Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea is an art mecca with its never-before-attempted collection of contemporary and Hawaiian fine art installed in the public areas as well as in rooms and suites.
From Jun Kaneko's giant ceramic heads that certainly turn heads to artist Marie McDonald's contemporary kapa cloth designs to Toshiko Takeazu's ceramics to Michael Harada's unfinished "kubuki" masks, this bold style of art is making a statement, and it's new to Hawaii.
These "next generation" of artists reinterpret the ancient traditions and influences of the Hawaiian culture and then add Japanese, Chinese, Indonesian, Filipino and Korean embellishments into the mix.
Jun Kaneko’s ceramic head
FOUR SEASONS photo
Ed Lane’s “Hana Way”
photo courtesy ED LANE
The result offers a revealing and fresh take on the Hawaiian culture and other Pacific Rim influences.
"We share their commitment to telling the story of Hawaii through their art mediums, and as responsible caretakers of Hawaii's host culture, we will continue to celebrate it through this collection," says Thomas Steinhauer, vice president and general manager of the Four Seasons Resort Maui.
American Landscapes, a national juried exhibition at the Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis, Md., has selected "Hana Way," an oil painting by Mauian Ed Lane as one of the works juried into the exhibition to run through Sept. 16.
Juror Jack Rasmussen is the director and the curator of the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, Washington, DC, and president of the board for Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums. He selected 66 works out of 736 total entries.
This is Lane's third time to be selected for this prestigious annual exhibition.
Renowned for his exuberant, colorful Hawaiian landscapes, Lane says his entry is on one of his favorite subjects, the road to Hana in East Maui.
Sargent's Fine Art, at 802 Front St., in Lahaina will host the acclaimed artist, Taryn Alessandro, from 7 to 10 this Friday evening. As a mixed media artist, Taryn uses a wide range of materials such as gold leaf, resin, sand, cardboard, and found objects that add texture, depth, and excitement to her work. Meet this wonderful artist while enjoying the music of Kurt Lee. For more details, call 667-4030.
Artist Eleykaa Tahleh will be featured now through Sept. 30 at Lahaina Arts Society's Banyan Tree Gallery.
Tahleh paints with vibrant Japanese watercolors, and then she mounts the paintings on wooden canvases and coats them with resin.
Meet the artist and view her new work at a reception from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. Call 661-0111.