President: Amanda Michele is an artist, curator, and arts administrator. She is the founder of Arts Enabler, a small business dedicated to supporting artists, galleries, and collectors. Originating from Washington state, she previously managed Seattle philanthropist Paul Allen’s exhibition project Pivot Art + Culture and helped launch the inaugural Seattle Art Fair. Her experience includes thirteen years of administrative work for for-profit and nonprofit arts and cultural businesses including Vulcan, Lisa Harris Gallery, Artist Trust, and Photographic Center Northwest. Amanda is a community arts activist and has been a director on several volunteer boards. She received her BFA from Cornish College of the Arts and a certificate in Arts Leadership from Local Arts Classroom, a program by Americans for the Arts.
Vice-President, Show Chair: Beth Cooper was born and raised in Hawaii. She has been a wildland fire fighter, a school teacher, and now a full time artist on Maui. Beth paints vibrant pieces and is also a printer who makes linoleum cut prints in bold colors. She is a member of Lahaina Arts Society and shows her work in the Old Court House in Lahaina.
Secretary: Jeanne Young
Treasurer: Panna Speas Cappelli is 30 year resident of Maui and the owner of Maui Hands galleries. The galleries are in Makawao, Paia, Lahaina and Ka’anapali. The first gallery in Makawao was opened in 1992. Panna has a business degree from Florida College of Business.
Show Chair: Husa Adams considers herself a “Shape-Shifter” Multi-Media artist, focused in the Encaustic Medium. She currently works at the Maui Hands Art Galleries. Husa was born & raised in the art communities of NYC, performing on & off Broadway throughout her youth. She ultimately found her place in multiple companies of Experimental Theatre & Avant Garde Art. After moving to Maui in 2004, she became a manager at Mama’s Fish House and an avid art student at the Hui No ‘eau. There, ten years ago, she fell in love with Encaustic Art. She looks forward to a long future exploring and teaching this magical medium.
IT, Web Management: Ben Howard has been spending most of his artistic time in his Virtual Studio. His computer background allows him to maintain the online presence for Art Maui, and also create using Virtual Reality as a new medium.
Scholarship Committee Chair: Roberta Ann Weisenburg began her career as a goldsmith, as an apprentice in 1981. Over the past 35 years she has maintained a studio and studied numerous jewelry techniques. She especially fell in love with the ancient fusing process called granulation. Today she incorporates it into her designs with gold and Argentium sterling silver. Roberta also is an instructor of jewelry at the Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center on Maui and enjoys sharing her knowledge and skills with students. She is presently on the board of Art Maui and chair of the Student Scholarship Committee.