Artist Michael Clements has an idea of what makes Maui "no ka 'oi." His latest "A Parade of Paintings" exhibit, now showing at Viewpoints Gallery in Makawao, offers this unique perspective.
"Parades are meant to connect us to each other, as a diverse collection of joyful participants gather to strut in front of family, friends, and neighbors," says Clements. "It's an opportunity to celebrate our lives."
As he travels around Maui with paint and pastels in tow, he sees the daily parade of colorful subjects pass by. Stopping, he sets up his easel to capture their essence with the pure pigments of his palette.
“A Perfect Afternoon at Kanaha”
Clements is a member of the Plein Air Painters of Hawaii and Pastel Artists of Hawaii, and has won numerous awards, most recently at the Maui Plein Air Invitational in Lahaina.
The exhibit will run through June 2. An opening reception will be at 5 p.m. Saturday at the gallery, 3620 Baldwin Ave. in Makawao.
Local artists Ben Kikuyama, Peter Powell and his wife, Madeline Powell, are the latest artists to brighten up Lahaina Galleries' six locations.
Kikuyama was born and raised on Maui and majored in Art at Chapman College in California. He is best known for his innovative wall sculptures of horses created with objects collected everywhere from antique shops to garage sales.
"Although line, form and balance play an important part in my work, it is the exploration and revealing of the unexpected that I find challenging and exciting," Kikuyama says.
The Powells have lived on Maui since the '70s and work together as a team painting in a highly photorealistic style on canvas. Subjects have included oversized images of crayons, toys, M&Ms and more.
"Life's treats and playthings from the past and present are what we capture in our paintings," says Peter Powell. "We enjoy taking the little things out of everyday life and giving them the prominence and importance they had when we were children. Our paintings invoke the childhood sprit."
Kikuyama and the Powells will appear on various Fridays at Lahaina Galleries, 728 Front St., and on Wednesdays at The Shops at Wailea. For details, call 661-MAUI. To view their work, visit www.lahainagalleries.com
A new exhibit titled "Three Maui Artists - Three Metal Mediums" will honor Fred KenKnight, Shauna Morrison and Kay Lynne Sattler at Village Galleries at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua. Meet the artists at a reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the gallery, located near the lobby. The show runs Sunday to May 31.
The artists all incorporate metal in their creations. Fred KenKnight's glowing watercolors have accents of metallic paint, Kay Lynne Sattler gilds her primitive fired clay vessels with metal leaf and Shauna Morrison is an island artist creating one-of-kind jewelry using precious metals and natural stones and pearls.
In addition, KenKnight will present "hands-on" watercolor demonstrations from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday and Tuesday as part of the The Ritz-Carlton's Artist-In-Residence Program.
For details, call 669-1800 or visit villagegalleriesmaui.com