Winning artwork by the young entrants in the 2009 Na Mele O Maui Student Art Competition is on display from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center.
Students in grades 9 through 12 at Baldwin High School, Kamehameha Schools Maui, Lahainaluna, Maui High School, Maui Preparatory Academy and Seabury Hall submitted two- and three-demensional art based on the theme Mai Uka A Kai, mountain to sea.
Steve Brinkman, Bonnie Friedman and Phillip Sabado judged the competition in which Bridgette Ige, a Kamehameha Schools Maui 10th-grader, won the $200 Best of Show award and first place in the Division II, three-dimensional art category for her ceramic 'opihi.
Judges Steve Brinkman (left), Bonnie Friedman and Phillip Sabado hold the top artwork in the 2009 Na Mele O Maui Art Competition. Brinkman holds a woodcut by Maui High students Lori Lee Mendoza and Rachel Yanos. Friedman holds a woodcut by Tiffany Suh, 12th grade, Baldwin High School. Sabado holds the Best of Show winner, a ceramic ‘opihi by Bridgette Ige, 10th grade, Kamehameha Schools Maui. A reception for the winners takes place today at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center.
Winners in Division 1 / two-dimensional art are first place: Devin Galloway, Maui High, 9th grade; second place: Vy Luong, Maui High School, 10th grade; third place: Bailey Pendergrast, Lahainaluna High School, 10th grade.
Division II / two-dimensional art winners are first place: Tiffany Suh, Baldwin High School, 12th grade; second place: Ashley Visitacion, Maui High School, 11th grade; third place: Sarah Yadao, Maui High School, 12th grade; honorable mention: Lori Lee Mendoza and Rachel Yanos, Maui High School.
Winning Division I / three-dimensional art was Ken Kanemitsu, Kamehameha Schools Maui, 10th grade.
Following Ige's win in Division II / three-dimensional art were second place: Group project - Jonalyn Dumelod, John Kevin Magaoay, Katelyn Neeck, William Thompson III and Derrick Torricer, Maui High School; third place: Kaili?i Faust, Lahainaluna High School, 12th grade; honorable mention: Sarah Ing, Kamehameha Schools Maui, 12th grade.
Over 20 artists recently participated in Lahaina's first Plein Air for the Young at ART paint-out at Kamehameha Iki Park. Students ages 8 through 16 took part in the event modeled after the Maui Plein Air Invitational, which will return Feb. 13 to 20.
Professional plein air painters Mike Carroll of Lanai and Carleton Kinkade and Ronaldo Macedo of Lahaina coached the students representing Lahaina Intermediate School, Sacred Hearts School, King Kamehameha III Elementary School, Maui Preparatory Academy and Haleakala Waldorf School. The young artists completed their works in two hours. They then took part in a reception and display at Lahaina Cannery Mall.