Plein air meets paradise during the seventh annual Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational, which starts Saturday and continues through Feb. 26 at locations around the island.
Twenty-five of the finest plein air painters from Hawaii and the Mainland will employ their talents to capture picturesque island scenes during the invitational, and the works will be on display for purchase at finale events.
Among 2012 Invitational artists are Maui County residents George Allan of Kula; Mike Carroll of Lanai City; Michael Clements of Kula; Betty Hay Freeland of Pukalani; Carleton Kinkade of Lahaina; Ronaldo Macedo of Lahaina; and Macario Pascual of Lahaina.
“Dream Sunrise, Hamakuapoko” by Lisa Kasprzycki, oil on wood, 17” x 9” will be on display at Viewpoints Gallery
Photos provided by Viewpoints Gallery
A highlight includes a free lecture by returning guest speaker and invitational judge Jean Stern, executive director of the Irvine Museum in California, titled "Impressionism Made Easy" at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Pioneer Inn in Lahaina.
"Plein air painting, or outdoor painting, is one of the most popular art styles today," Stern said. "The concept of painting a landscape directly out of doors appeals to a wide variety of people throughout the country and indeed all over the world. This event in Lahaina, is certainly one of the most attended of the major plein air painting events in the country."
The invitation schedule includes: the Kick Off Paint Out at D.T. Fleming Beach (noon to 3 p.m. Saturday); "Impressionism Made Easy" lecture at the Pioneer Inn in Lahaina (7 p.m. Tuesday); the Pacific 'O Sunset Paint Out on the beach fronting 505 Front Street Shops and Restaurants (4 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday); the Pioneer Inn Lahaina Harbor Quick Draw with artists focused on finishing a painting in two hours (9 to 11 a.m. Feb. 24); the Maui No Ka 'Oi Magazine Gala Reception with original works unveiled and available for purchase at the Village Gallery on Dickenson Street in Lahaina (5 to 9 p.m. Feb. 24); coffee, pastries and music with the artists at the Village Gallery in Lahaina (9 to 11 a.m. Feb. 25) where the public can view and purchase original paintings until 9 p.m.; and the Plein Air Finale, the last chance for the public to view and purchase paintings at The Village Gallery in Lahaina (9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. 26).
Paintings from the D.T. Fleming Beach Paint Out by the participating artists will be available for sale at Village Gallery in The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua from 4 p.m. Saturday; show will continue daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Feb. 24.
For a complete event schedule, see MauiPleinAirPainting.com.
Viewpoints Gallery's newest exhibition will unveil fresh works by Suzy Papanikolas, Lisa Kasprzycki, Sharon McGauley, Jim Meekhof and Pratima. The show opens with a public reception with the artists at 5 p.m. Friday.
Papanikolas offers a glimpse into the lives of hula dancers in her paintings, caught on the scene of actual performances and activities throughout Hawaii; Kasprzycki explores intimate and distant views in her paintings; McGauley is drawn to "big fields of color and simple compositions" in her work; Meekhof is known for his ability to create "translucency within the wood he turns"; and Pratima creates finely constructed, timeless jewelry, according to a gallery release.
Viewpoints, open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, is located at 3620 Baldwin Ave., Makawao. For details, visit viewpointsgallery maui.com or call 572-5979.
Sargent's Fine Art, 802 Front St., will host acclaimed sculptor Michael Wilkinson from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. World-renowned for his innovative cast acrylic sculptures, Wilkinson creates complex themes that have no beginning and no end, no front or back, according a gallery release. "They are to be viewed and studied from the inside out." Meet this artist and enjoy the music of Kurt Lee. For more information, call 667-4030.