Surfing doesn't stop when the water meets the land. Icons, images, decor of all sizes, shapes and colors are peppered throughout surf communities everywhere, paying visual homage to the revered sport that is nearly synonymous with the Hawaiian Islands. Fine art photographer Stephen Levine captures these surf subjects around Maui, and his work will be featured in "Mauka Surf," an exhibition at Maui Crafts Guild.
The show opens with a reception from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Paia gallery. Upcountry Celtic will perform music and refreshments will be offered. "Mauka Surf" continues through June 23.
Levine, an award-winning photographer, does his own printing, using giclee printers and prints on recycled sugar cane, bamboo, Japanese rice paper and fine art papers. His work captures the whimsy and beauty of surf decor around the Valley Isle, according to a gallery release.
Diana Leone’s “Blue Jade”
"Hawaii is the birthplace of surfing," he said. "Maui is dotted with surf motifs beyond the waves."
Maui Crafts Guild is located at 69 Hana Highway. For details, 579-9697 or www.mauicraftsguild.com.
Art has been interwoven in Diana Leone's life for decades. As an award-winning painter and experienced quilter, the Kihei-based artist has the threads of creativity running throughout her career.
Leone will appear at Maui Hands gallery at the Hyatt Regency, Ka'anapali for oil painting demonstrations from 11:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursdays this month through June 23. Meet the artist and watch her paint loose, abstract florals and other subjects.
The artist won first place at the fifth annual statewide Plein Air Painters of Hawaii juried show last March at the Maui Hands Gallery in Paia. Leone will painting in the Makawao Plein Air Festival 2011 from June 19 to 29.
Her home and studio is located in South Maui. "What a great life if my biggest decision is, shall I paint in the studio or in plein air?" Leone said.
She also has a master's degree in art education and has been teaching quilting for more than 30 years. Leone is the founder of The Quilting Bee shop and has been a licensed designer of fabrics for more than 30 years. She wrote "Quilt Making, The New Sampler Quilt," which is now in its 35th year of publication.
Maui Hands' West Maui location is located at 200 Nohea Kai Drive, Lahaina. For details, call 667-7997.
The Snorkel Bob Foundation will present an original work of fine art reef photography to the Kea Fairmont Kea Lani Hotel for "leadership in pono communion with our reefs" during an event from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Friday in the hotel's Luana Lounge in Wailea.
The presentation is open to the public and includes pupu and a cash bar.
The Snorkel Bob Foundation, led by Robert Wintner, an author, photographer and reef conservationist, is recognizing the hotel for implementing a new freshwater display that's safe for Hawaii's reef ecosystem and island fish populations. For details, see forthefish es.org.
Wintner's exhibition space, La Gallerie des Poissons, opened early this year to showcase his fish gicle collection on mixed media. The gallery is located at 1217 Front St., Lahaina, and is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.