top artists converge in lahaina: maui plein air painting invitational feb. 15-23

MauiPleinAirBeginning February 15, the 9-day Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational will bring together 25 top plein air artists from Hawai‘i and the mainland to capture Maui’s Upcountry vistas, pristine beaches, majestic mountains, and historic towns. Hawai‘i’s premier plein air painting event offers visitors and locals the opportunity to watch these amazing artists at work, learn about outdoor painting, and support art activities in our community. The Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational is interspersed with special events which are free and open to the public.

“The success of this annual event is directly attributed to the caliber of artists,” said Lynn Shue, owner of The Village Galleries. “Their paintings pay witness to Maui’s history, capturing the beauty and lifestyle that makes our island home unique. Not only are these artists’ exceptionally talented individuals, but they also have a genuine aloha for our island.”

Local artists participating in this year’s event are Ronaldo Macedo, Macario Pascual and Carleton of Lahaina; Michael Clements of Kula; Mike Carroll of Lanai City; Pierre Bouret of Hanalei, Kauai; Saim Caglayan of Kilauea, Kauai; and Jenifer Prince of Princeville, Kauai; and Mark Brown of Honolulu.

Prominent artists hailing from the U.S. Mainland are Ken Auster and Jacobus Baas of Laguna Beach, CA; Hiu Lai Chong of Rockville, MD; Debra Huse of Newport Beach, CA; Thomas Jefferson Kitts of Portland, OR; Colin Page of Camden, ME; Mary Pettis of Taylors Falls, MN; Randall Sexton of Vallejo, CA; Gil Delinger of (CA) ; Keith Wicks of Sonoma, CA; Hai Ou Hou of Stevensville, MD; Lori Putnam of Franklin, TN; Dave Santillanes of Fort Collins, CO; and David Savellano of Alameda, CA; Ned Meuller of Renton, WA and Greg LaRock of Newport Beach, CA.

“Each artist has deservedly earned a coveted spot in the world of plein air painting,” said event Coordinator Rhonda Pang. “Attendees are in for a treat as they watch these artists translate everyday life using their senses, from sight to sound, from temperature to atmosphere, and then channel these impressions into their vision in paint on canvas. Each piece is one-of-kind and truly amazing!”

What is “plein air”? The term plein air, a French phrase meaning “in the open air,” has long been associated with painting done outdoors directly from nature. This style of painting is often traced back to its first followers in 17th and 18th century Rome, followed by the French Impressionists in the mid to late 19th century, and then to the California Impressionists in early 20th century America. From the beginning, the purpose of the plein air movement was to develop a deeper understanding of nature through close observation and study and to learn how to accurately represent the appearance of landscapes under the ever-changing elements of light, atmosphere, and weather.

The invitational officially begins with a Kick Off Paint Out at the Jodo Mission and vicinity in Lahaina on Saturday, February 15, from 7:30am to 11pm. Artists’ freshly painted works will be displayed for sale from 11am until noon at the Jodo Mission and then moved to Village Galleries. Throughout the week, artists will capture Maui’s unique landscape and lifestyle on canvas from Saturday, February 15, to Sunday, February 23, when, the public will have their last chance to view and purchase paintings at Village Galleries.

On Tuesday, February 18, at 7pm, Jean Stern, executive director of The Irvine Museum in California, will once again conduct his popular, free lecture at the Pioneer Inn in Lahaina. This year’s lecture is titled “Masterpieces of Plein Air Painting.” In conjunction with the lecture, an Artist’s Mini-Paintings Silent Auction will be held from 6 to 7pm, with final bidding following the lecture from 8 to 8:30pm.

The next day, February 19, at 4pm, artists will gather at Kamehameha Iki Park next to the popular 505 Front Street in Lahaina for the Pacific‘O Sunset Paint Out, finding inspiration in the sunset, beach scenes and canoes on display.

On Friday, February 21, from 9 to 11am, the Pioneer Inn Lahaina Harbor Quick Draw will attract hundreds of onlookers. Each artist will have just two hours to complete a painting. The public will have an opportunity to watch a painting being created from start to finish.

The week’s fresh work will be unveiled on Friday evening, February 21, at The Village Gallery at 120 Dickenson Street, Lahaina. New this year, an Exclusive Collector’s Hour has been announced from 5-6pm. At this ticketed event, collectors will have priority viewing and  the first opportunity to purchase the week’s best paintings. During this exclusive hour, champagne and pupus will be served. Tickets are limited and available at http://www.MauiPleinAirPainting.org. After the Collector’s Hour, the general public is invited to the Gala Reception from 6-9pm. Three paintings from each artist, plus the Quick Draw paintings will be unveiled and awards will be presented.

The event continues on Saturday, February 23, from 9 to 11am with Coffee and Pastries with the Artists. The artists will replace paintings sold on Friday night, and the public will have a final opportunity to interact with all of the artists and purchase work from the event at The Village Gallery in Lahaina.

The Plein Air Finale on Sunday, February 23, from 9am to 9pm will be the public’s last chance to view and purchase paintings.

The Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational will also host two 3-day workshops with participating artists. A Pre-Event Workshop with Greg LaRock will be held on February 12-13, and a Post-Event Workshop with Colin Page will be held on February 24-26.

For more information, please visit http://www.MauiPleinAirPainting.org, call 298-9119 or follow the event on Facebook.

The 2014 event is coordinated by Islanders-Hawai‘i Plein Air Painters, The Village Gallery and by West Maui Cultural Council. A portion of the art sales will go toward art scholarships and programs on Maui.

MAUI P­­­LEIN AIR PAINTING INVITATIONAL SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

Saturday Kick-Off – February 15, 2014 –7:30am to Noon

The opening event is designed to welcome the professional plein air painters and our event visitors to Maui. Always held Saturday with times varying depending on location. In 2014 artists begin the event at the Jodo Mission and surrounding vicinity at Mala Wharf in Lahaina and create freshly painted works of art that are displayed for sale from 11am until noon.

Tuesday Lecture & Mini-Paintings Silent Auction – February 18, 2014 – 6 to 8:30pm

Jean Stern, Executive Director of The Irvine Museum in California delivers a lecture, “Masterpieces of Plein Air Painting” to standing room only attendees at the Pioneer Inn, Lahaina.  The Mini-Paintings Silent Auction bidding is 6-7pm, lecture 7-8pm, and silent auction final bidding 8-8:30pm.

Wednesday Pacific ‘O Sunset Paint Out – February 19, 2014 – 4pm to sunset

The Paint Out at Kamehameha Iki Park is another chance to see all of the artists in the same vicinity. The artists will gather at the popular beach park next to 505 Front Street to find inspiration in the sunset and beach scenes on display in the park.

Friday Pioneer Inn Lahaina Harbor Quick Draw – February 21, 2014 – 9 to 11am

The Harbor Quick Draw welcomes hundreds of onlookers to watch and observe the artists create a work of art in just two hours.  Some of the most interesting paintings from throughout the week are created on this last day of painting events.

Friday Collectors’ Hour – February 21, 2014 – 5 to 6pm

The Collectors’ Hour is held at The Village Galleries at 120 Dickenson Street in Lahaina.  It provides an opportunity for art collectors wishing to buy paintings priority viewing prior to the Gala Reception.  Price of ticket ($100 per person) can be applied toward purchase of paintings. Tickets are available on the MPAPI website.  Refreshments will be served.

Friday Gala Reception – February 21, 2014 – 6 to 9pm

The Friday Gala Reception is general admission. Three of the best paintings from each artist plus the Pioneer Inn Lahaina Harbor Quick Draw painting are unveiled at The Village Galleries, 120 Dickenson Street in Lahaina.  Awards are given; art collectors and enthusiasts have an opportunity to view and purchase the fresh works.  Refreshments will be served.

Saturday Coffee and Pastries with the Artists – February 22, 2014 – 9 to 11am

The artists will replace paintings sold on Friday night.  The public has one last chance to interact with all of them, see these new paintings, and bid them a safe journey home. Held at The Village Galleries in Lahaina.

Sunday, Plein Air Final Sale – February 23, 2014 – 9am to 9pm

This is the last chance to view and purchase paintings. The show and sale ends at 9pm.

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