The 31st annual Art Maui Exhibition is still months away, but will get things rolling from 2 to 4:30 p.m. March 28 with a symposium on "The Business of Art."
Ronaldo Macedo, Chelsea Fahsholz, Panna Speas, and Roger Stephens will participate in the free discussion at the Alexa Higashi Meeting Room at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center.
Macedo, an established and successful Maui artist, will address keeping up with demands in quality and quantity of artwork and talk about developing patrons and collectors. Emerging artist Fahsholtz will turn her attention to choosing a gallery and creating a body of work for a show.
Images Fine Art in Lahaina is showcasing the whimsical sculpture of Steven Lee Smeltzer in a Friday reception.
Maui Hands Gallery Director Speas will discuss what gallery directors look for in artwork while Stephens, owner of Picture it Framed, will explore archival framing and the role of a frame in enhancing a work's impact.
Art Maui is the island's most prestigious annual juried exhibit, dedicated to supporting Maui artists, drawing national and international attention to the island's creative work and expanding attitudes about what defines "fine art."
The 31st annual Art Maui Exhibition will be held at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center's Schaefer International Gallery from June 7 to July 5. The exhibition prospectus and online entry form will soon be available at www.ArtMaui. com.
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Visonary artist Stephanie Clifton presents new creations in a show titled "Entrance Entranced" at Upcountry Fine Art at 1156 Makawao Ave., in Makawao. An opening reception will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday.
She also has work on display at Market Fresh Bistro, 3620 Baldwin Ave. For more information or to contact the artist, call 572-6000.
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Paia's Maui Hands Gallery is featuring the works and wisdom of weaver Susan Jenson, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Fridays through April. Jenson will demonstrate weaving from traditional lauhala to contemporary fiber baskets.
Jenson evolved from a painter to a weaver as she immersed herself in the culture of Hawaii through hula and contact with kupuna. She was especially influenced by master lauhala weaver Auntie Kahili Cummings, 91, who, she says, "totally changed my life."
The gallery is also presenting a show of new work by painters Carnabuci and Iriana Olegovna, opening Friday and continuing through April 16. The opening reception takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.
For more information, call 579-9245 or visit www.mauihands.com.
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Join featured artists Anna Good and Steven Lee Smeltzer from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Images Fine Art, 900 Front St. in Lahaina. Working with palette knife in a "wet on wet" style, Good creates "a romantic world of color, light, texture and beauty," according to a gallery press release.
Smeltzer, in contrast, works in ceramics and bronzes, creating whimsical caricatures of people and animals bursting with personality and life.
The gallery is located directly behind the Hard Rock Caf. For more information, call 662-0884.