“Dreamy Hawaiian Girl” by Madge Tennent, 1945, pen and ink wash
Image: Madge Tennent (1889--1972)

Galleries / A Christmas tree comes once a year. Your walls, however, surround you all year ‘round. In the spirit of decorative cheer, maybe they also deserve a few ornaments of their own: artwork.

Mauna Kea Galleries presents A Madge Tennent Christmas–an evening featuring the works of the celebrated artists beloved for her figurative canvas oil paintings of local subjects, specifically Hawaiian women. The London native who made her home in Hawaii is considered one of the first in the art world to portray Native Hawaiian people as a core subject.

A dozen original artworks from Tennent will be on display, ranging in price from $595–$6,450. Even if that’s a little outside your budget, the exhibit itself is worth a look-through–these Tennent pieces were acquired from a private collection and have never been seen before by the public until now.

Other holiday-themed offerings include limited edition shirts sporting a Mele Kalikimaka graphic based on the artwork of the song’s original 1949 songbook and reproductions of Hawaiian Santa Christmas cards from the ‘50s.

Mauna Kea Galleries, 2005 S. King St., Fri., 12/21, on view through 1/31, 7pm, free, suggested canned good (or other non-perishables) donation for the Hawaii Food Bank, [], 941-4901