Aloha Friends of the art community. February marks our 15th annual Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational. Our theme this year highlights our Hawaiian culture and our special place many call home – Maui. The Art to Heart Gala, on February 21 (6-9 pm) at the Royal Lahaina Resort in Kaanapali showcases 120 original plein air paintings in their 4000 sq. ft. ballroom. Tickets are $175 per person and comes with a $50 art purchase discount. Come and spend time viewing 120 paintings throughout the evening. The evening starts with a Champagne Reception with passed ahi, duck, and shrimp appetizers, complemented with a Ku’ia Estate Chocolate Tasting.
You’ll be able to stroll through this spacious ‘art gallery’ enjoying a glass of champagne or non-alcoholic beverage, while having conversation with the 24 professional plein air painters about their artworks. It will be difficult to NOT take a painting home with you. Guests are asked to select a painting that represents their ‘vote’ for Collectors’ Choice Award, a coveted award recognition for the professional artists.
The Ku’ia Estate Chocolate is a must taste for chocolate aficionados. We often think of Europe and South America as having the notoriety of producing the best chocolate in the world. This local cacao farm in Lahaina, produces a variety of chocolates – dark, milk, flavored, vegan, and gluten free. Be sure to visit the tasting station and sample their offerings. We can promise you that Ku’ia Estate Chocolate will become one of your favorite chocolates. Visit their website to learn about this special place located on the slopes of Hawai’i’s majestic West Maui Mountains.
The evening continues with a fine dining sit-down dinner. Optionally, one of the artists will be seated at each table to encourage discussion about plein air painting and you will learn why these special creative individuals make our world a better place through their paintings. View the complete dinner menu which includes a choice for entree (Herb Grilled Local Pork Loin or Island Herb Seared Fresh Catch) and an exquisite Blood Orange & Chocolate Genoise for dessert.
The evening wouldn’t be perfect without the live sounds of soothing Hawaiian music playing in the background while creating an environment indicative of a fine art gallery showcasing an exquisite art exhibition and art sale. Please mingle with the professional fine art artists throughout the evening and leave with a painting to remind you of Maui. Remember that your gala ticket of $175 includes a $50 art purchase discount.
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