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“Few communities in the world possess a greater number of art galleries and art sales than Maui. Within this impressive number exist but a couple I would consider worthy of a collector’s scrutiny, and one of them is Viewpoints Gallery in Makawao”
Richard Nelson

George Allan

George is regarded as a premier artist on Maui. Originally from Australia, he traveled extensively in Russia, Europe, North and South America. While residing in Austria for eight years, he spent summers studying art in European museums. Arriving on Maui in 1973, George soon became a major influence on the art scene and with two friends in 1979, he started Art Maui, the prestigious juried show now annually at the MACC. His palette knife work is legendary, and his students at his Hui classes benefitted for many years. George is adept at capturing the cultural life of Maui as well as the natural surroundings that continually inspire him.

100 of George’s paintings of island life grace the lobby of the Castle Theater at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. Four of his paintings are in the collection of the Hawai’i State Foundation on Culture & the Arts and many in corporate collections. He has also had many one-man shows in Hawai’i and California.

Gabrielle Anderman

Gabrielle graduated with highest honors from UCLA’s School of the Arts where she studied with noted artists and spent a year abroad studying painting at the Beaux Arts schools in Pau and Paris. Anderman was raised in California and currently lives and works on Maui.

Gabrielle is a mixed-media artist working with charcoal, pencil, acrylic, and other materials on paper and canvas. She has developed a style between figuration and abstraction, which brings whimsy and depth to her subjects. She has a perspective reminiscent of cubism and she uses color and line of abstract expressionism. 

“In my paintings, I frequently layer multiple images on top of one another. I am interested in different levels of consciousness and reality and how colors relate to one another to create luminosity and vanishing boundaries. I like for the viewer to be able to see the history of a piece.”

Judy Bisgard

Judy Bisgard, born and raised on Maui, attended Mills College in California where she received a degree in History with a minor in fine art. She was on the board of the Maui Arts and Cultural Center from its beginning and has spent many years as a member of the Hui No’eau Board. Judy was appointed in 1992 to serve as the Maui Commissioner for the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts for two consecutive four year terms.

After her tenure on the State Board, she began working in fiber, making forms out of natural materials from around Maui. Her main interest now is painting and printing. Exploring a fast changing Maui, with the decline of pineapple and plantation houses, is a favorite subject matter for plein air themes. Local flora is of interest, too, for printing subject matter. Judy is experimenting with encaustic and pastel, incorporating Japanese papers into her woodblock and linocut prints. The State Foundation has added several of her pieces to their Collection.

Jeanne Bitz Young

Jeanne is an internationally collected and award-winning artist living and working in Maui. With a foundation in engineering and years studying under modern-day masters, Jeanne combines care and craftsmanship with classical training to create visually engaging works of art.

Her art has been selected for multiple prestigious juried exhibitions such as Manhattan Arts International HerStory, Art Maui, and 6-word Memoir. She is an award winner in the Bold Brush International art show and has received multiple awards from Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center. She has illustrated two books, was featured in Alaska Home Magazine, and her work has been showcased in numerous Maui-based publications. During her residency in Alaska, she created multiple life-sized bronze sculptures and paintings for State selected public art. Jeanne was recently nominated for an award from the women’s empowerment group “Females are Fabulous” for her extraordinary social commentary art. Monica Marrow’s movement and online platform, “What Makes You Feel Beautiful”, is currently in the process of creating a documentary about Jeanne and her equality works.

Joëlle C.

Joëlle C. Perz was born in Paris and earned her fine art education at University of Aix-en-Provence. Her path includes the study of mural painting in Mexico and printmaking in San Francisco, finally making Maui her home. Over the years she has become an influential figure of the Maui art scene.

The essence of Joëlle’s artistic journey is pure and focused. She travels the artist’s path through finest craftsmanship in each artistic exploration. Joelle challenges herself, continually pushing boundaries of her knowledge and imagination.

She has developed a new approach to painting through a technique, inspired by woodblock prints, of carving into wood panels as a support for her art. Her choice of subject matter expresses her joy in living close to nature – her daily immersion in the colors and light of Maui, as well as her interest in traveling around the world and relating her personal spiritual journey.

« A sense of celebration, a recognition of the profound order of the natural world, and a fundamental feeling of peace are somewhere present in each of the artist’s works. »  Maui News

Todd Campbell

Born and raised in Honolulu, moved to Maui in 1973… now lives in Waikapu.

With over forty years experience, Todd is considered a master in his field of turned wood fine art. His work is inspired by many cultures, including those of his heritage – Chinese, Hawaiian, and Scottish. Todd has developed advanced woodturning methods, creating massive, simple shapes that reveal the beautiful and intricate designs of nature. Working primarily in Norfolk Island pine, Todd infuses his pieces with a strong sense of traditional Hawaiian craft. Each piece requires approximately 9 months of preparation and crafting. His completed art pieces with a hand-rubbed lacquer finish are maintenance-free, massive, functional and glowing with the warmth of the artist.

Carleton

Carleton settled on the island of Maui directly after graduating with a BA in art from Central Michigan University, which he attended on a wrestling scholarship. But wrestling was no match for his passion to paint. “A lot of people work their whole life so they can retire and paint. I like to say that I decided to retire when I graduated.”

Carleton explores Maui through his deft plein air oil paintings on canvas. Drawn to subjects in undeveloped areas of the island, he can be found on his bicycle with easel and paints ready to set a painting session when inspiration strikes. Carleton is a master at capturing the nuances of light and shadow through subtlety of palette choices, adept skill, and innate ability. His large canvases present a unique view of Hawai’i through the eyes of a brilliant and spirited artist.

Melissa Chimera

Melissa is a Honolulu native of Lebanese and Filipino ancestry. She studied conservation, earning a degree in Natural Resources Management while studying painting at the University of Hawai’i – a world epicenter for plant and animal extinction.

Melissa’s studies and her heritage inform subject choices and her approach to painting. Her powerful oil paintings on linen incorporate abstract imagery contemplating our human role in globalization and its effects on cultures and the environment. She explores the catastrophic implications of cultural and biological extinction through methods grounded in formal elements of painting and treatment of canvas as textile.

Her recent work has received a wide range of recognition and awards by the Hawai’i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts.

Michael Clements

A Maui resident since 1987, Michael sees the world as a parade of light, color, and value. His deep study of landscape, explored through the mediums of pastel and oil painting, has proved him a master. He began drawing and painting as a child and has since studied with many accomplished painters. You can often find Michael painting en plein air, outdoors at surprising and also well-loved locations.

“I am honoring the tradition of painting from life outdoors, recording a fleeting moment in time, as many of the world’s artists have done before my time. I am part of a long line of artists that have become smitten with the beauty of life around us and the incredible light and color of our world.”

“Michael Clements captures Maui’s light and atmosphere with remarkable delicacy and intensity. His works are clear, direct and oh so brilliant. He works in pastel, and while few painters attempt this challenging time-tested medium, he is an acknowledged master.”

Jean Stern – Director, Irvine Museum Collection at the University of California, Irvine , Institute and Museum of California Art

Cudra Clover

Cudra’s current artworks are a meditation on living things–both real and imagined. Her large biomorphic abstracts are painted with dyes on silk with an inherent optical richness. Cudra combines the ancientness of traditional methods with modern techniques and mediums. Each piece can take up to 2 months to complete as she explores subjects such as: ocean life, genetic engineering, GMOs, the body, overpopulation, microscopic organisms, and the flow of the Tao. 

In her studio (laboratory), each painting serves as a petri dish for new beginnings intended to contribute to the healing of our planet’s imbalances. She seeks to draw attention to the urgent need to respect and protect nature. 

“All of life is precious and I want to bring some of these tiny, beautiful elements to a large scale where they can’t be ignored. Can art change the world? I believe it can.”

Julia Malia Cordi

Julia is an artist, craftsperson, and educator born in Hawai’i. In 2010, she found a lifelong passion for glass art and has since worked all over the globe pursuing her passion. Her studies in Glass Art include figural sculpting at the Salem Community College; in 2018 she took a workshop with David Fuin in Morano, Italy and since 2014 has been an assistant teacher and technician seasonally at the Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA. She presently is an instructor at Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center.

Her love of nature, science, and design has inspired her work; whether it’s a study of the optics of glass or re-evaluating form and function. Since 2013, Julia has worked as a production glassmaker on Maui, honing her skills with the material and exploring her passion for design.

Karen Davidson

Karen’s passion is making images with hand-formed art paper. The fiber pulp she uses may be made from cotton, bamboo, banana, or mulberry. The paper undergoes many transformations – vacuformed and embossed – it becomes a bas-relief or a freestanding sculpture. Inspired by the history of papermaking in Polynesia and Hawai’i, her subject choices are of the natural world surrounding her in Hana, Maui. Karen’s 40-year practice has explored the secrets of color in ground pigments such as lapis lazuli, clay gesso, and lotus root. Being a classically trained artist, she combines the techniques of early times with notions of abstracted forms using contemporary technology.

“After almost 40 years of using my own hand-made paper to create artworks, I’ve come to the conclusion that paper is poetry in visual language. If you are a poet, you will see clearly that there is a cloud floating in this sheet of paper. Without a cloud there will be no water; without water, the trees cannot grow; and without trees, you cannot make paper. So – the cloud is in here. The existence of this page is dependent upon the existence of a cloud.”

Janet Davis

Janet studied art at University of New Mexico. Her artwork has evolved into a childlike vision of living in the paradise of Maui. The island provides unlimited sources of inspiration for Janet’s magical works in oil and encaustic. She also explores abstracted nature and its wonderful creatures through the medium of monotype. Along with an appreciation for the flora and fauna, her sense of whimsy explores an inner world of imagination with a cast of mermaids, angels, princesses, and princes cavorting in a natural world.

“I paint about things that are happening in my life, whether it be a beautiful garden growing lush by the day here in Hawai’i or a dip in the ocean where, for a moment, I feel like a mermaid. Sometimes it is a story I saw on the news or a piece about global warming. I take these experiences and make visual expressions of the feelings they convey in me. Each piece is a colorful journey into my imagination where I attempt to extract impressions, like the fleeting images that emerge while slowly awakening from a dream.”

Tracy Dudley

Tracy graduated from the Ringling School of Art & Design in Florida. After a Maui windsurfing vacation, she made the island her home and began her exploration of the natural world of Hawai’i through her paintings. Living on the north shore of Maui, she explores the rugged landscapes and waters with her mountain bike, paddle board and…paintbrush! She spends much time on the ocean, which gives her work an intimate interpretation of patterns formed by wind, clouds, water currents, and the ever-inspiring waves. Colors and patterns, often unexpected, combined with skillful rendering, invite a path to viewing the natural world with a unique focus. Although fluent in the arts of watercolor and printmaking, Tracy works primarily in oil and acrylic on canvas or panel to create her unique vision.

Deybra Fair

Deybra studied art at The Ivy School of Professional Art in Pittsburgh P.A. She graduated with an Associates degree in Fine art. Her focus was on sculpture, textiles and painting. She arrived on Maui in 1980 and since then her work has been featured in galleries across the U.S., Japan, and Australia.

She has exhibited and won awards in multiple juried shows, as well as been granted a large-scale commission at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center. She has had an array of solo shows the most recent being Fair Towers at the M.A.C.C. and in 2020 “Trinkets, Tokens & Treasures of a Charmed Life” a retrospective at the Hui Noeau, Visual Art Center.The talent exhibited by Deybra Fair comes from a place she goes when her mind, body and soul are taken over by the spirit of imagination.

“I’ve always aspired to create something from something. Delving hands first into a pallet of discarded treasures or a tube of paint, is what floats my boat.  I love the quirky process of collecting , sorting and building a work of art. Waking up my senses to express and share through art is a gift I am honored to have.  The outcome is always to inspire myself and the viewer.” 

Joseph Fletcher

Nearly seventy years ago, Joseph’s grandfather gave him a paint set and Joe hasn’t stopped painting since. His art studies include course work at Woodbury College in Los Angeles where he also opened his own art gallery.

Portraying the simple aspects of life, Joe dedicates the craft of plein air painting to recording the living history of Maui in a strong and vibrant manner. Working primarily with oil on panel, his determined brush and palette knife work bring life and energy to every painting he creates. Joe’s energetic spirit and infectious good humor are evident in the paintings he creates, giving the viewer a unique perspective of the island. What drives his work to distinction is Fletcher’s ability to identify, capture, and reveal the nuances of light that define the world around us.

Betty Hay Freeland

Born on the Big Island, Betty Hay’s family history dates back to the days of the Hawaiian monarchy. With 100 years of Hawaiian heritage, her perception of Hawai’i is uniquely hers. Many of Betty Hay’s paintings give a view of untouched Hawai’i  – of days past. And she is committed to efforts that preserve the land and culture. It is said that her value as a chronicler of passing eras will be inestimable.

Betty Hay attended Punahou School, University of Colorado and continued her art studies in New York City, returning to the islands in 1963. She began her career painting landscapes in oil, en “plein air”. Her outdoor paintings, created throughout the state of Hawai’i, have a sensitivity and intimacy that comes from an uninhibited familiarity with the land and is a true invitation to share the world she loves with the viewer.

Denby Freeland

Born and raised on Oahu, Denby has a family history dating back many generations in Hawai’i. Her love of fine art was cultivated when as a youngster she was surrounded by the landscape paintings of her renowned artist mother, Betty Hay Freeland. Denby earned BA and MEd degrees in the state of Washington.

Denby’s artworks reveal her awareness of the sensitive environment where she now lives on Maui. She works in watercolor, mixed media and mostly the ancient Hawaiian art form of kapa making. Denby’s artworks encompass and expand upon the early uses of kapa such as clothing, blankets, and ceremonial ritual. Currently there is a revival of kapa in Hawaiʻi and it is often used for decorative purposes. Kapa making includes several stages from growing the plants, preparing the bark, pounding the fibers, to coloring the pieces with natural dyes.  Denby’s pieces are produced using the traditional Hawaiian methods. She completes all the stages of kapa making herself. Denby has developed a unique style to share her vision of Hawai’i.

Tim Garcia

Tim is a sculptor that transforms stone, marble, local woods, and bronze into incredible works of art since 1999. He has explored many techniques and materials through the years and has found an unusual and profound voice. His style has an eastern-influenced aesthetic as he searches for the core of beauty in the natural materials he uses. Tim’s work is internationally exhibited and collected. He teaches sculpture and woodworking at Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center in Makawao, Hawai’i.
“In my work, I search for a harmonious balance of shape and form that is pleasing to the eye and pulls the viewer to touch. I’m constantly finding the natural beauty on Maui influencing my work – from the mountains and valleys to the moon and sea.”

“There is a strong masculine force present in the sheer size, sharp lines and metal footings, yet as you get closer, touch the soft curves and drift away gazing at the amazing patterns in the skin of this magical wood, a femine beauty emerges. Once again, I bow to the splendor of mother nature, her power and beauty found in the large forms. I have found a new path in my work and these portals are the beginning of that path…”

Carmen Gardner

Carmen’s watercolor and oil paintings are a luminous tribute to the people, special moments, and natural beauty that make Maui “no ka oi.” Having lived on the island since the early 1980s, Carmen’s path has included work in radio and the performing arts. Her journey led back to her first love of painting. Carmen finds great joy in exploring new ways to paint the culture and loves sharing what she has learned by teaching art classes.

“For me, the deeper meaning in what I paint lies in my passion to share the Maui we treasure:  The greens are greener here, the ocean bluer, the skies full of drama and light . . .  Maui is teaching me to see.  I hope to continue learning to view Maui not only through the eyes of an artist, but through the eyes of her beautiful people, and that I may one day come close to adequately saying with color and shapes that for which I have no words.

Bob Getzen

Originally from California, Bob studied art at San Diego State University. He found inspiration in working with wood, seeking to understand characteristics inherent in this organic material as he worked in building furniture, homes, and creating sculptures.

Bob moved to Hana in 1967, immersing into the world of traditional Hawaiian outrigger canoes. His fine woodworking moved deeper into cultural motifs using exotic woods to create his one-of-a-kind paddles. Koa, Mango, and Kamani are hewn, shaped, and varnished into objects of beauty. Using techniques such as matchbook, sunburst, and intarsia, Getzen honors tradition with the hand and eye of a devotee.

Bob Getzen is a paddler of outrigger canoes in the tradition of the ancient Hawaiians, and in turn, has moved his artwork toward the creation of paddles that are representative of paddles that were in use until about thirty years ago.

Dianna Grundhauser

With the eye of a painter, Dianna transforms fabric into pieces of art designed to hang on a wall like a painting. Using techniques employed by quilters worldwide, such as piecing and appliqué, Dianna also machine embroiders on batik or hand-dyed materials. As a finishing touch, she hand-paints accents and shading on her quilts. Dianna is inspired by the flora and fauna of her subtropical surroundings – color choice and composition masterfully manipulated through her medium of fabric and thread.

“Whether I’m riding my bike upcountry during jacaranda season, or walking my dog through the neighborhood, I see many things that give me inspiration on a daily basis. That slower movement allows me to really take in the islands and tune in to sealife, flowers, trees, plants,and animals that make up this beautiful place.”

Karl Hensel

Karl grew up in Southeastern Pennsylvania to a PhD research Physicist father and an accomplished Watercolor artist mother. He holds a BFA in design and crafts/glass from Tyler School of Art, Temple University in Philadelphia. His work has been included in the Corning Museum of Glass, a showcase of significant works in glass.

The artwork of Karl reveals the mind of an explorer creating in the medium of glass. He has designed ways to join components into an organic-shaped web or network. These constructions include blown, fused, and slumped glass and are flexible – able to move like heavy drapery panels that reflect light and cast shadows. The glass elements reference forms from many spheres, and like webbed redwood roots, the network is flexible and stronger than the individual. Karl has always enjoyed the place where science and art meet.

His recent works exhibit a notable change in reflected or transmitted light and cast large shadows onto adjacent surfaces, creating a dramatic impression as if they were part of an Indonesian shadow puppet theater of the microscopic world.

Sara Honeycutt

Sara makes images that seek to bring presence and intimacy into the viewer’s world. The female figure is her lifelong vehicle for these explorations; traditional materials of graphite, oils, and printmaking have expanded onto copper and translucent materials.   She has a degree in illustration and printmaking and worked 15 years as an illustrator for book covers in the publishing world.

“Each work reflects the goings-on of the spiritual story at hand and our personal relationship to that. It is said that we are created in God’s image, and drawing the human figure always fills me up like bright clear water. The transcendent wonder in drawing the perfect beauty of each body’s idiosyncratic lines is like love and honesty – where creation best comes from.”

Recently an expansion of drawn and etched lines directly onto copper as the finished work itself, has been for her an adventure in light and movement in the expression of the figure on metal. Copper’s warm glow and changeable oxidizing nature has led to fascinating and challenging experimentation with time itself, for the reward of gloriously nuanced color, light and movement within the figure.

Pegge Hopper

Originally from California, Pegge studied painting at the Los Angeles Art Center College of Design. In 1956, She worked as an illustrator in New York for Raymond Loewy Associates and in Milan in 1961-63 for LaRinascente. Moving to Honolulu in the early 1960’s, she was an art director for a local agency. While visiting the Hawai’i State Archives, Pegge became enthralled with the vintage photographs of native Hawaiians, which inspired her to begin painting again.

Pegge Hopper’s distinctive Hawaiian women are not the ones featured in visitor brochures. They’re not greeting you with a bright smile, they’re not talking and laughing. Most seem to be looking inward. Pegge enjoys working with color, design and composition. Many of her original creations have been reproduced and featured in books and other publications.

Her work is represented in many private collections including the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, the Contemporary Art Center in Hawaii, the Bishop Museum and the Honolulu International Airport.

William Houston

William’s early childhood was spent on Oahu before his family relocated to southwest Idaho. He earned a BFA in painting and illustration from Boise State University and continues to explore his art expression through oil painting.

Whether painting figurative or landscape, William considers each artwork a balancing act between composition, color, and mark making to communicate his vision. Some paintings focus on shared human moments through the body language of his subjects – the people of the islands. He is also inspired by the rich and varied landscapes of Maui.
“Whether I am painting a portrait, a cityscape or an abstract piece, the experience is the same. Every empty canvas holds innumerable possibilities, and each mark I leave is the result of a negotiation with the infinite.  Every stroke, whether made with surgical precision or with reckless abandon must make its case to be left where it is.  So often, some of the most cherished areas of a painting, I end up having to regrettably cover because they either can’t be equaled or they don’t speak the same language as the marks that surround it.”

Jazz

Jazz grew up in the artist community of Sandpoint, Idaho, surrounded by artists creating in many mediums – sculptors, painters, furniture-makers. His family encouraged his talents as Jazz focused on a passion for working with wood.  He learned the nuances of wood grain and created a distinct style using his knowledge of variation in tree species.

Besides taking art classes, Jazz majored in international relations. His ambition was to bring the elements of art and the humanities together with his work. Each sale of his fine art woodwork generates a contribution to United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), a realization of his dream.

“In my art I tend to focus on both abstract and realism, finding a point in the middle where these two styles can come together.  I have come to realize that this often allows for a broader interpretation on the part of the viewer.”

Dewitt Jones

Dewitt is an extraordinary photographer. Twenty years with National Geographic, two Academy Award nominations, ten books, countless awards and a Tedx talk with over a million views, he has a stellar reputation.
But it is unique vision that has made him an integral part of Viewpoints Gallery since 2006. His work is both intimate and cosmic, lyrical and awe inspiring. He is always pushing the edges of photographic art.

“My images attempt to illuminate not just the beauty of these islands, but also their spirit. The images are rendered with a number of photographic techniques, some more literal, some more painterly, all striving to capture not the specific image in front of the lens, but the essence beneath it. Not this hula, but all hula. Not this wave, but all waves. Not this moment, but TIME SUSPENDED.”

Sarah Taylor Ko

For 98 years only boys were born in the Taylor family until Sarah broke tradition and entered the scene in the 1970’s near Detroit, Michigan.Sarah was co-chair of the Visual Arts Guild at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan where she graduated magna cum laude and earned a BFA in 1994. After moving to Hawai’i in 2006, Sarah went on to present her artwork into many juried shows, recognized by the Hawaii State Foundation for Culture and the Arts, and purchased by the permanent collection of Calvin University and the Honolulu Museum of Art. It can be found in private collections around the world.

​Because of her interest in patina, she prefers working on wood panels with acrylic paint, collage, and other elements that can be distressed. She has an enduring desire to showcase the diverse and unique aspects of Hawaii as well as an interest in imaginative abstract work. 

Chenta Laury

Originally from Oahu, Chenta is a Maui-based artist and educator focusing primarily in fiber arts. She earned art degrees from Oberlin College, Harvard University and a Certificate in Applied Arts from the Fiber Crafts Studio in Chestnut Ridge, NY.

She has exhibited throughout the country and her work has won numerous awards and is held in many private collections, as well as in the Hawai’i State Art Museum in Honolulu.

Her choice of materials – paper, wool, and kapa – draws her in with their tactility and possibilities in process. Chenta uses a formal vocabulary of line, shape, and color in sequential layers to create unique and visceral abstractions. She seeks to inspire the deep respect for the aina in those who experience her extraordinary artwork.

Jaeok Lee

Jaeok began her studies in art in Seoul, Korea, as a young child, originally focusing on drawing and watercolor painting. She moved from Korea to the U.S. as a 20-year-old, and began her studies at U.Mass.-Boston. Starting in 1995, she pursued ceramic arts at the Harvard Ceramic Studio, where she focused on hand-built ceramic forms.

Her work has been displayed at many galleries and museums and starting in 2015, she was invited to show her work at the prestigious Lanoue Fine Art Gallery in Boston. Two of her wall installations named “Life Interconnected” series have been displayed at San Francisco International Terminals.

“The pieces that I currently make are inspired by old Korean stone figures that were traditionally used as guardian statues since ancient times. I am drawn to their simple yet powerful presence and feel a deep connection to the old Korean culture while creating the pieces. They were usually made in pairs signifying Yin and Yang and often placed at the entrance of a village. They were believed to protect villages as well as bring prosperity.” 

Diana Lehr

Born and raised on the east coast of the U.S., Diana first experienced Maui on a Henry J. Scheidt traveling scholarship upon graduating from Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art in Philadelphia. Much of Diana’s work is focused on elemental forms of matter as she searches for that “perfect moment of order that can occur in the midst of chaos”. Her deep commitment has made Diana a master in the fusion of watercolor and pastel, creating paintings with visceral impact.

Her bold, luminous and atmospheric landscapes as well as her exploration of virtual media place her in the fore front of the Contemporary art scene.

“Exploring light and space in movement, within natural phenomena and the patterns that result, is a predominant theme in my work.  At times my subject is epic; other times I find my trove in subtler happenings.  Although I am sometimes drawn to the dramatic, I have learned that great drama is taking place all the time in nature, even in the subtlest of happenings.”

Mary Ann Leigh

Mary Ann has a rich background of art education which has led her artistic journey since she moved to Maui, into numerous recognition awards in the State of Hawai’i.

Seeing magic in the world, Mary Ann strives to translate the concept into ceramic artwork. Having studied ceramics in college, she delved deep into exploration of this medium when she moved to Maui where she found inspiring teachers and started a ceramic studio. Mary Ann uses shape, texture, and pattern in response to nature – earth, wind, water, and fire.  Using a variety of clays, surface techniques, and glazes, Mary Ann entrusts her creations to the final step of the process, the firing of the kiln, and loves the surprise of unique characteristics that occur. The more complex the idea or process, the more she delights in the art object when planning; luck, determination, and serendipity come together

Terry Lopez

Terry’s unique use of optical color mixing, action lines, and decisive paint strokes are influences of importance that California artists introduced to her while earning an MFA at University of California Fullerton. Terry’s work is a distinct visual language addressing environmental and social concerns of local culture and the environment of her Maui home.

Terry’s current body of work focuses a finely tuned, artistic eye upon Hawaiian culture. Influenced by local heritage and tradition, she reveals an inspired view of vintage buildings and landscape. As an interpretive painter, she explores her subjects through mediums of oil paint, archival inks, acrylic, resins, and encaustic on panel or canvas. Terry explores pattern and color choices, sometimes through a subtle graphic style, and the perspective of a contemporary artist

Kari McCarthy

Kari was already an established and award-winning graphic designer when she began to study fine art. In 2003 she was invited to join the Viewpoints Gallery, an artists’ owned gallery and has since then become one of Maui’s pre-eminent colorists.

“My passion is the visual phenomena, particularly atmosphere and luminosity. I paint landscapes, but it’s the color of nature I’m after. Once you remove your preconceptions – that grass is green, the sky is blue, clouds are white and gray – careful observation reveals the true colors. The road before you may be black or gray at noon, but under different light, it can look lavender or peach. Light is the unifying force.”

Amanda Opsahl McConnell

Originally from New York City, Amanda comes from a family of artists. She watched her father paint his favorite model – her mother. The figure became the most meaningful metaphor in her work as she studied figurative drawing and painting. Her explorations while earning a BFA at Scripps College, California and at University of Hawai’i informed her work, resulting in a meditative and sometimes whimsical style. Printmaking is a strong voice for Amanda’s realistic or abstracted works. She uses the exactness of printmaking and yet honors spontaneity to convey her deepest feelings about reality.

She began with figurative drawing and painting to hone the disciplines of her art, creating compositions that speak to the humanity of the individual through classical interpretations and masterful compositions of light and form. McConnell’s work tends to be ‘ala prima’, which means in the moment, and she captures the essence of her subject matter in their state of being, with soulful intent and determined execution.

Casey McLain

As a self-taught artist, Casey aims to capture everyday moments on his island home of Maui. He works in a loose impressionistic style in oil on canvas and panel. Casey’s extraordinary skill with nuanced value and color was hard won through serious practice with color charts and rigorous study of mixing color. He is fascinated with how memory distills the visual, and he seeks for his paintings to do the same. What ever his subject, Casey’s work communicates his guiding principles of simplicity, truth, and beauty.

“Our memory has a way of simplifying things. It strips away thousands of details that at the time seemed major, and it leaves only the big outlines – the essence. I think a successful painting does the same, and I hope the viewer can see into the ‘soul’ of every one of my paintings and share with me the essence each painting is attempting to evoke.”

Dux Missler

Dux studied art at the Grossmont College in San Diego as well as with many well known artists, over the years. Yet he has been able to develop his own artistic style.

Originally from San Diego, Dux arrived on Maui in the summer of 1969, to pick pineapples in Honolua. Dux Missler was awestruck. The magical island inspired and nurtured his innate creativity. He later moved to Hana and currently lives on the island of Hawai’i on the slopes of Mauna Loa. In 1978, Dux published his Magic Maui Coloring Book, of which he sold over 7000 copies over the next few years.
Currently, he and his wife, Patricia, live in South Kona in a native pu’u ‘ohi’a rainforest. Living in a quaint cottage along a stream and amid misty mountain waterfalls greatly influenced his choice of subject in his softly surreal oil paintings.  His is truly a unique voice as he continually evolves as an artist.

Mydock

Art is part of Mydock’s earliest memories. He watched, and was greatly influenced by his godfather – a woodworker and boat-builder. In the 1960’s Mydock studied art in Miami with master sculptor Duane Hanson. Forty years painting custom motorcycles and antique cars have had a direct influence on his current artworks. With highly developed skills in airbrush, pinstripe, gold leaf, and sculpture, Mydock embellishes wooden vessels with focused attention to detail. His current passion is pyrography, which is woodburning with sophisticated tools. He incorporates intricate layers of original designs influenced by nature, Polynesian tattoo art, and visionary art. Mydock interlaces and weaves these images into a distinctly unique and dynamic style.

Dick Nelson

Hawaii has inspired the ideas while his professional training on the mainland has given him the tools, techniques and aesthetic options to create his works.

Certainly one of the most influential years in his career was spent studying at Yale with Josef Albers, the famous Bauhaus artist and colorist. While there he began to recognize the color relationships and phenomena that create the illusions of veils, transparencies, surface textures, light, and most especially the luminosity evident in his work. From this he developed a visual grammar that is the basis for his paintings. Visual qualities of the land, sea, and sky have given rise to abstraction in his work.

Joseph Albers work appeared on a US postage stamp with the quote “Learning Never Ends” Dick Nelson has made that statement his life’s work – sharing new discoveries in color with countless students for over 50 years.

Wayne Omura

Born and raised on Maui, Wayne is a self-taught artist. He uses woods found on Maui – the majority of his turnings in Norfolk Island or Cook Pine. He loves working with Koa, Milo, and Kamani when available – harvest trees destined for removal.  He encourages spalting, a natural process producing coloration in the log formed by fungi. Ranging up to a hundred pounds, the log is sized with a chain saw, mounted to the lathe, and turned to a one-inch thickness. It is left to dry for up to a year and when stable, the rough form is remounted on the lathe for final turning into a bowl and is then finished with oil and wax for an exquisite finish.

Suzy Papanikolas

Suzy was born in Memphis and moved to California when she was two. She was steeped in the art world early – growing up with an artist mother who was accomplished in watercolor and sculpture. Her father founded the Laguna Beach School of Art and Design in Southern California. She began her studies at a young age, exploring diverse inquiry such as world literature, decorative painting, watercolor, and anthropology. With this strong foundation, her work has evolved into some of the most coveted figurative painting in the Hawaiian Islands. Suzy concentrates her efforts on recording the renaissance of the Hawaiian and Polynesian cultures through figure and portrait paintings.

Her collectors are many, from local Hawaiians to all lovers of Polynesian culture. Nainoa Thompson, Navigator of the Hokule’a owns one of her works. She has had many one woman shows and has been a part of many juried shows like the prestigious Art Maui and the Hui No’eau Annual. Suzy was commissioned to create several mural projects including one at the San Francisco International Airport and has won many awards for her art work over the years.

Pam Peterson

Born and raised in Hawai’i, Pam Peterson is part Hawaiian. Her deep love of Hawai’i is at the root of her artistic creations – the love of the island heritage – the people, the ethnic diversity, the music, the food.
Pam is a mixed-media fiber artist working primarily with flax, protea petals, and paint. The cape of Hawaiian royalty is a focus of her art study and a motif connected to a story from her ancestors.

“My grandfather had inherited one of Kamehameha’s capes.  The story goes that he borrowed against it to go to law school.  He was late with one payment, and it was lost from the family forever.  It shows up in some books as The Peterson Family Cape; however, it is in a private collection, and only the owner and the Bishop Museum know where it is.  I decided many years ago to use this as my inspiration for my artwork, and thus, have received much energy from it.”

Lynette Pradiga

Self-taught artist Lynette lives on the Island of Maui. Her mixed media work utilizes acrylic & oil paint, krylon, crayon, pencil, handmade paper, vintage snippets, magazines, collected and gifted paper from all around the world. Her “Painted Collages” pull the viewer into unique worlds of color and texture. Her bright snippets of paper, inner conversations and hidden messages are poignant, irreverent, nostalgic and thought-provoking.

“All I know is that ever since I was small, I have gathered and collected paint and canvases and every medium I could get my hands on and dreamed of being a full time Artist. So at this time in my life, after I am all out of excuses, I’d really like to direct myself toward my divine purpose. I believe this is it. I just want to have fun and do what I love and enjoy the rest of this ride. Every time I hunker down to paint, I have no idea what the end result will be. I learn more each time I show up. My earnest desire is to be a channel for whatever makes the stars hang in the sky….The secret to being a happy artist is making art AS OFTEN AS POSSIBLE.”

Pratima

Christina Seefeldt and Thomas Fistler are the two artists and jewelry designers behind the name Pratima Design: the name means beautiful image, and that is certainly reflected in their designs. With a love for simplicity and a reverence for detail, their jewelry is not an overloaded accumulation of precious metals and gemstones, but rather a carefully handcrafted, proportionally balanced and inspired creation that uses materials consciously. This is the reason why their jewelry has an appearance of serene modernity and classic elegance.

Coming from the European tradition of jewelry making, they still hand-construct many of their pieces in the old traditional way, while integrating modern technology. This way of manufacturing, along with a love for precision and a perfect finishing by hand, make their jewelry unique and exceptional.

Their collection combines the artists’ love for simplicity and detail with the synergy of precious metals and jewels.  Each creation is an inspired fusion of elegance and alchemy, quietly rich in design, their work of finely constructed jewelry is a seed for timelessness.

J.B. Rea

With over forty-years’ experience, Rea began his formal studies in Industrial Design at the University of Illinois, followed by graduate school at the Rochester Insitute of Technology/School for American Craftsmen; where he earned a Masters Degree under the tutelage of Danish Master, Hans Christensen. Educated and trained in the tradition of European silversmiths, J.B. Rea creates timeless pieces of beauty from the world’s most precious metals and minerals.

Using the primordial elements of earth, fire, and force, to create varied and inspired pieces of artwork, Rea subtly displays his unique knowledge and skills by producing some of the most technically demanding designs in the art of forging metal and stone.

Active as an artist as well as a teacher, J.B. Rea has taught at major universities and colleges on the mainland, and has fully dedicated himself to the Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center for the past twenty years. As a teacher possessing the spirit of exploration, experimentation, and education, he leads his students through the nuances of the materials they seek to bend and shape at will in their search for great design and vision.

Karuna Santoro

“Born and raised in Germany and living on Maui since 1987, my love affair with glass began over 30 years ago. Starting with regular stained glass and then glass mosaic, I was introduced to glass fusing in 2003 and have been ‘hooked’ since then.”

Karuna’s love for kiln-formed glass reflects her fascination with the different properties of the medium: fragility and strength, vibrant color and translucency, along with its unforgiving, somewhat unpredictable nature.In addition, she studied color interaction with Dick Nelson which led her to say: “Once I took a class with Dick, I never looked at colors the same way again! Magic started to happen when I started to get an inkling of how colors interact to create luminosity. His lessons are a continuous inspiration in my work with glass.”

With her unique glass work, she has been exhibiting and selected in numerous prestigious shows, and in 2012 received a Recognition Award by Hawai’i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts.

John Shoemaker

John came to art making in his 40’s which he considers a later point in life. In 1994, he was invited to be in a show of well known printmakers from across the nation and in 1995 became the Print Studio Technician at Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center on Maui.

Since 2003 to this date, he has worked more specifically in the medium of encaustic which is part of a lot of his experimental mixed-media pieces that include printmaking and collage.

“For me, it is important to always be striving to change and to grow in my art. What you see is work in a variety of mediums, and the change of mediums comes about from this need to always be learning, to invite something new into my life and work, and to integrate that into this timeline of expressing myself through art. It appears that there has been a closing of a circle in my work recently as I return to my first love, printmaking, in a serious way. I find that I am incorporating things that I learned working in acrylics, encaustic, ceramics, and bookbinding into the prints, and that they are the better for it.”

Christina Skaggs

Christina grew up in New York with a deep appreciation for her alternate universes, the borough of Queens and the rural tip of Long Island. In the early 70’s, she worked with several TV networks, becoming one of the first ever female network TV camera operators, and winning an Emmy nomination for her work. Despite her Hollywood successes, Skaggs left her career midstream and in 1990 moved to the quiet serenity of a rainforest on the Big Island of Hawai’i. There, she says, “I was able to strip away the inessential and so discover the process in which to paint that which I had only encountered in my own mind.” Christina’s paintings are created with mixed materials and techniques incorporating a unique method of using glazes to build up a surface.

Much of her inspiration comes from carvings, weavings, and the cultural gravity imbedded in all ancient cultures.“The ancient symbols referenced in my work are embedded in our DNA and this is why we see them as evocative and beautiful. They are a silent prayer to the interconnectedness of all living things. I have carried these fragments in distant memories since childhood, and now they ascend to the surface manifesting in colors and textures.”

Gregg Smith

Gregg developed a love of woodworking as a young man learning furniture and cabinetry. His move to Kailua-Kona on the Big Island of Hawai’i complemented a natural evolution into studying techniques of turning segmented wood vessels.  Combining his woodworking skills with that of the lathe opened a new area of exploration influenced by the designs of many cultures including Greek and Roman, Persian, Native American, Asian, and Hawaiian. Gregg has a special love for Hawaiian hardwoods, particularly Koa, and many of his vessels are embellished with cultural designs in pyrography for a truly unique art form.

Kathy Tosh

Kathy achieved a Bachelor of Fine Arts with the Highest Honors at University of Hawai’i at Manoa in 1989. Since then she has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Hawai’i Handweaver’s Hui Award, Hawai’i Craftsmen 50th Anniversary Exhibition 2017, the Award of Excellence, Hawai’i Craftsmen in 2009 & 2005 and the Holly Award (Best in Show), Honolulu City Lights Wreath Contest 2010 & 2009.

Although her art falls into three distinct categories, it all shares one characteristic – it identifies her, first and foremost, as a colorist.
The three categories are wool tapestries,  fiber sculptures and color pencil paintings.

“My art is born of a desire to experience life on a deeper level.  It is a craving to express my inner self, my internal rhythms, my spirit.”

Ron Tosh

By the age of 16, Ron Tosh was building furniture with his own design. While living in California, he studied and worked as a graphic artist and designer. In 1979, he moved to Hawai’i with his wife, both working in the world of graphics. Retiring from the trade, he took a wood-turning class and immediately bought his own lathe. With his strong graphic background, he loves creating works of art from the tree logs, knurled and burled pieces and wood that was fireplace bound.

“My appreciation for wood’s natural beauty began at an early age. My father and uncle were contractors and at an early age I learned the many phases of the building trade and began a true connection with wood.”

Ron Tosh is a member of the Honolulu Woodturner’s Club, an affiliate of the American Association of Wood-Turners and a member of the Hawai’i Forest Industry Association.

Ian Tremewen

Contemporary watercolorist Ian Tremewen was born in Montreal and much of his life has been spent in the Caribbean and Hawaiian tropics. Ian’s work reflects the interest he feels for light, space and shadow working in sculpture, contemporary glass and textiles. His abstract interpretation of the amorphic shapes of nature, coupled with his design and composition enable him to present his work with a view that is distinctly his own.
“As an artist, I can experiment with many aspects and combinations. I’ve always been fascinated by the psychedelic colors hidden in rainforests. For me, these elements invite abstraction, where a shape, along with color and texture, defines an object.”

“There now appears to be a refreshing openness emerging in the art world. I feel there is a freedom to stretch and explore ideas and alternatives like never before using mediums and concepts that are expanding the world of art and design…The ever-present challenge is to create art that is in alignment with my spiritual path and that is fresh, imaginative, expressive and visually intriguing.”

His work has been exhibited, awarded, commissioned and collected throughout the world including by the Sydney Airports and the Hawai’i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts.

Christy Vail

Christy’s family moved to Hawai’i before it became a state. “Hualani was the name of our street and no one in our neighborhood could tell us what the word hualani meant. There was no one who could speak or understand Hawaiian… Hawai’i is a place of great physical beauty, but what Hawai’i really means to me is its multi-faceted culture. It’s wonderful to live in a place with a culture that is alive and growing especially after that culture has been so close to dying out.”

Christy’s ceramic vessels have a sense of being treasures from the past. Her work is often inspired by dream images. The creative processes – the tactile and technical aspects of creating with clay – inspire her more than the finished pieces. Her technique includes imprinting the clay surface with all manner of found objects. Although the surface is often covered with writing and illustration, these create an interesting surface with no intention for the surface to be ‘readable’.

“I like the idea that, three thousand years from now, someone finding a shard of my work might slip it into their pocket simply because, like finding an old, foreign coin or medal, they find it intriguing.”

Ricardo Vasquez

Combining sculpture and cabinetry, Maui furniture maker Ricardo moves fluidly among design, sculpture, furniture, and fine art. Ricardo chooses materials that relate to Polynesian canoe making – Hawaiian koa, curly mango, ‘Ulupalakua pine, bamboo, and coconut lashing. The sources of his inspiration are years of living on sailing vessels and the intrepid tenacity of the original explorers of the Pacific.

“With this work I pay homage to all voyagers, present day and those from ancient times – Hawaiian, Polynesian, those from many places. I am not limited by the traditional boundaries between art, sculpture, furniture and design. It evolves through the design process. The initial concept is the starting point with materials selected often leading to new ideas to be incorporated. Exploration and artistic freedom are integral parts of the process that is challenging and rewarding.”

Nancy Vilhauer

Although Nancy’s curiosity has led her down many paths, art has always been her passion. With a BA degree from University of Puget Sound, Nancy moved to Hawai’i after meeting her husband on a flight to the islands.  The beauty and its people are a constant source of inspiration for Nancy’s paintings and printmaking. She likes to capture the in-between moments that are so ephemeral – a girl helping another adjust her skirt… a mother fixing her daughter’s hair… a halau waiting to perform.
She has been in many exhibits in local galleries as well as the Honolulu Museum of Art and the Hawai’i State Museum, as well as winning numerous awards, like the Recognition of Excellence  2010 and 2009 by the  Hawai’i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts. Her art is in the “Art in Public Places” collection and at the Four Seasons Hotel in Kapolei.

Peter Voci

Peter Voci is an internationally recognized artist with studios in New York City, Maui and Italy. His work spans from the traditional hand to the digital domain and from the purely aesthetic to scientific research. He has also lectured, published and developed computer generated antemortem facial reconstruction methods and algorithms.

Peter Voci has worked on special assignments for NASA and has created two Masters programs at the university level which he led for over two decades
A highly accomplished sculptor, Peter works with Hawaiian hardwoods and marble. His unusual fluid sculptural expressions seem to nearly defy physics, in his stream of conscious sculpting by hand. The titles of his artworks reflect a strong influence of the natural surroundings of the Hawaiian Islands.

“It is by great fortune that any of us become practicing artists. The creative experience appears to fill the sails of our lives and we celebrate by realizing that there is a greater quality in our existence. In my work, I direct my efforts to the study of forms through minimal and monolithic constructions that evoke a sense of visual sensuality.”

Tony Walholm

Living as a child in Honolulu, Tony suffered from a faulty immune system.
At age nine Tony was lying in an oxygen tent when he had a life altering vision. “I realized I had the power to ask for healing”.

Being impaired physically and often out of school, he was lucky that his mother, Honolulu sculptor Mildred Toni, exposed him to an extraordinary education and stoked his interest in art.

“My works are the distillation of a years’ worth of experience, a year that put me square in the face of my own mortality to find healing grace within, that is also the font of creativity. To see through the portals of your eyes to understand a truth that is not other than what you make of it in the moment, not of looking but of seeing.“

Commissions and awards being numerous, Walhom’s luminous, subtly textured canvases ennoble private collections and public spaces worldwide.

David Welty

Maui goldsmith and master jewelry designer, David L. Welty is an international award-winning artist in precious metals. After receiving his Master’s Degree in Design from the University of Minnesota, David taught jewelry design and has been a practicing goldsmith for more then forty years. David creates all of his jewelry on the beautiful island of Maui, which provides endless inspiration. His use of the “elements of design”, his eye for detail and commitment to consistent quality makes his timeless and distinctive creations a pleasure to wear.

His classic works of art are cherished by jewelry patrons around the world.  Look for the artist’s hallmark on all of his jewelry.

Linda Whittemore

Linda began a lifelong relationship with watercolor painting at the age of eight. Her late mother was Margaret Bedell, a well-known painter on Maui.
Linda Whittemore grew up in Laguna Beach, California where she extensively pursued art studies until she moved to Hawai’i and earned a BA in Liberal Arts at University of Hawai’i.

Linda has worked in many printmaking techniques, including traditional intaglio. The viscosity monotype is her current fascination and her original monotypes are printed in oil-based paint and sometimes include mixed media with pastel and acrylic. Linda’s background as a painter is apparent in her monotypes of abstract landscapes. Each piece is different; an original artwork.  “It is all a process, one medium leads to the next. We create from what we know or don’t know. My paintings are who I am.”

Michael Wisner

Michael started creating objects of clay from the Chesapeake Bay early in life. His studies in the U.S. Southwest also inform his current ceramic pieces. Made with meditative care and a contemporary sense of design, Michael’s pieces speak of elemental forces of earth and fire.

“My creativity is sparked by contact with the natural world. Plants, flowers, clouds – time spent in nature seems to touch something in us, reaffirming our connection to everything. That experience resonates inside and collaborates with our life experience, moving us to express the feeling in a visible form. I love being a part of the process.”

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In 1989, The Maui News called Viewpoints Gallery “a jewel in the art scene”; decades later Viewpoints has become one of the finest art galleries in the State. The discerning art lover will discover representational and contemporary works in a variety of media by Maui’s finest artists and artisans.

Viewpoints Gallery has been driven by a keen sense of community, providing support and paying respect to the culture, the environment, and the arts through events and exhibits. The gallery sets itself apart in action and deed, and has been instrumental in establishing programs that reflect living art history here in the islands.

On Baldwin Avenue, near the lower end of the commercial district, is the establishment that launched the town’s reputation as an art colony – The Courtyard in Makawao. In the early 1900s, this was the site of a movie theater where, on Saturday nights, cowpokes from nearby ranches would come to see silent pictures starring Tom Mix and William S. Hart.

Pictures of a different sort are on view today. You’ll find Viewpoints Gallery – a favorite for the art aficionado in search of top-quality local art.

"Imagine a place you never tire of visiting because of the beauty, the exquisite quality, indeed the joy to discover a new way to look at the world - that's what Viewpoints does for me."

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Viewpoints Gallery

at the Courtyard in Makawao
3620 Baldwin Ave. #101, Makawao, Maui, Hawaii
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