In the Loop

Artist Rachel Horton will be one of the artists featured during this year’s Maui Open Studios Event. -- RACHEL HORTON photo


The eighth annual Maui Open Studios is now seeking artists to participate in the upcoming event. All artists working in any visual medium, at any level of their career, are invited to participate. This event takes place each weekend in February.

Maui Open Studios was created eight years ago by Carolyn Quan, a former Maui artist who now resides in the San Francisco Bay area. This event follows a model that has been very successful on the Mainland for decades. Artists and artisans open their studios and exhibition spaces to the public. They may show and sell their work, as well as talk story, connect and inspire visitors through one-on-one interactions. In some cases, the artists and artisans may give live demonstrations.

The entire event is free to the public. The mission of Maui Open Studios is to connect the art community directly with art lovers on Maui. Since its inception, the event has featured over 80 artists and artisans, and has generated over 8,000 individual studio visits by art collectors and art enthusiasts.

The event offers a great way for art-loving locals and tourists to experience unique opportunities to connect with local Maui artists and artisans.

Original watercolor painting by Lahaina’s own, Luana Kama. -- Photo courtesy Maui Hands Galleries

During the event, visitors are invited to join many of the artists at the opening celebration and exhibition preview — listen to live music while strolling around, preview a few pieces of the participating artists work, connect with the artists and pick up a copy of the 2018 Maui Open Studios Guidebook. The guidebook contains an artist directory and maps directing visitors to the different studios and exhibition spaces around Maui. Food and beverage options will be available for purchase at the opening.

Guidebooks will also be available at various locations around the island beginning in January and throughout the duration of the event. Visitors may design their own self-guided tours for each weekend.

Artist registration forms are now available until Nov. 1. To obtain an artist registration form, to locate the guidebooks or for any other information about the event, visit

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“Hula Clouds” by Steve Rinaldi -- Photo courtesy Maui Hands Galleries

Maui Hands Galleries has selected the following featured artists-in-residence for the month of October:

Watercolorist Luana Kama has lived in Lahaina most of her life. She attended Kamehameha III school and Lahainaluna High School. Several years ago, Kama returned to art, and watercolor in particular, when she became “semi-retired.” She will be at the Lahaina Maui Hands Gallery from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. every Friday at 612 Front St. For more information, call 667-9898.

Steve Rinaldi will be the featured artist at the Makawao Maui Hands Gallery from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Wednesday at 1169 Makawao Ave. Rinaldi will also be joining the gallery during Makawao Third Friday Town Party from 5 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 20. His preference is oil painting and his style is representational and locally inspired. Rinaldi’s current ambition is to become proficient at “Alla Prima” painting — creating a finished artwork in a single, one-day session. For more information, call 572-2008.

Showing an eclectic and finely tuned style of expression even as a child, Christine Halton cultivated her talents through her job as visual display coordinator for a large Mainland company while continuing to paint and show her work. When she moved to Maui, she found inspiration everywhere. Her most recent pieces are a combination of the fine expression of line through wood burning combined with a depth of color with oil paints. Halton will be creating a new piece, in gallery, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday at the Maui Hands Gallery in Paia at 84 Hana Hwy. For more information, call 579-9245.

Mixed media artist Amanda Scott will be creating a new piece, in gallery, from 1 to 4 p.m. every Wednesday at the Maui Hands Gallery in Paia. A dedicated artist for over 10 years, her muse is usually the female figure, which she renders beautifully in a variety of ethnic contexts, primarily Polynesian. For more information, call 579-9245.

“Palm” by Christine Halton -- Photo courtesy Maui Hands Galleries

“Belonging” by Amanda Scott -- Photo courtesy Maui Hands Galleries