Attention all dolphin enthusiasts and amateur sand sculpture aficionados: Pacific Whale Foundation wants you to participate in the 2009 Wild Dolphin Sand Sculpture Contest.
The competition will take place at the north end of Keawakapu Beach in south Kihei from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, with judging to follow immediately and prizes announced about 11:45 a.m. The contest is open to everyone, and there is no cost to enter. Sculptures can be created by individuals, families or groups.
This annual event celebrates the wild dolphins that are found in Maui County's waters, as well as the fact that in 2002, a Maui County bill was passed banning the public display of captive whales and dolphins.
Holly Glenn earned the first place prize in the “Best Individual” category at last year’s Wild Dolphin Sand Sculpture Contest at Keawakapu Beach in Kihei.
Jim Merdan (left) and Glenn Merdan work on their sand sculpture, which won top honors in the “Most Creative” category.
Prizes will be awarded in the following categories: "Best Overall Entry by a Family or Group," "Best Individual or Group Kids' Entry" for kids 12 and younger, "Most Realistic Dolphin," "Most Creative Entry" and "Funniest Entry." The winner for Best Overall Entry by a Family or Group will receive passes for a family of four for Pacific Whale Foundation's Wild Dolphin Encounter Cruise, a three-hour adventure focused on watching the wild dolphins that inhabit Lanai's surrounding coastal waters. Winners in other categories will receive dolphin-themed prizes from Pacific Whale Foundation's Ocean Store. All participants will receive a free Wild Dolphin Guide and a free ocean-themed poster.
This month Lahaina Art Society's Old Jail Gallery will shine the spotlight on three-dimensional glass artist John Lindquist. The show is open throughout August. An opening reception will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday.
Lindquist and his brother Charlie create three-dimensional borosilicate glass sculptures, jewelry and wine accessories using flame-working techniques that push temperatures in excess of 5,000 degrees. Lindquist's recently began work with C3 Submerged underwater photography to create stunning and innovative wall-hanging pieces.
Paia Contemporary Gallery will host a reception for its featured artists Tony Walholm of Maui and Babette Herschberger of Miami from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at its gallery, 83B Hana Highway. For details, call 579-8444 or visit www.paiacontemporarygallery.com
Monica and Michael Sweet are two photographers with one vision. Their combined style consists of vivid works, bright colors and intimate perspectives. Via diving, snorkeling and kayaking, they strive to get close and capture the rare fleeting moments of the Hawaiian islands and surrounding environment. This talented pair has won more than 20 international awards for excellence in art and photography and their works have been published in various magazines and books.
Meet the artists and see their work from 4 to 6:30 p.m. every Friday this month at Maui Hands Gallery, 612 Front St. in Lahaina.
On the other side of the island, Maui Hands Gallery in Paia will present the artwork of Shawn Ardoin from 4 to 6:30 p.m. every Saturday in August. The gallery is located at 84 Hana Highway in Paia.
Ardoin is passionate about fish. He is passionate about the simple shapes of circles and squares. He is passionate about strong, rich, bold color. Combine these passions and his unique art comes to life. Incorporating a clever use of mixed media on canvas, Ardoin's work is fun, stimulating and contemporary, displaying bright, bold palettes of color. He takes the simplicity of using just one fish in its basic form, and then expands into the complexity of inter-twinning the fish.
Sargent's Fine Art will host internationally acclaimed artists, A.B. Makk and Eva Makk, Friday and Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m. Meet these artists and view their originals and limited editions while listening to the music of Kurt Lee.
Eva is an impressionist, while A.B. works as a portrait painter. Together they have painted presidents and grand scale murals for churches, and have earned numerous awards. Their works span 50 years and hangs in museums and galleries worldwide.
In other Sargent's news, Roman Czerwinski was honored by the Polish Consulate in Los Angeles on July 29, when his painting was unveiled at the Beverly Hills Country Club to be accepted for a permanent display at the consulate.
Roman is an impressionist painter who lives on Maui and whose work is currently on display at Sargent's. His work was also accepted by the Polish Embassy in Washington, D.C., and Chicago.
Sargent's Fine Art is located at 802 Front St. in Lahaina. For details, call 667-4030.