Fresh perspectives are on display at the "Celebrating the Artist In Us" exhibit at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center's Schaefer International Gallery.
This annual exhibit gives Maui students an opportunity to show their work in a world-class gallery, and gives the community a chance to see what is on the minds of our youth.
This year, high school students put themselves on the line with works that focus on image and text. Gallery visitors will get a chance to leave a message for their favorite artist on the Comment Wall.
Celebrating the Artist in US
Precious Koa Wood
Walls of DeBris
The 2009 Student Salon Exhibition is a multimedia medley, showing off student creations alongside the work of Hui teaching artists.
The exhibit runs through May 24. Gallery hours are from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday; and also open pre-show and during intermissions at Castle Theater events. Admission is free. For details, visit www.mauiarts.org.
Meet artist in residence Joel Heinz Wednesday and May 27 at Maui Hands Gallery at the Hyatt Regency Ka'anapali.
Heinz is particularly intrigued by ancient designs on tapa cloth and by Hawaiian petroglyphs, combining these two cultural icons to create acrylic paintings of ancient Hawaiian imagery on tapa cloth. Using the same imagery in his paintings, the artist also sculpts using precious koa wood.
The gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. For details, call 667-7997.
Bryan DeBris is this month's featured artist at Lahaina Arts Society's Banyan Tree Gallery. His "Walls of DeBris" can be viewed from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through May 31. The gallery is located in the Old Lahaina Courthouse near the historic Banyan Tree.
The Lahaina Arts Society will also host its outdoor Fine Arts Fair, featuring local artists showcasing ceramics, original oils and acrylics, handmade jewelry, giclees, photos and more. The fair, which runs throughout the year, will be Saturday and Sunday under the Banyan Tree.
For details or a complete schedule, call 661-0111 or visit www.lahaina-arts.org.
Students and teachers have combined their talents to create Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center's 2009 Student Salon Exhibition, on display now through June 11.
Curated by a diverse group of Hui teaching artists representing a wide range of artistic media, the pieces selected for this year's exhibition represent the technical skills and overall spirit of their classes and workshops. For some students, this is the first time they've exhibited in a public venue. Others have shown regularly for more than 30 years.
This mixed-bag of visual delights includes textiles, oil paintings, ceramics, print work, jewelry designs and more. From small works to large-scale paintings, the pieces create a sea of texture, color and emotion.
The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For details, visit www.huinoeau.com.
The Green Banana Cafe in the heart of Paia Town pays tribute this summer to the vibrant north shore community honoring its signature aspect of life - surfing. The cafe will feature a 13 boards from the Surf History Preservation Collection in its "Vintage Surf Board Exhibit," including a 1940s Tom Blake Hollow Board made of mango wood with vintage deck art, "Surfrider at Waikiki." Pacific System Homes 1930s Waikiki Model is made from redwood, balsa and pinewood laminations which were the Rolls Royce of their day. Also on display is an original knee rider from the 1960s from Don's Surf Shop.
"We are so honored and thrilled to have such an extraordinary exhibit. Surfing has always been a spiritual part of my life, even when I suck at it, but I respect the lifestyle so much that I pursued this exhibit relentlessly," says cafe owner Dean Wong.
Green Banana Cafe is at The Shops at Paia Bay. For details, visit www.greenbananacafe.com.