Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center will present its 2009 solo artists exhibition, featuring Tim Garcia from Maui and Margo Ray from the Big Island.
Garcia's new body of work, "Oval Explorations," will bring to fruition his exploration of this simple, yet pervasive shape through sculpture, print and cast metals. Ray will present, "Postcards, Snapshots and Collected Lamentations," with collages that are global in their perspective and often address ideas and emotions around our post-colonial present.
The exhibition will run from Friday to Sept. 25. An opening reception will begin at 6 p.m. Friday at the center, located at 2841 Baldwin Ave. in Makawao. For details, visit www.huinoeau.com.
Big Island artist Margo Ray will present her “Postcards, Snapshots and Collected Lamentations” exhibit at the Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center in Makawao.
Chuck Jones’ “Bugs at Piano”
“Ohi‘a Lehua” by Betty Hay Freeland
Animator Chuck Jones has joined the team of artists hanging on the walls at Dolphin Galleries. His work will be introduced during an opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at The Shops of Wailea. Video excerpts from Jones' life as well as portions of his cartoons will be available for viewing.
Jones worked for Warner Bros. and after a very short stay at the Disney Studios, moved to MGM Studios where he created new episodes for the Tom and Jerry cartoon series. During the Golden Age of animation Jones helped bring to life many of Warner Bros. most famous characters - Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd and Porky Pig. The list of characters he created himself includes Road Runner, Wile E. Coyote, Marvin Martian, Pepe le Pew, Michigan J. Frog and many others.
Jones connected with Ted Geisel (Dr. Seuss) during World War II when both served in the Frank Capra unit making training films for the Armed Services (they created Private SNAFU.) Geisel's experiences in Hollywood left him feeling used and abused. He retreated to his home and didn't come back to film until Jones persuaded him to let him produce and direct the 1966 Dr. Seuss' "How the Grinch Stole Christmas." Soon after its completion, Jones and Geisel began to collaborate on their next TV special, "Horton Hears a Who!" Jones died in 2002 at the age of 89, but he leaves a legacy of brilliance, comedy, joy, color and laughter that continues today. For details, call 891-8000.
Meet artist Robert Bissel Friday at Lahaina Galleries' 828 Front Street location in Lahaina. Bissell grew up in Somerset, England, and retains in his love of art, a love of rural life, Celtic legends and panoramic landscapes. After studying graphic design and obtaining a master's degree from The Royal College of Art in London, Bissel moved to San Francisco and began a successful career in retail advertising. After 15 years, he decided to devote all his time to painting. He currently lives in Northern California.
Art lovers can also head over to Lahaina Galleries in The Shops at Wailea for "WOW!" Wailea on Wednesday and meet local artists Steve Turnbull along with Peter and Madeline Powell. Turnbull works with wood, stone, and bronze. He subtracts elements within the medium to bring the form to life, often leaving portions of the piece in their natural state.
The Powells are artists who have wed exacting technical photorealism to the sensual memories of one of childhood's most pleasurable activities: eating candy. Not only getting it, but holding it, looking at it, and unwrapping it. The smell, touch, shape, feel, and taste of it all come strikingly through the dramatically over-sized images.
One of the islands' most celebrated artists, Betty Hay Freeland, will showcase her latest "Island Views" exhibit at Viewpoints Gallery in Makawao from Wednesday to Sept. 22. An opening reception will begin at 5 p.m. Saturday at the gallery.
Freeland began her painting career on location and continues to paint en plein aire, primarily using her island surroundings as her muse. She began exhibiting her work on Oahu and Maui in 1969, and has seen continued success throughout her career.
Her accomplishments include Verizon Hawaii purchasing her image to grace the 2001-2002 Hawaii State Phone Directory cover. One of her pieces in the collection of the State Foundation for the Culture and the Arts was selected for the opening exhibit in the Hawaii State Museum. This April, Tedeschi Winery at Ulupalakua, Maui released its second label featuring her art. Maui Visitors Bureau will be using the image "Wailea Sunset" in upcoming marketing and promotions.
Viewpoints Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, and is located in The Courtyard on Baldwin Avenue.
For details, call 572-5979 or e-mail art email@example.com.