Jewelry by young Maui designer Tiffany Chou and worn by Kate Upton in the 2011 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition print and online versions is being auctioned for an important cause. The glimmering 14-karat gold-plated puka shell pendant and gold-filled chain and clasp - made famous by Upton's sizzling photos - is available for bidding on eBay, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the American Red Cross to support disaster relief efforts in Japan.
To visit the online auction, visit cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=130502572769#ht_1050wt_1141. For details on Chou's designs, visit www.tiffanychou.com.
Donna Young’s “Mystique”
Maui Hands gallery at the Hyatt Regency Ka'anapali presents the impressionist landscapes of oil painter Bill Sanders during the month of April. Meet the local artist from 1 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays this month.
Sanders has a sharp eye for composition and his use of color is artistically precise, according to a gallery release. "He brings his impressionist style of painting landscapes to Hawaiian scenery with wonderful results."
Originally from Ontario, Canada, Sanders is a world-class windsurfing racer and musician.
Maui Hands is located at the Hyatt, 200 Nohea Kai Drive, Lahaina.
At Maui Hands gallery in Paia, watercolors by Nadine Ramelb will be displayed, and she will appear at the gallery from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesdays this month.
Ramelb's watercolor style is free-form blends and bleeds of lush color applications without prepenciling, according to a gallery release. Her new body of work is created in acrylics using her signature strokes. As a member of the Hawaii Watercolor Society, Maui Chapter, and the Lahaina Arts Society, the local artist has conducted workshops at the Kapalua Art School and the Arts Education Program for Children on Maui.
Maui Hands is located at 84 Hana Highway in Paia. For details, visit www.mauihands.com.
Lahaina Galleries will feature Alessio and Marcello Bugagiar, who are known in the art world as The Twins, during art night from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday at its Front Street location. The Italian painters use oil on koa wood, a technique that harkens back to their work to restore ancient European artifacts.
Lahaina Galleries' Wailea location will feature Vancouver, Wash., artist Donna Young from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. The painter will appear at the Shops of Wailea gallery to discuss her award-winning work.
"When I paint, my brush dances between reality and imagery and I embark on a journey of discovery," Young said. "Woven together with energy, my paintings reveal the quiet moments of joy, simplicity and grace. These are reflections of my soul."
For details, visit lahainagalleries.com.
Diane La Fontaine's exhibition of recent works will be featured for the month of April at Lahaina Art Society's Banyan Tree Gallery.
The artist, whose work was included in the recent 2011 Art Maui exhibition at Schaefer International Gallery, will showcase her contemporary mixed media pieces and large acrylic seascapes inspired by Maui sunsets and Hawaiian petroglyphs.
For details on Lahaina Arts Society, call 661-0111.
Kamehameha Schools Maui senior Tyler Akaka is the sole Maui County student to receive national recognition for his artwork through The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, an 88-year-old program that recognizes creative teens and offers scholarship opportunities for graduating seniors.
Akaka's photography portfolio was given a silver medal, and he will join 14 other Hawaii students to be honored during a ceremony at New York City's Carnegie Hall on May 31. Select award-winning art and writing will be exhibited at the World Financial Center Courtyard Gallery in Lower Manhattan from June 1 to 19.
For details, visit www.artandwriting.org/.