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Even better prints? How is that even possible?!?

Although my current 44″ wide, pigment-based printer is working just fine, I was feeling a little uneasy about not having a reliable back up so bought a newer model with some nifty new features, including a clear coat it lays down on luster finished paper to eliminate gloss differential and increase scratch resistance.

Fantastic custom profiles for all of our Hahnemühle papers were also obtained so the new prints will be even more awesome, if that is even possible, than ever!

And speaking of Hahnemühle … you might already know we carry their papers made of eco-friendly Bamboo and Sugar Cane but did you know they added Hemp and Agave to the line up?

I’ll post information on those some other time. Feel free to ask me about them if you just can’t wait, hee hee.


My plan worked!

A custom 16×24 canvas print for a quarter? Recently I sent out an email letting my clients know they could order a 16×24 custom canvas print for a measly 25 cents. But there was a catch: it had to be in the form of a New Jersey state quarter, the missing link in my collection of state quarters. (And it was limited to the first 3 people to respond.) But my real goal was to get people looking at the art on the back of their money and it worked! I was delighted and gratified at the number of positive comments I received regarding this. So remember, #artiseverywhere . . . Look around you today and enjoy it!

A partial view of my completed quarter collection. Lots of cool designs!
Wondering what a New Jersey quarter looks like? Start checking the backs of your quarters today!

In Memory of david L. hubbard

David L. Hubbard, looking at ease with his easels.

Video link below for the memorial service held at Hilo Fine Art Center on Sunday, December 16, 2018 for our beloved friend, David Hubbard. He was an integral part of HFAC and our lives personally for seven wonderful years. We were moved by the sweet, funny, heartwarming stories shared by those who loved him. As friend and fellow artist Jim Rhodes put it, “he walked the earth softly.” David is sorely missed but we are so grateful for the time we had with him.


We’ve launched our Hahnemühle product shopping cart!

We've launched our Hahnemühle product shopping cart!

We’ve added a shopping cart to our site! Now you can click on the “Shop” tab at the top of our website to order Hahnemühle papers and canvas.

This is the same quality product we use in producing our own giclee prints. Give it a try sometime!

We charge a flat rate of $15 to ship within the Hawaiian Islands.


Our “tradigital” work at Wailoa Center.

Our tradigital work at Wailoa Center.

We don’t just reproduce other artist’s work here at HFAC… sometimes we get to make some of our own! David Hubbard and I have a number of items in an exhibit showcasing “tradigital” art at Wailoa Center thru July 27, 2017.

“Tradigital” is a term coined to describe art and artists that combine traditional and digital methods and media. Hubbard and I hope you’ll take a moment to check out the show. The diversity of the 15 participating artists makes for an interesting, varied exhibit.


HFAC is relocating!

Howdy art fans… please help get the word out: We are moving Hilo Fine Art Center back to our original location in Shipman Business Park! We’ve enjoyed our time in downtown Hilo but we’re adding screen printing to our line of services and want to keep everything in one location.
We’ll be making the move to 16-643 Kipimana Street (Keaau) the week of October 10 thru 14.  Stop by and see us sometime!


David Hubbard on “Tradigital” Painting…

“Tradigital” is a blending of the words “traditional” and “digital”. The process of creating digital art is likewise a mixture of old and new. An artwork is considered tradigital if a significant step in the process of creating the artwork was performed using digital technology.

Artists can experiment with infinite variations using uncoated giclée prints of the original as a starting point.

In the example seen here, the central painting is a traditional oil on canvas. the tradigital paintings on either side are significant reworks from the original painting, executed in oil over uncoated giclée canvas prints. These are original paintings in their own right and depart from the original painting far more than would enhanced giclée prints.

Digital/giclée prints are an important new tool in the artist’s creative kit, and can provide a painter with fresh options to choose from, choices which simply cannot be made within a single painting.

Tradigital painting allows artists to follow the advice of the great sage Yogi Berra, who once said, “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”

It’s a whole new world…


We love our new scanner!

The CRUSE Scanner’s unique light distribution system ensures the faithful reproduction of even the finest surface textures.

Yes folks, we’ve gone big time… and we’re loving it.

We’ve always thought we had a pretty good thing going here. The acquisition of a truly world-class CRUSE scanner is just icing on the cake.

Just how great are CRUSE scanners? The quality and detail of the digital files they produce make them the scanner of choice of organizations such as the Getty Foundation, The Pentagon, the Vatican and NASA, to name a few.

Weren’t we doing pretty well with what we already had?

As a matter of fact, running some tests confirmed the quality of our previous digital captures. However, they required a lot of tear-down and set-up, we couldn’t shoot through glass and we were limited when it came to the depth of texture we were able to reproduce. Well, not any more!

Come in, check it out. We think you’ll love our new scanner too!


Something different for First Friday…

Hilo Fine Art Center is proud to announce that this month we’re doing something a little different for First Friday. 
We’re doing nothing.
More specifically, we are closing at 6 o’clock to go see Arthur Johnsen’s important exhibit at the EHCC/HMOCA. Arthur is one of Hawai’i’s major talents and is holding a retrospective in the Central Gallery there. It will be a beautiful room.
There is a small bit of controversy surrounding the show. Some will argue that Arthur is not nearly old enough, and certainly not dead enough, for a retrospective – but none will argue that he lacks the chops.

We will also be attending the Big Island Plein Air show at Wailoa Arts & Cultural Center. Forty artists from all around Hawaii Island will be exhibiting recent work. We look forward to viewing at least 600 pounds of landscapes there! (Mahalos to Leslie Sears for the cat herding.)

It’s a great month for Art in Hilo, and a good time to play a little hooky.
See you at the openings!


Gosh darn that Bob…

Bob Douglas Lights
“Lights” acrylic on canvas by Bob Douglas, 2013

A shout out today to Bob Douglas. Kudos and mahalo for going above and beyond the call as an artist.

Long story short – on the last day of Bob’s recent show with Trudee Siemann at HFAC, a man visiting from Texas showed interest in one of Bob’s large paintings. As is too often the case, the man was hoping for a significant discount from the listed price. To help facilitate the sale, we agreed to forgo the gallery commission if the man would deal with Bob directly. (Honestly, the painting was seven feet square and was to be shipped to Texas; we were content to miss out on THAT fun.) Bob negotiated the sale, crated the piece, and sent it along. Good job!

Here the story gets special. Afterwards, he came in to give us some money as a token of appreciation. We tried to refuse but he was too persistent. He out-gracioused us. We are in training to see that it doesn’t happen again.

Too many artists see galleries as enemies. They see the gallery as living off the artists’ genius and struggle, contributing little and getting much. Better to see the gallery as your co-collaborator, a partner who will handle the messy and distasteful Selling Art Thing and free you to do the fun and exciting Create Masterpieces Thing. When bringing in work to exhibit, let the gallery know the price you want for the work. Let them mark it up – whatever the number. Then, go home and make more art.

As an alternative, try selling your work door-to-door. Let us know how that works for you!

Again, kudos and mahalo to Bob Douglas!

PS- Whether selling through galleries or by yourself, always ask for a price that would make you happy. To sell a piece and be angry about it just doesn’t make sense…

Thanks for your time,

David L. Hubbard