Billyo O'Donnell, 2012 Best in Show, Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational
Image Credit: Billyo O’Donnell, Best in Show, “Crooked Shack,” 2009 Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational

Comments from Attendees:

“The Maui Plein Air event is the highlight of our month long stay on Maui and it has made us so aware of Art on Maui that we have never missed attending many of its public events each of its 7 years.”
Bob & Annette Mimiaga, Incline Village (Tahoe) Nevada North Shore. (He a retired Civil Engineer and she a retired Kaiser Permanente employee.)

“We liked the event because 1) we like impressionist paintings, 2) we like to watch the artists paint and create beauty from a blank canvas right before our eyes, and 3) we love the painting we purchased because I look at it every day and it reminds me of good friends and the wonderful time we had on Maui.  It is much better than a tee shirt or cap for a souvenir!”
Margaret & Ira Ellman, Lenexa (Kansas City), Kansas. (She is retired from IBM and he is a managing director for a retained executive search firm.)

Comments from Participants:

“Participating in the Maui Plein Air event is an amazing experience. The landscape is incredibly beautiful to paint, and the weather is perfect. I really love the challenge of painting such different scenes, and working with such a lush and colorful subject. But the best part of this event is getting to work side by side with some of my favorite painters. Maui is a beautiful island full of stunning scenery, and the paintings created for this event capture that beauty. The quality of artists invited to this show is the reason I am so honored to be a part of it.”
Colin Page, Camden, Maine

“I have pretty much thrown in the towel on plein air painting events—except for one—–the Maui Invitational.  Truly the aloha spirit prevails in Lahaina and surrounding countryside; the special events and the pay-attention-to-details that make each participating artist feel special.  I look forward each year seeing old friends and mixing up a different color not found on the mainland.  And last but not least, the water is warm!
– Ken Auster, Laguna, California

Comments from Sponsors:

“Watching the sensational plein air artists interpret the beauty of Maui on canvas or paper is a visual experience like no other. It’s an event we look forward to each year, and one we are proud to support.”
– The Makana Aloha Foundation

“The Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational has consistently featured the best plein air painters in the country. Set in the beautiful island of Maui, the combination of great painters, beautiful scenery and the irresistible party atmosphere of Lahaina attracts more and more art lovers every year.  It is the one great event of the year I look forward to attending.”
Jean Stern, Executive Director, The Irvine Museum

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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