Barela Gallery features ‘Enns Paints Puako’ (Oct. 4)


Scenes from the sunny, oceanside village of Puako are showcased in an art show 6-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4 at Barela Gallery at the Shops at Mauna Lani.

Titled “ENNS-Finding Paradise, Puako Big Island of Hawaii,” the evening event showcases the art of emerging artist Christian Enns.

Meet the artist and enjoy wine, pupus and music by Travis Wittmeyer.

A painting will be offered as a door prize and two percent of art sales will benefit the American Cancer Society.

“I have created a show of art representing my experience in Puako,” said Enns, who lives in the coastal community.

His art depicts Puako’s varied landscapes and structures such as the landmark Holukoa Church, The General Store, ramshackle buildings and sprawling beaches.

“It’s a story of light and appreciation for the natural beauty of the environment here on the Big Island of Hawaii,” he said.

The artist brands his art “ENNS” and creates all his original art on the Big Island, using “only the finest material and richest pigments.” He creates contemporary oil paintings and resin on panels, ranging in sizes from 9×12 inches to 48×74 inches.

In addition to ENNS artwork, the show debuts a video release on the artist and his art leading up the show. The HD mini-documentary, “ENNS – Paints Hawaii,” is by Kona videographers Al Ronzio and Janet Fisher and offers an intimate look into the life and style of the artist.

Offering insight into the ENNS process, it shares studio footage and large-scale plein air painting at the beach.

A world traveler and big wave surfer, Enns studied art in more than 20 countries. He said traveling inspired his vibrant, expressive style of painting that conveys his experiences.

“In my work with landscape, I have explored light and atmosphere as subject matter,” he said. “Seeking to free my imagination in the process, I weave my experience internally with the external reality seen through my eyes…”

Enns said the Puako paintings are a moment captured in time. “The purity of simple shacks and calm, empty beaches offers a window into the past,” he adds. “It’s a reflection on what was, and at the same time, focuses our attention on the current beauty of Puako.”

The artist earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Laguna College of Art and Design. He also enjoys spending time surfing, fishing and studying classical art.

For further information, call Barela Gallery at 885-5111.

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