2017 Schedule of Events

Model for plein air painters at MPAPIThe 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 Courtyard in Lahaina.
  • Monday, February 20, 6 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The Artists’ Mini-Paintings Silent Auction is held in the Snug Harbor room at the Pioneer Inn 6-7 p.m.  Artists’ small paintings no smaller than 5”x7” and no larger than 8″x8,″ are treasures that the artists bring with them to the event. This is a well attended free event and all paintings sell each year.
  • Monday, February 20, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Jean Stern, Executive Director of The Irvine Museum in California will present a lecture, ‘The Art of Looking at ART.’ It will be held in the courtyard of the Pioneer Inn.  This is a ‘standing room’ only event.  Plan to come early, view and buy art, and locate your seat in their plantation style courtyard setting.  Free and open to the public.  No Host bar provided.
  • Wednesday, February 22, 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunset Paint Out sponsored by Montage Kapalua Bay is 3-6 p.m. and is another opportunity to see all of the artists in the same vicinity. The artists will gather in Kapalua to find inspiration in the sunset and beach scenes.  A Hawaiian model is present for artists who may select to capture this image on canvas. This beach area is considered one of the prettiest and most frequented beaches on Maui. The artists’ paintings from this day will be on display and available for purchase in the Montage Kapalua Bay Sunset Room 6:30-8 p.m.
  • Friday, February 24, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Hanaka’o’o Park (commonly referred to as Canoe Beach) & Vicinity Quick Draw sponsored by Mala, Honu, Frida’s restaurants is a timed event where artists have just two hours to complete a painting. The public has an opportunity to watch a painting being created from start to finish. This beach area is home to several local canoe clubs.  Their canoes, along with surrounding beach, ocean, island views will provide for interesting imagery for the paintings.
  • Friday, February 24, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Come meet the 26 MPAPI participating artists, view their paintings, and take one or more home with you.  This is an opportunity to own original paintings at affordable prices. If you attended the event in the past, you know how much fun it is to see everyone positioning themselves to view the 100+ original paintings. If you have not attended, this is one of those art events that is a must attend event.  Seeing 100+ paintings in one location on Maui is pretty special. The ‘Art in Your Heart’ Gala & Art Sale sponsored by Royal Lahaina Resort is a ticketed event. Includes Hawaiian Welcome, Opening Remarks, Awards Presentation, Four Course Dinner, Entertainment, and  Live Auction highlighting Best In Show award winning painting. Event provides an opportunity for art collectors wishing to buy paintings a priority viewing before the Artists’ Aloha Reception the next day (Saturday). Award winning paintings remain in the Royal Lahaina Resort Ballroom Gallery until Sunday to allow for the display of ‘all’ winning award paintings. Patrons and collectors have remarked that they often don’t get to see the all winning paintings whether unable to attend on Friday or that the purchaser took the painting/(s) home with them.  Ticket price is $175 per person plus a processing fee. Tickets may be requested by completing the Request for Purchase of ‘Art in Your Heart’ Gala form.  You will receive an email invoice for payment, allowing you to use your credit card. Your tickets are not confirmed until the invoice has been paid. You will receive confirmation of your ticket purchase and the ticket(s) will be at Will Call the evening of the event. Limited seating.
  • Saturday, February 25, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Artists’ Aloha Reception provides an opportunity for the general public to view and purchase paintings. The artists will replace paintings sold on Friday night with new paintings. A highlight of the Artists’ Aloha Reception is to view the 2017 award winning paintings  in the Royal Lahaina Resort Ballroom Gallery. All award paintings will remain in the Royal Lahaina Resort ballroom gallery until Sunday at which time collectors may pick up their purchase/(s).  Other purchases may be taken at time of purchase. The public has one last chance to interact with the artists, view and purchase paintings, and bid them a safe journey home. Free and open to the public.  Maui Youth Philharmonic Orchestra & Friends will be providing classical music as background during the day.  In addition, they will be debuting a new score written specifically for Maui Arts League. Light refreshments provided.   Royal Lahaina Resort Ballroom Gallery remains open until 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, February 26, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Plein Air Final Sale. Last chance to view and purchase paintings at the Royal Lahaina Resort Ballroom Gallery.  Artists’ not required to attend.  The show and sale ends at 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, February 26, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. ‘Color Me Happy’ Youth’s Art Event.  WORKSHOP CLOSED TO NEW REGISTRANTS – ENROLLMENT  AT CAPACITY. Four groups of 10 each participate in various art activities commensurate with age skill level.  We welcome students and their parents to come by and watch the workshop complete their works.  Paintings will be displayed in the Royal Lahaina Resort Ballroom at 2:30 p.m.

Photo Credit: Featuring 2016 live model, Brittney Moreno Sajor


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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