"Welcome." The works is included in "Being There," on exhibit at Nuuanu Gallery at Marks Garage.
It's all about gardening and tender loving care for artist Sanit Khewhok in his latest exhibit
SANIT Khewhok is a collections manager at the Contemporary Museum as well as a gifted artist. He's also a lover of gardening. His latest show, "Being There: Recent Works by Sanit Khewhok," merges all those elements of his life onto the canvas.
A good half of the works are paintings of the gardens at the museum, to show "how marvelous they are," and of garden vegetables.
"I appreciate the gardener, and I see myself as very much like the gardener," he says.
"I work full time as a collections manager; I care for the artwork just as the gardener cares for the grounds. It's the same routine."
"Painting V" is an oil-on-canvas version of one of Sanit Khewhok's wood sculptures.
Other pieces in the show include two-dimensional versions of Khewhok's wooden sculptures. There is also a portrait or two thrown in the mix.
But really, it all comes back to gardening for Khewhok. "The title of the show is from a movie I really like. Peter Sellers plays the main character, a gardener.
"I have an herb garden myself, and I didn't realize how hard it is to take care of. I appreciate the gardener, and I wanted to show that appreciation."
"Being There" runs through March 24 at Nuuanu Gallery at Marks Garage, 1161 Nuuanu Ave.
Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays. Call 536-9828.
A self-portrait Sanit Khew-hok made "for fun."
"The Way Forward 2006," is another painting of a sculpture.
"Weed III," is part of the garden theme of the show.