Colorful hula dancers, butterflies, and turtles made with pheasant, peacock and parrot feathers arranged on her recycled handmade paper will make you want to dance, promises artist Ellen Levinsky. Check out her work and watch as she creates her unique art from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays in March at Lahaina Arts Society's Banyan Tree Gallery, where she is currently the featured artist.
Levinsky will also appear at a reception in the Banyan Tree Gallery from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, at 648 Wharf St., next to the historic Banyan Tree. For details, call 661-0111.
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Award-winning artist Carmen Gardner is sharing her talents through two watercolor classes for beginner and intermediate level students at Kaunoa Senior Center. Gardner's art has been featured in several juried exhibitions, and she has been awarded honors by the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, and by Art Maui: 2009 Featured Image Award and is currently an invited artist participating in Viewpoints Gallery's "Celebration of Hawai'i Exhibition."
"Watercolor Basics Part II" will meet from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays from April 3 to June 19. "Intermediate Watercolor" will meet from 1:15 to 4:15 p.m. Fridays from April 3 to June 19.
For details or to register, call 270-7308.
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The artists will be out and ready to mingle during two appearances this week at Lahaina Galleries' Lahaina and Wailea locations.
On Friday meet Alessio and Marcello Bugagiar at the 828 Front St. location in Lahaina. Enjoy wine, pupu and conversation from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
The brothers combine their talents to create a balance of emotion and technique in paintings of exquisite beauty, according to a gallery release.
Alessio and Marcello, aka "The Twins," conceptualize the works together, but have distinct responsibilities on the physical work. Marcello prepares the board for Alessio to paint. Afterward, Marcello often applies the finishing touches - the gilt, the framing, etc.
Maui sculptor Steve Turnbull and islander Ronaldo Macedo will appear during "WOW! Wailea on Wednesdays" at Lahaina Galleries' location in the upper level of The Shops at Wailea. Enjoy wine, pupus and conversation from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Turnbull's sculpture flows in harmony with nature and he strives to enhance our environment by capturing the natural beauty within the medium, bringing form to life, according to a gallery release.
Whether symbolizing the flight of an eagle or the power of the moving tide, he hopes to enrich his viewers' lives with his art.
"I am inspired by what I see in nature and try to capture that perfection, never pretending to have the power to create the exact scene or object," says Turnbull. "My art is simple, clean, beautiful, and true to what I believe in!"
Macedo's subjects often include renditions of plantation houses, harbor scenes and pristine beaches
"I want my paintings to reflect spontaneous and vivid scenes of people and places throughout the world," he says. "As a painter, I feel that art is an excellent vehicle to share with others the way I see, experience and interpret the world."
For details, call 661-MAUI (6284) or visit www.lahainagalleries.com.