Maui is one of the most sought after islands in the world. With over two and a half visitors per year, most people think of Maui as a strict tourist destination with a generally boring cultural life. However, nothing could be further from the truth, Maui is home to a thriving art scene home to thousands of artists and craftsmen working in all mediums. Even though the resident population on Maui is just shy of one hundred fifty thousand, Maui has a large population of working artist that contribute to a highly active art scene that includes museums, galleries and arts organizations.
For artists on Maui who wish to sell their work, there are many resources and galleries on the island. Lahaina’s historic Front Street is home to Maui’s art district. The Diamond Head Gallery is one of the most respected galleries and has been in business for over twenty six years. The Diamond Head Gallery regularly features the work of many local artists from across the islands. Original oil paintings, koa wood pieces and watercolor paintings can be seen at the Diamond Head Gallery. The gallery is particularly known for its many limited-edition giclees on canvas. Another well respected and well known gallery in Lahaina is Lahaina Printsellers. This gallery specializes in vintage Hawaiian art and antique maps, and is highly regarded for its collection of limited edition giclees.
Maui artists looking to further their education and training need not leave the island. The Hui No’ohea Visual Arts Center offers a rich variety of classes, workshops, and art camps for students of all ages and skill levels. Whether one is a curious hobbyist looking to pick up a new pastime or a serious professional looking to broaden your palette, Hui offers something for you. They bring exceptional instruction through both their resident staff and their visiting artists program. Hui’s classes include but are not limited to photography, jewelry, ceramics, digital media, fiber art and printmaking.
As mentioned earlier, Maui’s resident population is relatively small, with no more than one hundred fifty thousand residing there. However, despite this, Maui is home to a large community of arts enthusiasts and artists. The largest arts organization on the island is the Maui Arts and Cultural Center. The center is a gathering place where artists and the community can share the experience of art via galleries and performances. The center is home to the Schaefer International Gallery which features the work of many local Hawaii artists as well as internationally recognized artists. A much smaller, yet older organization is the Lahaina Arts Society, which was formed in 1967. The LAS promotes visual arts through exhibits, classes and scholarships, and regards themselves as the gatekeepers for up and coming artists launching their careers on Maui.
Maui is home to many commercial artists who print high quality reproductions of their work to sell in local galleries as well as ship to markets and buyers globally. For this service Maui artists can turn to local Maui printing company Chromaco who is regarded as Hawaii’s premier fine art printer. Chromaco offers Maui giclee printing services and is a great resource for artist residing on Maui. Chromaco’s state of the art technology in scanning and printing abilities deliver quality prints to artists on Maui, keeping them in business at home while enabling them the global exposure Maui artists deserve.
Amber Smith writes for Maui printers Chromaco who offer a variety of printing services for artists and residents on Maui, including Maui giclee printing services as well as fine art scanning and printing services along with many more commercial printing options. Visit Chromaco.com for more information.