Wailea artist Ed Lane launched his Luchae, Illuminated Exuberance, last week to a packed house at Mala Wailea and adjoining MiGRANT in the Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa.
Illuminated from within, the paintings glow and provide a colorful ambiance to the dining rooms. The permanent exhibit also echoes the theme of the restaurant, with plantation-era cottages, pineapple fields and verdant pathways.
These Luchaes represent a new art form. They are a 21st century version of the stained glass window, offering a beautiful new light dimension to oil paintings. Luchae combines oil painting and giclee reproduction with LED technology to give viewers a changing light experience as they look at the art.
Mala Wailea/MiGRANT managing partner Shep Gordon (from left) chats with his Executive Chef Sheldon Simeon and artist Ed Lane at the opening reception.
The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo
"I feel such a connection to Ed's work. We are both drawing from old Hawaii and the plantation days as our inspiration and reinterpreting it into a modern approach to art and cooking," says new Executive Chef Sheldon Simeon, who serves dishes that are reflective of early migrant worker meals but with a modern twist.
"Being able to be a part of this exciting new restaurant and having an opportunity to showcase these new paintings is a great honor," says Lane.
"We are so happy to have Chef Sheldon in Wailea. His reputation for innovative, local food is well-deserved. Combine that with Mark Ellman's iconic Mala Wailea and it is a winning combination."
Lane continues, "I try seeing through a child's eyes, viewing everything for the first time. This keeps the work fresh and original."
In addition, Lane will present his annual new works show this year on March 20 at Latitudes in Kahului. The beneficiary will be Maui Culinary Academy.
"We are donating a portion of the sales to the scholarship fund. The students will be preparing and serving the pupus," says his wife, Diane Lane.