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10th Maui Open Studios set to feature over 100 artists

The 10th annual Maui Open Studios event will kick off another year of connecting art lovers and art collectors with artists on Maui on Feb. 1. An Opening Celebration/Preview Exhibition will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 1 in the Pa‘ina Culinary Arts Center at University of Hawaii Maui College.

A tradition continues during the month of February when Maui Open Studios kicks off its 10th year of connecting art lovers and art collectors with artists on Maui.

MOS has proven to be a well-attended and popular event for art enthusiasts, art collectors and those seeking creative inspiration.

The 10th annual Maui Open Studios is scheduled for all four weekends in February. The event follows a model that has been successful on the Mainland for decades, where artists and artisans open up their studios and exhibition spaces to show and sell their work to the public, as well as “talk story,” connecting and inspiring visitors through one-on-one interactions and, in some cases, live demonstrations.

The event is free to the public. The mission of MOS is to connect the art community directly with art lovers on Maui. Since its inception, MOS has featured over 80 artists every year, and generated over 8,000 individual studio visits by art collectors and art enthusiasts each year. The connections between art collectors and artists have generated $100,000 in art sales each year since its creation.

For the 2020 event, there are over 100 participating artists, including over 30 artists new to the event working in various mediums including ceramics, photography, mixed media, glass, wood, fiber, drawing, painting and more.

During the event, visitors are invited to join many of the artists at the Opening Celebration/Preview Exhibition 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 1 in the Pa’ina Culinary Arts Center at the University of Hawaii Maui College.

Complimentary wine, no-host food options, live music, and previews of a few pieces of the artists’ works will be offered.

Copies of the MOS Guidebook containing an artist directory and maps with directions to different studios and exhibition spaces around the island will be available. Guidebooks are also available now and throughout the duration of the event at various locations around the island, which are listed on MauiOpenStudios.com.

Visitors can then design their own self-guided tours for each weekend of the month, either by referring to their printed guidebook or our online artist directories at MauiOpenStudios.com, which also includes a comprehensive Google map for easy use with GPS.

The self-guided tours begin the following weekend. Hours for the weekend shows are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The first weekend begins in South Maui on Feb. 8 and 9; the second weekend follows in West, Central and East Maui on Feb. 15 and 16; and the third weekend wraps up with Upcountry on Feb. 22 and 23.