by Dr. Barbara Thompson, Art Historian
Tucked in a quiet corner in Manoa Valley, Manoa Gallery is a neighborhood gem where fine arts and crafts by senior Hawai‘i artists Gregory Pai, Russell Lowrey, Cora Yee, Richard A Cooke III, Dennis Morton and Barbara Thompson reveal that inspiration and creativity never get old.
Winner of national art awards, Gregory (born in 1945) was trained as an architect before becoming the chief economist for First Hawaiian Bank and the special assistant for Economic and Policy Affairs under two governors. Inspired by the spiritual beauty of the islands, jazz musician Gregory turned his serious attention to drawing and painting around 2000, when studying at the Honolulu Academy of Arts and the Grand Central Academy of Art in New York.
Now on view at Manoa Gallery, Gregory’s paintings capture the sublime quality of the Hawaiian skies at dusk and dawn, the embrace of mist across volcanic highlands and serene reflections in sacred Hawaiian ponds.
2964 East Manoa Rd., Ste. 1, Honolulu HI 96822