The 2011 Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational is off to a stunning start, as some of the top plein air painters from Hawaii and the Mainland capture Maui via canvas.
Starting last Saturday, the invitational's weeklong events continue to draw crowds celebrating 24 of some of the most sought-after painters in their genre. Maui County artists include George Allan, Mike Carroll, Michael Clements, Betty Hay Freeland, Carleton Kinkade, Ronaldo Macedo and Macario Pascual.
Watch the artists in action as they skillfully harness their surroundings. All events are open to the public, including the Pioneer Inn Lahaina Harbor Quick Draw, where artists will create on location from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday.
Jacobus Baas is shown painting at D.T. Fleming Beach Park during the 2007 Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational. The invitational, which is under way at West Maui locations, will culminate with a reception from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday at Village Galleries.
File photo courtesy of Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational
The invitational will culminate with the unveiling of 100 new, fresh pieces during the Maui No Ka 'Oi Gala Reception from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday at Village Gallery, 120 Dickenson St. Complimentary food and wine will be offered.
"The excitement of this reception can be felt by the people in the street as guests gather and wait for the doors to open to view 100 freshly painted pieces," according to coordinator Cari Tilley.
Then, join artists for the last chance to meet and mingle during a breakfast gathering from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Village Gallery. Music, mimosas, coffee and pastries will be offered.
The invitational each year strives to foster an appreciation for plein air (outdoor) painting among Maui residents and visitors while supporting art activities within the community, including a youth art scholarship fund.
For more information, visit the website at www.mauipleinairpainting.com.
The Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center's "biggest and brightest fundraiser of the year," Art Affair:?The Black & White Ball, will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday at its magestic Kaluanui grounds. Featuring live music, cocktail hour, silent auction, gourmet dinner, live auction and Raise the Paddle Fundraiser, coffee, dessert, cocktails and more, the festive tradition will draw artists, educators, collectors and others to help raise funds for outreach programs at the Hui. For prices and other details, visit www.artaffairmaui.com/.
Art Maui 2011, the 33rd annual juried exhibition, will showcase the work of some of Maui's finest artists when it opens March 6 at Schaefer International Gallery at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. Receiving Day, where artists submit their pieces, will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Schaefer. Online registration is still available at artmaui.com or register at the gallery Saturday. Juror Hiroki Morinoue will judge the show Sunday, and notification of selected artists will be posted on the Art Maui website at approximately 8 that evening. For artists not selected, pick up work from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday. An artist reception will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 5, at Schaefer, where light pupus, no-host bar, a recognition ceremony and blessing will take place just outside of the gallery. Family members are welcome to attend. For details on Art Maui, visit www.artmaui.com.
Sargent's Fine Art, 802 Front St., Lahaina, will host motorcycle artist Scott Jacobs from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Jacobs is officially licensed by Harley Davidson and the Marilyn Monroe estate, creating images of both motorcycles and the Marilyn Merlot wine label. Entertainment by Curt Lee will be offered. For details, call 667-4030.
Artist Jan Bushart is showing Maui plein air paintings at Hotel Hana-Maui through February. The multiple award-winning painter is also exhibiting work at the Hana Coast Gallery in a solo show featuring recently created local pieces. Bushart has been painting professionally for 30 years and is the founder and president of Plein Air Painters Of Hawaii.
An exhibition of photographs titled "Journey to the Center of My Heart" by photographer CJ Villa will be on display from Saturday through Friday, April 8, at the Wailuku Coffee Co. Part I of the exhibit will feature work taken on location in Western Australia and will be on display through March 18. Part II of the exhibit, featuring photographs of and about Maui, will be on display from Saturday, March 19, through the show's close. For more information, call 268-9423 or visit cjvilla.com.