Nature-inspired work only gets better when meeting Maui. The island's beauty enhances the painting and metal work of Lori Wylie and the sculpture of Steve Turnbull, the featured artists during Friday Night Art Night from 6:30 to 9:30 at Lahaina Galleries in West Maui.
Wylie, a self-taught painting and metal-work artist with a background in music, is intrigued by transparent and illusionary images such as waves, clouds, sun rays and other subjects in nature. She continues to work on the effects of using a metal canvas.
"Most of my current work revolves around nature on Maui," she said. "The joy of living in such a stimulating beauty is a dream come true. The more I seek deeper vision in my subjects, the more the details arrive. The beauty of clouds and sun rays on this island with their endless colors are of great inspiration to me."
Lori Wylie’s “Seas of Peace”
Wylie’s “Dusk Above the Sea”
Steve Turnbull’s “Night Hawk”
Mixed-media artist Joel Heinz works with Hawaiian petroglyphs and other cultural symbols on tapa cloth and koa wood. His work, such as “Hawaii Map on Tapa,” will be featured through the month of September at Maui Hands Gallery in Lahaina.
Originally from Southern California, Wylie received her bachelor's degree in music from California State University at Scramento.
She will also appear at the Lahaina Galleries' South Maui location at the Shops of Wailea from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. during WOW Wailea on Wednesday's art night.
Turnbull's sculpture creates movement in harmony with nature. He strives to enhance the environment by capturing the natural beauty within the medium, bringing the form to life.
Whether symbolizing the flight of an eagle or the power of a moving tide, Turnbull hopes to enrich viewers' lives with his art.
"I am inspired by what I see in nature and try to capture that perfection, never pretending to have the power to create the exact scene or object," he said. "My art is simple, clean, beautiful and true to what I believe in."
Lahaina Galleries's West Maui location is at 828 Front St. For more information, call 442-6516.
Mixed-media artist Joel Heinz is the Maui Hands Gallery featured artist at its Lahaina location for September. He will appear at the 612 Front St. gallery from 4 to 7 p.m. Fridays, starting this week.
Heinz, a self-taught painter with a background in Egyptian art, employs his appreciation for Hawaiian culture and interest in ancient designs such as Hawaiian petrogylphs, to create acrylic paintings on tapa cloth.
He also discovered a skill in sculpting koa wood, using similar imagery from his paintings to inspire the new work.
For more information, call the Lahaina gallery at 667-9898.