The reach of Maui Hands just got wider. The group of local galleries is celebrating the opening of its newest location in Makawao, nestled in the quaint paniolo town.
A blessing and grand opening for Maui Hands gallery at 1169 Makawao Ave. will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday.
Maui Hands galleries will launch the grand opening and blessing of its new Makawao location at 1169 Makawao Ave. with a celebration from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday.
Pieces that span diverse mediums, along with home decor and gifts created by local artists and artisans are on display at Maui Hands’ four locations.
“Ocean Dream,” a 27-inch bronze sculpture by Will Herrera, will be on display, along with other original pieces at Herrera’s solo show. The exhibition opens Saturday at NaPua Gallery, which is nestled in Grand Wailea on Maui’s south shore.
The gallery showcases fine art, gifts, home furnishings and more. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Sunday.
The galleries, owned by Panna Speas, represent more than 300 local fine artists, artisans, jewelers, woodworkers, potters and sculptors. Maui Hands has three other locations in Paia, Lahaina and Kaanapali.
"Often, in order to take on a new artist, it is necessary to let another artist go," Speas said.
"While this certainly keeps the quality high, it isn't easy to choose one to let go. This is really why there are so many Maui Hands galleries. It's more fun to create more space than it is to narrow it down."
For details on Maui Hands, visit www.mauihands.com.
The stunning sculptures of Will Herrera will be unveiled with his one-man show at NaPua Gallery at Grand Wailea in South Maui. The exhibition will open with a public reception from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the gallery. Champagne will be served, and complimentary valet parking will be offered. The show continues during gallery hours through Aug. 30. NaPua is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. For details, email napuagallery @grandwailea.com or call 874-0510.
Sargent's Fine Art will host acclaimed metal artist Jack Nordby from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday at the Lahaina gallery, 802 Front St. The artist's love of the ocean comes alive in his metal etchings, which are vibrant with life and color, according to a release.
Meet the artist while enjoying the music of Curt Lee during the Friday Art Nite reception. For more information, call 667-4030.
Call to artists
Maui's newest annual art event, Maui Open Studios, anticipated to feature more than 100 local artists and artisans in their homes and gallery spaces, is slated for February. Organizers issued a call for artists. Contact Carolyn Quan at firstname.lastname@example.org; details can be found at www.MauiOpenStudios.com.
The 2012 Maui Open Studios will open with a preview exhibition and reception on Saturday, Feb. 4, at Maui Tropical Plantation in Waikapu. The self-guided tours will follow for three weekends at various Maui locations.
The inaugural open studio event was held last year and drew 111 participating artists, who experienced more than 6,000 individual studio visits by art collectors and art enthusiasts, Quan said.
A recycled material art contest will be held in conjunction with Maui OnStage's "The Garden of BE:?A Joyous Musical Fantasy" production at Historic Iao Theater from Sept. 23 to Oct. 2. "The Garden of BE Art Show," sponsored by Bob and Tess Cartwright, is open to all ages and must depict a garden theme or element and be created from reused plastic. Receiving day is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 10 at the theater.
Four juried categories will offer awards; prizes will be donated from local businesses. Entry fee is $5 per piece and will benefit Maui OnStage. For requirements, call 573-9311.