Glass changes light and light changes everything. So says glass artist Monica Morakis, whose work will be featured at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8, during a Maui Crafts Guild Cooperative reception in Paia.
Morakis explores the exchange between light and color in island scenes. Her mosaic art pieces explore a medium that glows, shines and refracts light beams in ways that other artistic realms cannot.
The Glass Mosaic Show and Reception will include live music and refreshments. The Maui Crafts Guild Cooperative is located at 69 Hana Highway. For more information, visit www.mauicraftsguild.com or call 579-9697.
“Twin Falls” by glass artist Monica Morakis will be among works shown at her reception Oct. 8 at the Maui Crafts Guild Cooperative in Paia.
Images Fine Art Gallery in Lahaina will spotlight artist Julie Houck with a reception from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday at the gallery. Houck studied art at the Atelier of Classic Realism in San Francisco, The Academy of Fine Art in Seattle and most recently in France at the L'Ecole Albert Defois, according to the gallery. Her eduction focused on classic realism, which is the direct observation of color, light and form relationships in nature. She was recently acknowledged for her work by the Florence Biennale, the Nomadas del Arte and has been honored as a Signature painter of Plein Air Painters of Hawaii and International Plein Air Painters. Her work is part of the permanent collections of the Hawaiian State Art Museum and the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts. Images Gallery is located at 900 Front St. behind Hard Rock Cafe. Pupus will be provided by Ruth's Chris Steak House, and will be served along with wine and sparkling cider. For more information, call the gallery at 662-0884.
East Maui Watershed Partnership and Viewpoints Gallery will offer "Talk Story Thursdays"?in conjunction with the current exhibition, Malama Wao Akua, which aims to raise awareness about the delicate Hawaii ecosystem and efforts to protect it. Randal Bartlett, East Maui Watershed Partnership program manager, will kick off the series starting at 6 tonight at the Makawao gallery; Talk Story Thursdays continue weekly through Oct. 21. The Malama Wao Akua juried art contest, a collaborative effort between East Maui Watershed Partnership and Viewpoints Gallery, "challenges Maui's local artists to become the messengers of conservation in our community," organizers said. It runs through Oct. 26 during gallery hours at 3620 Baldwin Ave., Makawao. For more information, visit www.viewpointsgallerymaui.com.
"A Cabinet of Curiosities," a Paia exhibition of sculptures and drawings of an imagined natural history by Ghalib El-Khalidi, is packed with creativity - and an imagination that ranges the spectrum of science and art. El-Ghalib, a Maui artist and Palestinian-American, employs his experience as a science illustrator who focuses on zoology, entomology, human sexuality and gender, and the identification of natural patterns of organization, as well as his background in theater, video and puppetry to derive his curious ideas. The show is not to miss and will continue at the Paia Tattoo Parlor Gallery through Thursday, Oct. 7. The upstairs gallery is located at 120 Hana Highway. For more information, visit paiatattooparlor.com or call 579-8515.