Today, the Punahou Art Gallery is the biggest event of its kind in the state. More than 250 artists have brought in about 1,200 pieces of their photographs, ceramics, oil and watercolor paintings, woodwork, sculptures, and jewelry to sale. And this stuff sells, too, with customers ranging from trustees and gallery owners to aunties and tutus.
“It’s an opportunity,” says the painter Peter Shepard Cole. “Artists sell more there than anywhere. For me, it’s like basic survival trying to sell stuff, and it’s great that it goes through their scholarship program. […] It’s humbling to realize how many artists are here, and how many people are good at it.”