Maui Plein Art Invitational

Maui Arts League

putting ART in the hearts of people. 

Founded in 1975 as the West Maui Cultural Council, the Maui Arts League is expanding into a fine arts membership organization, focusing on painting, sculpture, and photography.


To showcase, cultivate, and build appreciation for Visual Fine Arts while creating unique opportunities for people of all ages, cultures, and backgrounds to embrace the experience of art.


To be a vibrant and enthusiastic organization that provides enriching opportunities for our island community and visitors to experience world class Visual Fine Arts through our museum, exhibitions, events, and educational programs.


Our values include Integrity, Excellence, Diversity, and an Appreciation for Visual Fine Arts. We wish to foster honesty, distinction while welcoming all people as members.

Our Team

All board and committee members serve on a 100% volunteer basis.
Our board members and advisors bring decades of experience and proven dedication to the quality of life on Maui.


Lois Reiswig


Lois has been a resident of Maui since 1999. A retired executive from IBM, she’s been an active supporter of numerous nonprofits for decades. Before moving to Maui, she served on the board of the Austin Lyric Opera and the Austin Symphony. In 2015, she received the Maui Mayor’s Women of Excellence Award and has led the Hui Hoaloha Ladies Luncheon Group since 2002. She has has been involved with the Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational since 2006. She took over the President’s position of the Maui Arts League, formerly known as the West Maui Cultural Council, in 2009. Her passions are art, cooking, and golf.


Valentina Stewart Watson

Vice President

Valentina grew up on Maui, then traveled to the mainland U.S. and Japan for education and work. She’s been back on Maui since 1993. She was admitted to the California bar in 1990 and the Hawaii and U.S. District Court in 1993. She was voted Maui County Lawyer of the year in 2000 and maintains a law practice in Maui and Los Angeles. She serves on the board of the Friends of Moku‘ula and the Lahaina Jodo Mission, where she is actively involved. Valentina is an avid frog collector.


Ann Pistillo


Ann is the co-founder of the University of Advancing Technology where she served as the Corporate Financial Officer and Design Director. The university is in Tempe, Arizona. Her passions are painting, gardening and living a healthy lifestyle.


Nam Le Viet


Nam has been a Maui resident since 2003. Born in France, he grew up in Switzerland. He began his professional career working with Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) in Lausanne and Geneva, achieving awards in software technology sales. He’s currently a realtor with Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers | Christie’s International Real Estate. He serves on the board of the Maui Preparatory Academy Foundation. A classically trained pianist, he spearheaded the annual Maui Classical Music Festival. He loves Maui, world travel, and most of all, his wife Mary Anne.


Ronaldo Macedo


Ronaldo was born in Rio de Janeiro and has lived on Maui since 1989. He earned his BFA in Illustration, Cal State University Long Beach. He studied virtually all aspects of painting with George Allan after arriving on Maui. One of Maui’s best known plein air painters, Ronaldo is represented by Lahaina Galleries and is a co-founder of the Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational event. He loves the outdoors and his paintings reflect his connection to nature. He lives with his wife and two children in Lahaina.


Jean Stern


Jean Stern is the Executive Director of the Irvine Museum. He has authored or written in over 25 books, appeared in 4 PBS art documentaries, presented over 250 lectures, and judged more than 75 art shows. Many here will know Jean from his long-standing participation in the Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational as a Guest Lecturer and Juror. His extensive experience in the art community as a scholar will be a guiding force in developing the plans for the West Side Fine Arts Museum.

Our Volunteers

Maui Arts League’s organization is an all volunteer organization. Our Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational Committee is comprised of the 30 volunteers that dedicate innumerable hours to organize, manage the various activities throughout the 9-day art event.

Maui Arts League News

2020 Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational
Artists Announced

The Maui Arts League is pleased to announce the gifted professional plein air painters that will join us February, 2020.  Six icons from Hawaiʻi: Mark Brown, Mike Carroll, Michael Clements, Joe Fletcher, Carleton Kinkade and Ronaldo Macedo.  For their first time are Danny Griego from San Diego, CA, Jane Hunt from Boulder, CO, Calvin Liang 

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Historic Hawaiian Artworks
Lecture by Jean Stern

Whether you want to take a trip down memory lane or learn about master painters, mostly European, who came to Hawaii to paint, you will enjoy listening to Jean Stern’s lecture, ‘Historical Hawaiian Artists.’ You will view some of the most acclaimed masterpieces created by Tavernier, Dampier, Hitchcock, Peale, and Manookian. (Please scroll down to watch the video of this lecture.) 

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Talk Story & Listen Events

We are in the very early stages of creating the concept for the Maui Arts League as a membership organization. We are also putting together ideas for the West Maui Fine Arts Museum. You’re invited to join us at any or all of these three “Talk Story and Listen” community events to share your ideas 

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``Watching the sensational plein air artists interpret the beauty of Maui on canvas or paper is a visual experience like no other. It’s an event we look forward to each year, and one we are proud to support.``
– The Makana Aloha Foundation, sponsor