Art Maui is an annual exhibition of juried art works in all media by Maui County artists and is held at the Schaefer International Gallery at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center (MACC).

Exhibition dates begin Monday, March 26 and continue thru Friday, April 20.  Hours are 11am – 5:00pm and evenings before Castle Theater shows.

Of the 327 artists who registered 513 works, 144 works of art created by 128 artists were selected and represent every type of media imaginable – oil on paper, ceramic, acrylic on canvas, fiberglass, wood and light, water color, charcoal, pastel, cotton fabric quilt, carved teak wood, photography and Italian alabaster to name but a few, very few of what your eyes and senses will delight in!  The Monks in the photo above are Marylyn Holland’s.  She shows her art at The Four Seasons Resort in Wailea.

The History of Art Maui

In 1978, any artist living on the island of Maui had very limited opportunities to show his or her artwork. The Lahaina Arts Society was the largest arts group at that time, and would have one-person shows in their newly renovated Old Jail. There were supportive local galleries, art shows at the Public Library, and the chance to win a 1st place ribbon in the big annual art show at the County Fair but that was about it. Many artists felt a sense of isolation in not knowing where their work stood in comparison with the work of other artists from the big cities.

In the late 1970′s a group of professional artists here on Maui decided to start a juried art show. At that time, tourism and the move toward large hotel development was just becoming a focal point for Maui’s business community.

A core group of Maui art lovers and citizens quickly decided that it would need an entire year to pull all of their ideas to put together a one-time art show to encourage visitor interest in art collecting on Maui.  Thus the seeds were planted for the first Art Maui of 1979. The founders wanted to develop seminars geared specifically towards training issues, concerns about shipping, publicity and other topics that would help new artists. A film festival of 32 art-related films was planned, which ran in the following four years concurrently with the show. There were networking opportunities for the artists coming to planning meetings, and a chance for their work to improve by submitting it for jurying.

The idea met a very positive response from local Maui artists. They willingly sought a juried show to stretch towards a more professional level in their work.

One of the long-term goals of having a juried art show on Maui was to expand attitudes about what was considered fine art. The idea was to encourage “authentic work,” art that would be real for the artist, and yet something to which a viewer could relate.

The implementation of a Publicity Artist Award, started in 1985, began over ten years of Art Maui posters, and now there are Art Maui cards and postcards.

If you are fortunate enough to be enjoying your vacation at the Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort or Marriott Maui Ocean Club during the Art Maui exhibition, be sure to visit the Schaefer International Gallery at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center (MACC).  You are sure to be amazed at the variety of art and media being displayed and the talent of local Maui artists!

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