Embark on an adventure into the dynamic abstracts of Fred KenKnight.
The local painter will be featured as artist in residence at Village Galleries at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua from Sunday through Tuesday, which kicks off with a reception from 3 to 5 p.m.
KenKnight will also offer hands-on watercolor workshops from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the gallery.
Fred KenKnight’s “Maui Strata”
Pua Logan’s “Everything is Everything is Everywhere”
KenKnight painted for years in acrylic and started working in watercolor in the '70s. Now, he is exploring what he calls a freedom found in abstract painting.
"Currently, for a change of pace and my own pleasure, I am painting mostly abstracts, relying on color and form without the restrictions of realistic subject matter," he says on Village Galleries' website. "With abstracts there is a great sense of freedom and adventure. I'm enjoying the journey."
A New York native, KenKnight lived in Southern California for decades and began his art career after four years in the U.S. Air Force. He attended Coronado School of Fine Arts and opened a studio and gallery in La Jolla, San Diego. With his family, the artist eventually made his home in Maui.
For more information, visit www.villagegalleriesmaui.com or call 669-1800.
Topaz Goldsmith and Gallery will present "The Afghan Connection: The Gem Show" with an opening reception at 5 p.m. Friday in Kihei.
The show will feature Gary Bowersox, an international gem hunter and author of "Gemstones of Afghanistan" who has worked in dangerous locations to export gem and mineral materials from the Middle East. Affiliated with the Gemological Institute of America, Bowersox travels to Afghanistan to search for and secure fine, rare gems.
The gem expert will return to Topaz with more than 60,000 gems from the mountains of Afghanistan.
Meet Bowersox and enjoy wine, champagne and pupu by Cafe O'Lei. For more information and event giveaways, visit www.mauitopaz.com. Topaz is located at 2395 S. Kihei Road, No. 117.
The 34th annual SketchCrawl, a worldwide event that brings together drawing and painting enthusiasts, will have its Maui event from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Kalama Park. Participation is free; bring your own supplies. Meet at the gazebo, spread out and draw or paint any subject. Return to gazebo around noon and share the art. All ages and skill levels are welcome. For more details, www.sketchcrawl.com/forum.
Don't miss works by Hawaii artist Pua Logan and other isle talent at the Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center's annual juried exhibition in Makawao. Local and Mainland artists cover an array of media, which were assessed by juror Allyn Bromley. The show is open during Hui solarium hours through Feb. 19.
Local artisans are being invited to apply for booths at World Whale Day, set for 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at Kihei's Kalama Park. As Maui's largest celebration of whales, the event, presented by Pacific Whale Foundation, attracts thousands of visitors and residents. To learn more about hosting a booth, email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on World Whale Day, visit www.mauiwhalefestival.org.