Once a year, Maui's heritage is honored with an extensive exhibition dedicated to contemporary Hawaiian art in mediums as diverse as the culture.
"A Celebration of Hawai'i" at Viewpoints Gallery in Makawao features more than 50 of the island's leading artists; it opens Friday, with a reception on Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m.
"This exhibit offers a rare opportunity to become immersed in the culture, the people, and the heart of the island, as they are immortalized through hand, spirit and talent," said Viewpoints art consultant Peter Rehfuss.
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The exhibition includes works employing oils, acrylic, watercolor, encaustic, ceramics, glass, photography, sculptures, stone carving, wood work, jewelry, bead work, fibers, feathers, baskets, hats and kapa.
The reception will be highlighted by Hawaiian chants, instruments and dance performed by Kamehameha Schools' Maui Hawaiian Ensemble under the guidance of Kumu Kalei Lorenzo-Aarona.
The show will continue to transform throughout the length of the exhibition as new work is rotated and displayed, concluding on April 7. Throughout the exhibition, workshops related to Hawaiian culture such as quilt making, lei making, medicinal plants growing on the island and more will be offered.
For more information on the show's artist demonstrations, events and workshops, visit www.viewpointsgallerymaui.com or call 572-5979. Viewpoints is located at 3620 Baldwin Ave., at the Courtyard in Makawao, and is open Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.
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The first Maui Glass Art Expo, which showcases more than 250 pieces of art glass created by 25 of America's prominent glass artists, is being held in the Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa now through March from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. "This world-class show will be just what the island needs, something new and fresh but also inviting for locals and tourists alike," said Dania Katz, expo director and isle art professional. A portion of proceeds from glass work sales will be donated to The Maui Arts & Cultural Center. The show will be held in the lobby area and is free to the public. For more information, visit www.mauiartglassexpo.com.
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Paia Contemporary Gallery Ltd. is showcasing work by contemporary photographer Kenn Briner of Maui and mixed media paintings by Bill Moore of Los Angeles, Calif. The joint exhibition opens with a reception on Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. and continues through March 2. The gallery is located at 83B Hana Highway in Paia. For more information, call 579-8444.
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On Friday, Maui artist Ronaldo Macedo will be featured at Lahaina Galleries' 828 Front St. location in Lahaina from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Then, work by local plein air artist Sue Perry will be featured Wednesday during "WOW! Wailea on Wednesdays" at Lahaina Galleries' location in the upper level of The Shops at Wailea from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
For more information, call 661-MAUI (6284) or visit lahainagalleries.com.