You probably didn't even notice that I slipped out of town for a few days - to my favorite spot in the world - the south end of Maui. It's my battery recharging station - full of sunshine,
and good friends.
Yes, that's a nude beach. Whatever. I'm in sheer heaven with my "brotherfromadifferentmother" Frankie.
There were two art exhibitions that I timed the visit to see - but honestly, there is art and creativity everywhere you look. This cairn, stacked eight stones high, celebrated one friend's eighth year of sobriety.
One of my favorite spots to visit is the Hui Noeau Visual Arts Center, up in the sleepy town of Makawao. Their annual juried exhibition had just opened, and I stopped in to see the work. (Seriously - if you ever visit Maui, you must visit the Hui.)
Hui No‘eau Annual Juried Exhibition 2015
January 10 – February 19
Juror: Charles Cohan
Receiving Day: Monday, December 29 / 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Members’ Opening Reception: Friday, January 9 / 5:00 – 7:00 pm
This prestigious competition offers an opportunity for visitors to view current work of local & mainland artists in all media, including ceramics, printmaking, sculpture, photography, jewelry, digital imagery, fiber, painting, and wood. Guest jurors include respected curators and artists from Maui, Hawai‘i and beyond, offering a different perspective for a unique show every year. With no theme, this exhibition challenges artists to submit their best work created within the past two years!
This piece just blew me away - a ceramic assemblage of three "ladies" - highlighted with bright spots of red - celebrating lipstick, high heels, teapots - it was just exquisite. I'm sorry I didn't catch the artist's name, but her (his?) piece was my favorite.
Lathe work is so popular here on the island - this vessel was HUGE. Like - threefuckingfeettall! huge!
Jazz was well represented at the show, he's a local woodworker who, it seems, is very prolific. About 4 or 5 of his pieces of furniture were on display, including this very well made cabinet with book matched veneered door panels and slow closing hinges.
Lots of hollowed forms here - as in many of the galleries on the island.
I'm pretty sure this was the same artist represented at the Hui, but by then - I was tired from all the traveling, and forgot to check the names on these pieces.
Jazz is not only a furniture maker, but a sculptor as well. Gorgeous piece!
This owl sculpture was mesmerizing - with its spalted wood and abstract shape. A really lovely piece.