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December 2013 Art Shows

Willow Norris

Lahaina, December - Willow Norris

MAUI HANDS GALLERY AT 612 FRONT STREET, LAHAINA PRESENTS WILLOW NORRIS EVERY FRIDAY IN NOVEMBER FROM 4:30-7:30 PM

Willow’s paintings reflect an inner peace, taking the observer on a journey of enchantment, capturing the love and enjoyment of life. Willow’s subject matter swings from whimsical to spiritual, not focusing on any central theme. The artist, typically, first renders a detailed drawing on high quality archival watercolor paper. She then applies a variety of water soluble lightfast pigments with sable hair watercolor brushes and it is this slow build-up of up to 20 washes achieving the bold richness of color evident in her pieces. Drawing from her past experience with aquatinting, scraping and burnishing, and incorporating the use of fine pigmented wax, her work is truly mixed media.

Since moving to Maui, willow has focused on her Dragonfly Dream series now showing at the Maui Hands galleries in Paia, Makawao and Lahaina.

Diane Norman

Paia, December - Diane Norman

MAUI HANDS GALLERY AT 84 HANA HWY, PAIA PRESENTS, MIXED MEDIA PAINTER DIANE NORMAN, IN RESIDENCE, EVERY FRIDAY IN DECEMBER FROM 11 AM TO 2 PM.

Diane Norman loves to create. She is fascinated with the ocean from above and below the surface, and her experiences swimming and snorkeling in the Ahihi Bay area permeate every watercolor.

The sky, the colors and patterns of the water, and the lava forms emerging from the Pacific are endless sources of wonder and inspiration to Diane. At times a specific scene sparks the creative process, but at others simply the feeling of being immersed in the immensity of Maui's coastal beauty engenders new work.

Diane's collages are crafted with watercolor on heavy 300 lb Arches watercolor paper. Larger papers are first painted and textured and then are cut and torn to size. The background piece is glued to illustration board, and smaller pieces follow. The finished collage is extremely sturdy, and the layering of papers creates an illusion of depth. Each collage is a little jewel, to be appreciated from up close but visually strong enough to make a statement from across the room.

Richard DiGiacomo

Paia, December - Richard DiGiacomo

MAUI HANDS GALLERY AT 84 HANA HWY, PAIA FEATURES, MIXED MEDIA ARTIST RICHARD DIGIAGOMO, SATURDAYS IN DECEMBER FROM 2PM TO 6PM.

Richard DiGiacomo, of Russian and Italian descent, is an accomplished artist who is known for his innovative approach to coloration. As a master of his craft, Richard has been nationally rated in the top 5% in his field for his coloration techniques. For more than 35 years, he has worked with celebrities, noted interior designers and leading institutions. His work has earned numerous awards of excellence, has been displayed regularly on television and has been featured on radio. Transplanted to Maui, Hawaii in 2010, Richard was ascended to a new level of artistic ability with his newly-created metal fused art. Created by the etching of aluminum panels and color, and fused with various techniques, his technique calls for many coats of clear seals, applied to create depth and movement.

Richard says, “I have an exhilarating passion to fuse color and creativity onto metal panels. That comes from my compassion to impact lives with new vision, motivation and inspiration. In decades of working with men and women, who have faced difficulty in life, find spiritual strength, I’ve learned to impart beauty, amazement and joy to the recipient, creating a tranquil and peaceful atmosphere. That can change lives. My sole accomplishment and reward for my work, he explains, is to see the smiling faces reflecting back from my work and having the privilege to know that I’ve added joy and inspiration to a human life."

Kathleen O'Bryan

Makawao, December - Kathleen O'Bryan

MAUI HANDS GALLERY AT 1169 MAKAWAO AVE. PRESENTS PASTELIST KATHLEEN O’BRYAN WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 4TH AND THURSDAYS DECEMBER 12TH, 19TH AND 26TH FROM 11 AM TO 3 PM. THE ARTIST WILL BE DEMONSTRATING HER TECHNIQUE OF UNDILUTED DRY PIGMENT SOFT PASTELS ON BLACK PAPER.

Makawao pastelist Kathleen O'Bryan has made her living as professional fine artist for more than 35 years, participating in solo, group and juried exhibitions in world-class cultural art markets in Santa Fe, New Mexico and Maui, Hawai'i.

As a fine art colorist, Kathleen discovered that with undiluted, dry pigment soft pastello, she could create saturated hues that brought emotional expressions to expansive skies and infinite landscapes. She found that painting on black paper rather than white as her ground eliminates all light and wave competition, which allows the pastel medium to achieve the radiant brilliance found in nature.

Claire Blahnik

Makawao, December - Claire Blahnik

MAUI HANDS GALLERY AT 1169 MAKAWAO AVE. PRESENTS CLAIRE BLAHNIK AND HER BEAUTIFUL OIL PAINTINGS FRIDAY DECEMBER 20TH FROM 5PM TO 8PM FOR MAKAWAO’S 3RD FRIDAY TOWN PARTY. REFRESHMENTS SERVED.

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 !!!

Jon Nordby

Makawao, December - Jon Nordby

MAUI HANDS GALLERY AT 1169 MAKAWAO AVE. PRESENTS EXQUISITELY CRAFTED LAMPS BY JON NORDBY. AS ARTIST IN RESIDENCE EVERY FRIDAY IN DECEMBER FROM 11AM TO 3PM, JON WILL BE PUTTING THE FINISHING TOUCHES ON HIS NEWEST LAMPS FORMED FROM WOOD, STONE, BLOWN GLASS AND SMALL CARVINGS.

Jon is a full-time Maui resident – retired, but following a new creative path making unique stone and exotic wood table lamps.

Jon grew up in Seattle, received degrees from the University of Washington (Economics) and Stanford (MBA) and then spent the next nine years overseas (Ethiopia – university teaching; Peru, Jamaica and Brazil – resort development). Returning to Seattle, Jon was a partner and president of Wright Runstad & Company (high-rise and high-tech office and medical building development) until retirement.

A natural artist and while building his home in Wailea, Jon designed a number of interior elements, including designing and making lamps for the bedrooms and common areas.

Jon is also an accomplished tennis player, master swimmer and jazz and classical piano player.