Ready, set, paint! Follow some of Maui's most prestigious plein air painters as they capture the essence of the island in a series of Maui moments during the annual 4th of July Makawao Paint-Out Invitational. The following is a schedule of events happening "from crater to coast." For details, call 572-5979 or visit www.viewpointsgallerymaui.com
Kickoff at the Tedeschi Winery and Ulupalakua Ranch: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 28
The vast Ulupalakua Ranch has a history as full-bodied as some of the wines produced by its signature winery, Tedeschi Vineyards, host of the official start to the Paint-out Invitational. This is where the artists begin their journey, creating and unfolding the emerging art history on Maui. Look over the shoulder of an artist, see creation in the process, and enjoy this day at the winery. There are expansive grounds to throw down a blanket or set up a chair and relax. The nearby Ranch Store provides for a variety of picnic options, while the Tasting Room offers samples of wines produced by the vineyard.
Makawao Town Parade
Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm
These wooden boxes and other hand-crafted items by Marten and Deborah G. will be featured at Maui Crafts Guild.
Harvest Day at O'o Farm: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 30 651 Waipoli Road in Kula
Nestled on the slopes of Haleakala is the 8.5-acre diversified organic farm known as O'o. This working farm is owned and operated by the restaurants Pacific'O, I'O and Feast of Lele, supplying them with the freshest produce for their signature dishes. On this particular day, a caravan of plein air artists will have their palettes in hand as the farm blooms with activity.
A Grand Wailea Day: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wed, July 1, sunrise to sunset art on display at the hotel lobby
The Grand Wailea Resort & Spa is a paradise within a paradise, offering the artists endless opportunities to stretch their creative abilities. The artwork from this group will be shown during a reception in the lobby in the evening. It's a great time to meet the artists and talk about their work.
Quick Draw Makawao Town Parade: 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 4
The Annual 4th of July Parade in Makawao celebrates the tradition of the paniolo, providing the perfect backdrop for the Invitational's Quick Draw. Bands, floats, fun and festivities provide ample subject matter for artists. However, the two-hour limit imposes its own special constraints, lending an air of immediacy to their craftsmanship. The paintings (still wet) will be on display at Viewpoints Gallery.
Grand Opening Gala and Awards: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 4 Makawao courtyard
Celebrate the artists and their work during this grand opening celebration. The artist's favorite paintings cover the gallery walls, and all framed paintings will be available for purchase.
Summer Colors at Ali'i Kula Lavender Farm: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 11 1100 waipoli Road in Kula
In the uplands of Maui, nestled along Haleakala is the purple-tinted grounds of Ali'i Kula Lavender Farm. Inspiration will be in full bloom at this working farm, which is home to dozens of species of lavender, olive trees, hydrangea and protea.
A Paniolo Day at Pi'iholo Ranch: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 18 325 Waiahiwi Road in Makawao
Pi'iholo Ranch is home to pastures, horses and the spirit of paniolo country. The venerable Pi'iholo Ranch, which has been in the Baldwin family for seven generations, has some of the most magnificent settings and vistas on the island, and is just up the road from Viewpoints Gallery. Join the roundup for a day filled with paint and pastels, recorded by some of the island's keenest eyes and epic talents.
The creative minds behind G Designs, Marten and Deborah G, will be the featured artists at Maui Crafts Guild from Friday through July 2. The artists' hand-crafted wood collection includes pepper mills, boxes, bowls, wine stoppers with curly koa and more.
Meet the artists at the opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. Refreshments will be served. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, and is located at 69 Hana Highway in Paia. For details, call 579-9697 or visit www.mauicraftsguild.com.
Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center will showcase the work of ceramic artists throughout Hawaii with its "Altered Forms: A Ceramic Arts Exhibition," showing Saturday through July 25.
Ceramic artists including May Izumi and Esther Shimazu from Oahu; and Arabella Ark, Tom Faught and Christy Vail from Maui are highlighted in this exhibition. The artists were challenged to create work, which has been altered in some way from its original form, either thrown or hand built.
The center is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Saturday, and is located at 2841 Baldwin Ave. in Makawao. For details, visit www.huinoeau.com