BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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 over a decade 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.

President • Juror Committee Chair • Interim Marketing & Communications Chair • Ex-officio member of all committees

president@artmaui.commarketing@artmaui.comgovernance@artmaui.com

 

Beth Cooper was born and raised in Hawaii. She has been a wildland firefighter, 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.

Vice President • Show Chair • Receiving & Give Back Committee Chair • Staging Committee Chair • Nominating Committee Member

 

showchairs@artmaui.cominstallations@artmaui.comsubmissions@artmaui.com

 

Jeanne Young 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 HerStoryArt Maui, and 6-word Memoir. Jeanne was recently interviewed for a Netflix Documentary Film, an LA TV news show, and nominated by a women’s empowerment group for her 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. This is Jeanne’s third year serving on the Art Maui board of directors.

Secretary • Nominating Committee Chair • Purchase Pledge Dinner Chair • Artist Reception Committee Member

 

Panna Speas Cappelli is a 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. This is her second year on the Art Maui board of directors.

Treasurer • Sales Committee Chair • Juror Committee Member • Purchase Pledge Dinner Committee Member

 

Husa Adams considers herself a “Shape-Shifter” multi-media artist, presently focused on encaustics. Formerly a sales associate at Maui Hands Art Galleries, she is now a framer at Picture It Framed. Husa was born & raised in the art communities of NYC, performing on and 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.

Show Chair • Photography Committee Chair • Interim Graphic Design Committee Chair • Artist Reception Committee Member • Nominating Committee Member • Gallery Sitting Committee Member

showchairs@artmaui.com

 

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.

IT Committee Chair • Website Committee Chair • Registration Committee Chair • Photography Committee Member

 

registration@artmaui.com

 

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. This is her third year on the Art Maui board of directors.

Scholarship Committee Chair • Installation Committee Member • Artist Reception Committee Member

studentscholarships@artmaui.com

 

Originating from Minnesota, Mandi Siiro, founder of Siiro Art Source & Consulting moved to Maui in 2018. She works closely with local and national artists, galleries, and other arts professionals to build meaningful relationships, foster community, and connect works of art with just the right home and/or business. Mandi has played a variety of roles in the fine arts industry for over twenty years, including gallery manager, exhibition juror, and art festival board member. She has studied design, advertising, visual art, and holds a degree in marketing. Mandi is excited to expand her support of Maui County artists through her collaboration with Art Maui.

Purchase Pledge Preview Event Committee Member • Symposium Committee Member • Scholarships Committee Member • Staging Committee Member • Installation Committee Member • Marketing & Communications Committee Member

 

Ron Thomas dedicated over 25 years of his life to hospitality management before making a major move to Maui in 2017. He left behind his previous life and career in Texas to buy a farm with his husband, Shawn in Haiku. He has since become a Certified Master Gardener and regularly volunteers with the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources to provide the public with research-based information and sustainable management practices in tropical horticulture suitable for the home gardener. Also a hobbyist and artist aspirant Ron has long been a proponent for the arts. Since his relocation, he’s been committing time to work with the Maui Arts and Cultural Center promoting visual and performing arts education. This is his first year on the board of Art Maui and he is excited to launch the inaugural Volunteer Committee, an initiative to support and recognize Art Maui volunteers and promote new opportunities.

Volunteer Committee Chair • Installation Committee Member • Juror Committee Member • Sales Committee Member • Gallery Sitting Committee Member • Staging Committee Member

volunteer@artmaui.com

 

Naomi Lancet Rahm raised in Tokyo, Japan was surrounded by her family of art collectors, sculptors and ceramic artists from Japan and California. In 2013 she relocated to Maui, where she founded Lokahi Events, helping creative entrepreneurs host transformational retreats and events. In 2020 she and her husband are launching a mobile pizza cart, OliOli Pizza, to share their love of Italian Neapolitan style artisan pizza. When not at an event, or making pizza, she is often found in the ocean kitesurfing. She is excited to join Art Maui’s board so she can support Maui artists with her love for event planning and community building.

Artist Reception Committee Chair • Juror Committee Member • Purchase Pledge Preview Event Committee Member • Web Management Committee Member • Marketing & Communications Committee Member

 

Cara K. Griffin, a multimodal abstract expressionist artist, explores what it means to be human interactively. Born in Huntsville, Alabama, Cara attended Savannah College of Art and Design for painting and illustration. For over a decade she succeeded in a variety of roles from a metal worker, automotive painter, performance art choreographer, social justice activist, and traveling yogi. She has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions. Her curiosity has opened up many doors for creative self-expression and social equality. Since moving to Maui in 2017, she was awarded a Bachelor of Science from Antioch University and is pursuing a Masters in Art Therapy while teaching yoga in Paia. This is her first year on the board of directors for Art Maui and she is excited to expand her community and support Maui County artists.

Symposium Committee Chair • Staging Committee Member • Scholarship Committee Member • Marketing & Communications Committee Member

 

Since moving to Maui Monique Renee has been inspired by the island’s intrinsic beauty. She is working with acrylics and infusing color in a method called fluid acrylic art. She loves the free-flowing combination of colors that give life to a beautiful abstract image that evokes visions of nature and/ or brings about an emotional response. She says “ this art form is by its very nature exciting not only for the artist in creating it but also for the viewer because it reaches into the subconscious and the viewer can’t help but see something personal in it, whether it be an experience or a memory.” She endeavors to resonate with viewers on a very personal level and bring beauty into their lives. This is Monique’s first year on the board of Art Maui and she is excited to support the organization and help others get involved!

Gallery Sitting Committee Chair • Volunteer Committee Member • Sales Committee Member

gallerysitting@artmaui.com

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