2018 Pipeline Body Surf Championships - North Shore - Oahu, Hawaii

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The 2018 Pipeline Body Surf Championships are put on by the North Shore Lifegaurd Association and provide an amazing event for all the Bodysurf enthusiasts. I have been honored again to make the trophies for the finalists, always true waterman who know how to ride the tube at the most deadly surf spot in the world. 

I love Body Surfing. Having my art studio 20' from the sand at the beach where the world famous Banzai Pipeline is a dream come true. I have been able to score so many days of perfect barrels while I wait for paint to dry. Friends would stop by and within 1 min we would be getting tubed in the warm Hawaiian water. So making an awesome trophy is important to me.

Last year trophies were all original artwork, with the first place trophy being a 18x24 original resin art all framed up. With such an awesome trophy like that it was going to be hard to make something more fun.

I had been thinking about the idea since last year and I finally decided I would do while i was snowboarding and thing for a new fun side project. A fiberglassed fin would be the 2018 trophy. a Full fiberglass and resin sculpture fort the winner. 

It took a while to make and it was so hard to sand but eventually I got it done. 

After making some custom prints for 2-6 we decided the design was super cool and everyone should have a chance to take one of these home. We did a limited edition print run of 50. 

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Aloha Tokyo 2019

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Aloha Tokyo! We were so happy to head back to Japan! it had been way to long and we had a blast seeing all of our old fans and new. This year we got to create the poster art for the Hawaiian Event in Ebisu. It was pretty amazing seeing the poster art all throughout the subway system in Tokyo. We also had the opportunity to make the events large mural which was on primary display throughout the festival. During the 3 day event we even did some original live artwork for collectors. It was such a blast and we look forward to going back to aloha Tokyo 2020.

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New Welzie Art Gallery Opening at the Andaz Resort at Wailea, Maui

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Aloha! We are so stoked to announce the opening of our first Welzie Art Gallery June 22nd from 3-6 pm. I’m sure we will be there all night, but come on down to beautiful Wailea and celebrate this life long dream. We will be showing a bunch of new works and sculpture, along with a raffle every hour and even limited edition silkscreen prints for all attendees. Come join the Welzie family for a night of fun. Aloha!

Andaz Maui and Welzie have collaborated to open a new Welzie Art Gallery and a unique Artist in Residency Program at the luxury resort. The new gallery will be showcasing exclusive artworks by Hawaii's premiere resin artist.

Who: Welzie

What: Art Gallery Grand Opening

Where: Andaz Resort at Wailea Maui

When: June 22, 3-6pm and probably later :)

 



New Art Studio!

So Stoked! We moved our little art studio from the beach down at Pipeline up to the quiet hills of Pupukea overlooking Oahu's North Shore. The Beach Studio was amazing but we were busting at the seams and spending more time organizing than anything else.

Up in Pupukea with plenty of space to create but a lot of work was needed to get back to work. We powered hard for a week and made it happen. New walls, door, paint, lights, tables, racks. I'm exhausted but it was worth it. I would do surgery in there but its perfect for having some fun making art.

Check out the little video where I give you a little tour of the space in progress.

Don't forget to schedule a studio visit while your up on Oahu's North Shore. email: chieko.welzieart@gmail.com or call 808-638-0308

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Here is the garage before we moved in. Not a lot of creative energy going on so it needed a revamp.

Here is the garage before we moved in. Not a lot of creative energy going on so it needed a revamp.

So much more space to spread out and work on a body of work.

So much more space to spread out and work on a body of work.

A work bench! look at all this space! Now I can have projects last a while.

A work bench! look at all this space! Now I can have projects last a while.