This past weekend, Heather Brown was showcased at two great events located on the North Shore of Oahu – an exclusive art show at the Wyland Gallery Haleiwa, and at the John Kelly Awards, held in the Waimea Valley.
Heather’s first show at the Wyland started earlier on in the day, exhibiting brand new published originals that she had been busy working on over the past few months. There was a steady turn around of viewers and customers – wandering in to take a look at her bright pieces. The charm of her recent paintings reach a large audience around this time of year – catering to the aloha spirit of the local islanders, as well as tourists who may be returning to a winter wonderland after their vacation on the Hawaiian Islands. Luckily for Heather Brown fans, Black Friday is right around the corner, and there may be some big deals coming to get you stocked for the holiday season…!
Later on in the day were the John Kelly Awards, which were held at the beautiful Waimea Valley park. Each year, Heather Brown has created original artwork and donated it to this special event that is 14 years in the making. Ever since 2002, the John Kelly Awards have been held in order to honor those in the community that have made the greatest effort to conserve and protect the environment. This years’ winners were State Legislation representative Cynthia Thielen, who has tirelessly fought for renewable energy sources throughout Hawai’i and other environmentally friendly projects. The local business award was presented to Kailua Beach Adventures who specialize in stand-up paddle boarding, beach wear and kayaking. They were awarded on their extensive participation in conserving the Kailua Bay area through extensive involvement in various local events.
The silent auction went smoothly and had people bidding on the artwork and tour packages until the last minute! Heather’s original piece, “Long Live the Laysan Albatross” was based off of the event theme of “Long Live the Beach” and was a popular item at the auction. Zak Noyle also had a signed and numbered aluminum print up for grabs, set up next to other great items like a Peter Lik photography novel and various sponsored apparel.
Each year the John Kelly awards are a fantastic way to come together as a community to celebrate the people that care about our surroundings the most. The night was a fantastic time, with catchy music, delicious food and beautifully delicate lighting and decoration – we look forward to another well put together event the next years to come!