Hawaiian Idyll: John Melville Kelly

Natsha Roessler Drucker, Honolulu Academy of Arts 2009

This beautiful book was published by the Honolulu Academy of Arts in late 2009.  In addition to serving as a catalogue of the Academy’s 2005 exhibit by the same name, Hawaiian Idyll also offers a biography with vintage photographs depicting the fascinating life and times of John Kelly and his wife Kate Harland Kelly, a talented sculptor and photographer. 

Leaving their home where they were active in the Bay Area Bohemian arts movement, they moved to Hawai’i in 1923.  They quickly became immersed in a rapidly changing Island culture.   Written by Natasha Roessler, the book was designed by Hawai’i’s award-winning graphic artist, Barbara Pope, of Barbara Pope Book Design.

Hawaiian Idyll is available from Amazon.com.

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