Our art teacher, Penny Nichols, was recently notified that her painting has been accepted in the Schaefer Portrait Challenge, a triennial, statewide exhibition sponsored by the Maui Arts and Cultural Center. This is the third year that Penny's submission has been accepted to this prestigious exhibit.
The Challenge, held since 2003, is open to Hawai'i artists. The MACC usually select fifty to sixty portraits from the State. Four Kaua'i artists were selected for the Schaefer 2015.
All works entered must be original one-of-a- kind and newly-created specifically for this exhibition. Selected portraits in the Schaefer Portrait Challenge 2015 will be on exhibit at Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Schaefer International Gallery, January 13 – March 22, 2015. Now in its fifth round, this popular exhibit has captivated crowds since the first signature exhibition in 2003. The exhibit features two prestigious awards: the $15,000 Jurors’ Choice Award and the $5,000 Marian Freeman People’s Choice Award.
After the exhibit on Maui, it travels to Honolulu Museum's First Hawaiian Center Gallery, downtown, where it will hang for the summer.
Penny's theme was "artist teachers." She chose as her subject the well-known botanical artist, Geraldine King Tam. Gerry taught art for over thirty years at the Dalton School, a famous prep school in Manhattan, before moving to Kaua'i in the '70s. Portraits in the exhibit are not shown until the show opens in January, so we can't post it here.
"The Schaefer is a kind of self-imposed "challenge" I like - a personal goal," said Penny. "I try to keep growing as an artist, but juried shows like this one require a thick skin and nerves of steel!"
Congratulations, Miss Penny!