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Maui Open Studios – February 2014

Over 85 Maui-based artists and artisans open up their studios and exhibition spaces to show and sell their work during the 4th Annual Maui Open Studios, taking place on three weekends in February 2014.  The public can personally connect with the artists, something that doesn’t always happen in a gallery setting, and in some cases, the artists will even be giving live demonstrations. The entire event is free to the public.

Eva Roberts Maui Open Studio

Eva Roberts opens her studios and backyard with Maui Open Studios 2014. Photo by Randy Hufford

Visitors are also invited to join many of the artists at the Opening Celebration and Preview Exhibition on February 1, where they can enjoy a cash bar, no-host pupus, listen to live music, preview a few pieces of the artists’ work, and connect with the artists. This is also a great place to pick up a copy of the MOS Guidebook containing an artist directory and maps directing them to different studios and exhibition spaces around the island. Guidebooks are also available throughout the duration of the event at various locations around the island, which are listed on www.MauiOpenStudios.com. Visitors then design their own self-guided tours for each weekend of the month, either by referring to their printed guidebook or our online artist directory at www.MauiOpenStudios.com.

Maui Open Studios Dates and Locations:

  • Opening Celebration/Preview Exhibition

Saturday, February 1 from 5pm – 8pm • Maui Tropical Plantation

The Open Studio self-guided tours begin the following weekend. Hours for the Weekend Open Studios are 11am – 6pm.

  • rick strini maui open studios

    Rick Strini, one of Maui’s master glassblowers, demonstrates his talents – Photo by Rob Ratkowski

    Weekend 1: Upcountry Maui • Saturday and Sunday, February 8 and 9

  • Special Bonus Event: Tuesday, February 11 – “Georgia O’Keeffe’s Hawai’i – A Talk by Patricia Jennings”, will be held on from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm at Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center. Free but RSVP required: mauiopenstudios@gmail.com
  • Weekend 2: Central Maui, North Shore, Road to Hana and Hana • Saturday and Sunday, February 15 and 16
  • Weekend 3: West and South Maui • Saturday and Sunday, February 22 and 23

History of the Event: 

The Annual Maui Open Studios Event is the first of its kind in the state of Hawaii and was created 4 years ago by a former Maui artist who now resides in the San Francisco Bay Area. The mission of MOS is to connect the art community with art-lovers on Maui. Since it’s inception, the event has featured over 85 artists every year and generated over 6,000 individual studio visits by art collectors and art enthusiasts each year. $100,000 in art sales made directly between art-collectors and artists have been generated by the event each year since it’s creation.

The event is produced and organized by acclaimed fine art photo collage artist and former art gallery owner on Maui and Oahu, Carolyn Quan. She is now based in the San Francisco Bay Area after living in Hawaii for 9 years, while continually remaining connected to the islands and serving the art community there.

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Kealia Pond Visitor Center – Interactive Exhibits on Maui!

We recently had a few minutes to kill on the way to Kihei, so I decided to check out why there is a sign off the Mokulele Highway that mentions the Keālia Pond National Wildlife Refuge, since the boardwalk is over on the way to Ma’alaea.  Our short detour leads to a parking lot next to a building, but there was only one car in the lot. I took a chance and ran to the building and it turns out to be the Visitor Center and Headquarters for the refuge.  The whole exhibit is free and open to the public.  Its pretty small, but there are a couple of interactives for little kids (microscopes and open/close panels on exhibits), and interesting information about the wildlife at the Kealia Pond for adults.  They had stickers for the kids, but if you ask, you may be able to get tattoos and coloring books as well! (These may be saved for the school groups that come through- we just happened to be neighbors with one of the park rangers).

I’ll be the first to admit – I had NO idea that this place existed, but this building opened while I was in full baby mode/canceled my newspaper subscription.  We’ve been to the boardwalk several times, but as we were told at the Visitor Center, there are actually more birds near this building.  I only got a couple pictures since we were on our way somewhere else, but we’ll have to go back again and get a closer look at the birds now that we know what we are looking for!

Construction of the 7,500 square-foot building of the complex headquarters and visitor center was supported by a $4.9 million grant as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). The facility includes a 1,358-square foot lobby and exhibit hall, 1,043-square foot multipurpose room, eight offices, a small conference room, and other workrooms. The energy-efficient building meets Silver LEED standards, one of only a few such projects in Hawaii.

interactive bird exhibit maui hawaii visitor center

Notes from the Fish and Wildlife Service website:

HOURS: Mondays to Fridays (excluding Federal holidays), 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The refuge biologist conducts bird censuses one to two times per month (usually the 1st and 3rd Thursdays). On these days, walking trails do not open until after 9:00 a.m. In addition, areas may be closed for access during Hawaiian coot and Hawaiian stilt nesting seasons to eliminate human disturbances.

DIRECTIONS: Located on the south-central coast of Maui, the refuge is accessible from all directions. The entrance road to the refuge, located at milepost 6 on Mokulele Highway (Highway 311), is almost one mile north of the town of Kihei.

Visitor access is along the Kanuimanu Ponds’ levees which are flat and easy walking, and though a little bumpy, also accommodate wheelchairs. 

HISTORY: These ponds were constructed in 1970 for an aquaculture venture (catfish) which ended in 1995. In 2005, the Fish and Wildlife restored the ponds that are now managed for waterbirds and visitor access.

Established in 1992, Keālia Pond National Wildlife Refuge encompasses approximately 700 acres and is one of the few natural wetlands remaining in the Hawaiian Islands. Located along the south-central coast of the island of Maui, between the towns of Kīhei and Mā‘alaea, it is a natural basin for a 56-square mile watershed from the West Maui Mountains.

The Keālia Coastal Boardwalk is a beautiful tranquil walkway and bird sanctuary, beside Maalaea Bay on the south edge of Maui’s central valley. A walk on the boardwalk takes you through ancient wetlands where you can watch two of Hawaii’s native and endangered waterbirds – the Hawaiian coot and Hawaiian stilt. Across the highway you can see Keālia Pond where waterfowl from Asia and North America come for rest and warmer climate, including northern shoveler and northern pintail. The Pacific golden plover migrates from Alaska, and other birds that come for the winter are the wandering tattler and ruddy turnstone.

Taken by Wonder at the MACC

When was the last time you went to an art exhibit where bringing kids is encouraged, you can get down on your hands and knees to explore, and even use a power tool if you like?

I don’t even know if my words can fully describe how fun and magical the new art exhibit at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center is – but ‘wonder’ is a good place to start.

Wes Bruce spent much of his formative youth building forts and structures in the forests of Northern California. Now, as the MACC’s first artist-in-residence, he’s created a fort inside the Schaefer International Gallery, and the name of the installation is ‘Taken by Wonder’. 

This isn’t your average fort, though.  There are secret rooms, tiny nooks, thousands of ‘treasures’, like antique Singer sewing machines and upright pianos… It’s a very sensory experience – with most of the exhibit lit by Christmas lights, hallways with hanging eucalyptus branches which you get a whiff of just as you walk by, and rooms with leather scraps padding the floor… We explored for quite a while and there’s still an upper room that I’m not sure how to access.  We’ll have to go back, but that’s part of the fun.  With older children, or as adults, make sure you grab a ‘decoder’ paper – there are phrases written all around the fort that you can decode.

Outside the fort, the remainder of the gallery space is full of interactive art activities areas – with everything from ‘construct your own fort’ with hammers, screwdrivers, and all sorts of materials, a poem station, water colors, and a tiny tots area with crayons and building blocks.

And the best part – its totally free. We may come back often…

The gallery has NEW HOURS  – Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am – 5 pm – and the exhibit runs through November 2.  And, if you fall in love with any of the fort’s treasures, you can return during the deconstruction, November 4-7, from 10am to 2pm, to take home a piece or two.

Still searching for more?  here’s some text from the MACC website:

Wes’ enduring concept for “Taken By Wonder” has many pulls centralized around the fictional research space of a group of outsiders and the discovery of their existence on an unknown island. There are blurred boundaries and hypothetical concepts alluding to origins, physical and cultural development, biological characteristics, and social customs. Clues within the layers will lead us to believe that the inhabitants have only just left the space, stirring up a curious voyeurism and questioning.

Visitors will be free to explore the caverns and chambers of the space, finding artifacts, maps, and remnants of world civilizations, photographs, field samples, illustrations and writings. They will be invited to become part of the response in an interactive mapping room adjacent to the structure, with opportunities to share ideas through mark making and word offerings. This community collaboration will evolve through the duration of the exhibit, with public lectures and education tours facilitated by the artist and gallery staff and will be documented by video and photography.

This exhibition is made possible through the generous support of Margaret Raffin. Additional funding provided by the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority and County of Maui, Office of Economic Development.

Giveaway Contest! Win a box of Maui Goodies!

Maui Contest Giveaway Prizes

 

CONTEST IS CLOSED!!!!!

 

In honor of this, the 50th blog post for Maui Made (and some new Facebook contest rules!), I’m having a contest to win a free box filled with Maui Goodies – including shipping anywhere in the United States!

First: The Rules!

It’s a simple, two-step process!  The quick version : Add a comment below with your FAVE Maui product, and ‘Like’ the Maui Made page on Facebook.

Still have questions? Read on –

In any order – ‘Like’ the Maui Made Facebook Page (if you haven’t already), and leave a comment on this post with your favorite Maui Made product (or, which product you think you’d love the most…) Make sure you leave your correct email address when you fill out the comment so I can notify you if you win!  Your email will not be used for any other purpose!

Bonus points: ‘Share’ Maui Made with your Facebook friends, and follow Maui Made on Pinterest!

Second: The Goodies!

Queen Bee Productions Lavender Facial Toner (4oz)  and Honey Citrus Facial Cleanser (4 oz)

Pono Infusions Wai Blend (a caffeine-free mint and berry tea/infusion)

Hula Cookies assorted cookies in a tin (tin may or may not look like this one)

Box Eleven Business Card Holder, Ear Bud Wrappers and Note Card

Happy Honu Maui two java lavalava coffee cup sleeves and postcards, including ‘Keep Calm and Aloha On’

Maui Fruit Jewels selected pieces (not pictured) – A whole post on Maui Fruit Jewels will be coming soon, but here’s a quick preview :  A new line of very special fruit paste confections – made with the fantastic bounties of Maui.

and ??? (may be some surprises thrown in!!!)

I’ll be picking up the food items prior to sending out the package (don’t trust food to not be eaten in this house!)

Valued at over $150!!!

Good Luck!  And a HUGE Mahalo to all of the above companies for donating these amazing prizes!  

Winner will be picked September 13th (FRIDAY!) Are you feeling lucky?  Contest Winner will be announced on the Facebook page and will be emailed directly- but check back just in case!

Just like the rest of this blog, many of these items are actually handmade on Maui, while some are made off-island, but created and designed by Maui-based businesses.  Each product featured on Maui Made is unique and exceptional- just like Maui!

CONTEST IS CLOSED!!!!!

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