LAHAINA - Artists across the island are gearing up for Lahaina's annual Poster Contest sponsored by LahainaTown Action Committee and Lahaina Arts Society. Now in its 26th year, the poster contest offers a grand prize of $2,500. The winning art will become the limited edition official Lahaina Poster for 2015.
The competition is open to all artists. The artwork must be original and unpublished, with the image being a recognizable scene of Lahaina.
Past winners of this prestigious competition include Erin Dertner, Jackie Black, Carleton Kinkade, George Allen, Stephen Burr, Jim Kingwell, Ronaldo Macedo, C.S. Perry, John Cosby, Daryl Millard and Michael Krahn.
In addition to the $2,500 first prize, there are cash prizes for the Lahaina Arts Society Award, Most Promising Artist, People's Choice and Honorable Mention.
The official Lahaina Poster is limited to 1,000 prints. These posters are a popular item for art enthusiasts on Maui and around the world. The winning poster will be sold at the Lahaina Visitor Center, on www.visitlahaina.com and possibly at fine galleries throughout the town.
Winners will be announced at a reception on Friday, Aug. 8, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Old Jail Gallery located in the Old Lahaina Courthouse.
All Maui entries must be delivered to the second floor of the Old Lahaina Courthouse by Friday, Aug. 1, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Off-island entries must arrive between July 28 and Aug. 1. The address is 648 Wharf St., Suite 102, Lahaina, HI 96761.
For more information and an application, go to the LahainaTown Action Committee website at www.visitlahaina.com or call Lynn Donovan at 667-9175.