As one of the premier figurative artists in the state, Kirk Kurokawa's much-anticipated annual exhibit is one of the highlights of the Viewpoints Gallery season. His latest collection is on display beginning today to July 2, with an opening reception at 5 p.m. Saturday.
Winner of the Jurors' Award at the Schaefer Portrait Challenge in 2006, Kurokawa has been capturing the nuances of the human spirit and the character of everyday people in oils for many years. This collection is of particular interest as color is the dominating force in his work.
"Looking at the paintings I created for this show, I realize I have pushed my use of color to a new level," says Kurokawa. " Color is a fundamental element in every painting, but I aim to push the limits and use it to evoke moods, enhance the environment and to create thought. I urge viewers to not only see the subject, but to see color - and beyond."
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by Kirk Kurokawa
In conjunction with Kurokawa's exhibit, four master ceramicists are displaying their artwork: Al Schwartz, Ayumi Ditamore, Yasuji Tom Kamijo and Kevin Omura.
The gallery is located at 3620 Baldwin Ave. in Makawao and is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. For details, call 572-5979.
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Univas is this month's featured artist at the Lahaina Arts Society. His "Fusion" exhibit is on display now through July 5 at the Banyan Tree Gallery at the Old Lahaina Courthouse. Celebrate the artist during an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. The gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
Univas is a fresh face on the Front Street art scene who uses various tools to express himself through his art, including combining acrylics and art compounds.
Lahaina Arts Society will also host its Fine Arts Fair, featuring work by Maui artists under the Banyan Tree in Lahaina. Upcoming fairs will be Saturday, Sunday and June 14. Items for sale include locally made ceramics, original oils and acrylics, handmade jewelry, fine-art giclees, photographs and more. For details, call 661-0111.
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Da Vine Art Gallery in Paia will host an opening and sale to introduce artist Damore Friday to Sunday. The show features contemporary, meditative art in gold with three-dimensional pieces using mixed media and more. Wine and pupu will be served. The gallery is located at 149 Hana Highway.
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Art lovers will have the chance to meet and greet Maui artists. Dario Campanile will be the featured artist Friday at Lahaina Galleries' 828 Front Street location. Campanile and Steve Turnbull will appear June 10 during Wailea on Wednesdays at Lahaina Galleries at The Shops of Wailea. For details, call 661-MAUI or visit www.lahaianagalleries.com.