"Noi Non Ci Saremo" ("We Will Never Be") by Italian artist Antonio Greco is part of the exhibit "Senza Eroi" (Without Heroes") at The Balcony Gallery.
It was Linda von Geldern's daughter, Maya, who provided the island connection for Italian artist Antonio Greco, whose works are currently on exhibit at The Balcony Gallery. Von Geldern, one of the gallery owners, passed on her love of art to her daughter; today, Maya works in Vernazza, Italy, for Greco.
The artist's show, "Senza Eroi" ("Without Heroes"), has been creating a lot of welcomed food traffic in the gallery. It's exciting for isle folks, accustomed to the greens of Hawaii-inspired scenic art, to take in the vibrant reds and architectural images of Greco's work.
The artist says the show is "an effort to return to the land of enchantment" of his childhood in Vernazza, a small fishing village along the coast of the Italian Riviera. That world is "represented by toys and more specifically vehicles from another time." For Greco, the modern world is a place without enchantment, without heroes.
"In adulthood, it is this world of lost enchantment to which I always returned."
"Senza Eroi" continues through May 9. The Balcony Gallery is located at 442-A Uluniu St. in Kailua. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays. Call 263-4434.
Kailua's monthly art walk, which usually is held the second Sunday of the month, will commence today instead because of last week's Easter holiday. The event runs 1 to 5 p.m.
Venues include The Balcony Gallery, Global Village (539 Kailua Road), Island Treasures (629 Kailua Road), Coconut Grove Music (418 Kuulei Road), A Place in Time (48 Maluniu St.), Kalapawai Cafe (750 Kailua Road), Nohea Island Arts (767 Kailua Road), Bead It! (767B Kailua Road) and Cisco's Cantina (131 Hekili St.).
A map of the art walk area is available at all of the participating venues.
All of Greco's works in the show are acrylic mixed media pieces. The artist uses toys and vehicles from an earlier time to depict "a world of enchantment" reminiscent of his youth. Above is "Seconda Casa" ("Second House")
"Guerra Dei Bambini" ("The War of the Children")