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Old 08-23-2011, 09:04 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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I was wondering if anyone has any information on the art scene in Kauai. my girlfriend and I are considering moving there from philadelphia. I am dying to go but she is extremely worried about whether she will be able to find work doing what she loves. she recently graduated with her masters in fine arts and would prefer to teach, work at a gallery, or buy/sell. She also wants to have opportunites to show her work at a gallery. I am not sure what kauai has to offer as far as careers/jobs. I will be fine wherever I go as I have not yet figured out my path in life. I'm thinking of going back to school. I know they have schools there! i am really hoping to have some positive feedback so i can reassure her. a place like Kauai is my dream. We are fairly young so we would literally be starting our life there....
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Old 08-23-2011, 09:46 AM
 
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I've been to Kauai twice--driven the island extensively. Trust me when I tell you it is one large hick town subdivided into tiny hick towns. The most culture it has are beer joints along the eastern side leading up to Princeville. You might stand a chance in Honolulu but it will in no way approach the heritage found on the mainland, especially the east coast. And the cost of living there will break you into pieces. I'd skip Hawaii. Venture over to the Hawaii board and read some of the horror stories of people who went to Hawaii with big dreams of fun in the sun and came back within the year broken in mind and spirit.
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Old 10-09-2011, 09:30 AM
 
Location: Capital Hill
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I was wondering if anyone has any information on the art scene in Kauai. my girlfriend and I are considering moving there from philadelphia. I am dying to go but she is extremely worried about whether she will be able to find work doing what she loves. she recently graduated with her masters in fine arts and would prefer to teach, work at a gallery, or buy/sell. She also wants to have opportunites to show her work at a gallery. I am not sure what kauai has to offer as far as careers/jobs. I will be fine wherever I go as I have not yet figured out my path in life. I'm thinking of going back to school. I know they have schools there! i am really hoping to have some positive feedback so i can reassure her. a place like Kauai is my dream. We are fairly young so we would literally be starting our life there....
There are a lot of artists living in Hawaii. I used to belong to a gallery in Kauai. The gallery promoted my work quite well and I recieved very good newspaper reviews of my work. My sales from the gallery were very good. The problem is, you will have mostly tourists buying your work so you have to be very good at depicting Hawaiian nature scenes or in your case, 'Kauaian' scenery. If you are not a good landscape artist, in other words, you probably will not make it. I met an artist in Maui who was very famous for painting whales, above and below water. He ended up establishing his own galleries here on the mainland even. In Los Angeles and even in the Ceaser's Palace shopping mall Los Vegas.
Then, there's Beverly Keene, (Walter Keene's ex-wife). Remember the artist that painted the waifs with big eyes. She ended up in Honolulu painting native Hawaiian waifs with big eyes.
What it all boils down to is this, unless you have a second income, you probably won't make it. With today's economic conditions specially, the Hawaiian tourist industry is suffering.
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