fresh from the artists’ studios: a trilogy of acclaimed exhibitions

ArtIf you’re an art aficionado like me, January is a great time to be on Maui. Fine artists across the entire state, as well as the Mainland, have been busy creating new works for three exhibitions opening this month. We have gathered the details for you to enjoy and share with your guests this month.

Celebration of Hawai‘i
Viewpoints Gallery, Makawao

2015 marks the tenth year of Viewpoints Gallery’s Celebration of Hawai‘i invitational exhibition. The entire gallery is transformed into a comprehensive display of art related to Hawai‘i. Collectors from around the state and the world await this exhibition, which has become an annual pilgrimage for many. Oil, acrylic, pastel, watercolor, wood, ceramic, stone, metal, fiber, photography, jewelry, glass, and kapa, are transformed by some of the finest talents in Hawai‘i, and coalesced into a collection of cultural importance.

“Our annual Celebration of Hawai‘i event is the show our collectors and visitors look forward to each year with great anticipation,” says Oliver Perz, gallery director. “We feature not only our own artists, but also celebrated artists throughout Hawai‘i who are individually chosen for their unique awareness of Hawaiian culture.”

A grand opening ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, January 10, at 4:30pm, featuring kumu hula Gordean Bailey and her Halau Wehiwehi O Leilehua, who will open the exhibition with a blessing, followed by dances highlighting the ancient and contemporary art form of hula. “Our lovely dancers will weave elegantly through the gallery leaving the crowd spellbound in their wake,” says Oliver.

Other events planned in connection with the exhibition are:

Saturday, January 24, 5pm
Lecture by Timothy Paulokaleioku Bailey on the aha moku (natural resource management) system

Saturday, February 7, 3pm
Hawaiian Tea Time

Degustation of Hawaiian teas and sweets accompanied by live music and hula

All events are free and open to the public. Viewpoints Gallery is located in the Courtyard in Makawao, 3620 Baldwin Ave. Gallery hours are 10:30am-5pm daily. Celebration of Hawai‘i runs from Saturday, January 10, through Wednesday, February 11. Info: 572-5979; http://www.viewpointsgallerymaui.com.
Hui No‘eau Annual Juried Exhibition 2015
Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center, Makawao

This prestigious competition offers an opportunity for visitors to view current works created by local and Mainland artists in all media, including ceramics, printmaking, sculpture, photography, jewelry, digital imagery, fiber, painting, and wood.

The juror for this year’s exhibition was Charles Cohan, who chairs the printmaking department at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. “In jurying a show of this nature, I look for unique connections between technical skill, material innovation, and a sense of place reflective of the various contexts and contents relative to the diverse practices of Maui artists,” says Charles. “The community on Maui who has contributed to the Hui is an exceptionally strong and distinct group of artists, and it was an honor to participate in the selection of their work for this exhibition.”

After viewing the exhibition, be sure to check out other areas of interest at the Hui:

Kaluanui History Room

Discover the rich history of Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center and the Kaluanui Estate in the Hui’s history room. Once a bedroom, this space artfully displays Ethel Baldwin’s collection of sterling silver and copper hollowware, as well as many historical photos, sketches, and journals. Get ready to step back in time to experience Kaluanui’s transformation from a sugar plantation to the community visual arts center it is today.

Walking Tour: Plants at the Hui

Discover the Hui’s botanical family on this walking tour featuring more than 70 specimens of plants and trees. About an hour in duration, this beautiful tour of the Kaluanui Estate celebrates Maui’s unique landscape and history with three different tour paths. Along the way, you will see two of Maui’s largest Norfolk Island Pines, many endemic and indigenous plants, the remains of one of Maui’s earliest sugar mills, and a nearly 100-year-old historical home. You may also arrange to picnic on a gourmet lunch before or after your walking tour. Fee applies, advance reservations are required: 572-6560.

Gallery Shop at Kaluanui

Located in the former den of the Kaluanui Estate, this boutique-style shop offers students, members, and local artists a rare opportunity to sell original works of art—gaining confidence in their skill, and contributing to local arts and culture. Visitors are offered a means to sustain a local business while coming away with socially-aware, authentic Maui memories. Proceeds benefit the educational programs and exhibitions of Hui No‘eau.

The Hui is open to the public Monday-Saturday, 10am-4pm. Admission is free. The Hui is located at 2841 Baldwin Avenue in Makawao. The Annual Juried Exhibition runs from Saturday, January 10, through Thursday, February 19. FOr more information please call 572-6560 and visit the website at http://www.huinoeau.com.
Schaefer Portrait Challenge 2015
Schaefer International Gallery, Maui Arts & Cultural Center

If th­e eyes are indeed the window to the soul, then the Schaefer Portrait Challenge is one soulful exhibition! Imagine 64 sets of eyes peering out at you from the gallery’s walls. Schaefer Portrait Challenge (SPC) 2015 is the 5th triennial of the MACC’s signature state-wide juried art competition and exhibition.

Sixty-six works by 64 artists from the islands of O‘ahu, Maui, Kaua‘i and Hawai‘i are included, with interpretations of portrait subjects from across the Islands—including self-portraits. Those familiar with any of the four previous exhibitions look forward to each new incarnation, anticipating the group of new faces that represent a wide cross-section of the people of Hawai‘i.

The artists who submitted works presented their subjects in both two- and three- dimensions through a variety of media and methods: paint, pastel, graphite, watercolor, stone, clay, wood, or mixed media. Jurors for the exhibition were stoneware sculptor Esther Shimazu of O‘ahu, mixed-media artist Keith Tallett from Hawai‘i Island, and Maui’s own ceramist and painter Sidney Yee. The jurors were tasked with selecting the final portraits from among 246 entries throughout the state. In addition to receiving submissions on Maui, they travelled to O‘ahu, Kaua‘i and Hawai‘i Island to review works submitted by artists who live and work on each island.

The jurors looked for confidence in an applied fine art technique, the artist’s ability to convey the likeness or intent, and the ability of the artist to move the viewer emotionally or psychologically, beyond illustration or photographic representations. “For SPC, the process used for jurying was involved, intense, flexible, and educational,” says Sidney Yee. “It forced me to articulate and defend my selections, and I gained an appreciation for other viewpoints.”

“The SPC brings the opportunity to artists on all islands to have their portraits personally seen by a traveling jury who selects the highest quality work that chronicles the changing face of a statewide society,” says Neida Bangerter, gallery director.

The winner of the $15,000 Jurors’ Choice Award will be announced at the opening reception in the Gallery on Sunday, January 11. The $5,000 Marian Freeman People’s Choice Award gives the public a meaningful way to participate in the exhibition by casting their vote for their favorite portrait, through Sunday, March 8. The winner will be announced on Sunday, March 15, at 5pm at a reception in the gallery.

Other events planned in connection with the portrait exhibition are listed as follows:

Techniques in Portraiture
Thursdays, February 5, 12 and March 5, 12, 4-6pm

Instructional classes for high school students (grades 9-12) taught by artists in the Schaefer Portrait Challenge. Limited to 20 students. Call or email the gallery to register: 243-4288; neida@mauiarts.org.

Observe and Play Family Day
Saturday, February 7, 10am-noon

Bring your family to Schaefer International Gallery at Maui Arts & Cultural Center to see the exhibition, meet the artists, and make a tiny portrait to take home.

All events are free and open to the public. The gallery is located at the MACC in Kahului. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm. The gallery is also open before Castle Theater shows and at intermission. Runs from Tuesday, January 13, through Sunday, March 22. Info: 243-4288 or visit http://www.mauiarts.org.

–heidi pool

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