SOKO members from our 2021-2022 season. Zoom Zoom!

Summer 2022 Newsletter

In This Issue:
Notes from the Editor
Member News

Notes From The Editor

Aloha friends of SOKO. This Newsletter is published quarterly, and will provide updates on the activities of SOKO and the SOKO artists. You can learn more about us, plus view and purchase our works, by visiting our website,, and by contacting the individual artists whose contact information can be found in the newsletter.
APPLICATIONS ARE STILL OPEN for new members! Due to, well, the last couple of years, we’ve extended the deadline for membership applications to July 31, for this year. If you, or anyone you know is a professional artist in any medium, and interested in being a part of SOKO, we encourage you to apply. You don’t need to have previous experience marketing your artwork, as long as you are willing to put in the work needed to do so now. We’re a very welcoming group, and if you are accepted in, you’ll find many members willing to help you learn. To apply, go to and follow the links. You do need to live in and/or have a place to display your work in South Kona.
Our only scheduled event for the coming year is the 8th Annual Studio Tour, February 25-26, 2023. However, more events may be added as opportunities present themselves.
Catherine Wynne

Member News
Trudy loves playing with fabric! She has been having fun making quilts for almost 40 years. She moved to the Big Island with her husband eleven years ago after spending 35 plus years in Alaska where she owned and operated a quilt shop in the small town of Valdez for several years. She enjoyed sharing her love of fabric and helping customers create quilts they could be proud of. She prided herself on having the kind of shop that people could come in and pull bolts of fabric until they found the best ones for their project - even if that left bolts all over the store
While running the shop she concentrated mostly on traditional quilting with a bit of a modern twist. Since the move to Hawaii she has entered the world of art quilts and never had so much fun. Her inspiration comes from the world around her, whether from her 3-acre orchard, the ocean, or some other facet of life in Hawaii.
From Willa Marten:
These findings are from my Egyptian Collection:
Pewter Bastet Cat Goddess of Love on 36” leatherette cord
Available on ETSY and SOKO: $40.00
Pewter Heqet Frog Goddess of Fruitfulness Mummy on 36” leatherette cord. Available on ETSY and SOKO: $40.00
Don’t forget my pewter honey paddles available at Big Island Bees:
From Kathleen Carr:
SOKO Artist Kathleen T. Carr has three photographs in the 2nd Annual Juried Hawai'i Resident Photography show at the Wailoa Center in Hilo. The exhibit runs from July 8 - 28, with the open house on July 8th, from 1 to 6 pm. You can see some of the photographs in the show at the Facebook page Hawai'i Photographers Exhibition,
Also view Kathleen’s website at, and her artist Facebook page at
From Ellen Crocker
"Happiness" acrylic 40" x 43," a commission for decorating cabinet doors in a private home.
"Homage to Our Ohia Tree" acrylic on canvas, hand-printed, paper, rice paste, hand and machine stitched, copper hanger.
Mark Martel is seeking help with a title for his newest oil painting, based on a long history of similar compositions by fine artists and classic illustrators. The 30" x 24" oil on canvas might be set a thousand years ago, or this year, just in time for the famous Hokulea's first ocean crossing under a female captain. $3600, framed. Send your title ideas to
The Volcano Art Center will host a Quilt Show July 22- August 14, 2022 at the Center’s Niaulani Campus in Volcano Village; several SOKO members, as well as other talented Big Island fabric artists will participate. There will also be a pop-up sale of quilts and fabric items at the Niaulani Center on Saturday, July 23.
Most SOKO artists are available for studio showings, by appointment. To contact them, go to ARTISTS on the SOKO website for contact information, or CONTACT SOKO directly 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 2022-2023 members will be announced in our Fall newsletter.

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