The Third Annual Maui Open Studios (MOS) Event is scheduled for all four weekends in February.
The Annual MOS Event is the first of its kind in the State of Hawai'i. It follows a model that has been very successful on the Mainland for decades, where artists and artisans open up their studios and exhibition spaces to show and sell their work to the public as well as "talk story," connect and inspire visitors.
Many artists also give live demonstrations of their process and techniques.
2013 Maui Open Studios Event Schedule
The entire event is free to the public.
Since its inception, the event has featured over 100 artists and generated over 6,000 individual studio visits by art collectors and art enthusiasts each year. Over $100,000 in art sales have been generated by the event each year that have directly supported local artists.
During the event, visitors are invited to join the artists at the Opening Celebration/Preview Exhibition, where they can enjoy a cash bar and no-host pupu, listen to live music, preview one or two pieces of the artists' work, connect with the artists and pick up a copy of the MOS Guidebook containing an artist directory and maps to different studios and exhibition spaces around the island. Guidebooks will also be available throughout the duration of the event at various retail pickup locations around the island.
The event spans over all four weekends in February to allow the public time to enjoy as many studios as possible, and to give more tourists an opportunity to catch at least one weekend event during their visit to Maui.
Once again, the Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center in Makawao is a major sponsor of the event and will host demonstrations in printmaking, jewelry and ceramic studios on Weekend 1 (see sidebar), as well as host several independent artists' open studios on their beautiful garden estate property.
This year, the event also includes the University of Hawai'i Maui College's (UHMC) Art Program. The art students of UHMC will exhibit their work in the college's art department, allowing guests and visitors to explore their art and processes and to perhaps discover the next greatest talent on the island to collect from. The students will have the opportunity to interact with the public, exhibit and sell their art as part of their education and first-hand experience learning about the exhibition process and interacting with the public.
Over 100 artists--from established to emerging--will participate in the 2013 MOS Event. The artists work in a variety of mediums, including glass, silk painting, digital art, basket weaving, photography, jewelry design, bronze sculpture, mixed media, ceramics, plein air, stone carving, printmaking and much more.
Visitors will enjoy a wide range of art and craft selections as they customize their studio tours and decide which artist will become part of their collections.
The event is produced and organized by Carolyn Quan, acclaimed fine art photo collage artist and former art gallery owner on Maui and O'ahu. She is now based in the San Francisco Bay Area after living in Hawai'i for nine years, while continually remaining connected to the islands and the art community there.
"Maui is a major art collectors' travel destination," said Quan. "People come from far and wide to purchase art on Maui and add to their collections. This event, in its third year, has greatly enhanced the vibrant and stimulating arts community on Maui. There is so much diverse talent on the island. And since this is an annual event, it will attract more art lovers and art collectors to the island year after year, and perhaps even be the focus of visitors' trips to the island whether interisland, domestic or international. This event allows artists to connect with their art buyers more personally, giving locals and tourists alike a unique experience and opportunity to learn about the artists' techniques and about the artists themselves, as well as purchase art directly from them. The Maui Open Studios event is also a way of helping artists gain vital exposure to the public year after year in a fun, exciting and creative way."
Quan said when she moved to the San Francisco Bay Area from Hawai'i and began to do research into art shows and ways of exposing her own artwork to the public, she learned about the myriad of open studio events that take place in California and other art-loving states on the Mainland.
"I realized that it was time for Hawai'i to have such an event," said Quan. "It is a concept that has been around for almost 40 years on the Mainland, and it is a wonderful way for artists and artisans to connect with art buyers, collectors and art and craft enthusiasts. It's a chance for the art community to come together and show the world what we've got here on Maui and what we're all about!
A listing will be available at www.MauiOpenStudios.com before the event begins. Visitors can then design their own self-guided tours, either by referring to their printed guidebook, the online artist directory or the online digital guidebook, based on the artists and work that most interests them.
Google map directories will also help guide visitors to artist locations throughout the event.