Art is alive and well Upcountry. Jordanne Gallery is set to debut in historic Makawao town and will celebrate its grand opening at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. The location at 2635 Baldwin Ave. (across the street from Makawao Steak House) will mostly feature the work of Jordanne Weinstein, a painter and gallery/studio owner on Lanai. Weinstein's work includes plein air paintings of Maui and Lanai, mixed media and still life.
"The artist seeks to share her perception of the beauty and spirit ofthese Hawaiian Islandswith the viewer," according to a release. "The Makawao gallery will focus on the wonder, dramatic light, varied terrain and aloha spirit of Maui."
Weinstein's Lanai gallery features the sights and atmospherefound on the island. She uses oil and acrylic with gloss mediums, as well as incorporating gold leaf and organic objects to add dimension and uniqueness.
Jordanne Weinstein’s “Kula Corral”
Joe Bergeron photo
Ronaldo Macedo, renowned plein air artist and a juror for The Great Makawao Paint-Out Invitational 2010, is shown during the Quick Draw event Saturday at the July Fourth Makawao Paniolo Parade. Viewpoints Gallery sponsors the annual plein air competition and reported that the Quick Draw “artists were stellar” in capturing the excitement of the event, filled with spectators and raindrops. The invitational, which gathers the islands’ premier plein air artists to compete for seven days througout Maui, opened last Saturday and continues through this weekend. All events are free and open to the public. Today, artists will implement the expert use of brush, palette knife and pastels from noon to 5 p.m. at Maui’s Winery at Ulupalakua Ranch. The event concludes this Saturday at Viewpoints Gallery in the Makawao Courtyard on Baldwin Avenue, with an opening reception and awards ceremony starting at 5:30 p.m. All the paintings created during the event will be on display. On Sunday, the artists are gathering for a brunch at the Market Fresh Bistro, also located in the Courtyard, which gives visitors a chance to visit with the artists. For more information, visit www.viewpointsgallerymaui.com.
Joan Mercer’s “HangingGarden” is shown. Mercer is the Maui Crafts Guild’s featured artist.
Both galleries will offer original paintings, signature gold-leaf pineapples, prints, giclees and notecards.
The champagne reception is open to the public.To learn more the artist, visit www.jordannefineart.com.
Maui Crafts Guild is featuring artist Joan Mercer through July 22, with an opening reception 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday at the guild. The longtime Maui artist is known for her Kula Jungle designs. "Her love of gardening and her background in art led her to develop unique creations from the wide variety of ferns, flowers and foliage that grow in her extensive gardens," according to the guild. "She gathers her bountiful harvests, utilizing special techniques to preserve their garden freshness, unique color, and elegance forever."
Mercer creates Hawaiian everlasting lei, window ornaments, necklaces, earrings and mobiles. Also, new to her collection are framed collages.
The reception will offer refreshments and live music and is free and open to the public. The Maui Crafts Guild is located at 69 Hana Highway in Paia and is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. For details, call 808-579-9697 or visit www.mauicraftsguild.com.
Join Lahaina Arts Society for fine art fairs under the Historic Lahaina Banyan Tree. The fairs offer local art at reasonable prices, including oil paintings, watercolors, pastels, ceramics, photography, wood carving, baskets, custom jewelry, tapa, glass art and more. The fair will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Christina Skaggs, a Hilo artist whose work can be seen locally at the Village Gallery at The Ritz Carlton, Kapalua and the Hana Coast Gallery at the Hotel Hana- Maui, was selected to show her painting "Peace Talks" at the Bishop Museum in Honolulu. Juror Alison Wong, executive director of the Contemporary Museum in Honolulu, chose "Peace Talks" for the show "If Not Now When" which is a visual discussion of peace, justice and the heritage of nonviolent resistance.
The show runs through Sept. 25 and commemorates the 60th anniversary of the Korean War.