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Oil Paintings by
November 16 through December 5, 2001

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'Aki'a Berries

I visited George Allan's studio as he was preparing for his Native Plants and Places show at Viewpoints Gallery. It was on a Wednesday, the day when plein air painters meet, and George and Janet's turn to host. About 30 painters enjoy the spacious gardens, capturing the magnificent vistas of both coasts on a placid fall day. In the bright clear air, colors come into focus – contrasting yellows and purples, greens with soft reds, the faraway blue ocean, earthbound West Maui, Lanai emerges from the mists as clouds overhead pile into a pale blue sky.

Hana Coastline

White Ginger

Artists come and go in the studio where George is painting for the show. The reception provides an opportunity to benefit Maui Nui Botanical Gardens who will receive proceeds from a plant sale in the Courtyard during the reception. Growing native plants has been an ongoing interest of Janet and George Allan in their splendid garden. As George puts it, he has been hiking Maui trails since his arrival here in 1973.

Sunsine at Mokulehua


Around the studio walls, paintings attest to George's interest in Maui by-ways. Two medium sized paintings of waterfalls are intended for the show, as is a group of smaller works depicting the native flora of the island. One catches my eye especially, a white paper-thin ginger, its meticulous rendering requiring the hand of a master. The painting in progress on the easel is of a red native wild flower.


'A'ali'i Sketch
A stack of pristine canvases leans against the wall, ready for duty. On a nearby table sit a violin, a glass vase of tiny pale anthuriums and a container of large oil painting brushes (these days no longer used, as the artist prefers the use of a palette knife).

Kalaupapa 'Ilima Papa

Kalaupapa 'Ihi
Around the room are well-read art books and many photos, strewn on tables and on top of the grand piano. A cello stands in one corner and a didgery-do, an Australian wind instrument, in another. George shows us some multiple photo montages from a recent painting trip to the Hana Coast – preparation for a new series, and a work of art in themselves.
- Margaret Bedell

Lehua Mamo Sketch

Lehua Mamo II




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