Everyone else was taking lots of photos, but I was more interested in the difficulties some of my artist friends were having in properly displaying their work. The lighting wasn't great, and no one there seemed to know how to turn the individual overhead lights. Pamela Neswald was standing in front of her painting, aiming a light that she had borrowed from artist Michi Itami. We were trying to figure out who to talk with to turn the overhead light on above her display. My husband snagged a volunteer who was going to look into it, but he couldn't figure out where the switches were. Eventually Pam borrowed some tape to attach the light to a nearby pole. That was a good partial solution, allowing some light on her larger painting, although it still left some of her other paintings in the dark.
|Michi Itami's display at the opening event. Michi's brilliant husband made portable spotlights for her, using triangle shaped pieces of wood and battery operated closet lights.|
I loved Michi's display - it was brilliant, since she placed a table in front of her painting. Her architect husband made two triangle shaped wood blocks, and then affixed battery operated closet lights so that the lights aimed upward at the painting. The picture above isn't the clearest, but you can see the two round lights angled toward the painting.
|Roasting marshmallows and making smores at the Maui Open Studios Opening Event Party!|
|Cover of the Maui Open Studios Guidebook 2012|
In the guidebook are helpful descriptions, maps and routes for visiting various artist studios. The first weekend is now, 2/11 and 2/12, for Kihei and Lahaina. Next weekend - 2/18 and 2/19 - focus on upcountry and central Maui. The last weekend, 2/25 and 2/26, showcases artists in Hana. More information at www.mauiopenstudios.com.