2018 Kick Off at Lahaina Harbor Video

2018 Event Kick Off video

The event is in full swing and once again we are sharing videos with you. The weather was partly cloudy, which actually makes it a little cooler and easier on the eyes when painting. You can see many of the artists’ work in progress in the video to see this for yourself. Plus, watch through… Read more

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2018 Participating Artists

2018 Participating Artists, MPAPI

We welcomed 25 Plein Air Artists to the 2018 Maui Plein Air Invitational to the warm breezes, some overcast weather with even thunderstorms, and shared a few beautiful sunsets on Maui. The artists were busy painting during the planned paint outs and their free days during the 9-day art event. The artists come from throughout… Read more

2018 Schedule of Events

Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational 2018 – Overview 2 Art Workshops 1 Art Lecture 3 Paint Outs 1 Youth Paint Out 6 Art Sales 2 Art Discussion Panels   Pre-Event Workshop by Leon Holmes – ‘The Effects of Light and Color” Leon held his first solo exhibition in 2003 and started teaching in 2005. Now… Read more

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2018 Mini Paintings Arriving!!!

2018 Mini Paintings are arriving - 'Olive Oyl takes on Bluto Herself' by Randy Sexton

The MPAPI Mini Paintings Silent Auction will be held on Monday, February 19 at the Pioneer Inn in Lahaina. This event is always a big success. The artists bring a painting from home. They are no larger than 8″x8″. It is intended that the image will convey a bit more about the artist and his/her home environment, their travels, and style… Read more

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2018 Pre-Event Workshop with Leon Holmes

2018 Pre-Event Workshop with Leon Holmes

“The Effects of Light and Color” CLASS ENROLLMENT CLOSED – SOLD OUT We are thrilled to announce Leon Holmes (plein air artist from Australia) as our guest plein air painting instructor for the pre-event workshop in 2018! His unique skill of capturing the light has made his paintings stand out among others and receive many awards. His… Read more

2017 Jean Stern Lecture – ‘The Art of Looking at Art’

photo of 2017 MPAPI Lecture with Jean Stern

Jean Stern is the Executive Director at the Irvine Museum Collection University of California – Irvine. He has been the Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational’s judge, lecturer, and advisor for 12 years. Jean has judged Best in Show for all 12 years. In addition, he selects a painting to receive the Irvine Museum Collection Award… Read more

2017 Paint Out at Canoe Beach

photo of 2017 Canoe Beach Paint Out by Brad Paulson

Popular Canoe Beach (Hanakao‘o Park near Ka‘anapali, Maui) was well attended by collectors and visitors. This is always a fun morning event. The invited artists create a painting in just 2 hours, as it is a timed event! These paintings were showcased in the pop-up gallery we created at the Royal Lahaina Resort on Friday… Read more

2017 Artists’ Aloha Reception

Maui Youth Philharmonic Symphony at MPAPI Artist Reception

New this year was a weekend artist reception that was free and open to the public. We created a “gallery setting” in the Royal Lahaina Resort and invited the artists to mingle and discuss their paintings with collectors and visitors. The Maui Youth Philharmonic Orchestra performed throughout the morning, sharing their talents with the attendees…. Read more

2018 Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational: Feb 17-25, 2018

Viewing art at the 2017 MPAPI awards show

The dates for the 2018 Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational (MPAPI) are planned for February 17 – 25, 2018.  The MPAPI event is held the week of President’s Day. President’s Day is always the third Monday of the month in February. The event venue is filled with art-related activities throughout the 9-days of the Invitational. It includes… Read more

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2017 Art to Heart Gala & Art Sale Video

2017 Art to Heart Gala at MPAPI

Our event has grown so much! This year we took a grand leap to make the premium event for collectors into a gala experience. Our main challenge has been helping all those who want to see and collect the paintings from our event have the time and space to do so. This year we moved… Read more

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Event Organizers

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

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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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