Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center has announced its 2012 Artist in Residence program: the Maui Mural Arts Project, with featured artists Shira Walinsky, Eric Okdeh and David Goldberg.
The Hui's Artist in Residence program offers invited artists a rich environment in which to create - one that encourages freedom, risk-taking and provides a wide range of opportunities for the artist to interact with the community.
The 2012 Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center Maui Mural Project will specifically engage the larger community to develop a unified message through the language of art. By engaging the public in the research, planning and execution of the work, these public art programs allow the Hui to use the arts as a catalyst for building community.
The image above is one of four preliminary mural sketches based on Shira Walinsky’s and the Hui team’s conversations with Maui thinkers, educators, leaders and learners.
Photo courtesy Hui No‘eau Visial Arts Center
"We have been developing this project for three years now," said Hui's Youth Programs & Marketing Manager, Kelly McHugh. "We are so thrilled to be working first with Shira this summer and then with Eric Okdeh later this year in separate mural projects that will be connected by a social media campaign put together by local artist David Goldberg-we can't wait to see what artists, students and the consortium of community organizers with whom we have been working come up with!"
Shira will join the Hui today for a two-week residency that will include teen and adult mural workshops, a "Teach the Teachers" professional development training, community lectures, work days and more.
Spaces remain in Shira's hands-on workshops running from Saturday to July 14, as do volunteer artist assistant positions through July 20. For more information on this program, and how you can get involved, visit huinoeau.com/mural/ or contact Kelly McHugh, Youth Programs & Marketing Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also at the Hui, today and Friday are your last chances to see the "Reflections: Contemporary Glass Art in Hawai'i" show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This biennial survey of the finest contemporary glass art in Hawaii was juried by Bob Flint, Hugh Jenkins and Lucia Rhodehamel. It features the work of over 30 artists.
Turnbull Fine Art in Paia invites the public to an evening of fine art and fine wine from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday
The gallery show will feature the abstract oil paintings of Maui resident Brad Forsythe, who will be on hand to meet the public and discuss his current body of work. Also present will be Napa Valley Winemaker, Co-Owner of Virgil's Vineyard, and Maui resident John Hanhauser. He will be releasing for the first time on Maui the 2009 vintage of The Smuggler's Son.
Forsythe began painting as a traditional landscape artist and over the past decade has painted exclusively in the abstract, nonrepresentational style of expression.
To learn more about Brad Forsythe and Turnbull Fine Art's family of artists visit: turnbullfineart.com or call the gallery at 579-9385. Parking is available to anyone attending the show and is located behind the Shops of Paia Bay off Hana Highway. Turn left before Tobi's Shave Ice.
The Maui Arts & Cultural Center will present a free screening entitled "Balance" at 6 p.m. tonight in the McCoy Studio Theater. "Balance" is an episode from the sixth season of Art in the 21st Century, the only prime-time national television series focused exclusively on contemporary art. The events are hosted in partnership with Art21 as part of its Access '12 initiative.
The programs reveal the artists at work and speaking in their own words as they demonstrate the power of art to alter perception, challenge convention and change how we see the world around us.
"History" will screen at 6 p.m. July 12 and "Boundaries" will screen at 6 p.m. August 2. Each one-hour program will be shown in McCoy Studio Theater followed by a talk with local artists and audience.
Jeweler Chad Durgan will be the Artist in Residence at Maui Hands Gallery in Paia from 1 to 3 p.m. each Tuesday this month. Durgan and floral designer Steve Olivieri are New York natives who escaped the city for Upcountry Maui. Inspired by the beauty of island nature, Durgan was soon turning the couple's visions into unusual but elegant wearable art. Maui Hands Gallery in Makawao will present oil painter Melissa Ebeling each Friday this month. Ebeling enjoys painting from real life experiences. She will be at the gallery from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday. And finally, Maui Hands Gallery in Lahaina will present weaver and ceramic artist Ipo Kudlich from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. every Friday this month. Kudlich is best known for her natural fiber weavings inspired by the vivid colors and natural materials of the Hawaiian islands. For more information, call Panna Speas Cappelli at 573-2021.