Some SOKO members from our 2020-2021 season, meeting by Zoom.
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August 2021 Newsletter

In This Issue:
Upcoming SOKO Events
Featured Artists
Member News

Notes from the Editor

Aloha friends of SOKO. All the SOKO artists have been busy in their studios, creating new work for you to enjoy when we hold our Studio Tour, February 26-27, 2022. We are hoping to be able to do a pop-up event before Christmas, but due to the rapidly evolving COVID situation on our Island, we do not have firm plans as of this writing. Nevertheless, we all do have work for sale; just contact individual artists through their own websites, or at As soon as we are able to schedule an event, we will let you know via this newsletter.

Catherine Wynne

Upcoming SOKO Events
STUDIO TOUR 2022. SOKO’s Annual Studio Tour and Sale will take place February 26-27, 2022. Preparations are in full swing already, and we 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.
Featured Artists
This month’s features artists are Kevin Spitze and Kim Thompson.

The Varied Landscapes of our Beautiful World

A life-long artist, starting way back before kindergarten, continuing on into all my school years. Later in life, my focus became landscape painting, urban landscapes primarily, in Los Angeles, from the early ‘90s until the beginning of 2017. 2017 was a major life change, with our move to the Big Island. The very urban landscapes of LA were replaced by the varied natural scenes of the island of Hawaii. My work has been informed by my travels and other life experiences, and is in the media of oil, some watercolor, pastel and pen and ink.

Science and Art Woven Together to Create Beauty

A retired school administrator from Oregon, Kim began weaving in her late 20s. She makes her hand-woven creations on 4-shaft and 8-shaft looms, weaving everything from scarves and shawls, napkins and tablemats to towels, runners and exquisite wall hangings. Some of her pieces feature iridescent fine silk that changes color with the light. Others showcase textured weaves with wavy designs or double weaves with gradated patterns.

“I’m always trying to figure out how to do complicated patterns on the loom,” she said. “It’s very mathematical. It’s like a puzzle and you have to figure it out.” “It’s a physical art,” Kim added. “You have to be curious and like to do things with your hands.”

Kim’s fiber art has earned awards at annual statewide-juried exhibitions presented by Hawai‘i Craftsmen in Honolulu. An active member of the Big Island chapter of the Hawai‘i Handweavers’ Hui, Kim enjoys attending regular workshops taught by visiting weavers.
Member News
Michele Iacobucci will be showing some of her mosaic art at the Mosaic Art in Hawaii Show at the Wailoa Center in Hilo from September 3–30 with other mosaicists from Hawaii. Open house hours for the show are from 1:00 pm–6:00 pm on Friday, September 3. The show will to open to the public Monday–Friday, 9 am–4 pm, September 7-30. Come and enjoy the show! Please note that the times for this event have been revised since our last newsletter!

Kathleen T. Carr 
received 2nd place in the Wailoa Center’s 1st Annual Statewide Juried Photography Exhibit during July in Hilo. Below is the winning image, “Sunset Reflection from my Living Room.”
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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