2017 Schedule of Events

Model for plein air painters at MPAPI

The 2017 Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational kicks off February 18 and runs through February 26. 2017 Schedule of Events Saturday, February 18, 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Kick Off Paint Out Lahaina Harbor. Artists begin the event creating freshly painted paintings that are displayed for sale from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. in the Pioneer Inn’s… Read more

2016 Award Winners

photo of jason sacran village galleries bis award check

Best In Show Award: Jason Sacran The 2016 Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational Best in Show Award was presented to Jason Sacran for his painting, “Lahaina Dusk.” Scroll down to see images of all the award winning paintings. The 2016 MPAPI event was most exciting. with ten new artists and a few changes to the… Read more

2016 Collectors’ Gala – Video

2016 Invited Artists maui Plein Air Painting Invitational

We had a great evening at Village Galleries in Lahaina. Dan McMahon of Maui Island Video captured the excitement of the evening. The exhibit of 100+ freshly painted artworks was incredibly inspiring. Scroll down to see the video or view the Gala video on YouTube. Sixteen awards were presented and Jason Sacran from Arkansas received… Read more

2016 Canoe Beach Quick Draw – Video

2016 photo fo plein air painters at canoe beach on Maui

Aloha MPAPI followers. This video by Dan McMahon of Maui Island Video was filmed on February 19, 2016 at Canoe Beach in Ka‘anapali. It was the final paint out of the week. This event is a quick draw and allows the public to watch plein air painters create a painting in 2 hours! It is a… Read more

2016 Montage Kapalua Bay Sunset Paint Out – Video

2016 Montage Kapalua Paint Out

A windy but wonderful day at the beautiful Kapalua Bay Beach and the Montage Kapalua Bay Resorst.  Artists fended off the heavier than normal winds only to be blessed with some nice sunshine later in the afternoon. The artists selected locations from Merriman’s restaurant to the Cliff House on Montage Kapalua Bay property to set up… Read more

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2016 Mini-Paintings – Images Arriving

2016 Mini-Paintings, 'Beach Bathing' by Hiu Lai Chong

The MPAPI Mini-Paintings Silent Auction will be held on Monday, February 15 at the Pioneer Inn in Lahaina. This event is always a big success.  The artists bring a painting from home. It is intended that the image will convey a bit more about the artist and his/her home environment or their travels. Sales are consistently in the 80+% range… Read more

Southwest Art – 2016 Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational Show Preview Article

Maui Plein Air featured in Southwest Art Magazine

Aloha Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational Friends. The Invitational is next month. The weather is settling down into our usual warm, mildly breezy winds, environment. Should make for some great works of art by our roster of 25 artists participating this year. With nine new artists to our event, we should see new interpretations of our… Read more

2016 Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational – Post Card

2016 Maui Plein Air Painting Post Card

We know the 2016 Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational is just around the corner when the printed post cards are finished and ready to mail. If you are on our print mailing list, you will receive one. They will also be available during the event. Collectors and the general public like marketing materials with all the artists… Read more

2016 Pre-Event Workshop with Hiu Lai Chong

Hiu Lai Chong Teaching At Night, Easton Workshop

3-Day Plein Air Workshop with Hiu Lai Chong: “My Approach to Painting” We are thrilled to announce Hiu Lai Chong as our guest painting instructor for the pre-event workshop in 2016! Her unique skill of capturing the light has made her paintings stand out among others and receive many awards. Her painting, “All Aboard,” received Best In… Read more

2016 Post-Event Workshop with Kenn Backhaus

photo by Kenn Erroll Backhaus, Kenn Erroll Backhaus "Starting my block-in" at Catalina Island

4-Day Plein Air Workshop with Kenn Backhaus – Composition & Brushwork: with an Emphasis on Painting the Illusion of Dappled Light Dates: February 22, 23, 24, & 25 (Meet Kenn at optional gathering the evening before: Feb. 21) Cost: $700 plus tax. Maximum students: 15 Open to intermediate and advanced artists  Please scroll down if you… Read more

Event Organizers

Event Co-Sponsors:
Ronaldo Macedo, Artist & Co-Founder Islanders
Lois Reiswig, President, Maui ARTS League

Contact us by email:
Katherine Smith, MPAPI Event Coordinator

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Maui Arts League is excited to offer two plein air painting workshops in conjunction with the February, 2018 Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational. Both professional artists excel at ‘teaching.’  It is one thing to be a great artist, and yet another to be a superior instructor. Our workshop teachers are selected from the group of MPAPI professional ‘visiting artists’. Leon Holmes from Australia and Morgan Samuel Price from Florida will share their painting knowledge and techniques with  workshop attendees. You won’t want to miss out.

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