SOKO members from our 2019-2020 season. 

February 2021 Newsletter

In This Issue:
Upcoming SOKO Events
Featured Artists
Our Mission

Notes from the Editor

Aloha to all from the SOKO ‘ohana. We are pleased to announce that the first-ever SOKO 2021 ONLINE ART AUCTION will be held online, February 13-20. We have 17 artists participating, with a total of 50 beautiful pieces for sale. Follow the link elsewhere in this Newsletter for a preview, accessible NOW, with bidding to start the morning of Saturday, February 13. With offerings spanning a wide range of price points and a variety of media, you’re sure to find something beautiful that you can claim as your own.
—Catherine Wynne

Upcoming SOKO Events

Auction information

You're invited to our SOKO 2021 ONLINE ART AUCTION! Since we can't be together for our studio tour this year, we are delighted to bring the creations of our artists to you in the comfort of your home. We hope you'll enjoy browsing and buying from the broad selection of art available including prints, paintings, collages, fiber, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, mosaics, photography and handmade home decor accessories. Opening bids range from $15 to $750.
The auction site opens February 1 so you can browse and create your wish list. The bidding officially opens Saturday, February 13 at 9 am and closes Saturday, February 20 at 12:00 pm.
Important notes on bidding:  Anyone can bid, but you will need to set up an account to do so. As with any auction, you will need to enter a credit card to secure your bids, but nothing will be charged until the auction closes, and then only if you win an item. When you bid, a "tip" field will be included on the bidding page. Betterworld (the platform hosting our auction) keeps their services free to use by generating revenue through this tip line. You can tip with each bid, wait to tip only on your final bid, or opt out of tipping completely - any one of these options is totally fine.

Click this link to enter the auction

Looking Forward to 2021

The BEST OF KONA FESTIVAL, which we announced in last month’s Newsletter, has now been postponed. It was to be an in-person sales event, and it appears that the county will not be permitting large gatherings by the proposed early April date. The organizers continue to hope that it can be held later in the summer. We will keep you posted.
Because of the volatile COVID siltation, SOKO is not announcing firm plans for any future events, but we are continuing to hope that we will be able to do at least one exhibit and sale before the end of the year. Meanwhile, if you see something you love but are not able to purchase it in the auction, you can always make an appointment to visit our artists and purchase their art, either in person or online. You can also see their new work on the SOKO Facebook page at or the SOKO website at, where contact info is available.
Featured Artists

This month, SOKO highlights Ellen Crocker and Gigi Goochey, two very talented women who are long-term SOKO members.

ELLEN CROCKER A Passion for Art and Life

My heart form of art is drawing, it has been since childhood. At 10 years old I was given my first sewing machine and took lessons at a Fabric Store in Homewood, Alabama, thus building on my textile love. I was introduced to sumi-e at 8 years old, which is another heart art for me. These art forms have been with me a long time.
I moved to Kona 47 years ago, and rooted. My family and I have been coffee farmers for 38 years along with orchids, vegetables and fruit trees. I enjoy my rural life style.
My other passions include teaching art in the schools, elementary through high school. I have been teaching art online during COVID and have discovered that I enjoy it, which was a surprise. The illustrative art you see here shows highlights of class projects. I also love wood: I enjoy making bandsaw boxes, a 3D object to carve, and paint. This is relatively new for me. It is very fulfilling to make something out of wood.
I have a life full of passions: family, friends, gardening, teaching and alone time to create my art. You can learn more at

GIGI GOOCHEY The Beauty of Nature Reflected in Precious Metal and Stone

I am a jeweler in South Kona. Most of my inspiration comes from my ocean swims. I love the different colors of blue/green in the ocean and in some of my favorite stones: aquamarine, topaz, apatite, lapis lazuli, and green onyx.
My jewelry focuses on sterling silver and gold filled metal that I typically solder, hammer, and adorn with my favorite stones. My items are mostly one of a kind, which makes it a little tough in keeping up with the website, or maybe my lack of photography skills, ha ha. Anyway, I do post on my website a few items: ETSY Website, and on my instagram: Designs by Gigla on Instagram
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. For the present, our main 2021 event is our Online Auction.

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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