This is distressing news, and I’m so sorry
all your hard work has come to this kind of
end. My sympathies to you...
Aloha, Jay Jensen
The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu
My dear friends,
I'm just incredibly sad and can't express in
the right words how I feel about such an end
to a project that touched so many people and
showed so much promise. I will write more
when I can.
Retired Director of the Schaefer
International Gallery at the Maui Arts and
I am astonished to hear this news and would
lobby in support at your request. Please let
me know if there is any possibility for
tunring back the clock on this decision.
What a loss.
Michael Marsall, UH Hilo
We celebrate you and all that you continue
to bring to the Arts on the islands! Amidst
inhale or exhale, you are applauded~
The PCG team - Paia Contemporary Gallery
Wow! It is fantastic maximum! I love art and
artists in a very visceral way as they
contribute so much, including one of the
great means of self-expression and
communicating insight. You made a great
Art and table tennis seem kindred spirits,
for the lack of financial flows can make the
engagement such a struggle. It takes the
extraordinary to accomplish the modest.
I feel very good about knowing you and what
you have done!! -Donn
Many thanks for this eloquent, beautifully
written piece and touching recounting of
idspace time Stephen. An incredible
evolution in the rainforest that made me sad
I'd come to know you all so late. I am
honored to be included in your community, to
have been part of idspace.
I want to continue to support and help out -
what are the fines like? I can't afford a
huge amount but maybe all small donations
would be helpful? I will go online and make
a donation to the magazine at
It is a blow to the community and to the
Hawai'i Island artworld to lose a space like
this. I hope for only great things ahead for
you and Patti, Bella and Jamie.
Mahalo no, Val
I've just received and read the last idspace
message informing me of its closing. Even if
I left Hilo Hawai'i more than 5 years ago,
it was always with happiness and great
pleasure that I received and read idspace
news letters, and always with a little
sadness to live so far away and not been
able to join and visit the openings and the
I remember so vividly you beautiful and
genuine place. You, Randy and all the others
will always have a special place in my
heart. It is with true sadness that I read
that it is a good bye newsletter.
I wish you, from the bottom of my heart, to
succeed in your projects and new challenges.
I warmly want to thank you, and all the
others who participate in this fantastic
project - the idspace, for this great
accomplishment and for all you did for the
artists and residents of Hawai'i and for
I hope to have the chance to visit Hawai'i
soon and maybe to have the pleasure to
meeting you again!
With much aloha, Hélène
Thank you and the supporting cast for so
many memorable installations. Thank you for
supporting artists and giving them a
beautiful venue to
showcase their work. Beyond a doubt idspace
was an inspiring, cultural and educational
gem. It's such a shame that the BI is losing
If there is anything, anything at all that
can be done to reverse this please don't
hesitate to call.
Mahalo for everything, Bob Douglas
I am so sorry to hear the news...Hope the
best for you, Sheldon
I am really sorry to hear about the closing
of idspace...I am truly thankful for all the
events that you hosted for the arts
community, and grateful for having had the
opportunity to exhibit in your amazing
May peace descend upon idspace!
Sorry to hear about idspace. You did good.
I'm heartbroken after reading your idspace
announcement. You put such an effort
supporting the creative community. Selfishly
have to admit I looked forward to the next
exhibit and of course the socializing. May
the closing of this journey open to an equal
(or do I dare say) more exciting endeavor.
Anticipating your next adventure.
Hi Steve and Patti,
This is a great lost for artists in our
community. idspace has been the only place
that was opened to and supportive of artists
doing risky and work. What a sad email this
is. Thank you for being there all these
years. Let me know if we can do anything to
rectify this. -Meidor
I would like to let you all know that The
Willis family truly appreciated everything
that you offered not only to our daughter
Isabella, but to the community. We will all
miss being a part of your amazing energy and
we wish you all the best in everything that
you will go on to do in your lives.
With much love, Jenny and family
Thank you Stephen, for a beautiful
article that recaptured the past ten years
at the wonderful space you created.
And thank you for the opportunity to attend
some terrific events in that space, and your
much aloha, Cynee Gillette-Wenner
I cannot even believe that idspace has been
closed down. It feels personal, even though
I have only had the privilege to visit
twice. I feel so fortunate to have been able
to tour your garden and gallery and to have
many beautiful photographs recording those
visits...Thank you so much for providing all
you have for ten years.
Aloha, Bryn Berg
On hearing of this through email and the
Herald Tribune we are outraged and deeply
saddened. Your beautiful home and your
contribution to our lives and the Island Art
community are invaluable.
We have both written letters of outrage to
the Herald Tribune and hopefully there will
be many more.
With deep appreciation, Linda Grotkin, Ray
celeste forwarded to me your email about
idspace. Roger and I are in a state of shock
about it...idspace added class and a sense
of limitless possibility.. we support you
and steve in all your endeavors and hold you
in our hearts.
aloha, laura and roger moses
Sorry to hear about the trouble...What a
shame. aloha, Martina
...This is an outrage. I feel helpless as
many others must feel as well...
SO sorry to read these lines. We are loosing
a BIG part of our artistic expression. Good
luck with everything coming your way.Thank
you SO much for all the beautiful work, for
all these years.
Mahalo nui loa and Aloha, Jo Caron
This is so sad...Mahlos to idspace for the
years you provided the space. You were well
appreciated by everyone that knew of your
beautiful place. You are to be remembered
for this awesome endeavor.
Mahalo, Gail Pyburn (1st and 2nd Hi art face
A big mahalo for doing what you have done
these past years in providing inspiration to
the artists and community at large. Please
come and have a walk through our garden to
enjoy and nurture your creative spirit. We
wish you the best.
With Aloha, Eva and Chiu
tragic........and great loss... I'm so
sorry. I think "goodbye for now", not
Much Aloha, Codie King, Wailoa Center, Hilo
Dear Steve et al,
So very sorry to hear of this trouble. Such
a lovely place to come and visit and such a
labor of love it has been from you and your
household. Will miss these
gatherings but so very much hope you can
continue to feel energized and fed by HI Art
Magazine. Obviously the magazine is also a
labor of love. Thank you for your
invitations to these exhibits at your home.
I have been very honored to have been
included in invitations to these shows. If
you are accepting any donations to help
offset the cost of the fines, I could
contribute a little to help with
that. Blessings on you all. Fine work:)
Best thoughts, Diana
I'm sorry to hear of the passing of idspace.
I had heard about you from my friend Amaury
St Gilles, and hoped to be able to exhibit
with you one day... a space that so clearly
was loved by many in the community - after
all, gathering the community together is a
big part of what Art can do! Maybe some
"mystery" exhibits - large or small - can
spring up here and there around the island!
The thought gives me ideas!
Thanks, Beth Changstrom
aloha steve...i am so sorry to read of your
ousting...it is my misfortune that i never
we have so few venues on island and
especially here on the west side. the
magazine is an eye on
what's going on artwise...hang in there!
-sue mailander of kona
Sorry about the demise of ID Space sounds
like you had a pretty good run.
omg how sad. so typical, very sad -Rob
We are stunned and without words. How on
earth could this happen? ...And, we are
being totally selfish. We both feel like
idspace is a special part of us and had
hoped for another show or event or project
together in the future. The two of us were
looking forward to seeing more shows at the
great space and being on the spectacular
property. Sometimes change is a bitch and so
very sad...We will still have Hi Art
Magazine to look forward to, right? Please
write when you have a chance and let us know
how you are doing.
Sad and aggravated in Hilo, Kathie and John
I am so sad to read that this wonderful,
magical place where one could find such
inspiration and beauty will no longer be
able to welcome us back again. How sad for
you - to see your dream so completely
fulfilled only to see it abruptly come to an
end as well. And, selfishly, how sad for us
- where can we go to nourish our sense of
esthetic? What will happen to you? And, what
will happen to us? This can't be true.
Are there any that can continue your dream
in another space? You are so right about the
commercial galleries. Your space was so
personal, those who came were somehow
connected - we were not strangers. Your
space and the art was such a refuge. Can't
we continue somewhere? What does it take?
But, another place will never have your
gardens, your little gallery lit up in the
dark, and the wonderful sense of being safe
Please let us know if we can do anything -
anything at all - to help in any way. I am
very very sad.
With much appreciation and aloha, Elisabeth
Aloha Stephen & Patti,
Sorry to hear of the current plan to end the
idspace happenings...perhaps the art
community will be able to come to
yourassistance & keep you folks afloat.
Meanwhile, grateful that you're still online
with the mag...there are free ways to
autopost to twitter (socialoomph.com) and
hope to see more of you folks in the social
media/YouTube venues....will RT & share/like
where it's possible.
Many blessings, warm aloha, big hugs! -A.
So, so sorry to hear....
thank you for all, it has been lovely with
such an alternative venue.....setting.....
Oh No Stephen!
I am so sorry to see your place go. Hawaii
so needed your commitment to the arts.
That being said, I totally understand how
tough it must be to try to survive in that
environment. IMHO the people of Hawaii
totally undervalue the visual arts. Being an
artist in NYC is very tough, and there is
way more of an accepted perception of the
value of the arts here.
idspace has held a very special place for
me. The bravery and beauty of the place with
be with me forever. It will be missed.
Hope you are well otherwise, Charles Yuen
Sorry to hear the sad news about idspace.
I'm on the mainland tending to family
business, but I'll be home soon. Anything
that can be done?
Much aloha, K.T. Cannon-Eger
I am so sorry Steve, anything I can do to
help you at this unfortunate time, please
let me know. Man this really sucks...Im
really sorry, but I know this is only a
glitch, you are way to huge of a force and
have so much to offer.
always indebted, Kevin
Its a sad day for the arts.... -Mimi
Sorry about loosing the gallery :) I know
how much you wanted the connected art
community in Hawaii, you did amazing things
and made it happen. I wish I had been there
during the time things were thriving.
It was with great sadness
that I read of the closing of Id space. I
only attended 3 openings there, --but it was
a true treasure, & a fabulous effort that
was extremely successful. I hope that the
HIArt newsletter continues, as I read each
issue "cover to cover"--- it is a wonderful
source of what's happening in art for us
Please stop into One Gallery at 128 Kilauea.
Just up from the farmers market. Our mission
to function as a commercial gallery by & for
artists. It isn't as sophisticated as Id
space, & we do carry little gift items... We
have only been open since January, and it
has been a very slow process of getting art
of substantial quality, but that is one of
our major goals. We have to planting & keep
weeding.. it's truly like a garden.
...One Gallery is an artists collective,
owned & operated primarily by Deborah
Beaver, Eva Anderson, & Amy Markham. It'd
be wonderful if any of you came in to check
us out & shared your insight & feedback.
a hui hou, & mahalo for your idspace experience....... Amy Markham
We met via UH with Suzanne Wolfe a number of
years ago. My name then was Gail Bakutis. I
since moved to Maui and am Arabella Ark.
I am shocked and saddened to hear your
calamitous story... I find the county and
state regulations insane and discriminatory.
I have also never before (i've lived in
Hawaii for 40 years) heard that an artist
cannot make and show and sell his own work
on his own land.
I am sorry you have closed. It is a wrongful
situation. I send this info in sympathy and
I just read your story…how very very sad the
story is….The exhibits look wonderful.
Hopefully something new will pop up for you.
Thank you for Hawaii arts magazine.
Art and artists always have struggled
through the ages and this is probably no
different. I have devoted my life to the
arts on Kauai and am about burned out. I
hope to meet you on the big island at the
opening of the Faces of Hawaii show.
-Carol Ann Davis
Mahalo nui loa for all your hard work and
dedication to our art world! -Rita Coury
Steven, thank you for having made it happen
for those halcyon few years. Much aloha in
those times and much aloha to you now.