Viewpoints Gallery in Makawao will celebrate its annual Celebration of Hawai'i 2013 exhibit beginning Saturday through March 20. This year's show will feature more than 50 Hawaii artists who have created new works around the theme of "Hula 'New Visions.' "
This exhibit will offer a rare opportunity to become immersed in the culture, the people, and the heart of Hawaii. The entire gallery will be transformed into a comprehensive display of contemporary Hawaiian art, featuring styles including oil, acrylic, pastel, watercolor, wood, ceramic, photography, jewelry, kapa and more.
The public is invited to welcome these new works during a grand opening ceremony beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday. Kumu Hula Gordean Bailey and her Halau Wehiwehi O Leilehua will open the exhibit with a blessing, followed by contemporary and ancient hula performances. This show is a benefit for all contributing Hawaiian organizations.
“Kalena” by Pegge Hopper
Viewpoints Gallery is open from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. It is located at 3620 Baldwin Ave. in Makawao. For details, call 572-5979 or visit www.viewpointsgallerymaui.com.
Creativity gets personal during the annual Maui Open Studios events continuing throughout February. More than 70 local artists are opening their doors and inviting the public into their workspaces on designated weekends. Artists located throughout central and east Maui will welcome guests from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; and west and south Maui artists will be featured from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Feb. 23 and 24.
Artists are encouraged to connect with visitors through live demonstrations, talk-story sessions and more.
The event is free and open to the public.
For a complete schedule, a list of participating artists and locations distributing guidebooks, visit www.mauiopenstudios.com.
Now in its eighth year, the Maui Plein Air Painting Invitiational returns to the great outdoors beginning Saturday through Feb. 24. Watch as plein air artists from throughout the country spend a week racing the light to capture the island on canvas.
Festivities begin with the Kick Off Paint Out from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at D.T. Fleming Beach in Kapalua. Freshly painted works will be available for sale beginning at 4 p.m. that day at Village Galleries in The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua.
In addition, Jean Stern, Executive Director of The Irvine Museum in California, will conduct a lecture titled Painting En Plein Air at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Pioneer Inn in Lahaina. There will also be an Artists Mini-Paintings Silent Auction.
Artists will gather at Kamehameha Iki Park next to 505 Front Street in Lahaina for the Pacific'O Sunset Paint Out at 4 p.m. Wednesday.
Additional events will continue throughout February. For details, call 298-9119 or visit www.mauipleinairpainting.org.