New show at Viewpoints Gallery inspired artistic collaboration

Viewpoints Gallery, located at 3620 Baldwin Ave. in Makawao, presents its December show, “Reaching Out,” running Dec. 1 to Jan. 12. An opening reception with the artists is planned at 5 p.m. Dec. 1. Beverages and pupu will be available.

Local artists George Allan, Gabrielle Anderman, Joelle C., Cudra Clover, Chenta Laury, Terry Lopez and Raybella take part in an exhibit in which they create and explore the possibilities that arise from collaborations with family members who are videographers and contractors, one’s own child, students visiting from Paris and New York, a healer, a well-known biologist whose work focuses on preserving the native environment, a Maui architect interested in the history of local Hawaiian architecture and a poet exploring the deeper meaning of “Aloha Spirit.”

Allan will collaborate with videographers Lisa Fitkin and Andrew Wright (his step-daughter and son-in-law) and contractor Brad Fitkin (his stepson) in combining 2D and 3D artwork and cartooning with his favorite subject matter — koi ponds.

Anderman collaborates with her 8-year-old daughter, Sabine, on a sister-piece to a self-portrait she completed just after the birth of Sabine. In this newer piece, Sabine began the piece, then Anderman would add a bit — back and forth until both were satisfied with the result.

Joelle C. selected to work with her 14-year-old goddaughter, Leane Chicheportiche (a musician at heart) who was visiting from Paris, and Aidan Conley, a 19-year-old daughter of a friend who attends Rhode Island School of Design in Providence. Both girls were visiting this past summer and were encouraged not only to discover Maui as tourists, but to get “in touch with the deeper Hawaiian land and spirit.

Clover chose to work with Malik Cotter — a healer, Chinese herbalist, acupuncture doctor and teacher of QiGong, nutrition and more. Cotter challenged Clover to learn about Tao. After months of research, Clover learned “it’s impossible to depict it, so rather than try to paint it, I am attempting to paint in its flow as best I can.”

Laury was drawn to working with biologist Art Medeiros because of his recognition that “the key to restoring the environment lies in inspiring others to join in this effort.”

Lopez worked with local architect Peter Niess who works in an historical building in Wailuku town. Niess is interested in the history of local Hawaiian architecture, notably C.W. Dickey design elements such as the split-pitch roof and tall windows to catch the trade winds.

RayBella (Ray Slayton and Gabriella Moline) opted to work with 83-year-young Wide Garcia — eloquent poet, outspoken peace activist and multifaceted social artist. Garcia introduced the artist couple to the legacy of Pilahi Paki, known as the “Keeper of Secrets in Hawaii,” whose “vision of the deeper meaning of aloha was officially recorded in 1986 as Hawaii Revised Statutes as the ‘Aloha Spirit Law.’ “ This law requires all Hawaii citizens and government officials to conduct themselves with aloha spirit.

Gallery hours are 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For more information, call 572-5979 or visit www.viewpointsgallerymaui.com.

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