Art Affair: Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center

Art lovers will experience a 1920s-style fiesta inspired by the vibrant and dramatic world of Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera on Saturday at the Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center’s signature fundraiser.

Art Affair 2015: Frida & Diego – A Feast for the Senses will be from 5 to 10 p.m. at the historic Kaluanui Estate in Makawao. Guests will have the chance to admire and bid on art, mix and mingle south of the border and dance the salsa, all while supporting the Hui’s art programs.

Hui Executive Director Caroline Killhour said that each year, organizers enjoy getting creative with the event theme.

“We invite artists and volunteers to help create the mood and the decor, and our guests get into the spirit of the theme by dressing the part – taking ideas from the artists’ work, the fashion of the time when the artists lived or from the artists themselves,” she said.

The theme focuses on Kahlo, the late Mexico City artist best-known for her self-portraits, and her late husband and famous artist, Rivera. While premium tickets and tables have sold out, standard admission is still available.

Proceeds provide support for the Hui and its many visual arts education programs. In addition, this year’s “Raise the Paddle” auction will support the Hui’s Visiting Artist program, which invites artists from around the world to stay at the Hui as they share their talents with the community through hands-on workshops and lectures. In three years, more than 40 visiting artists have offered nearly 80 classes and workshops to nearly 600 students, according to the Hui.

“In just the past few years, we have brought artists from Japan, Denmark, Australia and both coasts of the United States to teach on Maui,” Killhour said. “In this way, we create an international network of artists and generate an incredible exchange of ideas, techniques and technologies.”

Killhour said she’s especially passionate about the program’s “Teach the Teachers” component, in which local art teachers receive scholarships to participate in classes to learn about different art media, build new skills and bring fresh ideas to their students. The Hui also strives to support Hawaiian arts and currently features kapa-making workshops that teach students about the history and culture of the art form.

“It is just incredible to see the sharing of knowledge that occurs when we provide local students, artists, community members and educators with access to top-notch experts in the field,” she said.

Along with the “Raise the Paddle” auction and other chances to bid on artwork by local and international artists, the event will feature a seated dinner by Chef Bev Gannon’s Celebrations Catering, an open bar and live music by Neto Peraza & The Hot Salsa Band.

Standard tickets are available for $175 ($95 tax-deductible), and standard tables of 10 are available for $1,750 ($950 tax-deductible). For more information, call 572-6560 or visit

* “Senorita Carmen” collage. The photography and painting collage “Senorita Carmen” by Rici Guild was featured at the top of Page D1 on Sunday. The incorrect artist and title were listed because of information provided to The Maui News.