The eighth annual "Art of Aloha" will feature artists from across the country and around the globe at Lahaina Galleries' west side location, 828 Front St. The public is invited to meet the featured artists from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the gallery, including Gil Bruvel, Dario Campanile, Darrell Hill, Jim Daly, Ronaldo Macedo, James Scoppettone, Steve Turnbull and "The Twins" - Allessio and Marcello Bugagiar.
At Lahaina Galleries' other location at The Shops at Wailea, meet featured artists Peter and Madeline Powell from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. This husband-and wife-team combine and express their talents to produce a single body of work of technical photorealism. For details, call 661- MAUI (6284) or visit lahainagalleries.com.
Sergio Oliveira and Mike Neal invite you to get your feet wet during their surf photography exhibit, showing throughout February at the South Shore Tiki Lounge in Kihei. An opening party will begin at 7 p.m. Sunday.
A percent of the proceeds from art sales will benefit the Save Honolua Coalition. This photo by Mike Neal shows a surfer at Honolua Bay. Both photographers will also offer one piece for a silent auction. All proceeds from silent auction will go to the cause.
Lahaina Arts Society will feature the paintings of Sue Thomas this month in the Old Lahaina Courthouse under the Banyan Tree. The public is invited to an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 5. Utilizing bright colors, Thomas' oil paintings are a visual response to the sunlight she sees. With a theme of "Maui Magic," the artist has produced a number of sunset paintings at recognizable locations here on Maui. Thomas' paintings will be available for viewing and for purchase.
Maui Hands Gallery in Paia will present oil on etched wood paintings by Christine Halton. Meet the artist and watch her create her pieces Wednesday afternoons through February. Her most recent pieces reflect her love of the natural beauty of Maui. They are a combination of the fine expression of line through wood burning and the depth of color with oil paints.
Maui multimedia artist Claudia Coonen will be the featured artist at the Maui Crafts Guild in Paia beginning Friday to Feb. 11. Meet the artist during an opening reception from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday. Festivities will include refreshments and live music. Coonan will present new prints, wearable art and kites. The artist has taught private workshops and classes throughout the country. She is presently a print studio technician at the Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center.
Get inspired at the Art Maui 2010 Symposium, "A Living By Art" from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center's Haynes Conference Room. Panelists include jeweler J. B. Rea, woodworker Tom Calhoun, textile and fabrics artist Claudia Coonan, glass artists Bill and Sally Worcester and ceramics artist Tom Faught.
Each of these artists has an unique story, an "ah ha!" moment, when it became clear that they wanted to devote their energy and passion to making art their career. The audience will be able to interact with the artists at this presentation, and it is the hope that these artists will inspire others in their artistic journey. This educational symposium is free and open to the public. The annual Art Maui Exhibition will run from March 7 to April 2 at the MACC's Schaefer International Gallery.
Chris DeRubeis will bring his "Experience DeRubeis Tour" to Maui for one night only, from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday at the Wyland Gallery in Lahaina. DeRubeis is the inventor of "abstract sensualism," a unique art form on metal.
DeRubeis began his career as a custom Harley Davidson painter. As he would grind the tins (gas tanks to nonmotorheads), he would notice that light would bend differently. This started him on the path for creating unique piece of art that allow light to travel across the piece. Unlike traditional canvas paintings, DeRubeis works strictly on aluminum sheets. The artist then grinds the metal using his secret technique allowing light to bend and play across his images. After grinding he builds up layers of transparent paint that has never before been seen in the art world. Using multiple panels DeRubeis creates these modern masterpieces that will thrill the senses.