Pre-Event Workshop

Feb. 12-14, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Michelli Usibelli

Cost: $450 Base Workshop Price + $12 Processing/Handling Fee + $16.66 HI Exec. Tax

Location: Classroom plus field locations – directions provided

Optional Meet & Greet: TBD


Michele’s artwork is well known for its vibrant, captivating brushwork and passionate color. Her unique style and approach to painting is highly recognizable and her ability to capture a diverse subject matter in oil, acrylic and gouache has made her a much sought after instructor. She has become so popular that many of her workshops attendees want to learn the techniques she incorporates to make her paintings come alive. Michele’s background and career in architecture and her extensive background in drawing, enables her to explain, and show through her demonstrations, the complete painting process from initial conception, to design to paint application. Her students leave her workshops with a solid understanding of composition, design, color theory, the importance of value & temperature shifts and the significance hard and soft edges play in creating a successful painting. Another important element Michele brings to her workshops is the ability to use one’s plein air experience to enhance an artist’s studio work, focusing on the lessons learned from painting from life and how these lessons translate to the studio. Michele’s work has been showcased in the following publications: Southwest Art, American Art Collector, Western Art Collector, Fine Art Connoisseur, Plein Air Magazine, Western Art & Architecture, International Artist Magazine and others.

Join us in beautiful Maui for this intense and fun filled 3 day plein air workshop. The class will start with an abbreviated lecture on the fundamentals of sound painting, including a discussion of drawing, value, design and color. Michele will also do a short demo each morning and then the group will spend the day painting the natural beauty of Maui.

Michele’s award winning artwork has shown in both group and gallery exhibitions, in regional, national and international juried exhibitions and has won numerous awards. Her artwork is found in Museum collections and public & private collections throughout the world. Michele is a member of the following organizations: Oil Painters of America/Signature Member, American Impressionist Society/Signature Member, California Art Club/Artist Member, Laguna Plein Air Painters Association/Signature Member, Salmagundi Club/Artist Member. Michele is known for her highly personalized and positive approach to teaching.

Her workshops are popular throughout the United States and abroad. Michele’s workshops don’t end with the last day of class, she makes herself available to all of her students for critiques and feedback on an ongoing basis long after the workshop is over.

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Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational

Feb 15-23, 2020

Maui Plein Air Painting
2 Art Workshops
1 Art Lecture
3 Paint Outs
1 Youth Paint Out
7 Art Sales
2 Art Discussion Panels

The event’s mission is to foster an appreciation for plein air (outdoor) painting for Maui visitors and residents while supporting art activities within our community.

Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational
This weeklong event highlights 24 professional plein air painters from throughout Hawaii, the US Mainland, and Australia. The painters capture the images of Maui – its people, its beaches and ocean scenes, its majestic mountains and valleys, and its historical buildings.

Participating Artists
Participation is by invitation only. Invitations are extended to established professional artists that excel in the category of plein air painting. Each year a Selection Committee evaluates those interested and qualified to participate.

Event Organizers
Event Founder & Co-Founder of Islanders – Ronaldo Macedo – Artist
Event Organizer – Lois Reiswig, Maui Arts League – President

Committee Members – Bryant Neal, Ann Ahlbrecht, Lynn Donovan, Darice Machel McQuire, Karen DeFeo, Katherine Smith, Lee Reiswig, and many additional dedicated volunteers.

1Lahaina Harbor Kick Off Paint OutFeb 15, 7:30 am - 11 amLahaina Harbor
2Kick Off Art SaleFeb 15, 11:30 am - 1:00 pmPioneer Inn Courtyard
3Youth Paint OutFeb 16, 10 am - 2 pmCampbell Park, Lahaina
4Youth ReceptionFeb 16, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pmPioneer Inn Snug Harbor Room
5Artist Mini-Paintings Silent Auction Art SaleFeb 17, 6-7 pm / 8-8:30 pmPioneer Inn Snug Harbor
6Jean Stern Art Lecture 'Famous Forgers' (An absorbing look at famous and little-known art forgers over the past century).Feb 17, 7 pm - 8 pmPioneer Inn Courtyard
7Kapalua Bay Afternoon Paint OutFeb 19, 3 pm - 6 pmMontage Kapalua Bay
8Montage Kapalua Bay Art SaleFeb 19, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pmMontage Breezeway Galleries
9Royal Lahaina Quick DrawFeb 21, 9 am - 11 amRoyal Lahaina Resort Property & Beach Areas
10Quick Draw Art Sale & ReceptionFeb 21, 11:30 am - 12:30 pmRoyal Lahaina Resort Ocean Terrace Restaurant
11Art to Heart - Gala & Art SaleFeb 21, 6 pm - 9 pmRoyal Lahaina Resort Ballroom
12Artists' Aloha Reception & Art SaleFeb 22, 10 am - 3 pmRoyal Lahaina Resort Ballroom
13Artists’ Panel Discussion & Q&AFeb 22, 3 pm - 4 pmRoyal Lahaina Resort Ballroom
14Collectors' "Take an Artist to Breakfast"Feb. 23, 8:30 am - 10 amRoyal Lahaina Ocean Terrace Restaurant
15Mahalo Gathering Art Sale and ViewingFeb 23, 10 am - 3:00 pmRoyal Lahaina Resort Ballroom
16Honor Hawaii, Honor Maui Panel Discussion & Q&AFeb 23, 3 pm - 4 pmRoyal Lahaina Resort Ballroom

The Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational event is held on the West Side of Maui.  The artist roster is limited to 24 artists.  It is comprised of approximately 8 artists from Hawaii, 8 returning artists from previous years, and 8 new artists to the event with one extra slot available.

An Anonymous Selection Committee, comprised of two professional artists, two serious art collectors, review applicants’ event participation based on the following the criteria:

  • Active plein air painting artist with high-quality website reflecting plein air artworks, biography, and artist statement
  • Active participant in plein air events in the US and worldwide
  • Art educational credentials
  • Membership in art organizations (PAPA, LPAPA, OPA, AIS, etc.) and membership status (Signature Member, Master Artist, etc.)
  • Awards received
  • Gallery representation
  • Level of community support (How does the artist support their local community and the plein air community?)
  • Salebility (History of sales at MPAPI events or success at other Plein Air events)
  • Other criteria the Committee determines appropriate (ie: traveling with spouse/partner, special hosting requirements required, allergies, etc.)

Selection is competitive.  If, after reviewing the above criteria, you are interested in being considered for the 2021 invitational, please submit your request to during the months of May-June.

Individual Event Passes

Art to Heart Gala at Royal Lahaina Resort


Each ticket comes with a $50 discount towards the purchase of ONE painting.

For each ticket you are purchasing, indicate the choice of plate below. For example, if you are purchasing 2 tickets and both people want the pork plate, put “2” for the pork option, then click Add to Cart.


Collectors ‘Take an Artist to Breakfast’ (for 2)


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Post-Event Workshop

Feb. 24-26 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Jane Hunt


Cost: $450 Base Workshop Price + $12 Processing/Handling Fee + $16.66 HI Exec. Tax

Location: Classroom plus field locations – directions provided. Meet at Pioneer Inn Snug Harbor Room.

Optional Meet & Greet: Pioneer Inn Snug Harbor Room


Jane Hunt 3 Day Maui Workshop – Create Paintings to Inspire the Soul

Jane Hunt’s plein air workshops are extremely comprehensive and have been described as ‘art school in a week’. You’ll leave with the skills needed to paint outside and learn how they can improve your studio work. All areas of the process will be covered, and there will be demos, discussions, handouts, and lots of painting time and individual attention.  All skill levels welcome.


Just some of the things you’ll learn:

  • How to choose an effective focal point
  • How to deal with the changing light
  • Composition strategies for the field
  • How to create and stick to a value plan
  • How to simplify your palette and mix colorful greys to unify your painting
  • How to use atmosphere and perspective to your advantage


Teacher bio:
After moving to the US from England as a teenager, Jane Hunt received her BFA in illustration from the Cleveland Institute of Art. After working as an illustrator for several years, she eventually returned to her true love: landscape oil painting.

Hunt is a PAPNM Master Signature Member, Signature Member of OPA, LPAPA, AWA, WAOW, PAAC, and an artist member of the Salmagundi Club and the California Art Club.

A sought after instructor, Hunt teaches across the US and in Europe. Her museum exhibitions include: The Meam Museum in Barcelona, Albuquerque Museum, Irvine Museum, Tucson Desert Art Museum, Old West Museum, California Women’s Museum, Loveland Museum, Pasadena Museum of Art, Taos Art Museum at Fechin House, The Steamboat Art Museum, and The Haggin Museum. Her paintings have received dozens of awards including five Oil Painters of America awards in 2018.

The oil painter is represented by notable galleries in the US as well as her native England. She now resides in Colorado, where she’s awed and inspired by the beauty surrounding her.

“Jane is masterful at explaining light, atmosphere, and temperature. That knowledge will help me think through my paintings more.”

Linda S., Colorado Springs, Colorado

The best workshop I’ve taken by far! A comprehensive experience with an outstanding instructor. Very helpful educational exercises.”

Bruce B., Loveland, Colorado

“I highly recommend experiencing a workshop with Jane Hunt. She’s an excellent teacher: starting out with slides and detailed notes printed out for us was very helpful. She has a real gift for teaching and is generous in sharing her knowledge. You’ll walk away with a strong understanding of the basics and beyond, and be inspired to use your new skills.”

Jane R., Chicago, IL

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