Best of Show awardee Fred Tangalin

Article and photos by Anne E. O’Malley

Artist Fred Tangalin won “Best of Show” for his painting titled “Hanalei Pier” at the  2nd Annual Kaua`i Plein Air Invitational. Sixteen local artists worked plein air for a week around the island and exhibited their best artwork at a Grove Farm event

Work created by the artists during the week were available for purchase, with 50 percent of the sales benefiting the Waioli Mission House and Grove Farm museums, helping to preserve the historical holdings for future generations to enjoy and learn from.

O`ahu visitor Bongzee and her husband, made the invitational a focus for a short get-away. She said, “It’s like a dream come true; it gets me through the next year.”

Participating artists included the following, in alphabetical order: Susie Anderson, Pierre Bouret, Lynn Boyer, Saim Caglayan, Mike Carroll, Angela Headley, James Ingham, Kyoko Ishigami, Jack Murray, Giorgio Naranjo, Andrea Peeler, Jeni Prince, Cynthia Riedel, Fred Tangalin, Devi Town and Martin Wessler.

Artists and attendees moved through shady spots outdoors where tables and chairs were set up to sit and enjoy the pupu offered — which included Elsie Wilcox’s favorite ice box cookies.