Makawao, May - Christine Halton
MAUI HANDS GALLERY AT 1169 MAKAWAO AVE. PRESENTS OIL ON ETCHED WOOD PAINTINGS BY CHRISTINE HALTON MEET THE ARTIST AND WATCH HER CREATE THESE BEAUTIFUL PIECES WEDNESDAYS IN MAY FROM 11AM TO 3PM
Christine’s eclectic and finely tuned style of expression began as a child and was nurtured throughout her life. While raising her children, her talent was cultivated through her job as Visual Display Coordinator of a large company, while continuing to paint and show her own work. When the artist moved to Maui to join the large art community here, she found inspiration everywhere. Her most recent pieces are very well received and reflect her love of the natural beauty of Maui. They are a combination of the fine expression of line through wood burning and the depth of color with oils paints.
Makawao, May - Claire Blahnik
MAUI HANDS GALLERY AT 1169 MAKAWAO AVE. PRESENTS OIL PAINTER CLAIRE BLAHNIK IN RESIDENCE EVERY FRIDAY IN MAY FROM 11AM TO 4PM
Every day, I am inspired by the beautiful island of Maui. I grew up on this island, only leaving for a few years for college to study watercolor. I excelled at it. When I moved back, I decided to dive into oil painting. I feel that oils capture the beauty of Maui more than other mediums. This has opened a new world for me. I am constantly learning and evolving with every painting. When I escape into my artwork, I enter another world where I can dwell for hours. I am an avid beach goer, sun lover, and take pleasure in all Maui has to offer. My paintings capture the essence of the beautiful places I have surfed, swam, and played. In my work, I represent my favorite aspects of the island lifestyle and culture. Maui No Ka Oi !!!
Lahaina, May - Christina DeHoff
MAUI HANDS GALLERY AT 612 FRONT STREET, LAHAINA PRESENTS SOULFUL PAINTER CHRISTINA DEHOFF IN RESIDENCE EVERY FRIDAY IN MAY FROM 4PM TO 7PM
Christina DeHoff has many facets as an artist. A clear and recognizable theme runs through both her figurative visionary paintings and her landscape paintings. That theme is soulfulness. One can feel the presence of grace and love in her depiction of heart expanding oceans, sensual rolling hills and dream filled skies. The same emotions are equally potent in Christina’s figurative paintings. She has a unique, tender and intuitive way of communicating that which is sacred in this human experience.
Raised in Maine Christina now makes her home on the island of Maui. After graduating from the University of Maine in 1995 with a BS in Art Education, Christina created, owned and operated the Gallery at 357 Main in Rockland, Maine. For 10 years she represented over 50 artists. In 1999 Christina hung the first solo show of her own paintings, which proved very successful. Within two weeks all 30 paintings had sold. For the next 7 years she exhibited her paintings annually, with the same level of success. In 2006 Christina sold the gallery to pursue her art full time.
Christina’s artwork explores the many layers of the human spirit. “I continue to feel a calling to create paintings that tell stories of the heart and serve as reminders to the viewer that our lives are full of so much possibility”.
Paia, May - Ian Haight
MAUI HANDS GALLERY AT 84 HANA HWY, PAIA PRESENTS ARTIST IAN HAIGHT HE WILL BE WORKING ON HIS BEACH AND OCEAN WAVE INSPIRED PAINTINGS EVERY MONDAY IN MAY 11AM – 3PM
Ian Haight was born on the island of Oahu and raised on the Big Island of Hawaii during the 1970’s. As a kid, his mom would take him to the beach at every possible moment even though they lived 20 miles from the shorelines. He would surf all winter and fish all summer and draw waves while in class during school. His love for the ocean and the beauty of Hawaii began then and continues today. His bright realistic style reflects this passion with vibrant colors, exciting landscapes and Hawaiian wildlife portraits.
Ian earned a Bachelor degree in art from the University of Hawaii, Hilo. Besides art, Ian’s passion is the sport of surfing. “The Ocean keeps me so humble as you can never have it wired. Helping to heighten awareness of the special environment we have here is important to me. My art is one way of showing how beautiful and precious our environment is. Aloha!”
Paia, May - Rona Smith
MAUI HANDS GALLERY AT 1169 MAKAWAO AVE. PRESENTS BEAD ARTIST, RONA SMITH, EVERY FRIDAY IN APRIL FROM 11AM TO 3PM. SHE WILL BE MAKING HER ECLECTIC MIX OF TREASURES FROM AROUND THE WORLD INTO THE FANTASTICAL CREATIONS OF ART THAT IS ZEBEWA.
Zebewa originally started as the childhood dream of two sisters who wanted to travel the world. They made their dream come true and began collecting small carved pieces from around the globe which they drilled and combined to make beautiful, one of a kind amulets infused with stories and symbolism from every corner of the earth. Over the last few years jeweler and a long-time collector of Zebewa, Rona Smith, began working with the sisters and in January of this year became the new owner. The sisters still continue to travel and supply Rona with precious carved pieces, including sought after Netsuke.
Netsuke are miniature sculptures that were invented in 17th century Japan. They began as carved wooden or ivory ornamental toggles worn at the end of the cords to hold a kimono closed or to fasten a purse or a pouch. Netsuke evolved over time from being strictly utilitarian into objects of great artistic merit and an expression of extraordinary craftsmanship. Today, the art lives on, and some modern works can command high prices around the world. Less expensive, yet beautiful, pieces are available in museums as well as part of the Zebewa collection right here in Hawaii at Maui Hands galleries.
Artists who are new to Maui tend to experience a shift in their style - toward the inimitable carefree and friendly spirit of Aloha that exists on Maui. The combination of their previous education and talent with their new environment inspires a uniquely Hawaiian form of expression. Artists who were born on Maui show their expansive love of the islands through their work. The Galleries' unique atmosphere is a direct result of this broad range of diverse and creative work. Currently there are close to 10,000 original pieces on display in the Maui Hands Galleries as well as a large selection of reproductions.