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Maui Arts League announces plein air workshops for artists, students

By Staff | Nov 15, 2018

Painters Suzie Baker of Texas and Josh Clare of Utah will lead workshops during the 2019 invitational.

LAHAINA – Maui Arts League will sponsor two oil painting workshops in West Maui, on Feb. 13-15 and Feb. 25-27, 2019. Each three-day workshop offers classroom, demonstration and personalized field instruction for 12 professional or amateur artists.

Students will build their understanding of color theory, drawing, composition, values, hues, tones and brushwork. They will produce satisfying landscapes or portraits with personalized instruction and critique.

Tuition costs $428.66; participants provide art equipment and materials. To register and download a supply list, visit www.CelebrateArtOnMaui.org and click on “Events.”

The instructors are Suzie Baker of Shenandoah, Texas, and Josh Clare of Paradise, Utah.

Baker won Best in Show and Artists’ Choice Awards at the 2018 Outdoor Painters Society’s Plein Air Southwest.

The vice president of the Oil Painters of America, Baker’s works appear in magazines, prestigious national art shows and exhibits on the plein air circuit.

Art students rely on her “speed-painting” instruction videos to learn composition and painting methods.

Baker seeks representational “truth” in her art – finding points of reality that unmistakably define the subject.

Her skillful, “painterly” style expresses truth with the motion, muse and soul of the moment. Equally expert at landscape, still life and portraiture, Baker’s friendly and often humorous approach to life colors her teaching and artwork.

Clare has won first place honors at the Logan Summerfest Plein Air Competition and Art on the Green. For him, painting in oils is a spiritual adventure.

His works declare the grandeur of the universe, from wild grasses flowing across the foreground like a green rivulet to broad views of the majestic Rocky Mountains, carving sunlight into blazing peaks and blue-black valleys.

A master of large natural forms, Clare offers students eye skills that cannot be learned except by attempting landscapes under a big sky. For students whose devil is in the detail, Clare teaches how to see creation in large blocks of form and shadow.

Both art workshops are part of the Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational art event on Feb. 16-24, now in its 14th year.

The public will have three opportunities to observe 24 nationally acclaimed plein air artists creating paintings outdoors in less than four hours.

Private ticketed events for collectors will precede each art exhibit and early art sale entry. Seven public art sales offer everyone opportunities to meet artists and buy fine art they watched being painted.

The Pioneer Inn will host a public silent auction and art history lecture by famous art curator Jean Stern, associate director of UC Irvine Museum and Institute for California Art.

The finale weekend on Feb. 22-24 boasts a “quick draw” two-hour paint out and special art sale at the Royal Lahaina Resort and the “Art to Heart” ticketed awards banquet.

A public exhibit and art sale of 200-plus fresh originals continue in the 4,000-square-foot Royal Lahaina Resort Ballroom all day Saturday and Sunday, with educational forums and art demonstrations by visiting artists.

For more information on all Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational events, visit www.CelebrateArtonMaui.org.