Local abstract silk painter Cudra Clover, recognized for her dynamic, sensual spin on the traditional art, has announced the addition of several new pieces to Maui Hands' Paia gallery, located at 84 Hana Highway. On display now to May 21, the featured pieces are from Clover's Silk and Steel collection, a series of vivid paintings on silk set against metal frames.
The Silk and Steel collection originally debuted in Maui Hands' Lahaina gallery, where Cudra was the featured artist of the month. With this collection, Cudra explores her playful, honest relationship with the contradictions and natural rhythms of life.
Drawing from influences including underwater creatures, microscopic life forms, and fractal patterns in nature, Clover relates closely to the Biomorphist art movement of the 20th century. Often painting with music swelling in her studio, she creates pieces that seem to conjure a marriage between the life sciences and the arts.
Cudra Clover’s “Assimilation” and other silk art is on display now at Maui Hands in Paia.
Clover regularly exhibits her artwork in galleries and at art events on Maui, and has shown her work at an exhibition in Japan, and at Chicago's Contemporary Museum of Art. In 2008, her "Chaos Trellis" was selected for the juried Art Maui exhibition at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center's Schaeffer International Gallery. Her silk pieces can also be found at the Turnbull Galleries, and will soon be on display in Wailuku and Wailea.
Maui Hands is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays. For details, visit www.cudraclover.com.
You may have heard of Randall Rospond the musician, leader of the energetic Haiku Hillbillys gang. Now meet Randall Rospond the artist. His work will be on display beginning Saturday at Cafe Marc Aurel in Wailuku.
An opening reception for his "Liquid Rose Toons! A Contradiction in Artistic Terms or Not?" exhibit will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday the cafe. With an eclectic self-created mix of prerecorded music, the artist invites you to join him for conversation, viewing, cocktails and food. The night will also feature photography by Sandra Conway. For details, e-mail liq firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jeff Johnson will be the featured artist at the Maui Crafts Guild, beginning Friday to May 7. Meet Johnson at an opening reception beginning at 6 p.m. Friday. He will present raku-fired and pit-fired new work as well as high- fired functional wares. The public is invited; refreshments will be served. Johnson is a longtime potter and an instructor and technician at the Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center in Makawao.
Maui Crafts Guild is at 69 Hana Highway in Paia, and is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. For details, call 579-96978 or visit www.mauicraftsguild.com.