Maui resident and Palestinian-American Ghalib El-Khalidi has found a way to quell the sparring qualities found in the left and right sides of the brain - he satisfies both. As a science illustrator, El-Khalidi fuses art and science as part of his vocation, which centers on zoology and entomology, human sexuality and gender, and the identification of patterns of organization in nature. His exhibition at Paia Tattoo Parlor Gallery, "A Cabinet of Curiosities," opens with a reception from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday and continues through Oct. 7 during gallery hours.
El-Khalidi's exhibition is a collection of sculptures and drawings of an imagined natural history. The work was created in the style and tradition of cabinets of curiosities, which were encyclopedic collections in Renaissance Europe of objects whose categorical boundaries were yet to be defined, according to gallery organizers. He focuses on fictional animals, insects and plants, and includes polymer clay sculptures of various animal heads and pencil drawings of imaginary insects and anthropomorphized animals.
El-Khalidi has a bachelor's degree in theater and design from Hampshire College, and a master's degree in interdisciplinary arts from Goddard College. He has worked in theater, video, puppetry and illustration. For more information, call Paia Tattoo Parlor, 120 Hana Highway, at 579-8515 or visit www.paiatattooparlor.com.
Ghalib El-Khalidi’s spider urchin
Kapa bead leather piece by Linda and Akemi Ueda
Newly renovated Lahaina Arts Society space
Scott Mead’s “Evening Glow”
More than 30 years of covering Maui County's people, sports, entertainment and events will be celebrated during an exhibition of work by photojournalist Matthew Thayer at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center's Schaefer International Gallery. "Matthew Thayer and The Maui News: Thirty Years of Photojournalism" will open with a reception at 5 p.m. Saturday and will continue through Oct. 23 during gallery hours. Thayer's selection of black and white and digital photographic images will be on display; the exhibit will also offer a brief history of Maui's only daily newspaper, The Maui News, and the effects of technology and change. For more information, visit www.mauiarts.org.
The Lahaina Arts Society galleries, located in the Old Lahaina Courthouse under the historic Banyan Tree, will celebrate its renovation during a grand reopening celebration and blessing ceremony at 5:30 p.m. The renovation, which included the restoration of the courthouse's original flooring, has a "new look head to toe," LAS organizers said. "This 43-year-old organization feels like brand-new again." Pupu, drinks, live music, fine art and more will be featured at the opening. Then, the LAS featured artist exhibit of work by photographer Scott Mead will open with a talk by the artist and a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Mead will be discussing his new "'Paintography' of Paradise" series of images, which involves a process that starts as original photography and through hand-applied, digital brush strokes becomes "fine art canvas giclees," according to LAS. " 'Paintography' is what happens when you mix insomnia and lots of coffee," joked Mead. "My images, right out of the camera, have a painterly feeling to begin with. But I wanted to take that look to the next level, so when you look at one of my pieces, you really have to ask yourself if it's a painting or a photograph?" The LAS galleries are located at 648 Wharf St., Lahaina. For more information, visit www.lahaina-arts.com or call 661-0111.
Sargent's Fine Jewelry will host Hawaiian jewelry artists Linda and Akemi Ueda from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday at the gallery, 802 Front St., Lahaina. The artists' designs are inspired by the Hawaiian Islands and incorporate images and patterns from the breadfruit or ulu, taro, kapa and hula. The reception will include a meet-and-greet with the artists as well as music by Curt Lee. For more information, call 667-2131.
Meet the artists known as "The Twins," Alessio and Marcello Bugagiar, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. during Friday Night Art Night at Lahaina Galleries' 828 Front St. location. Their collection, titled "Views of Venice," features landscapes of the city. At Lahaina Galleries Wailea gallery location at the Shops at Wailea, artist Ben Kikuyama will be featured from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. during the Wailea on Wednesday art night. Sculptor Kikuyama uses found objects in his Equus Series. For more information, call 661-6284 or visit www.lahainagalleries.com
South Shore Tiki Lounge is issuing a call for artists to participate in its October show, "Last Night's Party." The group photography exhibit "will inspire you to get out of your hole and live it up with images of the vibrant nightlife scene right here on this little rock." So far, exhibition photographers include Jessica Pearl, Jack Grace, Brendan Smith and Justin Orr. For more information or to be considered for the show, e-mail a gallery link to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maui artists will be in the spotlight during the Maui Academy of Performing Arts annual Garden Party from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday in Wailuku. Painters and sculptors, including George Allan, Paul Arsenault, Jack Hamilton, Joe Fletcher, Susie Monroe, Jamie Roth, Phil Sabado, Jan Shaner, Koana Smith, Maggie Sutrov and Steve Turnbull, will create pieces during the event's Fresh Art. For more information on the Garden Party, see Backstage column