Nature takes on a new form with the art of gyotaku, a Japanese word that literally means fish (gyo) impression (taku). Nontoxic water-based inks are applied to real fish, then rice paper or fabric is applied to capture the mirror image. After being washed, the fish is eaten.
The art of printing from nature, whether marine, insect, floral and more, has primitive roots, and gyotaku prints are traced to methods used by ancient fisherman to record their catch.
Maui artist Carrie Lee Brady specializes in gyotaku, and her complex compositions - that exude energy and sensitivity - fuse science and art. Her latest work will be revealed during a reception from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday at Maui Crafts Guild in Paia.
“Graceful Reeds” by Donna Young
“Many Ulua” by Carrie Lee Brady
“Ribbit” by Ryan Edmond
2010 “Art of Trash” honorable mention
Refreshments and live music by Upcountry Celtic will be offered.
"I have always had a passion for seeing beyond the surface of things and felt the desire to experience a more truthful understanding of how we fit into our natural surroundings, said Brady, who has studied art with some of the island's top teachers.
Brady, an avid surfer and free diver, explores first-hand the connection between nature, art and science, and offers imprints of her discoveries along the way. Her pieces can be viewed in galleries throughout Hawaii and are included in collections throughout the world.
"Through the art of gyotaku I aim to share the mystery and beauty that I have discovered with people of all ages . . . and from all parts of the globe," Brady said.
Her fresh, original prints will be on display at the artist cooperative through April 28. Maui Crafts Guild, located at 69 Hana Highway, is open from 10 to 6 p.m. daily. For details, visit www.mauicraftsguild.com.
Survey views from the skies with aerial photographer Terry Rowe. Rowe's works, which capture images of Jaws on Maui's north shore, will be on display at Paia Tattoo Parlor, with an opening reception from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday.
The photographer will also show her aviation art, including hot air balloon rallies, air racing events, air shows and World War II aviation expositions.
Music, refreshments and a Hawaiian blessing will be offered.
Voted the Maui Photographer of the Year in 2000 by Maui Professional Photographers, Rowe has work in NaPua Gallery in Wailea, and in Paia Fishmarket, Maui Windsurf Company in Kahului, and Oceans Bar and Grill in Kihei.
Paia Tattoo Parlor is located upstairs at 120 Hana Highway. For details, visit paiatattooparlor.com.
Meet Washington state artist Donna Young during a special appearance from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday at Lahaina Galleries' 828 Front St. location. The award-winning painter employs dynamic, immediate brush strokes to dance between reality and imagery, according to a gallery release. Layers of color and texture can be found in her work.
At Lahaina Galleries' Shops of Wailea gallery, Dario Campanile and Lori Wylie will be featured from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Campanile, an Italian trompe l'oeil (trick of the eye) painter, and Wylie, who works in paint and metal, will be available to discuss their work and artistic experience.
For details on Lahaina Galleries, visit lahainagalleries.com.
Maui Hands gallery at 612 Front St., Lahaina, will host demonstrations by plein air oil painter Janet Spreiter from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Fridays nights this month. A selection of her work depicting Maui scenes will be on display.
Dance through time and place - while charting discoveries - with Darrell Orwig's retrospective exhibition, a collection of work from one of Maui's most distinguished artists. The show, which features Orwig's work between 1970 and the present, is on display at the Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center in Makawao through April 22.
"Darrell Orwig: A Retrospective, Waltzing With Time and Place" celebrates the journeys of Orwig's distinct path as an artist - an innate awareness the accomplished painter sensed in his early years and explored with each location in which he found himself.
Orwig, one of Maui's premier artists, is recognized by many for his vast contributions to the local community through years of teaching, serving as former director of the Schaefer International Gallery and mentoring budding artists, among other roles.
Don't miss a chance make discoveries about Orwig, about yourself and about the world around you with the current exhibition.
Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Saturday. For details, visit huinoeau.com
Call to artists:
The "Student Salon" exhibition features work by Hui students alongside pieces from their instructors. The show, from May 7 to June 9, offers an opportunity for students who have taken a Hui class within the last two years to exhibit work in the historic gallery space, for visitors to check out what's happening in Hui studios and for students and teaching artists to gain feedback in a public forum. Receiving day is April 28. For details, contact the Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center.
The annual Art of Trash exhibition will be held April 22 to May 14 at Maui Mall.
Presented by the Community Work Day Program, the show provides Maui, Lanai and Molokai aritsts the chance to display original work created with recycled and/or reused materials. Artists must submit work for consideration from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 16 at the mall.
To obtain a prospectus and for more information, call 573-3911.