"Tree of Mutant Delights" by Kay Mura is a piece done in ceramic stoneware and copper wire.
"Garden Varieties" features art for and about gardens
Kay Mura and Maile Yawata worked for a year on garden art that's actually for the garden when they decided to join with A. Kimberlin Blackburn and Balcony Gallery's Linda von Geldern for "Garden Varieties," showing through May 7 at -- of course -- von Geldern's Kailua venue.
Included in the show are some of the fabulous beaded sculptures Blackburn is famous for, as well as whimsical trees and fantastical fruits by Mura. Yawata creates sculptures painted in oil and covered with wax.
"Midday Shadows" by Maile Yawata is a work that combines stoneware with oils. Note the real cloth apron.
The exhibit inspired von Geldern, who spends most of her time these days running the gallery, to paint again.
"I have a painting degree, and the good thing about having the show is that I HAD to do it again," von Geldern says.
Of those paintings, she says, "I see the garden more as a 'nature vs. nurture' thing. It's a place where humans affect nature. It's not the wilderness."
Photographs of flora by Blackburn round out the 2D works.
The Balcony Gallery, located at 442-A Uluniu St., is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays. Call 263-4434.
A. Kimberlin Blackburn's "Under Her Canopy," an intricate sculpture of glass beads, acrylic and wire on wood.
Linda von Geldern's "Nymphaea Duo" is an acrylic painting.
"Clouds, Pearls and Shrimp Chips" by Maile Yawata is a mounted stoneware, oil paint and wax piece.