Aurora “Kahelelani” Aguirre will be the featured artist at Iron Willow Gallery for the Third saturday Art Walk, July 21.
Aguirre was born and raised in Hawaii and many of her paintings today are influenced by her love of the islands.
She loves animals of all kinds but has a special fascination with sea life, especially turtles and dolphins.
She has been active in raising awareness of the importance in protecting sea life and has donated proceeds of her work toward different animal rescue groups close to her heart.
Her painting style has a common thread of realism, mastering detail, while at other times her work is expressive and surrealistic.
Over the past several years Aguirre has used in her work her proprietary blend of mixed media and pigments creating an abstract effect. She calls these paintings her dimensional mixed mediums because of the depth the viewer sees when viewing them in person. Her objective for each painting is to stir an emotion or transcend a relaxed feeling to the viewer while at the same time provoking thought.
Aguirre shows her paintings in a Laguna Beach gallery near her home, as well as being a resident artist at Placerville’s Iron Willow Gallery.
She is owner and instructor of Art Appetite School where she teaches art classes to children and adults. She has attained a certificate of achievement in American Sign Language to be able to offer affordable art lessons to deaf children and adults.
Stop by and meet Aguirre on Saturday, July 21, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Iron Willow Gallery, 440 Main St. in Placerville. She will have a DVD presentation showing her creative techniques available for patrons to view.
For more information call the gallery at 530-621-4799.