Happy Holidays Update

Happy holidays to everyone reading this update! This has been the best year yet for Marti and her beautiful art. She would like to thank all of the people who have supported her, attended her shows, and especially those who have purchased art. Marti would like to extend an invitation to her latest show at Assaggio, located at 354 Uluniu St, Kailua, HI 96734 . A selection of her art is on display now until late February 2020. You will see a lot of different work and some new pieces at Assaggio in Kailua. The food is delicious too!


Marti was very busy with shows throughout 2019. Windward Artists Guild Ultra Show II wrapped up in January 2019, the prior year’s Assaggio show was on display through February, quickly followed by Kalapawai Cafe in Kailua, “Unchained” at Gallery on the Pali, concurrent with her main art show for the year in September at Ho’omaluhia botanical gardens. As the year drew to a close, she participated in the Windward Artists Guild Member Show in October, and presently she is showing again in Assaggio until late February. The Ho’omaluhia show especially was well-attended and garnered a lot of positive comments. Many of us think it was her strongest show yet! Here is a little peek at what it looked like.

Ho’omaluhia Show Entry
Ho’omaluhia Show 2019


One of the most important pieces Marti created this year was a beautiful sunrise painting, as seen above. She worked on it off and on for 4 years. It is her largest piece in acrylic to date, measuring 4 feet wide on a large panel. As she completed the painting in a yellow and brown color theme, she felt it was not right. She kept adjusting the various tones but it did not make her happy, so she would set it aside and try again later. After almost 4 years of this type of quandry, some of the areas had been repainted 5 or more times. She took the most drastic action possible and decided to paint a whole new color scheme, which meant painting the entire image again, retaining little to nothing of the old colors. Boldly, she painted over the entire huge surface again. The work progressed rapidly, and her intuition was correct – it looked amazing! The new colors were richer and more harmonious. Marti finished it 3 hours before a dinner party. One of the guests saw her work and it was sold immediately only three hours after the paint dried! It was on lend for the Ho’omaluhia exhibit and that was likely the only time it will be seen in one of Marti’s exhibits. Four years to make, and three hours later it already sold. It was gratifying to see so her efforts appreciated and rewarded so quickly!

That wraps up 2019 for now. Best wishes in 2020 from Marti!

Marti in Midweek; Marti at Hoomaluhia!

Aloha all,

What an eventful time for Marti!

In June, the Punahou reunion held an alumni art show that Marti participated in.


In September, she was in Midweek, featured in “Long on Art” column for September 6, 2017 – in time to remind everyone to go see her beautiful, vibrant show at Hoomaluhia.

You can read the column here:  http://midweek.com/pdf/Windward/2017/0906/html5forpc.html?page=3

(It’s on page 3 and page 4 if that link isn’t taking you to the correct page.)

Marti’s annual Hoomaluhia show will be on display until September 29. Head’s up: next year, Marti will be displaying in June instead of September and she won’t be solo!  That’s a big change!  Be sure to catch this September 2017 solo show so you can see her latest works and the “classic format” before she changes things up for 2018.

Marti will also have a couple of pieces in the annual WAG member show, which is also held at Hoomaluhia.  The WAG member show will be on display October 1 – 28, 2017. A reception for the artists will be on Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 4:00 – 6pm.  Please come join us in celebration!


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Midweek Archive: Ho’omaluhia show 2012


Kailua Artist’s Unique Snapshots: From Beach Days To Elvis Posted on September 19, 2012 by Nicole Kato

Kailua artist’s “Retro Hawaii” exhibit at Ho‘oma- luhia Botanical Garden gallery showcases beautiful paintings of the Waikiki Beach Days of the 1930s and ’40s, as well as the ’60s.

“I named it that because I started painting some of the old Waikiki Beach surfing photos of the past,” explained Marti Wiese Rounds. “I decided I would paint them and do a new twist. I tried to use a photo that was recognizable, but I used a different color scheme and have an unusual technique and style.”

Modernistic is the term Rounds uses to describe her artwork, which has a somewhat abstract rendering. “I say it because you can still recognize that it’s a person, or it’s Diamond Head, but it’s done in a different way. The way that I rendered them, you can’t tell who’s who.

“I’ve got Elvis in there when he was in Hawaii making movies, and I also have some old restaurants, and I painted their matchbooks — restaurants like Coco’sandTahitianLanai.”

About 65 people attended the show’s reception Sept. 9 in the park visitor center, and Rounds was pleased with the turnout and reaction. “I’m proud of it, but I was just absolutely beaming with their reactions to what they were seeing, and what I had done. It

was really fresh and new, and I think that’s what’s needed in the art community.”

For more than 15 years, Rounds was the stylist and colorist at G. Von Hamm Textiles, but during her time here she never created any art. “I always had a whole art staff that did everything, and they’re very good, so I was intimidated,” she confessed. But since her time there, she has followed her own path as a freelance textile artist, creating many works that bring a sense of peace to the viewer.

“The photographs are so flat,” said Rounds, “yet when you really see the paintings in person, it draws you in. It’s very unusual.”

“Retro” also features Rounds’ fabric florals, in which the dye that goes on to the canvas becomes like watercolor.

The show is open through Oct. 3, and the public is invited to watch Rounds demonstrate her techniques from noon to 2 p.m. Sept. 29-30.

For more information, email the artist at marti@inparadise.com or call 233-7323.

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Hoomaluhia Show Wraps up for 2012

Thank you to everyone who attended this year’s show at Hoomaluhia.  It was great to see everyone at the reception!  We have a YouTube video – a Quick Kine KJK production  detailing the show for those who could not be there.  Take a look and you’ll see some of my newest works.

Marti Rounds Art Show 2012

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