By Vanessa Wolf
The Lahaina Town Action Committee and Lahaina Arts society sponsor Lahaina’s annual poster contest.
Now in its 25th year, the contest offers a grand prize of $100 per year – that’s $2500 for anyone mathematically challenged – and is likely enough to inspire local artists and even those semi-competent at doodling to enter. (Heck, this writer has rent to pay and may just stock up on art supplies and brush off her old still life skills. You never know…)
The competition is open to all artists and the winning entry becomes the limited edition official Lahaina poster for 2014, which will feature only 1000 prints. The winning poster will be sold at the Lahaina Visitor Center and possibly at fine art galleries throughout town.
The artwork must be original and unpublished with the image being a recognizable scene of Lahaina.
Past winners of include Jackie Black, Carleton Kinkade, George Allen, Stephen Burr, Jim Kingwell, Ronaldo Macedo, C.S. Perry, Erin Dertner, John Cosby, Daryl Millard, and Michael Krahn.
All Maui entries must be delivered to the second floor of the Old Lahaina Courthouse by Friday, Aug. 30 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Off-island entries must arrive between Aug. 26 and Aug. 30.
The correct address is: 648 Wharf Street Ste #102, Lahaina, HI 96761. There is a non-refundable entry fee of $25 and the contest is limited to two entries per artist. Work must be framed, ready for hanging (using screw eyes and wire) and available for sale. Pieces that are incomplete (i.e. wet paint) or are not ready for hanging will not be accepted.
In addition to the $2500 first prize, there are additional cash awards and accolades. Those include the Lahaina Arts Society Award, Most Promising Artist, People’s Choice and Honorable Mention.
Prizes will be chosen from juried entries and winners will be announced at a reception on Friday Sept. 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. which will be held at the Old Lahaina Jail Gallery, located at the Old Lahaina Courthouse.
The winning entries will be on exhibit in the Old Lahaina Jail Gallery, from Tuesday Sept. 3 to Sunday Oct. 6.
If mediocre crayon drawings of Lahaina Halloween have a shot, we’ll see you to collect our prize on Sept. 6!
Have an idea for a fun or thought-provoking story or topic? Get in touch: we want to hear from you. -Vanessa (@mauinow.com)