Founded in 1974, the Waimea Arts Council serves the local art community through:
- Stimulating community interest and participation in programs to develop and display the creative and performing arts for all age groups, be they music, dance, visual arts or skilled crafts
- Coordinating and promoting cultural activities, both local and visiting
The Waimea Arts Council issues a newsletter at the first of every month. It contains information about the current Firehouse Gallery show, as well as other art-related community events going on and information for the membership. Listed below are the most recent newsletters going over the past year.
Click on a year below to open links to newsletters for individual months:
Board of Directors:
(October 1, 2015 – September 30, 2016)
- President: Pat Dinsman
- Vice President: Amaury St. Gilles
- Secretary: Irina Place
- Treasurer: J. Jay West
- Director: Wendi Roehrig
- Director: Christian Marinello
- Gallery Committee: Pat Dinsman
- Hospitality Committee: Irina Place
- Membership Committee: Pat Dinsman
- Press Releases: Corey Humphrey
- Website: Julie McCue
- Newsletter: Julie McCue
About the 2017 – 2018 Board of Directors
Pat was born in San Bernardino, Ca. Moved to Honokaʻa 2011 to be near her family. She has a BA Degree in Art and a MA in Educational Psychology from Cal State University San Bernardino. She retired from a school district’s audiology dept. after almost 35 years. Pat paints mostly in oil, as well as some mixed media and photography.
Amaury Saint Gilles
After living in Tokyo (working throughout Asia) for over 3 decades I moved to Hawaii in 1990 to start a sheep ranch. Why anyone with a college education in the arts would think sheep were somehow kin to cats, after having had many house cats, made me qualified to raise livestock are questions that will never be satisfactorily answered. Suffice to say that project was a hard won success which then re-opened the door to establishing my own fine arts gallery. But after a gallery career spanning 36 years I closed to focus on my next real love – writing. Which is what I try to spend half of each day doing. There is a book or two in those hours as I mine daily for the right words to print on a clean sheet of paper.
Irina V. Place started painting in 1999 and paints in watercolor, oil and acrylic. She is an active participant in West Hawaii Plein Air Painters and North Hawaii Plein Air Painters group, taking part in plein air sessions, critique and discussions, and organizing the art shows. She single handedly organized a memorial art show and reception for a former WAC member. Irina has been in charge of the Hospitality committee since 2010.
J. Jay West has been a member of the Waimea Arts Council since 1988, serving as a volunteer docent, gallery manager, board member and has served most recently as President of WAC. She holds a BFA in Design from the University of Kansas and an ASA degree in Accounting from the Hawaii Community College. Jay currently volunteers as treasurer for Waimea Community Theatre and Recycle Hawaii, two Hawaii island based nonprofits. She is a retired marketing/business consultant and graphic designer, and is currently employed as an administrative assistant.
Wendi Paʻhana Roehrig
Wendi has been a member of Waimea Arts Council since the early eighties and has served on the board on and off throughout the years. She has always loved to create having been fortunate in having a ballet teacher grandmother who introduced and encouraged her in both the performing and visual arts. Drawing, painting, sewing and crafts of all sorts have been an integral part of her life from a very young age.Her educational background includes a BS Degree in Art Education from the University of Oregon School of Architecture and Allied Arts, certificates in Interior Design from LaSalle Extension University and Hawaiian Studies from the University of Hawaiʻi. After retiring from teaching art at Parker School for thirty years, she started a business, Wendi Couture, custom designing women’s clothes, is a kumu hula for Hālau Ka ʻōpuʻu and continues to paint, draw and work in a variety of crafts.
Christian Marinello was born and raised in San Diego, CA. In his early career life he became a United States Marine, a business owner and a marketing consultant. Always being under the sun and near the sea, Christian forged a connection with the powerful surf, the sandy beaches and the salty breezy air. Being surrounded by nature in its most raw form, you can say, Christian is a child of the earth.
In Christian’s most recent years he as made the leap to follow his dream and live his calling, which has been to move to Hawaii and become a full time artist. Once on the island be became a student of Dr. Fred Soriano who is a well-known sculptor in Hilo. Through his teacher’s guidance, and Christian’s ever reliance on his own instincts, he began looking for stones to sculpt. In Christian’s own way he asks the stones permission to be moved and carved. While he feels the need for some to remain he takes the others. As he sits with the stones and meditates on what they would like to become, he begins to work his magic. Each and every stone are hand sculpted with love and mana. They are a mere reflection’s of the beauty of his nature and of the Aloha of Hawaii itself.
Christian became a member of Waimea Arts Council in 2016, and most recently a Board Director. Christian has found a place to utilize all of his talents and skills and still be of service in many ways.