Connect with culture at Viewpoints Gallery in Makawao. The current exhibition, "Celebration of Hawai'i 2011," spotlights more than 50 of Hawaii's top artists and their work to honor the people, culture and heart of the Hawaiian Islands. The gallery is holding a series of demonstrations, lectures and workshops to coincide with the annual show, which continues through March 1. All events are open to the public and free, except the workshops, which require a fee for instruction and materials. For more information and to make reservations for the workshops, call the gallery at 572-5979.
The schedule includes the following events:
Thursday (today), 5 to 7 p.m.: "Journeys - from Traditional to Contemporary," Hawaiian quilting with Keri Duke, lecture.
“Leaf Reunion” by K. Daspit appears in “Celebration of Hawai‘i 2011,” the current exhibition at Viewpoints Gallery in Makawao
Friday, noon to 2 p.m.: Joseph Fletcher, demonstration, oils.
Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: "Contemporary Hawaiian Quilting," U'lu / Breadfruit with Keri Duke, workshop, $80 instruction and kit.
Friday, Feb. 11, noon to 2 p.m.: Joseph Fletcher, demonstration, oils.
Friday, Feb. 18, noon to 2 p.m.: Joseph Fletcher, demonstration, oils.
Sunday, Feb. 20, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: "Contemporary Hawaiian Quilting," Roselani "Lei" quilting with Dianna Grundhauser, workshop, $55 instruction and kit.
Friday, Feb. 25, noon to 2 p.m.: Joseph Fletcher, demonstration, oils.
Saturday, Feb. 26, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Connie Adams, demonstration, watercolor
Sunday, Feb. 27, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Joelle C., demonstration, oil and acrylic on carved wood.
A new exhibit of Jim Kingwell's recent studio and plein air paintings will be on display at Kingwell Island Art Gallery through February. A reception for the artist will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday during "Friday Night is Art Night" in Lahaina. Refreshments and music will be offered. Kingwell Island Art Gallery's new location is 700 Front St. For details, call 281-2945 or visit www.kingwellislandart.com.
Journey through the heights and depths of the Valley Isle with Schaefer International Gallery's "The Legacy of the Land." In collaboration with the Maui Coastal Land Trust organization, the exhibit features the work of 24 selected artists. This weekend, in conjunction with the exhibition, "Imagination and the Natural World," an event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in McCoy Studio Theater, will feature special guests Scott Fisher, MCLT project manager, Art Medeiros, USGS research biologist and founder of Maui Restoration Group, and William S. Merwin, U.S. poet laureate, and some of the exhibiting artists.
The inaugural Maui Open Studios, the first of its kind in the state, kicks off with an opening celebration and preview exhibition from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday at the Maui Tropical Plantation, 1670 Honoapiilani Highway, Waikapu. The event includes pupu, no-host bar and entertainment by harpist Tatyana Shaprio-Leiste, musicians/vocalists Kahu, Mika Villaren, and Kahu and Friends, with jazz musician Robbie Ray. MOS continues for three weeks in West/South, Central/Upcountry and Hana with a map to access more than 100 local artists displaying and creating works in their own spaces. Spaces in West and South Maui and on Lanai will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. this weekend. Also, Gallery Oceanic will be exhibiting MOS work from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily at 780 Front St., Lahaina.
Organizer and artist Carolyn Quan is modeling the event after successful Mainland open studio exhibitions, some of which boast more than 700 artists. For details, dates and a glossy guidebook, visit www.mauiopenstudios.com.
Mort Luby will demonstrate his painting technique in all three Maui Hands galleries during February and March. The Haiku-based painter of oils and watercolors will bring his easel to Maui Hands in Paia every Monday afternoon from 1 to 5 p.m. On Wednesday evenings from 3 to 8, he will wield his brushes in the gallery at the Hyatt Regency Resort and Spa in Ka'anapali. On Friday evenings from 4 to 7, visitors will find him at Maui Hands on Front Street in Lahaina, where he has been designated as the artist in residence for two months. Luby, who has won more that 40 regional and national awards, paints a wide variety of local scenes, ranging from surfing scenes at Hookipa to beach encounters at Big Beach to children playing around the base of the Banyan Tree. For details, visit mauihands.com.
Lahaina Arts Society is featuring the work of Crystal Jean Baranyk through the month of February. The show opens on Monday and continues during gallery hours. The Lahaina Arts Society Galleries are open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.at 648 Wharf St., Lahaina, next to the historic Banyan Tree. For details, visit www.lahaina-arts.com.
The winner of a student art contest inspired by the Year of the Rabbit and presented by Maui Thing will be announced at 6:15 p.m. Friday at the Wailuku store. Public elementary school students have been entering their artwork, which illustrates the Chinese New Year and the significance to the community. There will be six divisions (kindergarten, 1st to 5th grades) with two winners per division. First place will receive his or her choice of a free Maui Thing T-shirt and a goodie bag. Second place will receive a Maui Thing goodie bag. Each contestant will receive a small prize, and free shave ice will be given outside the store. Maui Thing is located at 7 N. Market St. For details, visit mauithing.com.