Maui's epic Art of Aloha will kick off on Sunday with a reception of famous artists at the Lahaina Galleries in the Shops at Wailea.
The event is free and open to the public and will feature Lahaina Galleries' premier artists showcasing their finest works. Come and view prized pieces from Maui, Italy, England, Canada and more.
"We also have Lahaina Galleries on the west side, but we thought we'd present it in South Maui this year," says Director of Special Events Kim von Tempsky. "This is not just a casual Friday Night is Art Night. It's a major undertaking."
“Evening in Paradise” oil on canvas by Ronaldo Macedo
Mixed media by Yankel Ginsberg
In fact, art collectors will fly in from all over the country to view this exceptional exhibition of fine art on Maui.
"I choreographed the whole weekend," says von Tempsky. "We'll bring in guests to stay at Andaz Maui in Wailea. They come for the opportunity of the private showing on Saturday, followed by all of us going out to dinner that evening."
Then from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, the artists will unveil their paintings and sculptures to the general public at a fun, afternoon-long reception with flowing champagne, wine and other beverages.
The artists: Aldo Luongo, Robert Bissell, Dario Campanile, Bugagiar Twins, Lyle Sopel, Ronaldo Macedo, Michael Talbot, Yankel Ginzburg and Lori Wylie.
You may meet Dario Campanile, world renowned for both paintings and sculptures. The Rome native was advised by Salvador Dali and Giorgio de Chircio, known as the "father of surrealism."
Lyle Sopel does jade, precious gem and bronze sculptures housed in the collections of royalty, connoisseurs and heads of state around the world.
From rural British Columbia, he's had exhibits at Vancouver's World's Fair, and his art has been featured in a cover story in National Geographic. Sopel also sculpted the largest jade buddha in the world, now in a private collection in Palm Springs, Calif.
Born in the countryside of Somerset, England, Robert Bissell was raised on a farm with lots of animals. He graduated from the Royal College of Art, and now paint animals that stand up, appealing to the intellectual child in us all. Now residing in Northern California, he creates qualities like compassion and curiosity.
Born to Italian parents in Argentina, Aldo Luongo was flatteringly reviewed by New York Times as a Post Impressionist. He graduated from the Academy of Fine Art in Buenos Aires -and then he played professional soccer, until injuries drove him back to art. Now, he attacks canvas like he played soccer.
Talk about international. Artist Yankel Ginzburg was born in the Soviet Republic of Khazakhstan, then moved to Poland and Israel, where he got a full scholarship to Tel Aviv's Bat-Yam Academy at the young age of 14. Legendary artist Marc Chagall went there in 1962 and told the instructor: "It took me 40 years to capture Paris. This youngster will capture the world before his hair turns gray."
Born in Southern California, Lori Wylie first graduated with a bachelor's in music at UC Sacramento, playing flute and piccolo for Camellia Symphony Orchestra. She moved to Maui in 2010 - and now paints illusory sun rays, clouds and ocean waves on metal panels.
A member of the coveted Royal Society of British Sculptors since 1997, Michael Talbot was raised in Staffordshire. His human forms are created in clay and then cast into bronze masterpieces.
From Rio de Janeiro and now residing on Maui, Ronaldo Macedo began to paint in oil here. He depicts beaches, harbors scenes and plantation houses.
Last but not least, Alessio and Marcello Bugaigiar, known as "The Twins," team to bring old-world style from their native Italy to their new home on Maui. Together, they conceptualize, then Alissio paints in oil, and Marcello adds koa frames.