The new gallery in Kapaa is known as "small but mighty". The purpose of the gallery is to show paintings, sculptures, drawings, graphic designs and  new media. Visitors have the opportunity to deepen themselves in a nice ambience. Our wish is to show a wide spectrum of the european and localart scene.




Art Café Hemingway is opening an interactive project, which asks questions about life, current happenings, or politics.

The expression of the participant can be versatile – from poetry to collages.
The design of the infinite project is created by Mia Reiko Bravermann, who has started with the first question: “What is the reason you get up in the morning?”

Mia Reiko Bravermann had started this question years ago with her friends. These friends created a few hundred cards during 7 years. These will be presented starting april 15th until june 15th in Art Café Hemingway. This exhibition will grow day by day with new visitors.

Mia Reiko Bravermann is a versatile, local artist. For 5 years she lived in Kochi Perfecture of Japan and presented her project in many places there, making it grow. 

"What is a reason you get up in the morning?”
The answers make the exhibition and the answers are from you. Come join the conversation or just come by to enjoy reading the answers of others. 

Art Cafe Hemingway, 4-1495 Kuhio Hwy, Kapaa, HI

OPENING HOURS: Wednesday -Sunday from 8am-2pm and 6pm-9pm

Monday & Tuesday closed



12/7/ 2013 - 1/31 2014 Winter Artisan Fair

Reception Saturday December 7th  6pm - 9pm

What do renowned artists like Louda Larrain have in common with young artisans like Matthew Cowden or Bon Moore or lovers of the crafts like Thomas Braverman or Dead McRaine?

 Simply that they create wonderful and beautiful things which we are proud of showing in Art Cafe Hemingway. The opening is the 7th of December at 6 pm. 

The exhibition goes from december 7th 2013 until January 31st 2014.

Art Cafe Hemingway, 4-1495 Kuhio Hwy, Kapaa, Hi 

30% oft he proceeds will go to disaster relief in the Philippines


9/21 - 12/4 2013 Gustav Klimt

Austrian painter Gustav Klimt was Vienna's most renowned advocator of Art Nouveau, or, as the style was known in Germany, Jugendstil ("youth style"). He is remembered as one of the greatest decorative painters of the twentieth century, and he also produced one of the century's most significant bodies of erotic art. Initially successful as a conventional academic painter, his encounter with more modern trends in European art encouraged him to develop his own eclectic and often fantastic style. His position as the co-founder and first president of the Vienna Secession also ensured that this style would become widely influential - though Klimt's direct influence on other artists was limited.  

7/6 - 9/1 2013 ARTPOETRY by Dorianne Allister Winkler 

Reception Saturday July 6th  6pm - 8pm

Dorianne Allister Winkler is an author and artist who has lived on Kauai for 24 years.

A graduate in Fine Art from Concordia University in Montreal, she exhibits her work throughout Hawaii, Canada and the US mainland.

Her whimsical and colorful images are created using pen and ink, watercolor, and some digital media.

Her passion is to create art that is uplifting and healing. "The art world often frowns upon works that utilize humor, or produce laughter and light-heartedness. It's time to change that! There are many things that art can be, and one of those is joyous and uplifting."

Dorianne has worked for many years on Kauai as a children's educator, teaching conflict resolution skills and art in the public school system and the private sector.

She is currently illustrating and writing several poetry books, both for adults and children.

You may visit her website at <

5/4 - 6/30 2013 RE:CONSTRUCTIONS by Rhonda Forsberg

Opening: Saturday may 4

Rhonda picked up her first camera, a swinging Kodak instamatic at the age of 9 and began capturing the world in her little black box. Drawing inspiration through the experience of raising her son and traveling the world, she is deeply interested in seeing the spirit of the individual she photographs and reflecting a sense of place in her work wherever she might be.

Along with an advance degree in photography, Rhonda brings both passion and energy to her fine art work. She explores psychological themes that are both personal and universal.  Her work centers on the narrative image, the feminine, and the transitory element of the human experience connecting the present to the past. She stages scenarios and fabricates scenes and characters that are thematic to the fears, joys, and dilemmas in life. Rhonda’s work has received awards both nationally and internationally and is held in private collections in the US and Canada.

Rhonda’s professional life includes owning a photography studio for 12 years creating commercial, lifestyle, and editorial work. She continues to make portraits that intuitively see past the discomfort of unnatural smiles to get next to the skin of her client. Rhonda spends a great deal of time and commitment championing various art associations and mentoring young photographers. She presently resides on the island of Kauai still capturing her world one frame at a time using her favorite camera, which fits in her pocket.


3/2 - 4/30 2013 EVOLUTION by Hiromi Ozaki

Opening: Saturday 2nd at 6 pm

Born in the small country town of Mizusawa Japan, international artist Hiromi Ozaki migrated to Sydney, Australia in 1987  Since acquiring a BFA with honors (painting) in 2005 from the National Art School in Sydney, she quickly established herself on the contemporary art scene.  Rapidly becoming renowned for her innovative approach to the canvas, Hiromi has works in collections worldwide, including Australia the United Kingdom, Japan and the USA. She has been commissioned for works displayed by five-star hotels City of Dreams, Wynn Resort, Crown Casino, Hyatt Regency, Shangri-La Hotel, and Fullerton Bay Hotel  (Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Tokyo) as well as major Australasian corporations Mirvac, Acumen, and Multiplex.

“ Painting provides me with the freedom to express myself.  Beauty and colors are my interests.  Simplicity is my language.  I am currently inspired by landscapes - trees, flowers, natural scenes, but actually not painting the trees, flowers and scenes themselves, but the atmosphere of them. ”

“ When I am in Hawaii where I have been spending a lot of time over the past two years, I feel I’ve come home in myself. The environment here is so different to Australia. It is triggering new, creative ideas.  I am discovering and uncovering the unknown in myself.”


12/1 - 1/30  2012/2013 Fanny Bilodeau

Art Cafe Hemingway 1 year Anniversary

November 3rd to November 27th -  fort the 1 year anniversary

exhibition “360°“ by Conni Berray

Reception 11/3 at 6pm.

November 18 it will be one year ago, that we opened the Cafe with the galery in the first floor in Kapaa.

We are very happy, that the people of Kauai have accepted us so openly and that after a whole year they made us feel like a new, bigger family. Also, we are happy to make the travelers feel welcome at this destination.

The galery has a whole year of exhibitions behind it and welcomes new visitors that know that it is not here to just sell art, but to relish art in a nice and calm atmosphere. We introduce artists and projects and offer Kauai’s artists constant exhibition opportunities.

November 3rd fort the 1 year anniversary, we open the exhibition “360°“ by Conni Berray,  at 6pm.

When more than one year ago we have been offered to take over the blue house, and we visited it many times to see how we will furnish it, Connie sat on the porch and drew all day.

As if possessed, she brings colors and worlds onto paper and lets us peek over her shoulder from time to time. After many conversations we realized how fate sometimes brings people and places together. Just as we have been connected with the blue house that we have seen on our 20 years of traveling, that we have later on named Art Cafe Hemingway, so has Connie in Wisconsin dreamed of a blue house by a stream , that she has then found in Kauai.

She has spent the last 3 years on this porch of the blue house with writing, studying, reading, conversing and drawing. She will end her circle project on this porch. The project was based on the Chinese Stone of Heaven, Carl Jung’s archetypal symbols, and flow. When she told us that she was an art teacher for 15 years, that she graduated from the university of Wisconsin with a Bachelor of art Education and had a Kapaa Delta Pi in Education and that she was married to John, an english professor who did his dissertation on Hemingway and is als a photographer, poet and drummer, we smiled at how people are connected.

In the exhibition that we will present November 3. To november 27,  we’ll show not only Conni’s Circle project but also her fabric design.

Art Cafe Hemingway, 4-1495 Kuhio Hwy, Kapaa, Hawaii, Phone: (822) 22-50


9/1 - 10/28 / 2012 Taylor Camp 

1969 - 1977. Photographic exhibition by John Wehrheim

Opening Party ! 5:00pm, September 1st.

In 1969, thirteen Hippies–refugees from campus riots, war protests and police brutality–fled to the remote Hawaiian island of Kauai. Before long this little tribe of men, women and children were arrested and sentenced to ninety days hard labor for having no money and no home. Island resident Howard Taylor, brother of actress Elizabeth, bailed out the group and invited them to camp on his vacant ocean front land–then left them on their own, without any restrictions, regulations or supervision. Soon waves of hippies, surfers and troubled Vietnam vets found their way to this clothing-optional, pot-friendly tree house village at the end of the road on the Island’s North Shore.

In 1977 after condemning the village to make way for a State park, Government officials torched the tree houses, leaving little but ashes and memories of “the best days of our lives.”

John Wehrheim’s 1970s photographs reveal a community that created order without rules and rejected materialism for the healing power of nature. The story of Taylor Camp’s eight-year existence is told through interviews made 35 years later after tracking down the campers, their neighbors and the government officials who finally got rid of them.  Read less

John Wehrheim’s powerful black-and-white photographs are a time capsule of the Woodstock Generation’s “back to the garden” dream. An important piece of American history beautifully captured.


7/7 - 8/2 / 2012 Destiny Kauai

Coming to Kaua’I, and being into photography, it is impossible to resist spending your time behind the viewfinder. Every day painted by different light. Every day another sunset. An inexhaustible pool of colors and motifs are created this way. Pictures that have been taken over the last 2 years show the feeling, the colors and the calming feeling of Kaua’i.


6/2/2012 - 7/1/2012 Gabriela Taylor

Gabriela Taylor is a 40 year resident of Keapana Valley. A world traveler for world peace, she writes travel stories, and shoots/edits video to share her exotic experiences with the community. Gabriela has been creating ceramic sculpture for 20 years.
 “For me, ‘dreaming awake’ evokes images and emotions that result in creative expression. My sculptures of dancers are born out of my passion for dance, which allows energy to flow through my body while I’m sculpting. Mostly, I don’t know what will emerge from the medium or from my original impulse. Rather, the process itself becomes an experience of discovery and delight. My male/female faces represent yin and yang energies, also called the play of opposites. One is always changing into the other since nothing is stagnant in our infinite universe of swirling energy.
 I asked my lovely Hawaiian friend, Manulele, a well-known singer on Kaua’i, to sit for me because I admire her talent as well as her qualities of openness and kindness. Manulele’s connection with nature is depicted by whales and a pueo (Hawaiian owl), which are her 'aumakua (protective nature spirits). I too am inspired and energized by my island home, from the beauty of the mountains to the vastness of the sea, as well as by our wonderful community.  I feel totally blessed.


In your light I learn how to love, in your beauty how to make poems.  

You dance inside my chest, where no one sees you. 

But sometimes I do, and that sight becomes this art.

                               Jalal al-Din Rumi    13th century mystic /Sufi poet, Turkey  



5/5/2012 - 5/31/2012 Adove

Adove is a multimedia artist who brings the sacred feminine to life.  When she enters a room the question comes immediately to mind; “How did this mermaid learn to walk?”

Adove began her artistic journey two decades ago with a desire to honor the feminine spirit in nature and legend.  The watercolors and jewelry that evolved from this simple desire have brought her at last to her exhibit at Art Café Hemingway; Venus Transit.   This exhibition will pay homage to the goddess within every piece, as well as in each of us.  Each piece Adove creates is inspired by the divine feminine and is marked by its delicate and organic details; watercolor portraits of the mythological female, handmade jewelry that evokes the spirit of nature and portraits of the amazing women in Adove’s life (including a stunning self portrait) are the predominant themes in this exhibit.  Or, to put it more simply; divas, mystics and muses.


4/5/2012 - 4/29/2012 Reneé Parker Johnston


Part of being an artist came from spending lots of time with my self as a child. I had no brothers or sisters and was raised by a single mother. The other part of being an artist came from the realization that being an artist was all I could do. When I work with my clay I feel centered. There is no right or wrong. I don't need to hurry or become more efficient. It's not about anyone else. This all brings balance to my life.

My work is the externalized dream that streams out from a place deep inside. Sometimes these forms tell me things that my conscious self does not know yet. Sometimes my work is just a collaboration of aesthetics working together in systems that, to me, seem obvious and natural.

My studio is surrounded by a garden and much of my time is spent in the garden, in the woods, on the river, or at the beach, and all this becomes my work. These pieces are alive and fluid, sprouting, growing, bending, curling, and blooming.

Clay, naturally, is delicate as a medium, but also the carriage of the forms is fine and elegant. Yet it is very important that my work conveys strength and significance. There is not much worse to me than something pretty and weak. A balance of beauty, severity and uncompromising substance is vital.


Indiana University Ceramics and Sculpture 1994 – 1998

Virgina Commonwealth University Ceramics 1997 – 1997

Solo Exhibitions

Time Space Gallery, Kauai Modifications of the Mother December 2006

Time Space Gallery, Kauai Cultivating the Unruly August 2007


If anyone wants a invitation to the soon-to-be exhibitions, readings or the like, you can announce it to me:

Art Café Hemingway 
4-1495 Kuhio Hwy, 96746 Kapaa, HI
OPENING HOURS: Tuesday - Saturday from 8 am- 6pm / Sunday  from 8 am- 2 pm / Mondays closed. (Agreeable) 



3/3/2012 - 4/1/201 Kelly Keane

My paintings are a very personal expression of my relationship with nature. I revere the natural world as sacred and divine, and it is my hope to share that feeling with you! Each piece of original art is a culmination of a personal process that begins as a blissful moment of being totally immersed in the beauty of nature. I paint from my own photographs, which I consider the first step in trying to capture the essence of the moment. And then I invite spirit to move with me to paint a representation of that moment that I can share. It is my challenge to allow the painting to emerge, constantly learning and evolving as an artist. It is a great privilege to create art and an honor to consider others would like to bless their home with my paintings!

I am very lucky to be living on the beautiful island of Kauai, providing me endless inspiration. I am originally from the west coast of Washington State, which is also incredibly beautiful, and began painting at a young age by my artistic mother’s encouragement.  Though I began college as a Fine Art major, I like to joke that I got distracted by saving the world. I ended up with a self -designed degree combining aspects of sustainable living, feminism, and art.

It is through that combination, though, that the purpose of my artistic inclinations has emerged. I believe a renewed appreciation for nature is key to sustaining life on this planet. So now I can say that my art is my effort in saving the world!




The Platinum Collection is the title of the biggest retrospective to date by the photographer Robert Vano, who is best known for his male nudes. Vano is a Hungarian Slovak who started out as a stylist on fashion shoots when he moved to New York in the late 1960s, before eventually becoming a much respected photographer himself. At the new exhibition at the Mánes gallery in Prague, Vano – a long-time resident of the city – told me how he gradually found his own style.

“I always took pictures for myself but I never thought or imagined that I could make a living doing it. I come from a very poor family…dad was an electrician, mom was a housewife, so I never had the kind of upbringing where somebody would help me to see things.

“It was rather the people who I worked for. At that time there was a crazy lady, Diana Vreeland, who was editor at that time of Bazaar – she made us see things in a different way.

“So I started to do pictures that way, until a photographer told me that my pictures have no spirit. I didn’t know about spirit, I just thought, if it’s my picture, it’s my spirit. But he said, it’s cold, because it’s a copy of things I have seen by other people.

“He said, you should do something that’s your story, inside, and I didn’t know what’s my story. He told me, you like boys, why don’t you take pictures of boys? I didn’t…not that I would be ashamed, but I never thought of taking pictures of men because there was no market for that – it was like taking pictures of zebras or something [laughs].

“But there was no magazine in the ‘60s where to do it. I didn’t want to go back to washing dishes so I did girls. I told him that I won’t be able to make a living, there are no magazines for men. He said, listen when I started out to take pictures of girls at that time there were drawings in the magazines, before the war – by the time you learn, there’ll be magazines.

“I just took this advice and somehow it worked out after 20 years, when GQ and all that came along. Before that they all said, he’s that crazy guy who takes pictures of naked asses. But when the men’s magazines started I was the one they thought of, they didn’t think of the guy who did Sri Lanka or tomatoes. They thought, he does men, we’ll give him men. And I think that helped me.”

I’ve heard that you were the first photographer to exhibit pictures of naked men in Czechoslovakia after the fall of communism. Did you meet any resistance or opposition in the early ‘90s? A couple of the pictures here are quite explicit.

“I don’t know, maybe the Czech people are not so…revolutionary. First I thought that they were open minded, but now I don’t know if it’s something to do with being open minded – it’s rather not caring.

“In Prague nobody really bothers you so there was not any kind of resistance to the pictures. But I think they think that as long as it’s not my naked son in Vano’s pictures, then it’s OK [laughs].”

I believe this is your biggest retrospective to date. The photographs span four decades of your career – how hard was it selecting the pictures that are on show here?

“I selected pictures from each of the themes I take pictures of…fashion, nudes – men and women, and still life. That’s how I selected them. I chose a portrait that I like so the next thing is I have to find a full-length body to put next to it, and then maybe if there are too many boys I put a face of a girl. Kind of like Bruce Weber – he does 100 boys and then three dogs! [laughs]”

How has your style changed over the last four decades? Or has it changed?

“I think when I look at my pictures it didn’t really much change, because I still…I wish I had the feeling to hang a camera around my neck and go out into the street and do it [take pictures], but probably I’m brainwashed from fashion.

“So I think when I go out that there is nothing beautiful. And if there was I would probably have to paint the house or ruin it, to do something to adjust it to my thing.

“So everything looks the same. I think though that maybe some things have changed more with the body. In the pictures I have of naked men I have from 40 years ago they were all hairy, but now they all shave and they look like the children after Chernobyl [laughs].

“That’s what my mom said, oh, these boys look so funny. I said, mom, why? She said they don’t have any hair, they must be from Chernobyl. I said, no mom, they shave.

“There are some things – the eyebrows are thicker or thinner – but no major changes, like if I went from small format to large format, or to colour. I’ve always been doing the same thing.”

It’s called The Platinum Collection, this…collection. You have used platinum in the processing of the pictures – tell us about that, and what it gives the photographs.

“It just occurred to me because I’m going into the third, like the final phase of my life, and I wanted to organise all my work into one look. And I remembered that one time in the ‘60s I saw an exhibition in New York by Irving Penn, and at this exhibition it said, all pictures are handmade by Irving Penn in platinum.

“I didn’t know what platinum was and then somehow it disappeared and when I wanted to do this [create the collection] and all the digital thing was coming out, and they discontinued the Polaroid film that I was shooting on for a long time.

“So it was like, I had to do something, and I started to think about platinum. And then I find out the history of platinum and it’s such a beautiful way of doing pictures. You don’t use electricity, you don’t use enlargers – because when platinum was invented some time around 1850 there was no electricity, paper had to be handmade, there were no chemicals or starch or acid…

“All you need to do is you need to have a large negative, as large as your picture is – one to one. Then you need handmade paper and the platinum. You brush the liquid platinum into the paper, make it photosensitive and just put the negative on it like a contact and then you take it out on your balcony in the sun. There are no developers or acid or stop bath or all those things. So it’s wonderful, it’s environmentally friendly.

“But I’m doing this because I would like to leave something behind, and one time I read somewhere that if there’s an atomic war that rats and platinum will survive. Or maybe it’s cockroaches.”



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