It's inevitable that different perspectives exist about a place. But when MTV's notorious reality series "Maui Fever" aired in 2007 for one season, many residents decried the island's portrayal.
In response, young artists raised on the island are now offering what they perceive Maui to be, in their own playful, thoughtful, respectful and imaginative ways.
"It's a play on the TV show," said UH-Maui College librarian Ellen Peterson, who's helping organize the show. "(The artists) wanted to show their verson of Maui. . . . They love Maui. This is their Maui fever."
Untitled collaboration photograph/illustration by Kaloe Kaaikala and Taylor Lanias
Untitled painting by Alex Kahalehili
Pieces by fiber artist Mika McCann
Ian Tremewen’s “Birds of Paradise Tropicalia”
The show, called "Maui Fever: An Art Exhibition," will be displayed daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the University of Hawaii Maui College Library starting Monday through Aug. 12. An opening reception with live music will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday.
Featuring the painting and drawing of recent high school graduates and UH-Maui College students, the exhibition will include pieces by Jessica Garcia, Kaloe Kaaikala, Alex Kahalehili, Keani Kahuhu, Taylor Lanias, Joseph Nam, Bailey Onaga and Xavier Tongson. Their work is "rejoiceful in many ways," Peterson said.
"Aside from age, this group of artists finds commonality in that they were all raised on Maui and all focus their art primarily on local topics and experiences," Peterson added. For more information, e-mail Peterson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lahaina Arts Society is featuring the fiber art of Mika McCann and oil paintings of Anna Keay during the month of August. This joint show is on display through Sept. 6.
An opening reception will be from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Old Lahaina Courthouse.
The Lahaina Arts Society Galleries are open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 648 Wharf St., next to the historic Banyan Tree. For more information, visit lahaina-arts.com
Village Gallery is presenting new work by watercolorist Ian Tremewen, starting with the opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday through Aug. 26. His "Tropicalia" series featuring tropical fruit and flowers will be introduced. New works with a nautical theme will also be included in the colorful collection. The gallery location is 120 Dickenson St., Lahaina, behind the Baldwin House. Validated parking is available. For more information, visit villagegalleriesmaui.com