A painter, a wood-turner and a jeweler have combined forces to stage a show based on traditions. "Traditions: Allan, Rabold & Rea," will open tonight and run through Jan. 12 at Viewpoints Gallery in Makawao. An opening reception will begin at 5 p.m. Saturday.
One of the islands' premier palette-knife artists, George Allan is also on permanent display at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. For this latest project, the artist sought subject matter that spoke of passing traditions, and in fact, his painting of pineapple workers was finished just weeks prior to the announcement of the closing of this island institution.
Al Rabold, a wood-turner who was recently lauded in the just-released book, "Contemporary Hawaiian Woodworkers," used traditional techniques in untraditional approaches, redefining classic applications in contemporary ways.
Jack Hamilton’s “Buddha’s View of the Lavender Farm”
Jewelry by J.B. Rea
George Allan’s “Plantation Days — Sugar and Pineapple”
Al Rabold “Tropical Expression 2”
J.B. Rea, a master jeweler and instructor at the Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center, used silversmithing tools invented in the 1400s to produce artwork that goes back to his traditions, when he produced his first pieces of jewelry.
The combined talent of these three artists has coalesced into an impressive collection that speaks to the intrinsic value and appeal of the "tradition" concept. Through a wide variety of mediums, approaches and identifying visions, this significant element of our past, present, and future, is beautifully honored and revered.
Viewpoints Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, and is located at 3620 Baldwin Ave. in Makawao. For details, call the gallery at 572-5979.
Jack Hamilton will present an oil-painting demonstration from 4 to 7 p.m. Dec. 11 and 18 at Maui Hands in Lahaina. Hamilton has been painting the views of Maui for nearly 30 years, and loves to share his enthusiasm and technique, and encourages others to "go out and paint."
Some of the artist's recent work will be on display, including the label-award winner for this years Ali'i Kula Lavender Farm Paint Out titled "Buddha's View of the Lavender Farm."
The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, and is located at 612 Front Street. For details, call the gallery at 667-9898 or visit www.mauihands.com.