Something's fishy at Maui Crafts Guild in Paia - and that's a good thing. Gyotaku artist Carrie Lee Brady will be the featured artist at the gallery beginning Friday through April 1.
Gyotaku, a Japanese word that literally means fish (gyo) impression (taku), originated with ancient fisherman in order to record their catch. Non-toxic water-based inks are applied directly onto the side of a real fish, then rice paper or fabric is carefully pressed on top. When lifted, a detailed mirror-image fish print is revealed. Many impressions can be taken from the same fish to create complex compositions. And, the fish can be washed and eaten. From game fish to tropical flowers, octopus to chameleons, the art of printing from nature has grown from a primitive means of accurate documentation to a highly prized art form.
Lee Brady has lived on Maui for more than 20 years, and studied art with some of the island's finest teachers. An avid water sports enthusiast, surfer and free-diver, she brings her love and knowledge of the ocean to her work. The artist's nature prints are found in art collections worldwide and can be purchased in galleries throughout Hawaii. Described as energetic, yet sensitive, these fine, original prints are a unique translation between science and art.
Carrie Lee Brady’s “Many Ulua”
Untitled ceramic piece by Al Schwartz
Kirk Kurokawa’s “Kimono”
The gallery is located at 69 Hana Highway, and is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. For details, call 579-9697 or visit www.mauicraftsguild.com.
Village Galleries will host a exhibit by local artist George Allan at its Lahaina gallery, 120 Dickenson St. An opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday will include food, music and an appearance by the artist.
Grab a coffee or a bottle of wine and cozy up with the art of Willow B. Norris at Cafe Marc Aurel. An opening reception for her exhibit, "Dragonfly Dreams and More," will be Saturday at the cafe. Norris is a mixed-media artist who combines brushwork, hatching, crosshatching, stippling and softening techniques that produce a superb engraving or aquatint effect. Her paintings reflect an inner peace on a spiritual path - taking the viewer on a journey of enchantment, capturing the love and enjoyment of life swinging from whimsical to spiritual.
While the new hit series "Modern Family" was filming its finale at the Four Seasons Resort Maui the set designer purchased the painting, "Listening to a Whisper" by Stephanie Sachs for next year's set. The painting will appear in the kitchen of Jay and Gloria beginning next season.
Walt Disney Parks and Resorts has joined forces with the Hawai'i Arts Alliance to invite elementary, middle and high school students from across the state to submit photographs showcasing the viewpoint of local youths on the beauty of Hawaii and their everyday lives. Approximately 150 student submissions will be incorporated into a photo collage featured at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina, Hawai'i, upon the scheduled opening of the resort's first phase in 2011. For submission details, visit www.hawaiiartsalliance.org/schoolphotocontest.
Meet award-winning island jewelry designer Denny Wong at a trunk show at Dolphin Galleries in The Shops at Wailea from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday. This champagne reception that is open to the public will feature a wide selection of his unique pearl creations reflecting his distinctive style. For details, please call 891-6000.
Two masters of their mediums, Kirk Kurokawa and Al Schwartz, have combined their creative talents into a comprehensive collection of artwork in an exhibit being showcased at Viewpoints Gallery in Makawao. The show will run from March 18 to April 13, with an opening reception at 6 p.m. Thursday.
Kurokawa, one of the finest figurative artists in Hawaii and a rising star in national and international art circles, captures the inner character and beauty of the individual through technical expertise and creativity. Kurokawa explores the world around us by using composition, color, and talent, raising our awareness and appreciation for the simple moments in our lives.
Schwartz is a renowned ceramicist who works in two very different firing techniques: raku and pit firing. The artist brings the rich nuances of soil, the volatility of fire, and the varying characteristics of organic fuels to create one-of-a-kind vessels of exemplary beauty and appeal. Schwartz has taken these art forms to new levels by using a variety of materials found on Maui, and shaping them into vessels that move beyond the traditional, establishing a new classic.
Viewpoints Gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For details, call 572-5979.