Frequently Asked Questions

George Allaen, Best in Show, 2010 Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational

George Allan, Best in Show, “Lahaina Dock II,” 2010 Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational

Why should I plan to attend MPAPI?

  • The MPAPI event is a great event to watch professional plein air painters create their artistic visions of Maui, its people, the landscape, and historical buildings. You can meet the artists, talk with the artists, and hopefully purchase a painting that inspires you.
  • MPAPI will enhance your Hawaiian experience by understanding local culture.
  • Appropriate for all ages, so it’s a great bonding activity for entire family.
  • This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about plein air impressionism and the Hawaiian culture at the same time.
  • Most activities have flexible schedules you can come when you want and stay as long as you like with the artists. You can just do a simple walk about, too. Many activities will take place at venues where you might already be, so just drop by and take a peek!
  • You can purchase original paintings at affordable prices at the Art to Heart Gala & Art Sale, the Artists’ Aloha Reception, the Artists’ Farewell Gathering, and at individual art sales during the week.  The best part is that you can own paintings from some of the most experienced plein air artists in the United States. If you are a local resident, it will serve as a fond reminder of what we all appreciate about living on Maui. If you are visiting, a painting will be a valued memento of your stay in Maui, Hawaii.
  • Hawaii is the #1 honeymoon destination and Maui is host to many of these visiting newly weds.  MPAPI activities are casual, intimate, and you can make it romantic, too. Perhaps MPAPI will instill the love of art, impressionism, or Maui/Hawaii that you can share as a couple.
  • Come join us – become a MPAPI art enthusiast!

How much does it costs to attend the event?
All the activities are free to the public with the exception of the ‘Art to Heart’ Gala & Art Sale which is a ticketed event for art buyers.  Tickets are $175 per person.  Click Here to review ‘Art to Heart Gala’ & Art Sale information.  Click here for the complete 2018 schedule.

Are there any workshops?
Yes, MPAPI usually offers two workshops; one prior to the weeklong event and one after. Please review Workshop section for details and costs for the 2018 workshops.

How is the MPAPI event different than other plein air events?
Our event is ‘intimate’ as there are usually 25 participating artists. We want you to come, meet the artists, watch them paint, and become a continuing supporter and attendee to the MPAPI annual events. From our roster of professional participating artists to our event organizers and sponsors, to all the friendly business owners throughout Maui you will experience our Spirit of Aloha. Each year our Ohana (Family) of ‘Art Enthusiasts’ grows and many return year after year.

Why is it held around Presidents’ week?
This week was selected because winter time on Maui is ‘warm.’ Many people want to travel to warm climates (and go to the beaches). What better place is there than Maui?  This week coincides with many schools’ spring breaks, so families can spend the week on Maui, Hawaii.  MPAPI will be held February 17- 25, 2018.  Click to view the 2018 schedule.

When should I arrive?
If you are coming for just the event, plan to arrive the day before the public event starts. The first general public event begins on Saturday, February 17, 2018.  Observe painters creating scenes around the Lahaina Harbor area – 7:30 – 11 a.m.  Art sale of the paintings 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Pioneer Inn in Lahaina.  Please review the Event Schedule for details.

What is a good source for general information about visiting Maui?
Maui No Ka ‘Oi Magazine has extensive travel and local attraction information.  Be sure to check them out.

Who can I contact if I have questions?
Please visit our Contact page and complete the form.

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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The Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational event is produced and sponsored by the Maui Arts League, a Maui-based nonprofit organization. We are accepting donations to support our many art-related activities. Click here to learn more.

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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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