Kipaipai Board and Staff

Rose Adare

A pop figurative gender queer artist, teacher and advocate, Adare (they) graduated from the Academy of Art University and the Atelier for Classical Realism before moving to Hawaii. Their counterculture portrait series Restraint & Revolution continues its tour from the MACC’s Schaefer International Gallery (2013) to museums and galleries in San Francisco, Seattle, and Las Vegas. Likewise, their ongoing, island inspired portrait series Mahalo Nui Loa continues to capture Hawaii’s serenity one painting at a time.

Sylvia Dahlby

Sylvia Dahlby is a lifelong lover of music and the arts and proud to serve on the Kipaipai School of Art's 2018 Board of Directors. She has worked in the advertising, sales and technology industries since 1978, and owned a small marketing consulting company from 1990 to 1998. She currently works as a Rainmaker at SmartSearch software, and teleworks from home serving clients worldwide. Sylvia grew up on Oahu, spent much of her career in Los Angeles, CA and Phoenix, AZ, and currently resides in Hilo. She is an active member of the Social Media Club of Hawaii, Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) Hawaii Chapter, and Hilo Woman’s Club. She supports the Hilo Palace Theater, Hilo Concert Society, Hilo Community Players and has done volunteer work with Project Hawaii to help improve the lives of homeless keiki. Sylvia enjoys gardening, swimming, pizza, chocolate, University of Hawaii Football, and First Fridays. Her favorite holiday is Halloween.

Franny Kinslow Brewer

Franny Kinslow Brewer is an environmental educator dedicated to conserving the natural beauty and ecology of Hawai'i. She graduated from the University of Hawaii at Hilo with a degree in Biology and received her master's in education from Chaminade University of Honolulu. For the last 18 years, she has worked in public service and non-profit, including several years as a public school teacher in Hawaii. Currently she is the Communications Director for the Big Island Invasive Species Committee, where she runs education and training programs to support communities in battling invasive species like little fire ants and albizia trees. In 2018, Franny was awarded the Hawaii County MVP award by the state Invasive Species County for her work. A teacher at heart, she continues to work with teachers to connect students with hands-on and place-based programs that focus on the development of real-world skills. She has lived in Puna since 2004, and with her husband is raising a precocious pre-teen artist and animal-lover with a flair for the dramatic.

Nancy Delucrezia

Nancy DeLucrezia is an artist, designer, somatic therapist and public relations and business consultant and has worked extensively with numerous non-profit arts and social service organizations for the past forty years. She has worked on political campaigns, run a PR firm in New York and a healing arts school in California. She has also produced a variety of programs and special events including seminars, PBS documentaries, art shows, theatrical productions and concerts. She is a graduate of Women’s Economic Ventures Entrepreneurial Program in Santa Barbara, CA and is a charter member of Puna Toastmasters, where she completed Toastmasters International Leadership and Communications Programs. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Hawaii Island Art Alliance and teaches watercolor at Kīpaipai and Volcano Art Center.

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Ethel Mann

Ethel Mann was born in Buffalo, NY and later raised in California. She studied art at the University of California, Berkeley where she received an MFA in 1988 and was a two-time winner of the Eisner Prize. “I think I had something to express,” she explains, “and with the guidance of my fine mentors, I found a way to do it. I loved my experience at Berkeley, in its every nuance.”

She currently lives with her husband of 50 years, Ray, on the river at Enoka Place on the scenic Hamakua Coast of the Big Island.

“Hawai’I has been inspirational on all levels. My work takes many forms, but is always a personal diary. Within the details of the process, the various forms are closely related, even as they appear disparate by genre. For me, discoveries in the creative process are paramount. My work is always an exploration of possibilities. An image may be satisfied with 15 minutes of my time, or it may ask me to engage with it for years. I obey the muse, allowing each image it’s own voice. I love to follow the wind.”

Ethel’s painting, Lament, took first place at the 2018 “Abstract Only” exhibit at Wailoa Center in Hilo.

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Mar Ortaleza

Mar Ortaleza moved from the corporate world in Seattle to the Big Island where he has worked for more than a decade helping “uniquely abled” adults achieve economic stability, financial independence and the ability to live fuller lives.

Mar currently serves as Director of Programs for Full Life, a service provider for people with disabilities. He also founded Abled Hawai’i Artists (AHA) whose mission is to raise awareness about the local community of people with disabilities as an integral part of Hawai’i’s vibrant culture. AHA provides assistance to artists with exhibits, studio space, jobs, skill development, equipment and supplies and mentoring. These activities are primarily funded by an annual festival that started in 2008, and showcases the art of more than 30 AHA artists including musicians, healing arts practitioners and fine artists.

He has also worked as an organizer of Hawai’i Island Like Ohana, I Can Work Hawai’i - Employment Network, and Pua Na Art Festival.

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Paula Thomas

Paula is the owner and founder of Delphi Pacific Communications providing creative and strategic writing and communications services to conscious business entrepreneurs. Her work involves assisting entrepreneurs to brand their businesses and express their brand story and core offer in sales pages, websites, social media, press releases, and other collateral materials, including books. She also freelances for Ke Ola Magazine and supports clients in Hawaii, the mainland, and across the globe. She has worked n fundraising, advancement of higher education and has served as program manager, executive director and board member of numerous organizations in Hawai'i

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Pauline Victoria

A Hawaii resident for 12 years, Pauline Victoria has faced a lifetime of overcoming challenges as a woman born without arms and legs. As a college graduate, wife, mother, inspirational speaker, and active advocate for the disability community through her membership on the boards of Assistive Technology Resource Center, Aloha Independent Living Hawaii and the Governor's Disability Communication Access Board, Pauline recently launched One Leg Up Productions, a media company that engages, encourages and empowers people with disabilities.

She is excited to share her spirit to empower people to believe in their personal power and purpose on their road to victory. To learn more about her, you can visit or