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Artists recognized for work created in Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational

By Staff | Mar 4, 2010

“Lahaina Dock II” by George Allan was judged Best in Show.

LAHAINA — Paintings created during the fifth annual Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational were unveiled Feb. 19 at The Village Gallery.

The event was a big success with more than 500 people viewing paintings at the Maui No Ka ‘Oi Magazine Gala Reception.

Seven Maui artists and 19 painters from neighbor islands and the Mainland participated in the week-long event that captures Maui’s magnificent beauty and splendor en plein air.

At Coffee and Pastries with the Artists on Saturday morning, Feb. 20, a large crowd of over 200 people turned up for another chance to view and purchase paintings from the event.

George Allan of Maui took this year’s Best of Show award for his painting, “Lahaina Dock II.” 

The 2010 invitational featured some of the most collected plein air artists working today.

Other awards include: Irvine Museum Award to Ronaldo Macedo of Maui, Artists’ Choice Award to Randall Sexton of California, Maui No Ka ‘Oi Magazine Award to Clark Mitchell of California, Hawaii Tourism Authority/County of Maui Office of Economic Development Award to Macedo, Kaanapali Land Management Corp. Award to Sexton, Pacific’O Restaurant Award to Jacobus Baas of Oahu, Best Quick Draw-Pioneer Inn Award to Mary Whyte of South Carolina, and Honorable Mentions to Ned Mueller of Washington, Mitchell and Mark Brown of Oahu

Hawaii’s premier plein air painting event offers visitors and local residents the opportunity to watch the artists at work, learn about outdoor painting and support art activities in the community.

“The County of Maui Office of Economic Development extends its mahalos to the organizers of the Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational for hosting another exciting event,” said Cheryl Sterling of the Office of Economic Development.

“The scenery captured on location by the 26 painters is a tribute to our beautiful ‘aina and provided the public a unique opportunity to see Maui from an artist’s perspective.”

The 2010 event was coordinated by Islanders-Hawaii Plein Air Painters, West Maui Cultural Council, and The Village Gallery.

Event sponsors include the county Office of Economic Development, Hawaii Tourism Authority, Maui No Ka ‘Oi Magazine, Kaanapali Land Management Corp., Pioneer Inn, Pacific’O Restaurant, Maui Land & Pineapple Co., Maui Printing Co., The Irvine Museum and Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua.

Local businesses that provided donations include Maui Grown Coffee Company Store, Maui Prime, Tropic Water and The Ritz-Carlton Club and Residences, Kapalua Bay.