The first day of summer is June 20th and there are several art contests recently announced to keep creative types busy in the coming months.
Artists across the island are gearing up for Lahaina's Annual Poster Contest sponsored by LahainaTown Action Committee and Lahaina Arts Society. Now in its 24th year, the poster contest offers a grand prize of $2,500. The winning art becomes the limited edition official Lahaina poster for the next year.
The competition is open to all artists. The artwork must be original and unpublished with the image being a recognizable scene of Lahaina. Past winners of this prestigious competition include Carleton Kinkade, George Allen, Stephen Burr, Jim Kingwell, Ronaldo Macedo, C.S. Perry, Erin Dertner, John Cosby, Daryl Millard, and Michael Krahn.
Carleton Kinkade’s “Lei Day” was first place winner in the 2012 Lahaina Poster Contest.
“Mermaid” by Dale Zarrella.
The deadline for Maui entries is August 3. For more information and an application, go to the Lahaina Town Action Committee website at www.visitlahaina.com or call Lynn Donovan at Lahaina Town Action Committee at 667-9175.
Wailea Resort Association is issuing a call for entries to "Art, Wine & Food," an inaugural artwork competition in correlation with the first ever Wailea Wine & Food Festival, taking place Dec. 6 9. Art entries are open to all Maui County artists, age 21 and older and will be accepted thru July 31.
"Art, wine and food share a creative connection and we want to challenge Maui's talented artists to capture that relationship," said Bud Pikrone, General Manager of the Wailea Resort Association. "We want to support the local art community by selecting a unique piece of art as our festival image, and we hope this will become an ongoing tradition each year as the festival continues."
All artwork submitted for the "Art, Wine & Food" competition will be qualified by a selection committee for possible display during the Wailea Wine & Food Festival. A cash award of $600 and other prizes will be awarded for the winning artwork. Patrons will be able to view and purchase these selections via silent auction, benefiting the Maui Culinary Academy.
For a copy of the "Art, Wine & Food" contest entry form, rules and conditions, visit www.waileawineandfoodfestival.com.
East Maui Watershed Partnership (EMWP) and Viewpoints Gallery's 8th annual juried art exhibition Malama Wao Akua will take place Aug. 14 to Sept. 15. Malama Wao Akua was created to focus solely on Maui Nui's flora and fauna and the conservation efforts being done to protect them. In addition to hikes through The Nature Conservancy's Waikamoi Preserve, artists are invited this year to visit Fleming Arboretum at Pu'u Mahoe, Hawai'i's oldest and largest native arboretum. Jurors for this year's show will be acclaimed Maui artist Connie J. Adams and renowned research biologist Dr. Art Medeiros.
Local artists of all ages and abilities are welcome to enter. Receiving days for completed work are Aug. 12 and 13. Visit EMWP online at www.eastmauiwatershed.org for contest rules and more places to go to get inspired.
Maui artist Dale Zarrella shares his art pieces with Maui's local community and visitors at 6 p.m. every Wednesday at the Makena Beach & Golf Resort lobby. During the "My Life in Art Talk," Zarrella explains the inspiration behind his life-size sculptures. The weekly address also gives art enthusiasts the chance to taste Zarrella's home-made chocolates.
One of Zarrella's most notable works is a bronze sculpture of Saint Damien of Molokai at the Vatican in Rome. He currently has seven art pieces on display at the Makena Beach & Golf Resort. For more information about Zarrella, call 250-0448 or visit www.dalezarrella.com.