Art students at the University of Hawaii Maui College are showing their new work in the college library through the second week in May. The works were created in this academic year by students in painting, drawing, design, ceramics, digital photography and fashion technology classes taught by faculty members Michael Takemoto, Jennifer Owen, Cheryl Maeda, Connie Adams, Patricia Inman, Harvey Reed and Renee Wilcox.
The public is invited to the opening reception from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday in the UH-MC library.
Maui College art students have also been winning recognition for their art in the wider Maui community. Current student Jamie Laniakea Clark and several former students had their work juried into 2012's Art Maui exhibition, currently on view in the Maui Arts & Cultural Center's Schaefer International Gallery.
Michael Wisner is showing his ceramic pieces at Maui Hands Gallery in Paia.
A "Celebration of Quilts" comes to Bailey House Museum in Wailuku from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. This is the third annual quilt show presented by the Maui Historical Society.
Local quilters from across Maui will hang their quilts throughout the gardens and demonstrate quilting methods to visitors at this popular one-day event, according to a release. The colorful show will feature antique quilts from the Maui Historical Society and others from private collections. Admission to the Quilt Show includes admission to the museum and is $10 and $8 for Maui Historical Society members. Children 12 and younger are free.
Tom Klobe, juror of the 34th annual Art Maui exhibition on view in the Maui Arts & Cultural Center's Schaefer International Gallery through April 21, will lead a gallery walkthrough from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. He will not only share his process jurying the show, but will be available to answer questions about this always provocative exhibit.
The walkthrough will also include recognition for three Maui high school art students selected by Klobe to each receive a $2,500 scholarship award. They are Kara Frampton and Pi'ikea Karlen from Kamehameha Schools Maui and Kela Strickland from Baldwin High School. The walkthrough will include a preview of their art.
Maui Hands Galleries are showcasing artists in a variety of media in their Paia and Lahaina venues. Maui Hands at 84 Hana Highway in Paia is featuring the ceramics of Michael Wisner from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through the end of April.
"I look at the creative process as a collaboration between the raw materials found in nature and the artist (also from nature as we often forget)," says the artist in a release. "It is important to remember art as a collaboration and not an isolated egotistical event by man. It an expression of our connection to the natural world. Beautiful places like Maui create a mirror that reflects inside us, waking us, drawing creativity to the surface."
The Paia gallery is also showcasing the paintings of Amanda Scott in receptions from 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through May 1. "I make art because for a while I am transported to a fantasy world of my own creation," the artist said in a statement. "My paintings celebrate and explore man and womankind. My journey as an artist is inspired by the light that imbues one's life when one pursues their joy."
At Maui Hands at 612 Front St. in Lahaina, Joel Heinz is presenting paintings on tapa cloth. He will meet the public from 4 to 7 p.m. Fridays in April.
With no formal training, Haiku resident Heinz began painting acrylic on canvas before contact with other artists and his personal appreciation for Hawaiian culture led him to geometric designs on tattoos and on Hawaiian kapa as well as ancient Hawaiian petroglyph rock carvings, according to a gallery release.
Marking the celebration of Second Friday in Lahaina, Images Fine Art Gallery is featuring seven local artists - Taryn Alessandro, Christina DeHoff, Anna Good, Julie Houck, Sean Price, Jeffrey Robert and Matt Smith. They will all demonstrate their processes and technique during the reception from 6 to 10 p.m. Processes and media include live glass lampworking, palette-knife oil painting, crayon portrait drawing, mixed-media collage and more.
The gallery is also welcoming internationally acclaimed painter Jennifer Vranes for her debut exhibition. Vranes uses a palette knife to "sculpt" her large, vibrant paintings of subjects including Aspen forests and European landscapes. She will participate in Second Friday Art Night, and will also meet the public at the gallery from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday.
Images Fine Art Gallery is located at 900 Front St. in Lahaina, directly behind the Hard Rock Cafe. For more information, call 662-0884 or email@example.com.