Self-portrait captures people’s choice award

Winners named in portrait challenge

Toni Rose and her self-portrait titled “11471920” is the winner of the Marian Freeman People’s Choice Award in the Schaefer Portrait Challenge 2018 at Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Schaefer International Gallery. Photo courtesy of the Maui Arts & Cultural Center

The Maui News

Oahu artist Toni Rose and her self-portrait titled “11471920” captured the Marian Freeman People’s Choice Award in the Schaefer Portrait Challenge, the Maui Arts & Cultural Center announced Tuesday.

Her charcoal paper, 46-by-56-inch self-portrait was announced as the winner at a reception March 9 in the Schaefer International Gallery. Visitors to the gallery between Jan. 14 and March 7 cast their ballots for their favorite piece in the exhibit. More than 8,000 visitors have come to the gallery to see this exhibit.

The Marian Freeman People’s Choice Award carries a $5,000 cash prize, offered by Gage Schubert and given in the name of Marian Freeman, who was an exhibiting artist on Maui for over 30 years. Freeman’s daughter, Carol Kam, presented the award to Rose at the reception.

Rose earned an associate’s degree from Windward Community College and studied at Zwick Academy of Fine Art in Honolulu. She has exhibited in the Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce’s Commitment to Excellence show (2015, 2013, 2012), where she received a second-place award in 2015, and in the Emerging Talent at the Mezzanine Gallery, Honolulu (2012).

The first runner-up was Maui artist Kirk Kurokawa for “The Breakaway.” There was a tie for second runner-up between Kuakea O. Yasak of Maui for “Mahealani” and Penny Nichols of Kauai for “Self Portrait With Too Much Information.”

Schaefer Portrait Challenge featured 57 portraits of the people of Hawaii and is a statewide juried competition.

The exhibit will be open through Sunday. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday.

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