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Artists announced for 2019 Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational

By Staff | Oct 4, 2018

Aaron Schuerr paints at Kapalua Bay during a live Paint Out event.

LAHAINA – Maui Arts League last week announced the 24 award-winning landscape artists who will participate in the 14th annual Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational on Feb. 16-24, 2019.

Five icons hail from Hawaii: Mark Brown, Saim Caglayan, Carleton, Mike Carroll and Michael Clements.

Attending for their first time are Aimee Erickson from Portland, OR; Ken DeWaard from Hope, ME; Kathleen B. Hudson from Lexington, KY; David Savellano from Alameda, CA; Michele Usibelli from Woodway, WA; Jim Lamb from Sammamish, WA; Shelby Keefe from Milwaukee, WI; and Josh Clare from Paradise, UT.

Art fans will be glad to hear that these collectors’ favorites are returning: Suzie Baker of Shenandoah, TX; Greg Barnes of Charlotte, NC; Carl Bretzke of Minneapolis, MN; Hiu Lai Chong of Rockville, MD; Greg LaRock of Orange, CA; and Terry Miura of Fair Oaks, CA.

Also on board are John Poon of Ogden, UT; Morgan Samuel Price of Altamonte Springs, FL; Aaron Schuerr of Billings, MT; George Strickland of Tucson, AZ; and Leon Holmes of Perth, Australia.

Artist Chong Hiu Lai painted this scene near Lahaina Harbor.

The Plein Air Painting Invitational runs nine days from Saturday, Feb. 16, until Sunday, Feb. 24.

The public will have three opportunities to observe 24 nationally acclaimed plein air artists creating paintings outdoors in four hours. Private ticketed events for collectors will precede each art exhibit. Six public art sales offer everyone opportunities to meet artists and buy fine art they saw being painted.

The Pioneer Inn will host a public silent auction and art history lecture by the popular Jean Stern, associate director of UC Irvine Museum and Institute for California Art. The finale weekend Feb. 22-24, boasts a “quick draw” two-hour paint out and special art sale at Royal Lahaina Resort and the “Art to Heart” ticketed awards banquet. A public exhibit and art sale of 175-plus fresh originals continues in the Royal Lahaina Resort Ballroom all day Saturday and Sunday, with educational forums and art demonstrations by visiting artists.

Maui Arts League will also present two ticketed workshops for professional and amateur artists; one taught by Josh Clare and the other by Susie Baker. For information on all Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational events and how to purchase tickets, visit www.CelebrateArtonMaui.org.