maui plein air painting invitational 2016

Plein Air 2.16Beginning February 13, 2016, the Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational will bring together top plein air artists from Hawai‘i and the mainland to capture Maui’s Upcountry vistas, pristine beaches, majestic mountains, and historic towns.

In its 11th year, the Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational event committee is mixing things up a bit–new locations for outside painting events, and nine new top-rung artists to dazzle art enthusiasts and collectors.

This event allows the public to observe talented plein air artists up close as they create their works of art outdoors. Collectors also get a chance to buy fresh, original paintings to adorn their homes and workplaces. Every exceptionally talented artist has a unique style and approach to capturing Maui scenes and lifestyles – in addition to a genuine aloha for our island. This synergy will appeal to all art enthusiasts whether artists, collectors, art educators, or art students.

“I am delighted to see how the event size and quality are growing – it is a Maui art destination event, bringing back visitors every year,“ says Lois Reiswig, co-event sponsor of the painting invitational and president of the Maui Arts League. Lynn Shue, a co-event sponsor and the owner of The Village Galleries, agrees: “The caliber of artists continues to elevate this event. Lahaina is becoming an art Mecca,” she said. Maui plein air artist Ronaldo Macedo, founder and a co-event sponsor of the invitational is very proud of how the invitational has grown in prestige.

Prominent mainland plein air artists new to the 2016 event are Kenn Backhaus (PA), Rick DeLanty (CA), Andy Evansen (MN), John P Lasater, IV (AR), James McGrew (CA), Jason Sacran (AR), Aaron Schuerr (MT), Mian Situ (CA) and Jim Wodark (CO).

Hawai‘i artists with acclaimed talent and aloha on this year’s roster are Mark Brown – O‘ahu, Mike Carroll – Lana‘i and Carleton, Michael Clements, Betty Hay Freeland, Ronaldo Macedo and Macario Pascual – Maui.

Event attendees will be happy to see these “collectors’ favorite” artists returning in 2016: Jacobus Baas (CA), Hiu Lai Chong (MD), Debra Huse (CA), Greg LaRock (CA), Jim McVicker (CA), Clark Mitchell (CA), Mary Pettis (MN), Lori Putnam (TN), Dave Santillanes (CO), and Randall Sexton (CA).

“Returning artists and nationally acclaimed newcomers will sketch, brush and layer an exciting mix of masterpieces. How they ‘see’ and interpret our stunning natural environment, cultural icons and cherished historical sites is always educational and fun!” says Event Coordinator Una Somerville.

The public is welcomed. The Kick-Off Paint Out event features artists painting outside at Lahaina Harbor and the surrounding area on Saturday, February 13. Watch them again at the Wednesday, February 17 Sunset Paint Out at Montage Kapalua Bay. Don’t miss the challenging two-hour Quick Draw event at Canoe Beach Park and vicinity, on Friday, February 19.

Visit for complete dates, times of viewing and purchasing events throughout the week, or for other requests email or call Una Somerville (808) 214-5294.

To learn more about each artist and visit their websites, go to


Saturday, February 13 • 7:30am – 1pm
Lahaina Harbor Kick Off Paint Out

Artists begin the event creating freshly painted works of art that are displayed for sale from 11:30am until 1pm at the Pioneer Inn, Lahaina.

Monday, February 15 • 6 – 8:30pm
“Historic Hawaiian Artists” Lecture

Jean Stern, Executive Director of The Irvine Museum in California will lecture from 7-8pm. The Artists’ Mini-Paintings Auction runs from 6-7pm and 8-8:30pm at the Pioneer Inn, Lahaina.

Wednesday, February 17 • 3 – 8pm
Montage Kapalua Bay Sunset Paint Out

The artists will paint in Kapalua from 3-6pm. A Hawaiian model is present for artists to paint and this beach area is considered one of the prettiest on Maui. Paintings from this day will be available for purchase in the Montage Kapalua Bay Sunset Room 6:30-8pm.

Friday, February 19 • 9 – 11am
Ka‘anapali Quick Draw

The Quick Draw is a timed event where artists have just two hours to complete a painting from start to finish. Hanaka’o’o (Canoe Beach) Park.

Friday, February 19  •  6 – 9pm
Maui Prime Fine Foods Collectors’ Gala

Village Galleries, 120 Dickenson, Lahaina

Three of the best paintings from each artist plus the Hanaka’o’o (Canoe Beach) Quick Draw painting will be unveiled at the Collectors’ Gala. Price of ticket is $100 per person ($50 will be credited to any painting purchase). Tickets are available for purchase on the MPAPI web site and at Village Gallery in Lahaina. Food and beverages provided by Maui Prime Fine Foods.

Saturday, February 21 • 9 – 11am
One Main Plaza Artists’ Aloha Reception

A highlight of the Reception is the display of the 2016 award winning paintings in one location. Held at The Village Galleries. Refreshments and music. Gallery open until 9pm. FREE.

Sunday, February 21 • 9am – 9pm
Plein Air Finale Sale

Plein Air Final Sale. A last chance to view and purchase paintings at The Village Galleries, Lahaina. The show ends at 9pm that evening.


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