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On this night- we welcomed Kirsten Simonsen & Katherine Love to Ars Cafe! They graced our space with a whimsical theme entitled The Curious Garden. If you have a chance, stop by the cafe all month long to experience their wonderful art pieces for yourself.


Photos by: Petey Ulatan

Katherine Love was born in Santa Monica, California and received her MFA in painting from The University of Hawaii at Manoa. Her work has been exhibited extensively in Hawai‘i including at the Honolulu Museum of Art School, The Contemporary Museum, Koa Gallery, Cedar Street Galleries, and in solo exhibitions at Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center on Maui, thirtyninehotel in Honolulu, Hawai‘i Pacific University Art Gallery in Kaneohe, and Kirsch Gallery at Punahou School. Nationally, she has shown at Togonon Gallery, San Francisco, CA; Indigo Contemporary Art, Norfolk, VA; Lawton Gallery, University of Wisconsin, Green Bay; Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, OR; and Alexandria Museum of Art, Alexandria, LA. Her work is in the collection of Honolulu Museum of Art and in private and corporate collections in the United States and Europe.

Kirsten Rae Simonsen was born in Montana and received her MFA from the University of Chicago after studying traditional painting in Bali, Indonesia. In Hawai‘i, her work has been shown at the Honolulu Museum of Art First Hawaiian Center, the Maui Arts and Cultural Center, The Arts at Mark’s Garage, and the Honolulu Museum of Art School, among others. Outside of Hawai‘i, her work has been exhibited at BG Gallery in Santa Monica, Root Division in San Francisco, Peter Miller Gallery in Chicago, Pterodactyl Philadelphia Gallery in Philadelphia, and The Residence Gallery in London. Simonsen has created site-specific drawing installations for the Zendai Museum of Modern Art in Shanghai and the Mills Gallery at the Boston Center for the Arts. FreshPaint magazine selected her work for its December 2015 issue (the juror was “The Jealous Curator” [Danielle Krysa]). In 2017, she reviewed a recent art book by artist Natalie Frank & Jack Zipes called Tales of the Brothers Grimm for Marvels & Tales, a fairy tale journal. In 2019, her review of Zipes’ 2017 book Fairy Tale Postcards: Retelling Fairy Tales through Picture Postcards will also be published. She is represented by Artspace Gallery in New Haven, CT.

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