LAHAINA - On Feb. 16-24, 2013, the eighth annual Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational will bring together 25 of the finest plein air painters from Hawaii and the 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.
The Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational on Feb. 16-24 will attract 25 of the finest plein air artists from Hawaii and the U.S. Mainland.
"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; Pierre Bouret of Hanalei, Kauai; Mark Brown of Honolulu; Saim Caglayan of Kilauea, Kauai; Carleton Kinkade of Lahaina; Mike Carroll of Lanai City; Michael Clements of Kula; Betty Hay Freeland of Pukalani; Ronaldo Macedo and Macario Pascual of Lahaina; and Jenifer Prince of Princeville, Kauai.
Prominent artists hailing from the U.S. Mainland are Ken Auster and 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 everyday 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!"
Free and open to the public, a full schedule of events is planned.
The invitational officially begins with a Kick Off Paint Out at D.T. Fleming Beach at Kapalua on Saturday, Feb. 16, from noon to 3 p.m. Artists' freshly painted works of art will be displayed for sale at 4 p.m. 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, Feb. 16, to Friday, Feb. 22.
On Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m., 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 from 6 to 7 p.m. prior to the lecture, with final bidding following the lecture from 8 to 9 p.m.
The next day, Feb. 20, at 4 p.m., artists will gather at Kamehameha Iki Park next to 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, Feb. 22, from 9 to 11 a.m., the popular Pioneer Inn Lahaina Harbor Quick Draw will attract hundreds of onlookers. Each artist will have just two hours to complete a painting. The public will have an opportunity to watch a painting being created from start to finish.
That evening from 6 to 9 p.m., 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 at 120 Dickenson St. 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 p.m. prior to the opening of the gallery. Refreshments will be served.
The event continues on Saturday, Feb. 23, from 9 to 11 a.m. 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, Feb. 24, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. will be the public's last chance to view and purchase paintings.
A portion of the art sales will go toward 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 Feb. 13-15, and a Post-Event Workshop with Mary Pettis will be held on Feb. 25-27.
For more information, visit www.MauiPleinAirPainting.org, call (808) 298-9119 or follow the event on Facebook.
The 2013 event is coordinated by Islanders-Hawaii Plein Air Painters, The Village Gallery and West Maui Cultural Council.