaker Andrea Pro:
I’m excited to show off my first surface pattern designs. It’s been a big learning journey to bring my skills as a woodcut printmaker to digital pattern design. In October I’ll be creating a shop on my website with fabric, wallpaper and home décor products like pillows, placemats, napkins and duvet covers. To join my newsletter list to be the first to know when my shop goes live, go to See my Instagram page: @andreapro.printmaker 
From left to right:
Kou Woodcut Leaf, The Hawaii native kou flower 
Laua’e Spiral, One of Hawaii’s loveliest ferns 
Woodcut Circles, The graphic quality of woodcut is featured in this abstract design

SOKO member Kathleen T. Carr has three photographs in the Firehouse Gallery's October and November show, the 37th Annual Founders Juried Art Show. The gallery is located at 67-1201 Mamalahoa Highway in Waimea and is open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11 am–3 pm. For more info see Sunset Reflection is one of the photographs in the exhibit. 

SOKO member Mark Martel is Artist of the Month at the Blue Sea Artisans Gallery at the Keauhou Shopping Center (across from Bianelli's). The timing is perfect as Mark has just revamped his wall display with Giclee prints on canvas that make his work more affordable in larger sizes. The archival-quality prints on stretched canvas come ready to hang including wall hangers.

You are welcome to join the Kona Potters Guild in remembering our dear friend and SOKO member Ina Koch:
A Celebration of Life For
Ina Koch
Will be held on the front lawn at SKEA
October 23rd, 2021
Organized by Kona Potter's Guild
 Society for Kona’s Education & Art. 
Please join us in honoring our friend and valued colleague.
Bring a story to share if you'd like to
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 2022 members are Jan Bovard, Kathleen Carr, Ellen Crocker, Barry Gitelson, Gigi Goochey, Monica Guckenheimer, Lisa Kingry, Kabira Lyon, Mark Martel, Joyce Monsky, Jill Ami Meyers, Lynn Peavy, Andrea Pro, Pamela Colton Thomas-Radosevich, Linda Satchell, Kevin Spitze, Kim Thompson, Peter Underwood, and Catherine Wynne.

Associate members are Michele Iacobucci and Kristin Mitsu Shiga.

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