8th Annual Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational will showcase isle, artists and aloha spirit
LAHAINA,Maui, Hawaii (MMD Newswire) January 7, 2013 -- On February 16-24, 2013, the 8th Annual Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational will bring together 25 of the finest plein air painters from Hawaii and U.S. mainland to compete, reconnect and create original works of art. The public can experience the island captured on canvas as participating artists paint on location with works honoring Maui and its culture. Events will be held in Kapalua and Lahaina.

"The success of this annual event is directly attributed to the caliber of artists," said Lynn Shue, owner of The Village Galleries. "Their paintings pay witness to Maui's history, capturing the beauty and lifestyle that makes our island home unique. Not only are these artists exceptionally talented individuals, but they also have a genuine aloha for our island."

Local artists participating in this year's event are: George Allan of Kula, Maui; Pierre Bouret of Hanalei, Kauai; Mark Brown of Honolulu, Oahu; Saim Caglayan of Kilauea, Kauai; Carleton of Lahaina, Maui; Mike Carroll of Lanai City, Lanai; Michael Clements of Kula, Maui; Betty Hay Freeland of Pukalani, Maui; Ronaldo Macedo of Lahaina, Maui; Macario Pascual of Lahaina, Maui; and Jenifer Prince of Princeville, Kauai.

Prominent artists hailing from the U.S. Mainland are: Ken Auster of Laguna Beach, CA; Jacobus Baas of Laguna Beach, CA; Colleen Howe Bleinberger of Smithfield, UT; Gavin Brooks of Owings Mills, MD; Hiu Lai Chong of Rockville, MD; Lindy Duncan of Atherton, CA; Debra Huse of Newport Beach, CA; Thomas Jefferson Kitts of Portland, OR; Robert Lemler of Phoenix, AZ; Billyo O'Donnell of Eureka, MO; Colin Page of Camden, ME; Mary Pettis of Taylors Falls, MN; Scott Prior of Oceanside, CA; and Randall Sexton of Vallejo, CA.

"Each artist has deservedly earned a coveted spot in the world of plein air painting," said event coordinator Rhonda Pang. "Attendees are in for a treat as they watch these artists translate every life using their senses, from sight to sound, from temperature to atmosphere, and then channel these impressions into their vision in paint on canvas. Each piece is one-of-kind and truly amazing!"

A full schedule of events is planned and the public is invited to attend, admission is free.

The Invitational officially begins with a Kick Off Paint Out at D.T. Fleming Beach at Kapaluaon Saturday, February 16, noon to 3 pm. Artists' freshly painted works of art will be displayed for sale at 4 pm at Village Galleries in The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua and throughout the week as artists capture Maui's unique landscape and lifestyle on canvas from Saturday, February 16 to Friday, February 22.

On Tuesday, February 19, at 7 pm, Jean Stern, Executive Director of The Irvine Museum in California, will conduct a lecture entitled "Painting En Plein Air" at the Pioneer Inn in Lahaina.

The same evening, an Artists Mini-Paintings Silent Auction will be held at 6-7 pm prior to the lecture with final bidding following the lecture, 8-9 pm.

The next day, February 20, at 4 pm, artists will gather at Kamehameha Iki Park next to the popular 505 Front Street in Lahaina for the Pacific 'O Sunset Paint Out; finding inspiration in the sunset, beach scenes and canoes on display.

On Friday, February 22, 9-11 am, the popular Pioneer Inn Lahaina Harbor Quick Draw will attract hundreds of onlookers. Each artist will have just two hours to complete a painting and the public will have an opportunity to watch a painting being created from start to finish. That evening from 6-9 pm, the Maui No Ka 'Oi Magazine Gala Reception
will feature three of the best paintings from each artist plus their Quick Draw painting will be unveiled at The Village Gallery, 120 Dickenson Street in Lahaina. Awards will be presented and art collectors and aficionados will have an opportunity to view and purchase the fresh work. A Hawaiian Opening Ceremony will kick off the evening's festivities at 6 pm prior to the opening of the gallery. Refreshments will be served.

The event continues on Saturday, February 23, 9-11 am, with Coffee and Pastries with the Artists. The artists will replace paintings sold on Friday night, and the public will have a final opportunity to interact with all of the artists and purchase work from the event at The Village Gallery in Lahaina.

The Plein Air Finale on Sunday, February 24, 9 am-9 pm, will be the public's last chance to view and purchase paintings.

A portion of the art sales will go towards art scholarships and programs on Maui.

The Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational will also host two 3-day workshops with participating artists. A Pre-Event Workshop with Randall Sexton will be held on February 13 to 15; and a Post-Event Workshop with Mary Pettis will be held on February 25 to 27.

For more visit www.MauiPleinAirPainting.org or call (808) 298-9119. Follow us on Facebook.

The 2013 event is coordinated by Islanders-Hawaii Plein Air Painters, The Village Gallery, and West Maui Cultural Council. Event sponsors include: Makana Aloha Foundation; Maui No Ka 'Oi Magazine; Kaanapali Land Management Corp.; County of Maui Office of Economic Development; Hawaii Tourism Authority; The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua; The Irvine Museum; Maui Printing Company; Pioneer Inn; Pacific 'O Restaurant; Southwest Art; Fine Art Connoisseur; Plein Air Magazine; Maui Land & Pineapple Co.; MauiGrown Coffee Company Store; Take Home Maui; Tropic Water; Art Guide Maui; and Pua Ki'i Oe.

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