David Schoonover was the big winner in Lahaina Arts Society's 2011 Photo Maui Awards, walking away from last Friday's awards ceremony with the competition's two highest awards - Best of Show for "Backwash Wave" and People's Choice for "Ke'e Beach Sunset" - as well as the Professional Digital Enhancement first prize for the same photo.
This year's contest drew more than 100 entries from all over the island for almost $6,000 worth of photo gear prizes. The contest helped raise money for Lahaina Arts Society's free art lessons for children in the community.
The awards were presented at the opening reception in the Old Jail gallery in the Lahaina Courthouse. The exhibit will remain up through Sunday, Dec. 4.
Triple medal winner David Schoonover savors last Friday’s 2011 Photo Maui Awards with Scott Mead (left), chairman of the Photo Maui committee, and renowned Maui photographer David Fleetham, one of the judges in the competition.
Other prizes were as follows:
Professional Color: Zach Pezzillo, "North Shore Sunset," first place; Barton Hrast, "Julia," second place; Masao Fukayama, "Self Portrait,"third place.
Professional Monochrome: Barton Hrast, "Nathan," first place; Zach Pezzillo, "Old Soul," second place; Mark Berry, "Puunene Mill," third place.
Professional Digital Enhancement: Ken Fields, "Kealia Sunset," second place; Simone Reggingius, "At the Beach," third place.
Enthusiast Color: Daniel Pardini, "Wendy," first place; Tom Savidge, "On the Lookout," second place; Ada Stephens, "Drive By," third place.
Enthusiast Monochrome: Ryota Komi, "Mid 60's," first place; Roger Stephens, "Vishwakarma Cave," second place; Jarett Fry, "Turtle Wings," third place.
Enthusiast Digital Enhancement: Kenneth Johnson, "Metaphysical Gravity," first place; Amber Lee, "Haleakala 10-4-11, (Bottom Right)" second place; Kenneth Johnson, "Atropos' Lament," third place.
Makawao Union Church is staging a competition for plein air artists on Wednesday as part of its 150-year anniversary celebration. The event runs from an 8 a.m. meet-and-greet over coffee and continues until 6 p.m. It is open to all artists and there is no entry fee.
Contestants can take inspiration from the church, the grounds or the views from this historic site, and onlookers can watch their creations take shape. They will compete for a $500 best-of-show prize, plus three honorable mentions and one people's choice award, all of which come with prizes. The works will be displayed in the church through the holiday season, and sales will be handled by the artists themselves.
For more information, contact Joseph Fletcher at 283-1107.
Maui Hands Gallery in Makawao is showcasing the painted furniture of Susie Speck on Monday and again Nov. 28 in the gallery at 1169 Makawao Ave.
The artist moved to Maui seven years ago from Chicago, where she had attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago's Fine Arts Program. She ran a successful mural and hand-painted furniture business, and has long been involved in arts education programs for children.
The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. For more information, call 572-2008.
Maui's acclaimed Betty Hay Freeland will be artist-in-residence at Village Galleries at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua from Sunday through Tuesday. She will attend an artist's reception and exhibition of new work from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday in the gallery, located off the lobby. She will also give oil-painting demonstrations from 9:30 a.m. to noon Monday and Tuesday.
For more information, call 669-1800.