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Maui Plein Air Draws 24 Top Artists for 15th Annual Event

October 10, 2019, 7:06 AM HST
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The Maui Arts League sponsors the 15th Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational in February 2020. Organizers say the 2020 draw of 24 award-winning landscape artists guarantees a high level of fine art for the community to enjoy.

Award winning artist Jane Hunt from Colorado will be painting Maui for the first time at Maui Plein AIr Painting Invitational in February

Esteemed Hawaiʻi artists on hand to celebrate in this milestone will be Mark Brown, Carleton, Mike Carroll, Michael Clements, Joe Fletcher and Ronaldo Macedo.  Nationally acclaimed artists back by “collectors’ demand” are: Suzie Baker of Texas, Greg Barnes of North Carolina, Hiu Lai Chong of Maryland, Ken DeWaard of Maine, Mark Fehlman of California, Jeff Horn of California, James McGrew of Oregon, Terry Miura of California, Morgan Samuel Price of Florida, David Savellano of California, Randall Sexton of California, Michele Usibelli from Washington, Jim Wodark of California, and Leon Holmes of Perth Australia. Acclaimed nationally but new to Maui Plein Air are Danny Griego of California, Jane Hunt of CO, Calvin Liang of California, Randall Stauss of California.

For more information on these celebrated artists and their works, visit www.MauiArtsLeague/artists.

The Plein Air Painting Invitational kicks off Saturday, Feb.15 with a “Paint Out” at Lahaina Harbor. All 24 artists paint harbor scenes from 7:30 to 11 a.m.

Hunts ability to capture
ethereal light makes her paintings exceptionally popular.

Visitors can watch artists create a finished artwork in under four hours; immediately, fresh originals go on sale at 11:30 a.m. in the Pioneer Inn courtyard.

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This family-friendly educational event is inspirational for art lovers of any age.

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The public will have five more opportunities to see original paintings of Maui by America’s best outdoor landscape artists, including a ticketed gourmet banquet Friday, Feb. 21, and a free public gallery at Royal Lahaina Resort, all day, Feb. 22 and 23.

The Pioneer Inn will also host a public lecture about “Famous Art Forgers” by Jean Stern, Executive Director University of California Irvine Institute and Museum of California Art.

Maui Arts League is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with a mission to encourage art appreciation in our community and fund a fine art museum on West Maui. They also provide art books for Maui school children, scholarships for graduating seniors pursuing higher art education and a free plein air workshop for Maui children at Campbell Park in Lahaina.

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Maui Plein Air was founded by a group of Hawaiʻi artists called “The Islanders,” who wanted to showcase their works. In 2005, Ronaldo Macedo of Lahaina and Saim Caglayan of Kauaʻi spearheaded the first invitational, which took place at Village Galleries and ended with a bonfire party at the beach. Macedo still participates every year and provides artist guidance for the event.

“As we celebrate 15 years, we want to thank all the people who have attended and supported the Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational through the years,” says Bryant Neal, 2020 event coordinator. “Our sponsors, donors, collectors, volunteers and vendors share our love of art and understand how much it means to our community. Maui Arts league is grateful to be able to connect West Maui residents to the beauty of art.”

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