E Komo Mai! Welcome to my blog.

I'm delighted that you dropped in! E Komo Mai: WELCOME! This blog is basically an online visual journal is modeled after a concept I learned of in psychology 101... waaaaaaay back in college. That concept was somewhere in the chapter on The Significance of Dreams, where it mentioned someone's theory on dreaming about a house usually means that the house represents you. So I have used my actual house (Mauna Lea Manor) to structure my blog. In different rooms you will find different aspects of my life; different interests I like to blog about. This is a way to bring a little organization into my life and thoughts for myself... (dreams are in The Bedroom, Family updates are in The Living room, etc.)
This also, I would imagine, make reading this blog more convenient for you as well. If you are a grandparent interested in seeing photos and hearing stories about my boys, but maybe not so interested in my bellydancing obsession: you can just read what goes on in The Playground. But if you are an Art Collector more interested in my latest work and information on collecting, but not especially interested in my personal life: you'd enjoy The Office. Mauna Lea Manor is sort of the foyer to all the other rooms. If you would like to tour my online portfolio, please visit: www.stephaniebolton.com.
I hope you enjoy your time here ;) & continue to stop by!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Don't Forget to wear RED!!!

Tomorrow night you'll be seeing RED...
that is, if you attend the Red reception at Kohala Coast Fine Art
at the Kings' Shops in the Waikoloa Beach Resort.
Red landscapes, surfboards, flowers, birds and more!
There will also be a drawing for some great prizes
you can only win if you are present
wearing RED!
So if you don't have something red to wear- best go shopping!
Reception is from 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Saturday, April 24, 2010


Annie's Grand Opening getting lots of press!
The grand opening of this sensational new burger joint is April 30, 2010.
They will be having facepainting, food samples, belly dance performances, a fashion show and exhibiting artwork from Stephanie Bolton & Ian Haight.
Annie's is open from 11am -8 pm serving lunch and dinner daily.
The onion rings are awesome- I am now addicted to the sparkling lemonade.
They also have vegetarian, fish, poke, and a vegan taro burger- basically something for everyone!
I hope you can come to the grand opening event!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

April Happenings

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Mauna Lea Studios Newsletter April 2010
Coffee & Ti
Ginger & Koi Party
Annie's Grand Opening
Belly Dance Book Project
Coffee & Ti

Painting Classes with Stephanie Bolton

If you are intersted in learning some new techniques like how to paint faster or how add more dimension and drama to your painting, contactmauna.lea.studios@gmail.com
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4/16/10, Art Exhibit at Ginger & Koi's Bi-Annual Sale Party 10:00am- 7:30pm
4/18/10, Kokua Kailua, Alii drive Art Stroll 1:00pm- 6:00pm
4/19/10, Painting Demonstration at Divine Goods Gallery 10:00am-1:00pm
4/22/10, Painting Demonstration at Kohala Coast Fine Art 10:00am- 4:00pm
4/23/10, The RED Show atKohala Coast Fine Art 6:00pm- 9:00pm
2/26/10, Painting Demonstration at Divine Goods Gallery 10:00am- 1:00pm
4/29/10, Coffee & Ti- breakfast w/ the artist at Kohala Coast Fine Art 9:30am- 11:00pm... Painting Demonstration to follow from 12:00pm - 4:00pm
4/30/10, Annie's Grand Opening Event 11:00am- 8:00pm
5/3/10, Painting Demonstration at Divine Goods 10:00am- 1:00pm
5/6/10, Painting Demonstration at Kohala Coast Fine Art 10:00am-4:00pm
5/7/10, Plein Air Show at Kohala Coast Fine Art 6:00pm- 9:00pm
Dear Stephanie,

Aloha! Mahalo for taking the time to see what I am up to. I hope you will be able to join me for some or all of these fun events I have planned this month. There are some fun exhibits and some exciting parties, please read more about them below...
Coffee & TiCoffee & Ti - breakfast with the artist
Kohala Coast Fine Art at the Kings' Shops Waikoloa
April 29, 2010 from 9:30am - 11:00am
Come and visit the artist & enjoy some complimentary warm scones and coffee at the gallery! You can learn about many of the island's finest local painters and sculptors. You can also see Stephanie 's latest paintings, followed by a painting demonstration in the afternoon.
This is a casual talk story time where we can have breakfast together and soak in the beautiful artwork or Kohala Coast Fine Art. Come and go as you please.
I also recomend bringing the walking shoes or strollers to take a morning walk along the lovely paths surrounding the Kings Shops lagoon. The weather is usually perfect for getting a little fresh air along the shower tree lined walkways.
EVERYONE WELCOME- Children & adults!
April 23, 2010 THE RED SHOW don't forget to wear red to this reception party for a chance to win something special during the drawing.
May 7, 2010 PLEIN AIR SHOW come and experience the work of the painters who paint outdoors. This is a juried show & you will get a chance to vote for your favorite art.
Coffee & TiGinger & Koi - Art event/SALE
You Are Invited to Ginger & Koi's Spring Fling!
we're doing our Spring Cleaning & making room for new collections & brands arriving daily! We only do this TWICE A YEAR! Semi-Annual Sale Weekend means everything in the store will be on sale at either 25% or 40% off! our semi-annual sale will be a weekend filled with...
ART SHOWINGS by Stephanie Bolton & Tammy Piper
Delectable Goodies & Drinks
Ginger & Koi gift Cerificate drawings
The first 5 people to spend $150 will receive a FREE full body spray tan w? Kona Tan later that day at Ginger & Koi ($45 value).
Friday, April 16th SALE & PARTY 10:00am - 7:30pm
At the Ginger & Koi boutique in the King Kamehameha Mall (next to the MIXX)
Annie's Grand Opening
April 30, 2010 from 11:00am-8:00pm
Come and celebrate Kealakekua's new favorite burger joint! Annie's boast all local organic ingredients, home-made pickles, melt-in-your-mouth onion rings, PURPLE sweet potato fries, vegitarian & fish burgers, too!
Experience the best lemonade n town- virgin or hard ;) Local brew on tap and a host of creative cocktails.
Annie's is open for lunch and dinner. You can dine on their tropical covered lanai and enjoy views of the sunset and sea. the atmosphere is casual and inviting. The walls feature artwork from local artists, Stephanie Bolton and Ian Haight. Bolton has brightened the colorful walls with exotic flowers and vivd hula dancers, new art will be unveiled at this event.
Ian Haight gives patrons a surfer's eye view of the gorgeous Big Island breaks.
At the Grand Opening event there will be facepainting, live music, belly dance performances, a fashion show from Divine Goods, and lots of fun give-a-ways from Annie's. You won't want to miss this party!
I am so excited to be working on an exciting project involving two of my passions: painting & belly dance!
Zanbaka has written a fantastic series of books entitled "Belly Dance for the Versatile Dancer". Well the fourth book in this series will feature articles written from a myriad of dancers on the topic of various styles of belly dance. I will be illustrating this book with mixed media portraits of the dancers contributing articles. Many of these dancers are the living legends of belly dance and so I am very thrilled to be able to introduce you to each of them via interviews on my blog. On my blog you will be able to read interviews, see my progress on the artwork, and eventually the finished work. I hope to be able to exhibit this collection of paintings after the artwork is finished. If you or an organization you know would like to be a part of this traveling exhibtion of belly dance artwork, please contact me atmauna.lea.studios@gmail.com
Mahalo for your time. I truly appreciate your support and interest in my work! And don't forget that I also am interested in what you are up to- so don't be a stranger. I hope you have a beautiful day!

Stephanie Bolton
Mauna Lea Studios
Mention this coupon to me at this Sunday's Kokua Kailua Art Stroll on Alii Drive 1:00pm - 6:00pm and receive 20% your purchase of Stephanie Bolton Artwork. I will be selling postcards, prints, small originals, and large originals. You can even use your discount toward the commission of a custom painting. But only on Sunday April 18th, 2010 at the Kokua Kailua Alii Drive Art Stroll!
Offer Expires: 4/19/10

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Belly Dance Book Project

I am very excited to announce that I will be working on illustrating a book on one of my most favorite subjects: BELLY DANCE! This will be a special book uniting the writing of many of the living legends of belly dance. I will be illustrating this book with mixed media portraits of these beautiful women. You can follow my progress on the artwork and learn a little more about the exciting lives of these amzing women here! I will taking this opportunity to get to know these ladies better by interviewing them so I can create a portrait that captures more than just a physical likeness; I would like these portraits to capture an essence of who these women are!
I will be posting these interviews on my blog to share with you!
My first interview will be with Tamalyn Dallal
I have been a big fan of Tamalyn's books- she is wonderful and intimate writer who has traveled extensively and danced along the entire journey.
I am very eager to share with you her current project in Zanzibar, where she is attempting to re-introduce the art of belly dance back into this culture.
I highly recommend her latest book "40 days and 1001 Nights" to anyone interested in Islamic culture and travel (you can purchase it on her website).