Since the opening of the East Maui Watershed Partnership's annual Malama Wao Akua art exhibition at Viewpoints Gallery in Makawao, visitors have been voting for their favorite piece. The show, a juried art contest that challenges Maui's artists to "become the messengers of conservation in our community," allowed artists to enter works in various mediums - all with the common inspiration of Maui's native species. The voting results are in, and this year's People's Choice Award winner is "Haleakala Silversword," a paper sculpture by Connie Adams. Prizes also went to the following artists:
Juror's Choice 2D: Cudra Clover's "Specimen Box #2 Mauka Makai"
Juror's Choice 3D: Dennis Holzer's "Pueo"
Sean Michael Hower’s “Wing’s Hawaii Fashion Show” at Voyage East
Juror's Choice Photography: Will Spence's " 'Ohe Makai"
Keiki Division High School: Kuakea Yasak's "Hui Palua"
Keiki Division Middle School: Kylie Gentile's "Flapping through Kupukupu"
Keiki Division Elementary: Joy Giroux's "Hawaiian Monk Seal"
Conservation at Work: Courtney Turner Bird's "Loop & Boardwalk"
Rarest Find: Cecilia Fernandez Romero's "Pa'u Hula"
Malama Wao Akua jurors included Neida Bangerter, Schafer International Gallery director, and Lisa Schattenburg-Raymond, former education and cultural program manager at Maui Nui Botanical Gardens.
Native plant specialist Bob Hobdy will speak during the final Talk Story Thursday tonight at 6 at the gallery.
The show closes on Tuesday. Viewpoints Gallery is located at 3620 Baldwin Ave. For details, visit www.viewpointsgallerymaui. com.
Maui Hands' art show from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Pacific Dreams, 878 Front St., Lahaina, will feature large-format artwork by 21 local artists. The event and meet-and-greet with the artists will include wine and pupus, entertainment and a drawing for a signed giclee valued at $700. For more information, call 662-0111.
Village Galleries at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua will feature an exhibition of work by George Allan, with a reception from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Allan's original oil paintings and giclee prints will be presented. Also, the artist will offer oil painting demonstrations from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the gallery. For more information, call Village Galleries at 669-1800.
Contrary to popular belief, Maui's nightlife is alive and well, and South Shore Tiki Lounge's latest art exhibition gives photographic evidence of just that. "Last Night's Party," featuring the works of photographers Jessica Pearl, Jack Grace, Sean Michael Hower, Justin Orr and others, will open with a reception at 8 p.m. Sunday at the popular South Maui bar. From private house parties to big rock shows, poetry nights and underground art gatherings, the pieces in the show aim to spotlight the creative efforts of event organizers and the people who are up to get down at the night's best parties. The exhibition 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," says Tiki Lounge co-owner Alma Tassi. The bar is located in Kihei's Kalama Village, 1913 S. Kihei Road. For more information, call 874-6444 or visit southshoretikilounge.com.