SOKO members from our 2019-2020 season. 

March 2021 Newsletter

In This Issue:
Upcoming SOKO Events
Featured Artists
Member News

Notes from the Editor

Mahalo nui loa to all the friends of SOKO, who have made the first-ever SOKO Art Auction a big success. Thanks to your participation, many beautiful works of art have found new and loving homes. All the SOKO artists greatly appreciate your support; it’s what keeps us going, and gives us the inspiration to continue to create beauty for you.  Next year at this time, assuming all goes as planned, we will be hosting our traditional Studio Tour. We look forward to welcoming you into our homes and studios again at that time. Until then, you can find us at  and on our individual websites. If you like what you saw at the auction, you will find even more there, all year round. Thank you for your support!

Catherine Wynne

Upcoming SOKO Events
STUDIO TOUR 2022. It’s official: SOKO’s Annual Studio Tour and Sale will take place February 26-27, 2022, barring unforeseen events. We’ve already started to prepare for this, and are greatly looking forward to welcoming all of you back into our studios and homes.

Here are a few photos from several artists' studios from the February 2020 studio tour. The first image is of Willa Marten in Catherine Wynne's studio, with pewter, coconut art, quilting by Catherine, and 
miniatures by David Carlin. The second image is in Kathleen Carr's studio with guests about to purchase a photograph.
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 are continuing to hope that we will be able to do at least one exhibit and sale before the end of the year. Meanwhile, 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.
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 will begin accepting applications now, and the deadline for submission of the application is June 15, 2021, no exceptions.
Featured Artists
This month, SOKO highlights Shelley Moen Hoist and Michele Iacobucci. Both are very talented artists, working in unusual media with exceptional flair and style. Here’s more about them, in their own words:

Breathing New Life into the Fibers of Our Land

I have been sculpting and playing with palm fiber for over 25 years and it never gets old. I am always excited to harvest a unique sheath, seeing what it will yield and wondering what it wants to be in its next life.
A new direction I have been working in is creating my own stamps for use in my vessels and sculptures. Some of them I carve, and others I am making from taking a negative impression of Hawaiian plant textures. When creating, I always attempt to honor the 'aina (land), the mana (spirit) and the experience.
A very popular series that was birthed in 2020 is called Thrive. It came out of our Covid "pause time" and reminds us to focus on thriving. I feel very grateful to be able to have a job that brings me such joy. I hope my work inspires others to look at things we may see every day with new eyes.
Learn more about Shelley at her website

MICHELE IACOBUCCI Inspired by Nature

We all have a “creative spirit” that needs to be nurtured and I do that by creating mosaics. I take my cues from nature, especially living in such a prolific environment full of color, texture, abundance and beauty. Lately, I have been quite influenced by the Hawaiian flowers that are so beautifully delineated in my garden and surroundings. I have taken my own creative license to replicate what I see in nature in some of my mosaics. 
I am a mosaicist who loves to work in glass mostly, however, I do choose broken pottery for some projects. It’s a lot of fun to break pottery and good therapy too! I love to go junking and antiquing to find unusual items to incorporate into my mosaics. I am a true "dumpster diving diva” and the recipient of many broken platters from friends!  
Hopefully when it is once again safe to gather, I will continue to teach my mosaic workshops on "The Art of Creating Mosaics." 
Checkout my website at: It is currently being re-designed so check back for updates later too!  
Artists’ News
Studio Visit with SOKO Artists Andrea Pro and Gigi Goochey
Join us for our studio visit weekend. Andrea is a woodcut printmaker and textile designer who creates art and home decor pillows inspired by nature in Hawaii. Gigi creates handmade one-of-a-kind jewelry featuring sterling silver and gold-filled wire with beautiful stones. You'll be visiting in Andrea's studio on a charming coffee farm in Keauhou mauka, where she'll demonstrate the process of printmaking. A wide variety of earrings, necklaces and bracelets along with original woodcut prints, botanical pillows and greeting cards will be available for purchase. Studio visits will be scheduled Saturday, March 27th 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. – noon. In keeping with Covid-19 safety protocols, visits will be scheduled every half hour and guests will be required to wear masks and sanitize. Call or text 808-345-0907 to schedule your visit.

Below: Andrea Pro (left) and Gigi Goochey
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.
Plein Air Award
SOKO painter Mark Martel had three works accepted in the recent Plein Air show that just concluded in Hilo. Over 100 works depicted the Big Island from all perspectives, including a number of Kona side works from the West Hawaii Plein Air Painters. At the conclusion of the show, Mark's piece Miloli‘i Headlights received the People's Choice Award. "In a way it's like the feedback I get from social media," Mark says. "You never know what pieces will speak to people."
Check out what's new on the SOKO Facebook page. It features a different artist each week, as well as news about events and sales that all the individual artists have coming up. You’ll see the very latest in fine art in various media, all created right here on Hawai’i Island. Check it out and be sure to “like” what you like.  
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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