Maui Hands in Lahaina will feature the work of "The Crayon Artist" Jeffrey Robert from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Fridays in June. Wine and refreshments will be served during this month's Lahaina Second Friday town party.
Throughout June, Robert will feature his "Crayon Collectibles" line, with each piece showcasing a crayon with the title of the artwork printed on the wrapper to serve as the nameplate for the framed artwork.
"I enjoy creating fun and happy images that make people happy, because being happy is always in style," says Robert. "People often appear serious when they view art in the galleries, but when they see my 'Crayon Collectibles,' they automatically light up and start to smile."
The public is also invited to visit with these fellow Maui Hands artists throughout June: bead artist Rona Smith will be making her eclectic and fantastical pieces known as "Zebewa" from 4 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Maui Hands in Kaanapali; Christine Halton will create her etched-wood paintings from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays at Maui Hands in Makawao; and silversmith Robin Kaimikaua will introduce her new sterling earring line from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Thursdays at Maui Hands in Paia.
For details, visit www.mauihands.com.
Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center has teamed with Haleakala National Park to create its inaugural Artist in Residence program. The program is currently welcoming Connecticut-based printmaker, painter and collage artist Natalie Westbrook, a lecturer at the Yale School of Art and part-time lecturer at Norwalk Community College and Housatonic Community College.
During her two-week residency, Westbrook will create a new series based on Haleakala's unique and rare flora, such as the 'ahinahina, or silversword, found only along east Maui. She will then donate an original artwork to the park at the end of her stay.
Hui No'eau will host Westbrook at its Kaluanui estate for a free artist chat and slide show, titled "Dreaming in the House of the Sun," on June 13, plus a hands-on "Basic Drawing Intensive" workshop on June 15. Cost for the workshop is $15 ($32 for nonmembers) and space is limited. Advance registration is strongly encouraged.
Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center will also welcome ceramicist Ken Matsuzaki to its 2013 Visiting Artist program.
Matsuzaki is based in Mashiko, Japan, and is currently the president of the Mashiko Potters Association and has work featured in institutions throughout the world. His work captures the essence of the pots from the Momoyama Period and Mingei.
The public is invited to a free artist presentation and potluck with Matsuzaki from 6 to 7 p.m. June 14 at Hui No'eau's ceramics studio. In addition, a two-day Japanese Pottery Techniques workshop will be held on June 15 and 16.
For details, call 572-6560 or visit www.huinoeau.com.