Saturday, February 10, 2018

Playful Art in Upcountry Maui


February on Maui. It’s the time of year when whales are breaching, traffic grinds to a halt in the one-stoplight town of Paia, and artists island wide open their studios to the public. Today marks the first weekend of the Maui Open Studios event, featuring artists in Upcountry Maui. 

My friend Jill Painter Christierson has a storefront studio in Makawao. She paints clothes and canvases and I’ll be helping her with her first open studios event. Another artist whose work I like, Lynette Pradiga, is hosting her event again this year.

Jill’s style is breezy and colorful. Clothing is machine washable and low maintenance.

Lynette’s work is also colorful, employing vintage advertising art and images. I asked her where she gets all this material and she said she has collected images for years. Now people have started sending her old magazines. She has a dresser stuffed with clippings.

Maui Open Studios takes place from 11 am to 6 pm on Saturday and Sunday for three weekends in February.

Stop by and visit some local artists.

Some of Jill's work. 

Ganesh by Lynette
Lynette next to her work in 2016