Be among the first to see new works by Maui artists Janet Davis and Jim Stewart during an opening reception at 5 p.m. Saturday at Viewpoints Gallery in Makawao.
"This show brings the viewer into the heart, soul, and spirit of the artists, as one is transported through their imagination by images of fantasy, whimsy and abstraction rendered with saturated color and deft hand," according to a gallery release.
Davis' images of mermaids, angels and fairies are composed with everyday objects in a playful and delightful way. Working primarily in oils, Davis often uses the encaustic method to give her paintings a more ethereal appearance.
“While She Was Sleeping”
by Janet Davis
Stewart has recently been brought into the gallery, and this is his first showing on the island. His collection includes paintings created in the studio and others en plein air. The show runs through Feb. 3.
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"Give me your dream and I'll set it in stone," says stone mosaic artist Joshua Kalkstein.
In December 2008 Kalkstein completed his "Looking to Kahakuloa and Looking to Wailuku" two-panel stone mural at the entry of The Maui Home Design Center in Kahului.
The mural uses stones from around the world to depict Iao Valley and historic Wailuku town in the first panel, and the cliffs of Kahakuloa in the other. Each view is framed with plumeria, hibiscus and bird of paradise - all made of stone.
"Never before have the possibilities existed with stone as they do today," says Kalkstein. "I have at my fingertips stones from India, China, Peru, America all over the world. And each one is different, each one is unique!"
In celebration of his stone-mural installation, an opening reception will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday at the design center. A portion of the proceeds for each of Kalkstein's art pieces that sells or is commissioned during the opening reception will benefit Habitat for Humanity.
In addition to large-scale murals, Kalkstein creates hanging gallery pieces that are framed in stone and smaller pieces that can be installed by others. He also custom installs his art in showers, floors and walls.
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Enjoy an evening of entertainment and original Hawaiian art in one of Lahaina's most historic plantation homes as Old Lahaina Gallery of Fine Art hosts its grand opening from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the gallery, located at 233 Lahainaluna Road.
The gallery's collection of art spans more than 100 years of art and artists; as well as numerous works from California and Europe.
For details, call 214-0762 or visit www.oldlahainagallery.com.
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The finest works of Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center members is currently on display at the center's Annual Juried Exhibition. The show includes works by Hui members (ages 10 and older) and features mediums like painting, ceramics, printmaking, glass, sculpture, photography, jewelry, digital imagery, fiber, wood and more.
The show runs through Feb. 10 at the Hui's Makawao property, 2841 Baldwin Ave. For details, visit www.huinoeau.com.
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The public will have two opportunities to mingle with Lahaina Galleries' artists at receptions this week. View their work, talk story and enjoy free wine and pupus at both events.
Sculptor Dale Zarrella will appear from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday at Lahaina Galleries' 828 Front St. location. The honu (Hawaiian green sea turtle) is not only one of Zarrella's favorite subjects for his works, but a personal concern as well. The artist sits on the Board of Directors of the World Turtle Trust, dedicated to the preservation of turtles and their habitats around the world.
Another Lahaina Galleries' artist, Sue Perry, will be at The Shops at Wailea location from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. Painting en plein air allows Perry to explore the vibrant world of her surroundings and compliments the urgency with which she paints.
For details, call 661-MAUI (6284) or visit www.lahainagalleries.com.