With the Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center's Annual Juried Exhibition, the finest works in a highly competitive field of entries will be celebrated with the opening of the show Friday. The prestigious multimedia arts exhibition continues during gallery hours, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Saturday, through Feb. 18. Only 53 pieces were selected from the record-breaking 306 entries, according to Hui staff.
Sponsored by Jack and Carolyn Schaefer Gray, Robert and Fran Davidson and Louis and Jolene Cole, the show offers an opportunity to view the current work of Hui members as well as participate in topics upon which contemporary minds are engaged.
Nationally renowned guest jurors represent respected curators and artists from Maui, Hawaii and beyond, offering a different perspective for a unique and fresh show every year. This year, the Hui welcomed distinguished juror Vince Hazen, director of the Academy Art Center at Linekona. "I was stunned upon entering the Hui gallery with more than 300 entries to review; rows of neatly filed display racks filled the exhibition spaces to capacity," he said. "It was instantly evident the love that Maui artists have for their island with heartfelt landscape concepts and colors that became love poems for Hawaii.
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"Keep making art and showing it to your friends. Make art part of your everyday routine; it makes a difference in the quality of our lives."
Executive Director Caroline Killhour praised the Hui's strong start to the new year.
"We are thrilled by the level of community support we're seeing to help celebrate the beginning of a new year at the Hui," she said. "The goal of our exhibition program is to create a space for community arts by promoting cultural exchange, spurring dialogue, enhancing awareness of and providing access to the visual arts. This exhibition once again promises to inspire contemplation and conversation-my most heartfelt congratulations to the artists!"
For details, visit www.huinoeau.com.
Travel to the Ethiopia's Omo Valley, one of the world's most isolated and dangerous tribal areas. The photography of Daniel Sullivan, now on display at The Green Banana Cafe Paia on the north shore, will take viewers through the area, to the tribal areas of the Kara, Mursi, Hamer and Ngetem people, who hunt, gather and rely on the nearby river for their livelihood. "I was inspired to document the tribes of the Omo Valley when I read a National Geographic article about the building of the Gibe III damn and how it would affect the tribes there," according to Sullivan. The cafe is located at 137 Hana Highway, Paia. For details, call 579-9130.
Lahaina Arts Society is featuring the work of artist Shirley Hartley for the month of January. Her oil paintings created with palette knives, capture seascapes and other scenes around Maui. The LAS Galleries, at 648 Wharf St., Lahaina, are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For details, visit www.lahaina-arts.com.
The paintings of Christina DeHoff will be on display at Images Fine Art Gallery in Lahaina, with an artist meet-and-greet set for 6 to 10 p.m. Friday. DeHoff graduated from the University of Maine with a bachelor's degree in art education. She created, owned and operated "The Gallery" in Rockland, Maine, where she represented more than 50 artists in mediums such as painting, sculpture, glass, photography, fiber, clay and fine jewelry. In 1999, DeHoff had her first solo show; she's been exhibiting her work ever since. "Christina's artwork is an expression of the spirit she feels from within the subject matter she paints," according to a gallery release. "That expression is what brought her to the island of Maui. She feels that special emotion that is so unique to the islands and the emotion is clearly manifested in her paintings." For more information, visit www.imagesinc.com or call 662-0884.
Mark your calendars:?With the start of the new year comes the fresh perspectives that go with it. This year's Art Maui is gearing up to showcase the viewpoints of local artists via selected works in sculpture, painting, video, jewelry, photography, ceeramics, quilting, woodworking and more.
While the prestigious juried art exhibition is set for May, the Art Maui Symposium will be held from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 15 in the Alexa Higashi Meeting Room at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center.
Titled "The Art of Entry: Online Submissions and Opportunities in a Digital Age," the symposium will offer discussion on the ever-growing opportunities and challenges that are available to artists on Maui in the digital age.
The panel will come from both the artist's perspective as well as from the noted curators, with their thoughts and suggestions as to how this can help an artist grow a career as an artist. Panelists include Inger Tully (curator of exhibitions, Contemporary Museum, Honolulu), Neida Bangerter (exhibition curator, Maui Arts & Cultural Center), Rui Sasaki (formerly Honolulu Academy of Arts), Ed Lane (artist) and Gwen Arkin (artist).
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* Maui Scene / In View. The Art Maui exhibition is set for March. An article on Page S17 included an incorrect month for the show.
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