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February oil painting workshops to be presented in West Maui

One spot in each section reserved for high school scholar

The Maui Plein Art Painting Invitational art event, set for Feb. 15 to 23, is celebrating its 15th year.

The Maui Arts League will sponsor two three-day adult oil painting workshops in West Maui on Feb. 12-14 and Feb. 24-26.

Both workshops offer classroom, demo and personalized field instruction for 12 professional or amateur Maui artists. Tuition $450 per workshop. Participants supply art materials and equipment. Online registration for 12 spots is open now; see detailed information at www.MauiArtsLeague.org.

Michele Usibelli will be featured in the first workshop with “Bringing Paintings to Life.”

A familiar presence in top art magazines, Usibelli is a signature member of Oil Painters of America, American Impressionist Society and Longbridge Public Art Project, and artist member of California Art Club and the Salmagundi Club. For more about the instructor, visit www.micheleusibelli.com.

Her works are known for passionate brushwork and contrasting vibrant colors. Her architectural forms and ability to capture diverse subjects in oil, acrylic and gouache make her a much-sought-after instructor. She communicates and demonstrates her inspiration from initial design to paint application. She’s determined that students leave her workshops with a solid understanding of composition, design, color theory, value, temperature shifts and creating meaningful edges.

Michele Usibelli

“During my work in architecture, I felt deeply connected to the arts. But I discovered my passion for oil painting. The process of creating begins with a scene that emits energy and evokes emotion. I am drawn to subjects with rich colors or intriguing light,” said Usibelli.

Jane Hunt and “Plein Air Painting For the Soul” will be featured in the second workshop. Hunt is a master signature member of Plein Air

Painters of New Mexico, a signature member of Oil Painters of America, Laguna Plein Air Painters Association and Women Artists of the West, among other organizations, and winner of Best in Show at Laguna Plein Air Invitational 2019.

She teaches across the U.S. and in Europe. Her masterful expressions of light, atmosphere and temperature develop an ethereal moment that beckons the viewer to pause and receive inspiration, according to an announcement. Hunt guides her students to learn how to choose an effective focal point, deal with the changing light, compose in the field, create and stick to a value plan, simplify their palette and mix colorful grays to unify their painting, use atmosphere and perspective to their advantage and gather what they need for larger studio pieces.

To learn more about the instructor, visit www.janehuntart.com.

Jane Hunt

“My landscapes express the feelings a place evokes,” said Hunt. “With an impressionistic, tonal approach, I hope to convey my emotional connection. Moving cross-Atlantic three times in my early years brought homesickness. This yearning propels me to create an aura of ‘home’ in each landscape. I hope viewers connect to a gentle, restful place in my paintings.”

Both workshops are part of the Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational art event Feb.15-23, celebrating its 15th year.

Maui Arts League holds open one slot in each adult workshop as a scholarship for a local high school art student recommended by school art teachers. Principals or teachers with serious candidates for these two scholarships should contact Katherine Kama’ema’e Smith at (808) 268-0787. Adult workshops are just one of many educational and community art events during the Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational coming up in February.

For further information, visit www.MauiArtsLeague.org.