North shore will be buzzing with art demonstrations and gallery specials when Paia celebrates its Friday town party from 6 to 9 p.m.
Try your hand at the melting medium of ice sculpting at Turnbull Fine Art at the Shops of Paia gallery. Steve Turnbull, an award-winning master sculptor, will demonstrate ice sculpting. The public is invited to participate. A free raffle for a gallery gift item will be held at 7:30 p.m.
Besides ice, Turnbull works in stone, wood and bronze. He collects driftwood from the Northwest coast, as well as exotic native woods of Hawaii, to use in his work. He sculpts at his home studio of Kahakuloa.
"I love to collaborate with nature when I sculpt and suggest a form within the medium to enhance its natural beauty," said Turnbull in a gallery release.
Turnbull Fine Art is located at 137 Hana Highway, across from Charley's Restaurant. For details, visit turnbullfineart.com or call 579-9385.
Head a few steps east to Paia Tattoo Parlor for an exhibition by nine Maui artists who are using doors as their canvas. Behind the pieces painted on doors, "Art Opens Doors" teams artists and public high school art programs. Through sale of the art, T-shirts and donations, organizers will fulfill wish lists from local art teachers. The show is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, and the silent auction will close at 8 p.m. Friday.
Paia Tattoo Parlor is located upstairs at 120 Hana Highway. For details, visit paiatattooparlor.com or call 579-8515.
Also off Hana Highway, Maui Crafts Guild will offer a sale from Friday through Sunday, with 10 percent off every piece. The guild, Maui's only artist-owned and artist-operated cooperative gallery, will feature other Friday festivities including the kickoff to the annual Every-Artist-Gift-Basket raffle. Buy a ticket and 100 percent of the proceeds go toward a local nonprofit; the raffle winner will receive handmade art pieces - one from each of the guild's 21 artists. For details, visit www.mauicraftsguild.com or call 579-9697.
Sargent's Fine Art, 802 Front St., will host local artist Roman Czerwinski this Friday evening from 7 to 10. Roman emigrated to Maui from Poland and was influenced by the island's colors and sunsets. "He has developed a unique impressionist style that faithfully captures the lush beauty and vivid colors of the islands, as well as romantic cityscapes and individual commissions," according to a gallery release.
Meet the artist during the reception, which will feature the music of Kurt Lee. Call 667-4030.
Local is the best way to buy, and the Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center can help. The nonprofit will unveil Hui Holidays, an annual collection of handmade gifts by local artists in jewelry, ceramics, prints, fiber, photography, glass, paintings, ornaments and more, during First Night from 5 to 8 p.m. next Thursday, Dec. 1.
The evening will feature the first look at the handmade gifts and a chance to meet some of the creators. First Night will also unveil the work of designer and choreographer Andr Morrisette, who transforms the Kaluanui estate into a winter wonderland. Festive cocktails, pupu, locally-made tea and coffee tastings, and spirited music are included. Tickets are $30 per person, available at 572-6560 or at huinoeau.com/events.
Hui Holidays continues from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Dec. 24. Entry is free. See huinoeau.com.