Everyone knows that art is in the eye of the beholder. But Mauians are finding out wine is on the lips of the sipper at the new Wine Palette.
Adjacent to Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar in Kapalua, the Wine Palette blends both wine and art in an exciting, new format. Come in, sit down in the vaulted dining room with dark, charcoal gray walls and sparkling chandeliers, or sit outside on the lovely lanai, and uncork your creativity by painting in acrylic as you sip wine and munch pupu.
"It basically is a wine bar. We serve 80 to 100 really fun selections, along with beer and top-shelf mixed drinks," says partner Jim Maxon, owner-operator with Jamie Splivalo.
Richard DiGiagomo will display his “Liquid Fusion” piece at Maui Hands gallery in Paia.
Maui Hands gallery photo
The new Wine Palette in Kapalua will celebrate its grand opening today, starting with a traditional Hawaiian blessing at 5:30 p.m., followed by food and drink specials throughout the evening.
Photo courtesy Wine Palette
They provide acrylic paints, smocks, brushes and canvases that clip to tables, or you may paint wine glasses, beer mugs and holiday ornaments. Wine glasses are $15; canvases start at $35. An inspiration book of ideas is always handy.
Doodlers may sit at the chalkboard bar, sip, and munch fresh oysters on the half shell, snow crab claws, assorted cheeses and olives. Gift certificates and shipping are available. Call 214-5296.
Thirteen printmaking artists from Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center in Makawao have collaborated on a beautiful 2014 calendar. Each artist donated an original image for each month and for one cover image.
"They make a fantastic gift for your friends here or on the Mainland," says participating artist Jim Powlan. "One hundred percent of the profits go directly to Hui No'eau to help keep the Open Studios open, as well as help pay for equipment repairs."
There are only 35 of these exclusive calendars for sale at $225. Each of the prints can be removed and framed. You may order by calling the Hui at 572-6560.
From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, take a scenic drive to the Turnbull Studios in Kahakuloa for its annual Christmas art show and party.
Husband-and-wife team Steve and Christine Turnbull will unveil their new sculptures. Jeweler Luana Coonen will feature her new collection of coral, butterfly wings and other things inspired from nature.
Door prizes, specials and seasonal fun will be had, and one or two of Santa's elves plan to delight keiki. Look for the giant giraffe at the gate at 5030 Kahekili Highway in Kahakuloa.
Schaefer International Gallery at Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului is up and running with Uniques Gallery Gift Shop, featuring works by 100 Hawaii artists in a variety of media, including painting, drawing and sculpture.
Uniques also features worldly treasures brought in by Judy Bruder of Duck Soup Maui. Peruse her antique Balinese furniture and Laotian woven bags as well as Indian blankets, handcarved animals, bronzes and more. Uniques also features holiday gifts such as local handcrafted items, coffees, jams, candies and soaps. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, until Dec. 31 (except Christmas Day), as well as before MACC shows and during its intermissions. Call 243-4288.
Richard DiGiacomo, of Russian and Italian descent, is an accomplished artist known for his innovative approach to coloration. He appears from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturdays in December at Maui Hands gallery in Paia. Call 579-9245S