Painter Betty Hay Freeland captures the majesty of Hawaii with an invaluable perspective.
The artist, who has a noteable Hawaiian ancestry, spends time exploring the islands and painting on location, or en plein aire. Freeland will offer a free oil painting demonstration from 2 to 4 p.m. today at Village Galleries, located off the lobby at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua.
Collectors value Freeland as a chronicler of passing eras, who holds special insight and emotions that are depicted in her work, according to a gallery release.
Betty Hay Freeland’s “Looking Back — Kapalua,” original oil on canvas, 28” x 44”
The painter has won numerous awards. Most recently her work "Moods of Ukumehame" received the Hawaiian Cultural Award at the 2011 Maui Plein Air Painters Invitational.
Born Betty Hay Wodehouse on the island of Hawaii, she graduated from Punahou School, attended the University of Colorado and continued studies in New York and returned to the islands in 1963, married George (Keoki) Freeland of Lahaina. The couple, their three adult children and their grandchildren all reside on Maui.
For more information, visit www.villagegalleriesmaui.com or call 669-1800.
Maui Hands Galleries, with locations around the island, will feature several artist demonstrations.
Nancy Terrebonne will be showing her watercolor techniques from 3 to 8 p.m. Mondays through this month at Maui Hands' location in the Hyatt Regency Ka'anapali, 200 Nohea Kai Drive, Kaanapali. Terrebonne's pieces employ watercolor and Sumi ink on crumbled masa paper, a technique she says "challenges me to use my imagination and to make the most of what at first glance might seem to be mistakes."
Maui Hands' Paia gallery presents artist in residence Joel Heinz, who creates acrylic paintings of ancient Hawaiian imagery on tapa cloth. Meet Heinze from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through September. The artist uses similar imagery to sculpt in koa wood.
The Paia gallery will also showcase recent work by painter Carmen Gardner; she will appear at the north shore location, 84 Hana Highway, from noon to 4 p.m. Thursdays this month. The longtime Maui resident creates work that reflects the spirit of the islands.
Jack Hamilton will be demonstrating oil painting from noon to 4 p.m. Thursdays at the new Maui Hands gallery in Makawao at 1169 Makawao Ave. Recent works will be on display.
For more information, visit www.mauihands.com/
Images Fine Art Gallery in Lahaina announced that Australian artist Pete Tillack will appear at the gallery from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday.
Local musician Scotty Baird of Crazy Fingers will be provide entertainment.
Tillack, a self-taught artist, has traveled around the world and uses his experiences and emotions to create his work, according to a gallery release. His subject matter centers on the environment and usually includes a body of water to represent the importance of life. His analysis of contrast and regular use of monotone colors dramatize the silhouettes and reflections shaped by an early-morning sunrise or colorful sunset, according to the release. "This approach gives his creations a depth that draws the viewer into each piece and lures them into an emotional experience."
Images Fine Art Gallery is located at 900 Front St., behind the Hard Rock Caf in Lahaina. For more information, visit www.imagesinc.com or call 662-0884.