The thrill of Father Damien's rise to sainthood as well as the recent canonization of his beloved Mother Marianne Cope continues to spark interest in the plight of Kalaupapa Hansen's Disease patients on Molokai and what Damien and Cope did to help them. In recognition of these two Hawaiian saints, the Kingwell Island Art Studio in Lahaina is exhibiting as well as offering at substantial discount limited editions of an oil painting done in 1993 by Maui artist Jim Kingwell.
"St. Philomena Church" is a view of Kalaupapa, Molokai, that depicts Father Damien and Sister Marianne Cope walking with two children in front of his now internationally famous church on the Kalawao peninsula.
This popular image and other original paintings and sketches from Kalaupapa are on display through the holiday season and available as gifts or for your own pleasure.
“St. Philomena Church” by Jim Kingwell depicts Father Damien and Mother Marianne Cope walking with children with the beauty of North Shore Molokai behind.
Photo courtesy Kingwell Island Art Studio
Kingwell Island Art Studio is at 834 Front St. in Lahaina. You may call 667-6782 or visit the artist's website at www.kingwellislandart.com.
The Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center in Makawao will host its seasonal event, Hui Holidays 2012: First Night, from 5 to 9 tonight.
A celebrated Maui tradition, the Hui Holidays is one of eight rotating annual exhibitions in the historic, public Kaluanui Estate on Baldwin Avenue, featuring a wide and whimsical range of art, crafts and gifts all at accessible prices.
Talented members of the local artists' community create unique works in jewelry, ceramics, prints, fiber, photography, glass and paintings.
Plus, handmade ornaments and much more from members will all be on display today with sales supporting the nonprofit. Hui Holidays runs through Dec. 24, with gallery items evolving each week.
The one-night-only First Night grand opening party will offer the Hui's full inventory and unveil a dramatically re-envisioned gallery by designer/choreographer Andre Morissette, who will once again present enchanting holiday window installations during this premiere event.
"First Night will offer a joyful opportunity to refresh your spirit, get a jump start on your holiday shopping with thoughtful and unique Maui-made items, and to celebrate alongside the artists, our friends and the Hui community," says Morissette.
"Enjoy a festive cocktail, dine on delectable pupu, watch the sunset, stop by a special locally-made tea and coffee tasting by Coffees of Hawaii, and listen to spirited music while completing your holiday shopping."
This event supports the Hui's array of programs that support lifelong learning.
Tickets cost $30 per person. Call 572-6560 or surf the web at www.huinoeau.com/events.
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