‘Enigma of the mill’ art exhibition opens

The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo
The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Tom Sewell delivers cellist Georgy Gusev to Saturday’s concert with a forklift. Sewell said his studio featuring heavyweight sculptures assembled from massive gears, gargantuan valves and machine tools he salvaged from the mill is now open to the public noon to 3 p.m. seven days a week. He said he has about 50 finished sculptures on display and more on the way. Sewell encouraged former Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar workers to visit to take in the artwork and share their stories. A repeat performance by Gusev is scheduled for Aug. 1. Doors open for gallery viewing at 6:15 p.m. and the show begins at 7:30. Tickets are $50, with 25 available for sale. Attendees must be vaccinated for COVID-19 to attend. Contact tom@tomsewell.com for tickets and directions.

Russian cellist Georgy Gusev plays an improvisational piece Saturday evening as images from Haiku artist Tom Sewell’s multimedia work, “Enigma of the Mill,” are projected on the walls of Sewell’s Studio 3, a 17,000-square-foot sculpture studio/gallery located inside formerly abandoned Puunene Mill. The hauntingly beautiful mix of music and images was titled “Sound of the Mill” and recaptured some of the essence of the once-thriving sugar operation.


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