You’re invited to the Art Maui symposiums


By now you should have received the “call to all artists” to Art Maui’s 35th annual juried exhibition for 2013, listing this year’s schedule of events. Now I’d like to direct your attention to the two symposiums being offered this year.

Each year, the Art Maui Symposium Committee strives to present topics that help artists to stretch outside the boundaries, to keep learning, and to challenge the status quo of our skills and abilities. This year’s symposiums will not disappoint. Mark your calendars now, bring a friend and open your mind to the experiences of:

Color, Light, and Space:

CLS-SquareThe mission is visual literacy and is presented by one of Art Maui’s founders, Dick Nelson, on Saturday, February 23rd from 3 to 5 pm at the MACC, Haynes meeting room. Here’s what Dick shared with me as we discussed visual literacy. “We communicate, one to another, in numerous ways. Whether it is written, spoken, visualized, put to music or dance, both the author and the audience share a common language, and that language has a structure or grammar. Visual literacy is no exception, and the “Color, Light and Space” seminar will introduce an inventory of many concepts related to all three of these visual elements. Knowing our options frees us from being prisoners of our own ignorance.” This interactive session will not disappoint.


The Nature of Creativity,

By this year’s Art Maui juror, Ron Kowalke, is set for Saturday, March 2nd from 4 to 6 pm at the MACC, Alexa Higashi meeting room. You are in for a real treat as Ron takes you through a tour of art and conducts a “show & tell” discussion with 10-15 original works of art that he will share with the audience. When I asked Ron about creativity he quoted this by Andrew Cohen for our consideration, “The authentic self is the best part of a human being. It’s the part of you that already cares, that is already passionate about evolution. When your authentic self miraculously awakens and becomes stronger than your ego, then you will truly begin to make a difference in this world. You will literally enter into a partnership with the creative principle.”

Art Maui symposiums are a great educational opportunity for the artist community.

As you take the next step in preparing for this year’s exhibition, please take a moment to review the Art Maui prospectus, as this is the informational guide for understanding the criteria, due dates, and procedures for submitting all works of art for consideration in Art Maui. The prospectus is reviewed and updated annually after each exhibition given the feedback from the artist community, sponsors, patrons, and the MACC, before going through final approval by the Art Maui board of directors.

Beyond the tradition of showcasing the best multi-media work by Maui’s artists through this exhibition for the past 35 years, Art Maui’s mission remains unchanged. The non-profit Art Maui organization strives to promote, encourage and recognize excellence in the visual arts.

For more information, please direct your inquiries or questions to or visit our website at

I look forward to seeing you all at this year’s exhibition and celebration of Art Maui’s 35th anniversary.

Chris Scharein
Art Maui Show Chair

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