Thursday, April 12, 2012

Art Maui 2012 Opening Reception

Maile lei (garland of maile leaves) strung across gallery doors 
prior to the grand opening of Art Maui.

Art Maui is the creme de la creme of Maui art events. It's a juried art show, with many more entries than spots available, kind of like college admissions for a prestigious Ivy League school.  Many enter but few are chosen. I've never entered, but came close to entering something one year. I'm a wannabe though, since the piece remains unfinished : )  

The weeks before Art Maui are a scramble for Maui artists trying to finish their work, or trying to start!  Studios across the island are busy as artists make the frantic final touches to make their art work perfect. Other procrastinating artists try to motivate themselves to begin. I can relate to that. After the speeches and presentations of leis to all the artists, the gallery doors were opened to the artists first, and then to the rest of the public.

Stephanie Clifton posing with an appetizer plate, 
amidst the bustle of the reception at the MACC

Isis Fisher's work.

Cabinet by Peter Naramore.
To be selected into Art Maui is a feather in the cap. For newcomer artists, it's an accolade that says, "I've arrived." For established artists, it helps affirm their existing success. Rejection hurts - ask any artist.  Even well-known artists have been rejected from this show. It all boils down to the juror and what speaks to him/her during the selection process. By the way, like other juried art events, much of the art that was rejected was probably wonderful and worthwhile. 

Close up of Donna Zarbin Byrne's sculpture.

Stuart Sharp's work

Anita Laviola, who always does intriguing organic jewelry pieces. 

This year was the first time I attended the Art Maui reception, open to artists and their invited friends and family.  Stephanie Clifton invited me, but to my surprise, I knew at least 10 of the artists selected.  Three of them were from the Hui No'eau jewelry studio: JB Rea, the main teacher; Keri Meyer who is also a Hui staffer; and Cindy Edgerle who likes sculpting wax around lapidary stones.  Three well-known watercolor teachers were represented: Kathleen AlexanderCarmen Gardner, and Connie Adams.  Other artists include Pam Masumoto who is a talented wordsmith, poetry slammer and playwright, Isis Fisher of Upcountry Fine Art, Fiama von Schuetze who makes baskets at the Maui Crafts Guild and Bodhi Be of Doorway Into Light with his Surfin' Coffin Table. Also, last but not least, Semyon Bilmes of Atelier Maui, a full-time classical art school in Haiku, entered an oil painting of a graceful Hawaiian woman.

Congratulations to everyone.  For Maui, it really is a big deal. P.S. Art Maui closes Friday, April 13th. Also, the gallery doesn't open until 11 am. 

More pics are below - I didn't take as many pics as I would have - the gallery was very crowded!

Work by Fritz Bakker - with real bougainvillea leaves embedded. 

The lovely, witty Pam Masumoto who does My Mama Monologues
and other theatrical works. 

Pam Masumoto's work. 

Jewelry by Susan Brown, JB Rea, Keri Meyer (left to right).  

Lloyd Buell's work.  
Ricardo Vasquez's table.

 Sugar cane debris - photo by Byron Baker

Ceramic tile by Sharon Ransford. 

Bodhi Be's Surfin' Coffin Table - appropriate for someone who builds coffins and educates Maui residents about resources for death, dying and grieving

Tim and Vicky Robinson, who were part of Maui Open Studios. You can read more about my visit to their open studio here


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