In honor of her 50th reunion, Marti held her usual Ho’omaluhia art show a couple of months early to allow her to share it with her classmates.
It’s been an annual tradition for approximately 20 years to show her artwork at Hoomaluhia. Soft, lovely batiks, and vivid acrylic paintings hang in a beautifully staged show complete with potted plants from Marti’s garden and ikebana floral arrangements from Hoomaluhia flower arrangement classes.
As usual, her show is excellent and features some beautiful new work. If you can, you should plan a lunch break to Hoomaluhia to catch the show before Saturday, June 30 when the show will be changing.
Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden Art Gallery
45-680 Luluku Rd,
Kaneohe, HI 96744
(the gallery is near the visitor’s center)
One of Marti’s most interesting recent projects was to select and design a fabric, contribute revisions to the design of a t-shirt graphic, and translate the graphic to a banner graphic (seen below) for her 50th reunion at Punahou School, one of Hawaii’s most prestigious schools.
Punahou has a tradition of diverse and beautiful fabric designs. School spirit is off the charts, so the whole class will usually invest in some fabric and make dresses, shirts, bags, table runners, etc… from the fabric. A couple of years ago, Marti’s design with night blooming cereus, and a vignette of the school was lauded for its excellence. This time, she wanted to evoke some nostalgia with the shirt design, so she opted to revive a classic fabric, originally by Alfred Shaheen circa late 50’s to 60’s.
Since printing is digital now, there is no way to simply continue making new fabric from a vintage print unless you are willing to draw it all over again in the correct digital program to modernize the printing files. Marti did an amazing job of interpreting the original fabric design. The classic shirt print had 36 squares, but Marti changed the type of repetition and dropped the count slightly to 30 blocks.
One of her amazing talents is her broad knowledge of Hawaiian fabric designs and the trends today and over the span of her career as an art director and designer. This ability to select and adapt the classic Punhou pattern resulted in a snazzy-looking (and very generous) class!
Congratulations Class of ’68! What a fabulous reunion!
Come on over to Ho’omaluia Botanical Gardens and see Marti’s art exhibit. Featuring both acrylics and batiks, her stunning work is once again very beautifully displayed. The gallery is free to visit, and is surrounded by acres of beautiful gardens
Art by Marti Rounds at Ho’omaluhia gallery
With 49 beautiful pieces in a variety of color schemes, there is something for everyone’s interest, from vintage Hawaiiana, to botanicals, landscapes, paddlers, and hula dancers. The show runs the September 1 – 30, 2016 from 9 AM -4 PM. Marti is there on the weekends and sometimes on Wednesdays 🙂 ENJOY!!
Marti has a large show up in the Assaggios restaurant in Kailua. The display will run from March 6, 2016 – June 1, 2016. Don’t miss it!
In other news, Marti’s beautiful textiles are once again on the cover of Midweek. Only a few weeks after her prior Punahou textile was shown on the cover story of Midweek, members of the Moana hotel staff and management were on the cover also wearing Marti’s designs.
Marti’s Punahou print, designed in honor of Punahou’s 175 years of educational excellence, is on display all over Oahu now. Dresses, shirts, and accessories all have been made with the beautiful gold and buff material. Most recently, the fabric made an appearance on James Scott on the cover of the latest Midweek from January 28, 2016. Looking great! I’m sure if you go to the Punahou carnival, you will see it many times over the course of your visit to the festive campus!
The 175th anniversary textile that Marti designed for Punahou has been very well-received. Featuring the beautiful night blooming cereus in the school’s colors, it is a big hit with the alumni and students. As you can see from the photos, it is beautiful and well-balanced from a distance. It is also gorgeous close up! It has subtle details of the hala trees at the spring and other school imagery in the blue background. It’s very intricate close up, but because of Marti’s design choice to make the details blue on blue, it doesn’t feel busy or distract from the graphic impact of the cereus.
Punahou has been hard at work using it for many wonderful products.
Ray Hironaka announced: “This Beautiful Fabric is Available in the BookStore, “by the Yard”, so all of you seamstresses can Design and Sew your own 175th Outfits!!! Also in the bookstore are 175th Caps, Polos, Tees,,,,, more styles will be available at the Punahou Carnival in February 2016!!!”
The print is only available for a limited time at the Buff and Blue Store:
Marti will be holding her annual show at the Hoomaluhia Botanical Garden Art Gallery (located at 45-680 Luluku Rd, Kaneohe) throughout the month of September. The beautiful gardens are a fantastic setting for Marti’s batiks and acrylic paintings. She will be featuring new work in both mediums. Please drop by if you have the opportunity and enjoy the sophisticated color palletes of Marti’s beautiful work!