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

2014 Pre-Event Workshop with Greg LaRock

Greg LaRock teaching plein air painting

3-Day Plein Air Workshop Dates: February 12, 13, & 14 (Meet Greg at optional gathering the evening before  – Feb. 11) Cost: $395 (Includes all taxes and fees; materials are separate) Maximum students: 16 We are thrilled to announce Greg LaRock as our guest painting instructor for the pre-event workshop in 2014! This workshop is about… Read more

2014 Post-Event Workshop with Colin Page

Colin Page painting during the 2013 MPAPI event

3-Day Plein Air Workshop Dates: February 24, 25, 26  (Meet Colin at optional evening gathering Feb. 23) Cost: $395 (Includes all taxes and fees; materials are separate) Maximum students: 16 We are thrilled to announce that Colin Page is our invited guest instructor for the post-event workshop – come learn the essentials of working outdoors!  Colin received… Read more

2013 Post-Event Workshop: Mary Pettis

photo of plein air painter, Mary Pettis

Mary Pettis presented our 2013 Post-Event Workshop. Mary is a spirited and generous teacher who grew up in rural Minnesota. She has a strong connection to the outdoors and is a classically trained artist who works mostly from life, using the Alla Prima or Direct Method of oil painting. For over a decade, Mary has… Read more

2013 Participating Artists

photo of 2013 MPAPI Participating Artists

Photo Credit: Group shot of the 2013 Participating Artists We welcomed the Participating Artists for the 2013 Maui Plein Air Invitational! 25 artists had been selected to paint during the week-long event. Artists come from throughout Hawaii as well as the mainland USA. They present a wide variety of painting styles, with local and visitor… Read more

2011 Award Winners

Best In Show Award: Clark G. Mitchell The 2011 Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational Best in Show Award was presented to Clark G. Mitchell. His award-winning painting, “Surf & Turf” is featured at right. Additional 2011 Artist Awards: Artist Choice – Randall Sexton The Irvine Museum Award – Mary Pettis Honorable Mentions – Scott Burdick,… Read more

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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