Community involvement is the latest creation of The Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center.
The Hui is aiming to mobilize the community via art by inviting Maui students of all ages, teachers and aspiring artists to summer interactive learning sessions called "The Politics of Paper / Many Stories, Many Voices" led by acclaimed artists in the Artist in Residence program. And recent grants are making need-based scholarships to all of the workshops possible.
Oakland, Calif., artist Favianna Rodriguez and Jersey City, N.J., artist Orlando Reyes are teaching sessions that include teen-intensive classes, workshops on linoleum cut and flemish oil painting, and professional development courses. For a complete list of classes and costs, visit www.huinoeau.com. Call 572-6560, ext. 21, for information on registration and financial aid. Organizers urge anyone interested to call a couple days ahead of class dates to ensure spots are available.
“This print is a self-portrait about how being an artist opened many doors for me across the globe. Whether it's going to Tokyo or Berlin or Mexico DF or Los Angeles, traveling exposes me to a dynamic world of emotion and experiences. This piece is composed of a collage of my airline ticket stubs.”
- Favianna Rodriguez, about her digital print (at right) titled “De Avion en Avion”
Jack Hamilton’s “North Shore Wave”
Rodriguez, named a leading visionary artist and changemaker by UTNE Magazine, is an arts-entreprenueur who's helping foster a resurgence in political arts - both locally and internationally, the Hui said. The artist is known for her cultural media projects dealing with social issues concerning war, immigration and globalization. For more information on Rodriguez, visit www.favianna.com.
Painter, curator and arts entrepreneur Reyes is the founding director of the critically acclaimed 58-Gallery. Reyes was exposed to large-scale public graffiti painting at a young age and pursued apprenticeships focusing on Flemish oil painting and the color theory of Matisse, and later in impressionism and light manipulation, the Hui said. His public work includes a series of socially engaging, street-based art campaigns to draw attention to AIDS, art censorship and corporate irresponsibility. For more information on Reyes, visit orlandoreyesart.com.
The goal of the artists at the Hui this summer is to "develop a case study about how artists can collaborate with nonarts community groups to develop messages around social justice on a local scale."
The sessions culminate in a free exhibition in the Hui's main gallery on Aug. 6.
Different and distinctive visions are celebrated in Viewpoints Gallery's latest show "Kolu Hihi'o: Place / Perspective / Palette," which opens with a reception at 5 p.m. Saturday in Makawao.
Three artists, Suzy Papanikolas, Tim Garcia and Robena, will display their work - each with unique approaches to their respective genres and emphases. "Individually, their work is worthy of attention; collectively, it's a must," according to an announcement from the gallery.
Papanikolas is primarily a figurative painter known for depicting participants in cultural events; Garcia is a sculptor who, with chisel and hammer, creates in stone, wood and metal sculptures that subtly capture the emotion and energy of his subject matter; and Robena is a a painter who brings the allure of the micro into the macro with large-scale paintings that impact a space with light, life and beauty, the gallery said.
The exhibition continues through Aug. 17 during gallery hours from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Viewpoints Gallery is located in The Courtyard on Baldwin Avenue and can be reached at 572-5979.
Catch the wave of surfboard art with Maui artist Kim McDonald during an evening with the artist from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday at Images Fine Art Gallery in Lahaina. McDonald will display "Warrior Boards," a collection of her Hawaiian and Tahitian tribal designs on Kazuma surfboards. With the help of world-class surfers and shapers, the pieces display rich textures and loose brush strokes, reminiscent of old-style island life.
The art event, located at 900 Front St., Suite C-1, next to Hard Rock Cafe, includes music, wine and pupu. For more information, call Images Fine Art Gallery at 662-0884 or visit www.imagesinc.com.
Sargent's Fine Art is hosting artist Vjekoslav Nemesh through July 22 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the 802 Front St. gallery.
The New Zealand artist creates "strong, emotional paintings which reflect his spiritual being," according to a gallery announcement. "His inspiration spills onto the canvas in an eruption of vibrant color."
For more information, call 667-4030.
Jack Hamilton will be demonstrating oil painting today and during the remaining Thursdays this month from noon to 4 p.m. at Maui Hands gallery in Paia at 84 Hana Highway. Hamilton has been painting the views of Maui for nearly 30 years, and loves to share his enthusiasm and technique. He encourages others to "go out and paint."
At Maui Hands gallery in Lahaina, Maui artist Ken Loyd will be painting from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays this month. The gallery is located at 612 Front St. For information on Maui Hands, visit www.mauihands.com.