Every week I have the opportunity to meet at least one of those "artists who moved here". Some are just staring out. Others have created a huge name for themselves and are quite sucsessful. All of them, so far, are not only talented but are happy enjoyable people to be around.
It's easy to see why this small island attracts so many creative people. The perfect weather, the beautiful ocean and amazing mountains are so inspiring. Not to mention the "Aloha" spirit that everyone seams to possess.
Front Street in Lahaina is home to some "world class" galleries, offering the works of some of the greatest artists in history. Such as Picasso, Chagall and Warhol, just to mention a few.There are some very famous actors who's artworks you may or may not know of, such as Anthony Quinn and Anthony Hopkins, as well. There is even a Gallery, Kingwell Island Art, who's owner Jim Kingwell and I have a passed connection. Jim once tried to get his work into my moms gallery in Kings Beach, Lake Tahoe and he joked that we might have dated, not. "Maui Hands Gallery" is home to over 300 local Maui artists. They have three location on Maui. "Lahaina Arts Society" makes their home in the Old Lahaina Courthouse, under the the historic banyan tree. And last, but not least, is Village Galleries, the longest running gallery in Maui, opened since 1970. Lynn Shue, the gallery's owner, has a warm sunny personality making everyone feel welcome as soon as they walk through her doors. Lyn has mentored many local artists through the years. Helping them to launch their careers. I feel very fortunate to be an artist in two of her Galleries.
Well that's it for today. It's time to paint. Thank you for reading my blog. And remember, you are more them welcome to comment. I'd love to hear from you.