A Maui artist’s last look at Puunene
LAHAINA – During the 2016 Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational (MPAPI) in February, event co-founder Ronaldo Macedo captured a scene that portrays Puunene Sugar Mill as five generations of Maui residents have known it.
The close of operations at Alexander & Baldwin’s facility spurred Macedo to secure permission for 13 top plein air artists to paint the scene one last time – the mill and trucks with the proud smokestack reaching into an indigo sky; memories preserved forever.
Maui Arts League is dedicated to bringing fine art events and programs to Maui. Its recent event was a big success by all measurements: 25 artists sold 95 paintings, generating gross sales of over $143,000.
Weeklong attendance exceeded 2,000, with more Mainland visitors than previous years. This high-caliber art event now draws nationally famous artists who are honored to be invited.
Maui Arts League President Lois Reiswig said, “Our event is helping West Maui become an art destination.” Each artwork created during the event was a “slice of Maui life,” she added.
Paintings were done outdoors, on location, and completed in a few short hours to depict movement, weather and time of day – aspects that tickle senses and emotions. Attendees loved getting in close to watch artists at work and later view their completed artwork.