Maui jeweler Dianne Anderson will be the featured artist at the Maui Crafts Guild beginning Friday through Dec. 17. Meet the artist during an opening reception from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Dec. 11. Festivities will include refreshments and live music.
The octopus is a favorite subject of this upcountry Maui artist, who has always felt an affinity for this graceful creature.
Anderson also makes a free-form, flowing line of jewelry which incorporates a variety of pearls and other stones. To create her fine silver and gold jewelry she often uses the lost wax process, a method of carving the original in wax, making a plaster mold, casting in metal and then hand-finishing.
Upcountry artist Dianne Anderson’s silver and gold jewelry will be featured this month at Maui Crafts Guild in Paia.
The gallery is located at 69 Hana Highway in Paia and is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. For details, call 579-9697 or visit www.mauicraftsguild.com.
Lahaina Arts Society will be exhibiting recent paintings by Maui artist Eleykaa Tahleh with a new exhibit titled "Where The Temple Begins." Tahleh has created 16 new paintings exploring her connection with the sacred and how it manifests in her life.
Tahleh was raised in San Francisco, Japan and Hawaii. She first studied sumi-e (Japanese brush painting) at age 7, and continues today to paint with vibrant Japanese Holbein watercolors. She loves to paint and draws her inspiration from little snippets or moments in her daily life. Thus each painting depicts a story inspired from a personal experience that is included with her work.
The exhibit will open Monday and run through Jan. 3 in the Banyan Tree Gallery, located in the Old Lahaina Courthouse under the historic Banyan Tree. It will be available for viewing from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The public is invited to an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 12.
Maui Community College's agriculture and art students will team up to hold their annual Pottery and Plant Sale from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. The ag students will have many varieties of poinsettias while the art students will offer an array of ceramic items for functional and decorative use. The sale can be accessed from Wahinepio Street at the recycling center across from Keopuolani Park.
MCC's ceramics students have been busy creating collaborative sculptures to beautify the MCC campus. Over the summer three 6-foot ceramic sculptures were installed between the Heona Art Building and the Ka Lama Building. Meanwhile, painting students have completed four murals on the exterior of Heona and three on the interior.
The latest exhibit at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center's Schaefer International Gallery, "Roots of Inspiration: Contemporary Functional Furniture," continues with two special events beginning this week.
The public will have the opportunity to meet the exhibiting furniture makers, who will spend the day in the gallery giving demonstrations and talking about their work during Furniture Friday. Learn about the tools, techniques and the history of furniture making from 2 to 7 p.m. Friday and Dec. 18. Both events are free.
The idea for the exhibit came from the well-known Maui furniture-maker, Peter Naramore. His source of inspiration was an exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, titled "New American Furniture: The Second Generation of Studio Furniture Makers." That concept in 1989, was to invite a group of renowned furniture makers to use antique furniture as a point of inspiration to create unique new "studio furniture."
The exhibit brings together some of the finest woodworkers from around the state, exhibiting newly created furniture inspired by artifacts, antiquities or architecture of Hawaiian origin. Many of the artists specialize in inlay, carving, turning and veneer work. They make their living primarily from building furniture and are consistently involved in the reinterpretation of familiar, useful furniture forms.
This distinguished group throughout Hawaii offers an unparalleled collection of contemporary studio furniture, all of which will be available for purchase. The exhibit will run through Dec. 23. For details, visit www.mauiarts.org.