Local artist Beth Marcil finds her home and her inspiration in island life. The rich, energetic colors found in Maui's environment, along with its deep sea of ethnic diversity, are evident in the painter's pieces. And the Village Galleries artist in residence will demonstrate her mixed-media work from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua gallery.
Marcil, whose passion for nature began during her post-graduate work at The Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Fla., moved to Maui years ago to start the life of an independent artist. Since then, Marcil and her works have been featured in Art News, Pacific Art and Travel and Aloha magazine, along with national, state and local invitational and juried exhibitions. Marcil frequently participates in the Artist-In-Residence program at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua and the annual Celebration of the Arts. Original work and giclee prints are available at Village Galleries. For details, 669-1800, villagegalleries maui.com.
Beth Marcil’s watercolor collage “Ho‘omoe Wai Kahi Ke Kao‘o”
Meet the whimsical animals and protagonists of Robert Bissell, along with the artist himself, during a special appearance from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at Lahaina Galleries' 828 Front St. location.
Bissell grew up in Somerset, England, and his love of rural life, Celtic legends and panoramic landscapes is evident in his painting. Now based out of Northern California, the artist elevates animals, the power of nature and a world where man is in total harmony with nature. "With animals as protagonists of his narratives, at first glance Robert Bissell's paintings seem to come straight out of a children's book," according to a gallery release. "However, a closer examination will reveal a much deeper meaning that strongly reflects the power of nature."
Also, painter Ronaldo Macedo will appear at Lahaina Galleries' Shops of Wailea location from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. His renditions of plantation houses, harbor scenes and pristine beaches evokes history and traditions, according to a gallery release. "As a painter I feel that art is an excellent vehicle to share with other the way I see, experience, and interpret the world," Macedo said. For details, www.lahainagalleries.com.
Maui Crafts Guild will feature the work of ceramic tile and mask artist Tracy Lamon, beginning with a free reception from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Paia gallery. Refreshments and live music by Upcountry Celtic will be included. The show continues through June 9.
Lamon has been working with clay for 25 years; she first explored plates and functional vessels and later moved on to sculptures, masks and intricately painted ceramic tiles.
Her tropical-motif tiles have a high-relief design with glazes that appear as watercolors; the subject matter explores Hawaii's flora, fauna and relaxed lifestyles.
Lamon's primitive masks are derived from original facial sculpture fired in burning sawdust for a raw, scorched look, according to a gallery release. The masks are crowned in a headdress of coconut and manila palm fronds, woven together at the top of the head.
"I hope my masks stimulate a sort of curiosity with people who view them," Lamon said. "Maybe they might daydream about some long- ago civilization."
Maui Crafts Guild is located at 69 Hana Highway. For details, 579-9697, www.mauicraftsguild.com.