Last friday spent converting the studio into a makeshift gallery for this past weekend's two-day Maui Open Studio event. 48 artists in the Upcountry area of the island threw open the doors to their studios, galleries & workspaces to the public. Curious art seekers were given booklets & maps to the various participating artist locations, then got in their cars and checked out what was cooking on the Maui art scene. Most locations served refreshments and it was a chance to, in a relaxed setting, show & talk with guests about our work. Rains helped on Saturday to bring out the crowds. I had roughly 50-60 visitors. Sunday's weather changed for the better... the first sunny, tropical day in quite some time. Visitor count was lower as I am guessing that many island visitors decided to spend the day enjoying the sunshine instead. Still had around 30 visitors on Sunday even though the day was so beautiful. A group of late stragglers turned up just before closing up shop and voted me as having the best banana bread in Haiku (freshly baked that morning)!
One visitor I was particularly happy to see was noted sports/action photographer Darrel Wong. Over the years, Darrel has sent me several clients and I have reciprocated. We have talked on the phone but had never met in person. Great guy and I was very happy to finally meet face to face.
Met a lot of other lovely folks during the weekend event and if any of them check in to read this entry, thanks for dropping by! It was very nice to meet and have a chance to talk with all of you!
Today, I received an email from David Ulrich, Director of The University of Hawaii's Pacific New Media Center, alerting me to a Call For Entries for the upcoming Contemporary Photography In Hawaii 2014: The Sixth Annual Survey juried exhibition. The exhibition will be held in The Andrew Rose Gallery on Bishop St. in downtown Honolulu April 11-May 2. Entries must be submitted by email no later than February 28, 6pm, no exceptions. Hoping that this year will see more submissions from Maui photographers. Read the prospectus below for submission guidelines and more information: