The Waimea Artists’ Guild is dedicated to fostering a supportive environment for the arts in North Hawaii. Guild members have access to equipment for small woodworking projects, carving and soldering stations for jewelry making as well as presses for relief and intaglio printing. The WAG workspace also offers community workshops and classes under the instruction of Guild members and visiting artists.
WAG welcomes community participation and support. We are a fee-for-service facility and depend on member participation and community sponsorship to sustain our operation. Our artists are serious practitioners in their respective areas and ask that prospective members be able to demonstrate a working knowledge of the shop equipment. Although our workspace is designed to accommodate individual artists working on independent projects, the rich experience of working in a collaborative environment inspires many of us to reach unanticipated levels of creativity and is one of the most exciting benefits of membership
WAG was started by graduates of HOEA, the Hawaiian ‘Ohana for Education in the Arts, which sought to identify, train and help promote Native Hawaiian artists. These haumana, or students, were looking for a way to continue the exciting work introduced to them by the dedicated staff of this unique project. Although Native Hawaiian ancestry is not required for membership in the Guild, a sensitivity to cultural themes, materials and practices is of primary concern in the operation of our program.
We are located in the same industrial complex as Mama’s House Thriftshop, just past NAPA Auto Parts in Kamuela. To make a tax deductible donation or to find out more details on membership options, payment schedules, classes and workshops please contact us.