Monday, March 26, 2012

Weekend Art Report

First Light, Prambanan Temple Complex, Jogyakarta, Java, Indonesia

The weekend started off with the the Saturday "soft" opening of Maui's newest contemporary art gallery. Located in Kihei on Maui's south shore, Maui Art Hale promises to be a fantastic new showcase for emerging and established island artistic talent. With very little fanfare & publicity, Saturday's opening was respectably attended by artists, friends, family and island visitors alike. Things are coming together here very nicely and the reports I received from those in attendance were that the gallery looked amazing... the art hung beautifully and uncluttered. Kudos go out to owners & directors Ken Norris & Steve Rose for pulling off a really nice event. The collected work presently on display has a distinctive East-West flavor which suits me just fine and has sent me back to the image files for recent images from Asia collected during my visit at the end of last year - perfectly suited to work with the collection currently on display. The studio printer has been working overtime today, getting the new work ready for framing and exhibition. Look for announcements here & elsewhere for the real Grand Opening event, expected to be held sometime in the next couple of weeks.
Gallery Director Ken Norris welcomes guests to Maui Art Hale

Sunday afternoon brought the highly anticipated opening and artists reception of ART MAUI 2012. It's always challenging to gauge the show and the selected work during this event due to the crowd & heavy socializing going on. First impressions are that the show is well put together, most of the work selected of high quality and an amazingly uncluttered arrangement of the work on display thanks to the volunteer installation team headed by Joelle Perz.

The show runs though April 20th. 

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