Artists sought for tenth annual Maui Open Studios Event
The tenth annual Maui Open Studios Event is now seeking artists to participate in the 2020 event.
All artists working in any visual medium, at any level of their career, are invited to participate in the upcoming Maui Open Studios Event, which takes place each weekend in February.
Artist registration is now available until Nov. 1. Artists can learn more about the specific dates, weekend assignments and benefits of participation, and register for the event, at MauiOpenStudios.com.
Guest artists from other islands and the Mainland are also invited to participate. Rental spaces for artists are available and are listed with details on the website.
MOS was created ten years ago by Carolyn Quan, a former Maui artist who now resides in California.
The Maui Open Studios Event follows a model that has been very successful on the Mainland for decades: artists and artisans open up their studios and exhibition spaces to show and sell their work to the public as well as “talk story,” connect and inspire visitors through one-on-one interactions and, in some cases, live demonstrations.
The entire event is free to the public. The mission of MOS is to connect the art community directly with art lovers on Maui.
Since its inception, the event has featured over 80 artists every year and generated over 8,000 individual studio visits by art collectors and art enthusiasts each year.
Nearly $100,000 in art sales made directly between art collectors and artists have been generated by the event each year since its creation.
The event offers a great way for art-loving locals and tourists to experience unique opportunities to connect with local Maui artists and purchase artwork directly from them.
During the MOS event, visitors are invited to join many of the artists at the Opening Celebration/Preview Exhibition, where they can enjoy food for purchase, complimentary wine and live music, preview a few pieces of the artists’ work, connect with the artists and pick up a copy of the MOS Guidebook, which contains an artist directory and maps directing them to different studios/exhibition spaces around the island.
Guidebooks are available in January and then throughout the duration of the event at various locations around the island, which will be listed on MauiOpenStudios.com closer to the event dates. Visitors then design their own self-guided tours for each weekend of the month, either by referring to their printed guidebook or the online artist directories.
“Absolutely look forward to MOS every year. I plan the entire three weekends to visit each and every artist listed in the guidebook. I love to visit studios to see where the magic happens and support artists by purchasing their creations. Beautiful friendships develop by doing so. My house is filled with incredible works from very talented Maui people,” said Lynne Bear, a Maui resident and art collector.
For more information about the event, visit MauiOpenStudios.com.