The Village Galleries holds benefit auction and artist showcase

“Ukumehame” oil on canvas by Macario Pascual -- Photo courtesy The Village Galleries

The Village Galleries has two events going on this week that shouldn’t be missed.

The Lahaina store will be holding a silent auction from the Sue Cooley Collection from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Dickenson Street gallery. Proceeds from this benefit will help support The Lahainaluna High School Foundation, which helps Lahaina youth reach their educational goals, and Hale Makua Health Services, which reaches out to support Maui residents needing assistance with health care.

Cooley was a Bainbridge Island, Wash., resident who spent winters on Maui. During one stay, she was taken to a Lahainaluna football game and fell in love with her “boys.”

As the story goes, Cooley was at a Luna’s football game with her husband and friends. It was a heartbreaker of a game with the Lunas down at one point, by over 40 points. They went on to lose the game 39 to 43. Well, as everyone was leaving the field, the voices of the Luna’s football team could be heard singing their Alma Mater in Hawaiian, voices filled with pride. That moment stuck with Cooley — it showed good sportsmanship and what good men these young boys were becoming.

That inspired Cooley to commit to helping Lahainaluna High School Foundation bring a sports facility to the school.

Arabella Ark’s 23k gold-leaf gilded ceramic tea pot “Gilded Rainforest tea.” -- Photo courtesy The Village Galleries

The Sue D. Cooley Stadium stands today because of her encouragement and generous financial help.

Cooley passed away earlier this year but still continues to help Lahainaluna through the silent auction being held at The Village Galleries.

She had an eye for selecting outstanding artworks and a generous heart for encouraging artists on their creative journey. This auction will present 47 outstanding paintings from five artists from the Sue Cooley Collection. The artists represented are George Allan, Carleton, Michael Clements, Joseph Fletcher and Macario Pascual.

Any works not sold on Friday night will be available at the gallery over the weekend during normal gallery hours of 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The entire collection of 47 paintings can be viewed online at

For more information, call the Dickenson Street location at 661-4402.

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Arabella Ark will be guest artist from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the Kapalua location, off the lobby of the beautiful The Ritz Carlton, Kapalua resort.

Ark has distinguished herself in the art world creating large-scale, architectural ceramic forms and lending them a feeling of mystery and antiquity by firing in the Japanese raku tradition. A self-taught hand-builder, who constructs her pieces from rolled slabs of porcelain clay or paper-clay fiber, Ark nurtures and honors the unexpected changes the fire makes on her work during the raku process.

Her ceramic vessels have been exhibited in numerous U.S. juried shows for the past 38 years and she has toured internationally in Japan and the European Union. Considered one of the leading ceramists in Hawaii, Ark received the 1995 Artists of Hawaii Alfred Pries Memorial Award for Achievement in the Arts. She was Invited Artist for the Artists of Hawaii show at Honolulu Academy of the Arts in 1989 and the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts has selected her work for both the 20-year Retrospective 1967-1987 and the 30-year Retrospective 1967-1997 exhibitions.

Ark has owned and operated a cooperative gallery in Honolulu and her work graces the Hawaii State Convention Center.

For more information, call 669-1800 or visit