The Schaefer International Gallery at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center will host an opening reception for its newest exhibit, "The Essence of Maui" from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday. A select group of Maui artists has been asked to create one unique work based on their personal interpretation of what the essence of Maui is to them. This exhibit offers innovative ideas that will broaden the perception of Maui as a "tropical paradise" and encourage us to examine new ways of thinking about our island. The show will run from Tuesday to Feb. 20.
The gallery is located at 1 Cameron Way in Kahului. For details, visit www.mauiarts.org.
Internationally acclaimed and celebrated artist Michael Flohr will be visiting Dolphin Galleries at The Shops of Wailea for a reception from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. He will be creating a painting the night of the reception that will be available for sale.
Michael Flohr will appear at Dolphin Galleries at The Shops at Wailea Wednesday.
Flohr is a San Diego-based artist who has become known for his impressionistic masterpieces. His masterful use of light and color create the movement and emotion in each of his pieces.
"All I do is paint - every day. It is an obsession; I can't stop," says Flohr, whose modern impressionist paintings of bars, cafe scenes and rain-swept city streets offer a social commentary on our times.
Gallery hours are from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. For details, call 891-8000.
Art lovers will have the opportunity to meet another artist, Ronaldo Macedo, at Lahaina Galleries from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday. Born in Rio de Janeiro, and a resident of Maui since 1989, Macedo's art depicts plantation houses, harbor scenes and pristine beaches. Macedo is co-founder of Islanders-Hawaii Plein Air Painters. The gallery is located at 828 Front St. in Lahaina.
On the following week, the public will have a chance to meet Peter and Madeline Powell, a husband-and-wife team, who have wed exacting technical photorealism to the sensual memories of one's childhood and nostalgia. The couple, along with Macedo, will be at the gallery during "WOW"! Wailea on Wednesdays Jan. 13 at Lahaina Galleries location on the upper level of The Shops at Wailea.
For details, call 661-MAUI (6284) or visit lahainagalleries.com.
The Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center will present its annual juried exhibition with an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. The show will run through Feb. 18.
Juried by Theresa Papanikolas, curator of European and American Art, Honolulu Academy of Arts and Inger Tully, curator of Exhibitions, The Contemporary Museum, this annual exhibit is open to Hui members ages 16 and older. The multi-media exhibition provides an excellent opportunity to view a survey of the arts community in Hawaii.
The Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center is located at 2841 Baldwin Ave. in Makawao. For details, visit www.huinoeau.com or call 572-6560, ext. 26.
The Green Banana Cafe in Paia is kicking off the new year with an exhibit featuring the raw and untamed graffiti stylist of 19-year-old Maui artist Reuben Cantere.
Cantere first started experimenting with paint in his senior year. He began doing graffiti in the traditional street manor but soon found it led to getting him in trouble. He found himself looking for ways to channel his desire to paint in a more positive way and has finally found a niche for himself putting his graffiti skills on canvas and found surfaces including surfboards.
Most of the graffiti will be on canvas but some of it will spill out on to the cafe walls so that it is not so confined.
The exhibit, titled "Sevn," will show through February. An opening reception will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday. The cafe is open 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.