Become immersed in the culture, the people and the heart of the Hawaiian Islands with "Celebration of Hawai'i 2012" at Viewpoints Gallery in Makawao.
The show features pieces from the state's leading artists and showcases a comprehensive display of contemporary Hawaiian art in an array of mediums. It opens with a blessing chant and dance by kumu hula Gordean Bailey and Halau Wehiwehi o Leilehua at 4 p.m. Saturday.
Maui artists have agreed to create works of art that reflect their love of the land, the people or the culture. Oil, acrylic, pastel, watercolor, wood, ceramic, stone, metal, fiber, photography, jewelry, glass, and kapa are represented. The exhibition this year will also highlight the ancient and contemporary art form of hula.
Viewpoints Gallery in Makawao’s “Celebration of Hawai’i 2012” includes “Hula,” oil on carved wood, by Joelle C.
The exhibition also features “Lanihula,” charcoal on canvas, by Pegge Hopper.
Jonathan Y. Clark receives the Jurors’ Choice Award from Carolyn Schaefer Gray at the MACC on Jan. 8.
The Hui No’eau Annual Juried Exhibition Juror’s Choice award went to Derek Bencomo’s koa piece, “Wave Dancer.”
Art Maui’s image selected to promote its upcoming 2012 show is “Rhapsody” by George Berezovsky.
Viewpoints Gallery is at 3620 Baldwin Ave. in the Courtyard in Makawao. It's open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 572-5979 or visit www.viewpointsgallerymaui.com.
Art Maui, the much-anticipated juried exhibition of Maui County artists, is gearing up for its 34th show, slated to open in March at the Schaefer International Gallery in Kahului.
After all the buzz of last year's event, which generated hundreds of entries and lots of conversation about selected pieces, this show is not to be missed.
A panel discussion, titled "Art of the Juror," will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center's Alexa Higashi Room. The event will feature this year's juror, Thomas Klobe, along with jurors of other shows including Allison Wong, Lauren Harris and Richard Nelson - all of whom will address questions and discuss the show's selection process.
Receiving Day is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, March 15, at the gallery. The Art Maui prospectus has been updated and posted online. It reflects a number of changes, such as new dimensions for 2-D art, installations eligibility and artist written proposals that must be submitted by March 1.
For more information, visit www.artmaui.com.
Shows currently under way include the prestigious juried competition at the Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center in Makawao. The annual show, which features current work by local and Mainland artists in all media, opened Dec. 28 and continues through Feb. 19 at the Hui solarium.
This year's exhibition was judged by Allyn Bromley. Juror's Choice award went to Derek Bencomo for his koa piece, "Wave Dancer." Honorable mentions include Tania Arens' "L.A. Ink" and Pua Logan's "Everything is Everything is Everywhere."
Also at the Hui, visiting artist J.D. Hillberry will offer a free artist lecture from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday. Hillberry, who's known for his techniques of blending charcoal and graphite to give a photo-realistic look to drawings, will discuss the drama of light, shadow and texture without the added influence of color.
For details, www.huinoeau.com.
Also on display is the Schaefer Portrait Challenge 2012 at the MACC's Schaefer International Gallery.
Featuring artists from the islands of Oahu, Maui, Kauai and Hawaii, along with portrait subjects who live and work in the state and have a significant connection to the artist, the challenge comprises 59 works from 57 individual artists. It is open during gallery hours through March 11.
Maui native Jonathan Y. Clark won the $15,000 Jurors' Choice Award, a cash prize donated by Carolyn and Jack Schaefer Gray, for his portrait "Grandma's Story."
The $5,000 Marian Freeman People's Choice Award, which is donated by Gage Schubert, gives the public a chance to participate in the exhibit. Gallery visitors can cast a ballot for their favorite piece in the exhibit through Friday, Feb. 17. The winner will be announced at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb.19, at the gallery.
Schaefer is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m to 5 p.m. and before Castle Theater shows. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.mauiarts.org.