LAHAINA - Forty-five years ago, a group of enthusiastic and talented local artists created an organization to support emerging artists.
Initially, the group largely consisted of artists from the greater Lahaina area, but later included members from throughout Maui County.
The organization became known as Lahaina Arts Society, and in the present, it remains a thriving part of the Maui art scene.
Sue Perry, pictured with “Paradise Palm,” is among the artists participating in the show.
Many of the LAS founding members and those who followed through the years became well-established artists with collectors on Maui and throughout the world in both private and corporate collections.
For the second time in recent history, Lahaina Arts Society will assemble a show featuring some of the initial founders and other well-known artists with former ties to Lahaina Arts Society.
The second annual "Maui Masters Invitational Art Show and Sale" will be held in the Banyan Tree Gallery in the Old Lahaina Courthouse in the center of Lahaina from July 1 through Aug. 4.
A reception for the participating artists and the general public will be held Saturday evening, July 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the gallery located under the Banyan Tree in Lahaina.
Come view the art, meet the artists and enjoy complimentary wine, beer and pupus.
Participating artists include former Lahaina Arts Society (LAS) founders, members and friends, including George Allan, Danny and Jan Bushart, Michael Clements, Joe Fletcher, Betty Hay Freeland, Carlton Kincaid, Jack Hamilton, Ronaldo Macedo, Fred Lorenzo, Sue Perry, Jim Kingwell, Nancy and Bob Terrebonne, Mike and Monica Sweet, Mike Carroll, Janet Spreiter, Julie Houck, Jamie Roth, Cheryl McElfresh, Susie Monroe, Martha Vockrodt, Anna Good, Charlie Lyon and Linda Whittemore.
These accomplished artists have agreed to donate the majority of each sale to Lahaina Arts Association's Art Outreach Program, which serves the youth of Maui County through 13 free weekly art classes.
Nine of the classes are offered on Maui in Hana, Wailuku, Paia, Kihei and Lahaina. The other four classes are held on Molokai at Kaunakakai Elementary School during regular school hours.
Lahaina Arts Association provides valuable arts education programs to the children of our community. Arts education is a powerful means for building artistic skills and cultivating lifelong appreciation of the arts.
The benefits of arts education go far beyond building audiences and inspiring future artists. Research has demonstrated the value of arts education for early intellectual development and later academic achievement.
Lahaina Arts Association wishes to thank the "Maui Masters" for their continued support of arts programs for the children of Maui County.
The public is encouraged to attend the art show and add some of the best art on Maui to their personal art collections.