Artists for Lahaina | Artists Community

The August 8th wildfires on Maui, which tore by way of the historic city of Lahaina, killed at the least 106 individuals (a quantity that’s, tragically, solely anticipated to climb), making it the deadliest U.S. wildfire in trendy historical past. The fires burned 80 % of the city and left 1000’s of residents with out properties.

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Many historic websites and companies had been additionally misplaced within the fireplace, together with the Village Gallery, which has been supporting Hawaii’s artists for greater than 50 years. The gallery’s web site studies that the proprietor, Lynn Shue, the gallery workers, and their Lahaina artists are secure. The short-moving fireplace, nevertheless, destroyed the buildings and all the paintings. An announcement on the web site reads: “Ideas of rebuilding are taking type, however for now, we’re specializing in those that misplaced household and/or properties within the fireplace. Many have requested about buying artwork to assist the gallery and our artists. Right now, it’s greatest to go on to the artist’s web site to inquire if artwork is on the market at their studios and buy straight.” You could find a listing of the Village Gallery artists on their website.

The unbelievable magnificence and spirit of aloha on Maui has made the island a haven for artists who’ve discovered each welcome and inspiration there, and artists are coming collectively to supply assist and hope. The group, Artists for Lahaina, is at present organizing an public sale (September 1 by way of 10), that includes unique paintings by artists from everywhere in the world. Based on the web site, one hundred pc of public sale proceeds will go to the Lahaina Restoration Basis, which is described as a nonprofit with “shut ties to the city’s artwork neighborhood, and is dedicated to serving to rebuild Lahaina in a means that respects the city’s wealthy historical past and tradition.” For those who’re , you possibly can join on the web site to be notified when the public sale begins.

Marcario Pascual work featured in Artist Journal

When Montana artist Aaron Schuerr and his household visited Maui in 2019, he skilled that spirit of aloha within the friendship with artist Marcario Pascual (one of many Lahaina artists represented by Village Gallery). He wrote about Pascual, his work and its deep connections with the Hawaiian tradition and panorama, in an article that appeared within the March 2020 concern of Artists Journal. You may learn the story, and see his work, here.

Observe: One other good possibility for donations to assist the Lahaina neighborhood is the Maui Strong Fund, which is focusing its efforts on fast response and restoration.