Maui Open Studios Event to kickoff with concert
WAIKAPU — The Opening Celebration and Preview Exhibition of the first annual Maui Open Studios (MOS) event will be held Friday, Feb. 4, from 6 to 10 p.m. at Maui Tropical Plantation.
Free and open to the public, the event will feature live performances by four musical talents who will entertain visitors who come to the opening to preview the artwork of more than 100 participating MOS artists and to pick up the official Maui Open Studios Guidebook to design self-guided tours of artist studios and exhibition spaces throughout the first three weekends in February.
The music portion of the opening will serve as the first concert of the 2011 Maui Invitational Music Festival.
The music festival is sponsored by the County of Maui and Hawaii Tourism Authority and produced by Arts Education for Children Group.
“The festival is happy to be part of such an amazing group of artists and supporters. We are very pleased to present gifted musicians who will be lending their talents to the event as well,” said Bryant Neal, executive director of AECG.
At the opening event, Mika Villaren will play a selection of Hawaiian music from 6 to 7 p.m.; Russian harpist Tatyana will play from 7 to 8 p.m.; Kahu will play Hawaiian music from his new CD, “Honokohau,” from 8 to 9 p.m.; and Kahu and Friends (featuring jazz musician Robbie Ray) will perform from 9 to 10 p.m.
During the month of February, Gallery Oceanica, the official art gallery sponsor of the 2011 Maui Open Studios Event, will host a MOS Satellite Exhibition at 780 Front St. in Lahaina, where visitors can view and purchase artwork created by a number of the MOS artists.
The exhibition runs from Feb. 5 to 28; gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
On Feb. 11, 18 and 25 from 6:30 to 9 p.m., the public is invited to meet a number of the artists participating in MOS in the gallery during “Friday Night is Art Night” and also enjoy live music and wine.
Once again, musical guests will join in as part of the 2011 Maui Invitational Music Festival.
Russian harpist Tatyana will play on Feb. 11, Kahu will perform on Feb. 18 and Kahu and Friends will play on Feb. 25, all from 7 to 9 p.m.
The Maui Invitational Music Festival is presented by Arts Education for Children Group (AECG).
AECG is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing opportunities for artistic and cultural enrichment for the Maui community.
The festival takes place throughout the year and includes a wide variety of concerts, classes and workshops for music lovers of all ages.
For more information on the event, visit www.MauiOpenStudios.com.