Surf is on the rise on Maui's north shore this weekend: Catch artist and author Peter Wise at Paia's Letarte Flagship Store from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday to view paitings from his book "SURF."
"SURF" is Wise's surf paintings paired with stories of surf lovers and aficionados from around the world.
A selection of original paintings from the book will be on display, and 10 limited-edition Maui copies of "SURF" will be available for purchase, with a portion of the proceeds going toward the Surfrider Foundation, a nonprofit environmental organization.
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Original artwork by Peter Wise features surfing scenes from around the world. His paintings will be on display, along with his book, “SURF,” at Letarte Flagship Store in Paia on Friday.
Wise's passion for the waves started at a young age, as he grew up surfing Cape Cod in the '60s. His love spilled over into painting years ago; he was drawn to the sports' "poetic and athletic forms," Wise said.
"Surfing has always been a part of my background and interest," he said.
Viewers may also catch surf stars at the event, such as windsurfer Josh Stone, surfing legend Buzzy Kerbox and others.
Wise's work is found in various public and private collections, including Mead Art Gallery, Amherst College and Estee Lauder Corporate Collection.
Letarte is located at 24 Baldwin Ave., Paia. For more information, call 579-6022.
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The annual Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational is quickly approaching, and artists and art lovers are invited to learn first-hand from invitational artists.
Ken Auster and Camille Przewodek will offer plein air workshops surrounding the invitational. Auster's three-day workshop will be held Feb. 10 through 12, and Camille Przewodek's five-day workshop is set for Feb. 23 through 27.
"Tap this opportunity to hone your artistic skills in Maui's inspirational environment," said event coordinator Kate Bahr.
Contact workshop coordinator Bonnie Fox at email@example.com for information on prices and supplies.A portion of the workshop fees are going toward a youth art scholarship fund.
The invitational is scheduled for Feb. 14 to 21 and features renowned artists from Hawaii and the Mainland. For one week, the artists will gather around the island to capture Maui's beauty in plein air.
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Sargent's Fine Art, at 802 Front St., Lahaina, will host Maui artist Roman Czerwinski from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The public is invited to meet Czerwinski and view his originals and limited-edition impressionist paintings while listening to the music of Curt Lee. For more information, call 667-4030.
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On Friday, Alessio and Marcello Bugagiar will be featured from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Lahaina Galleries' 828 Front St. location in Lahaina.
"'The Twins' have forged a new creative concept using oils on native koa to depict
traditional images of Hawaiian life in compositions that transcend both past and present," the gallery said.
Then, the Bugagiars will once again be appearing from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. during "WOW! Wailea on Wednesdays" at Lahaina Galleries' location in the upper level of The Shops at Wailea.
For more information, call 661-MAUI (6284) or visit lahainagalleries.com.