Sense of Place, Sense of Peace

Sense of Place, Sense of Peace

Duty calls.

Photo of Kailua Beach at sunrise

Morning sunrise walk on Kailua beach looking towards Kaneohe, HI.

After living on the North Shore of Oahu for many years, I know that I never need a reason to return to my beloved Hawaii.  However a request and an invite are the impetus for making this current trip.

The Request: To be part of the exhibition committee for the Art of Peace, an exhibition and silent auction to benefit the Domestic Violence Action Center at The Pegge Hopper Gallery, November 12- December 13, 2015.

Group photo of Art of Peace taken at The Pegge Hopper Gallery in Honolulu.

Art of Peace exhibition committee with Pegge Hopper at her gallery in Honolulu

As manager of Pegge’s gallery, I was co-curator with artist, A.Kimberlin Blackburn for the first Art of Peace in 1995, celebrating the DVAC’s 5th Anniversary with an exhibition and silent auction. Once again, Kimberlin and I are working together with Barbara Rau, and a great group of artists to celebrate and benefit the 25th anniversary of DVAC.

Installing the Art of Peace 2015 at The Pegge Hopper Gallery, Honolulu, HI

Artists, Yukio Ozaki and Alan Ness help install The Art of Peace at the Pegge Hopper Gallery in Honolulu. Artist reception and silent auction, Thursday, November 12, 2015, 5-7:30 pm

Opening reception is this Thursday, November 12, 5-7:30 pm at The Pegge Hopper Gallery, 1164 Nuuanu Ave., Honolulu, HI.

Installation photo of the Art of Peace.

Installation shot of The Art of Peace at The Pegge Hopper Gallery in Honolulu, HI

The invite: To stay at a friend and collector’s beautiful home in Lanikai. She has a large new wall that calls for a painting that creates a sense of peace and beauty for which she would like to commission me for. I have been walking the beach, sketching and photographing the colors, light and beauty in and around Kailua to get a sense of place.

Photo Koi #3 by Nanci Hersh hanging in situ

Koi #3 hangs in its new home in Hawaii and laying out the space for a commission

Today, Scott and I drove to the Byodo-In Japanese Temple in Kahaluu, Oahu. Nestled against the dramatic Koolau Mountains on the Windward Side of Oahu, the Temple is a non-denominational shrine located at the Valley of the Temples.

Photo of Nanci Hersh painting at Byodo-In temple koi ponds

Painting pond side at Byodo-In Temple.

Photo of Black Swan at Byodo-In Temple and Koi poinds

This lovely black swan came up close for a better view- or a snack!

Photo of Nanci at Byodo-In Temple

Half lotus at Byodo-In Temple

Aloha from Hawai’i.

Photo of Kailua Beach

Scott and I in front of Kailua Beach, HI

2 Comments

  1. Laurette Kovary
    November 10, 2015

    What a lovely way to celebrate your return to Hawaii. I remember this temple. So beautiful and provided much needed moments of peace. Cant wait to see the art you make for your friends home. Lucky them.

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    • Nanci Hersh
      February 1, 2016

      Believe it or not, after all my years in Hawaii and visits- this was our visit to the temple. Thank you @Laurette, the painting is a celebration!

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