Arists will take it outside once again during the annual Maui Plein Air Paining Invitational, happening Saturday to Feb. 21 throughout Maui.
The annual event gathers the top plein air painters from throughout the country to capture Maui's Upcountry vistas, pristine beaches, majestic mountains and historic towns. Visitors and residents can sneak a peak of these artists in action, including George Allan, Betty Hay Freeland, Darrell Hill and others.
The invitational also includes the following special events that are free and open to the public:
Camille Przewodek works from a live model during the 2008 Sunset Paint Out at Kamehameha Iki Park in Lahaina.
* Saturday, Feb. 14, noon to 3 p.m. - Kick off Paint Out
Artists begin the event with the Kick off Paint Out in Kapalua at Kapalua Bay, Honolua Bay, and the D.T. Fleming Beach areas. The freshly painted works of art will be displayed for sale at 4 p.m. at Village Galleries in The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua and throughout the week.
* Sunday, Feb. 15 to Thursday, Feb. 19
Artists paint Maui on location; painters will be seen all over Maui capturing the island landscape and lifestyle.
* Tuesday, Feb. 17, 7 p.m.
Jean Stern, executive director of The Irvine Museum in California, will conduct a lecture titled "The Basics of a Great Painting - Developing a critical eye for collecting the best" at the Pioneer Inn, Lahaina.
* Wednesday, Feb. 18, 4 p.m. - Pacific'O Sunset Paint Out
Pacific'O Sunset Paint Out at Kamehameha Iki Park is another chance to see all of the artists in the same vicinity. The artists will gather at the popular beach park next to 505 Front Street to find inspiration in the sunset, beach scenes, and canoes on display in the park.
* Friday, Feb. 20, 9 to 11 a.m. - Pioneer Inn Lahaina Harbor Quick Draw
Under the gaze of hundreds of onlookers, the artists will have just two hours to complete a painting. The public has an opportunity to watch a painting being created from start to finish.
* Friday, Feb. 20, 5 to 9 p.m. - Maui No Ka 'Oi Magazine Gala Reception
Three of the best paintings from each artist plus the Quick Draw painting will be unveiled at the Maui No Ka 'Oi Magazine Gala Reception at The Village Gallery, 120 Dickenson St. in Lahaina. Awards will be given and art collectors and art lovers will have an opportunity to view and purchase the fresh work. Refreshments will be served.
* Feb. 21, 9 to 11 a.m. - coffee and pastries with the artists
The artists will replace paintings sold on Friday night, and the public will have one last chance to interact with all of the artists and purchase work from the event The Village Gallery. The show and sale ends at 9 p.m. that evening.
For more information, call 298-6360 or visit www.mauipleinairpainting.com.
Indigo Paia is celebrating Valentine's a day early with an exhibit of photography by Daniel Sullivan from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday. Bring your sweetheart and meet the artist. A sample of his work titled "Water-Along the Ganges" (above) focuses on the role of water in both rituals and daily chores along the banks of the Ganges River.
Indigo Paia is located at 149 Hana Highway in Paia. For more
information, call 579-9199 or visit www.indigopaia.com.
Images Fine Art Gallery will host California artist Deborah Crone from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday. Gallery visitors will also be treated to wine, pupu and live music by Scotty Baird.
Crone uses a "Fresco style' in which she combines new art concepts and materials with the oldest known form of painting, using color and texture to create a sense of peace and rest, according to a gallery release.
Images Fine Art Gallery is located on Front Street in Lahaina directly behind the Hard Rock Cafe.
For more information, call 214-0885 or visit www.imagesinc.com.