Sunday, May 3, 2015

Hipmunk City Love: Lahaina's Top Galleries

Lahaina was the capital of the Hawaiian Kingdom in the early nineteenth century, and a historic whaling village. Today it is a Maui hot spot filled with unique shops, restaurants, and beautiful art galleries. Here are six galleries you won’t want to miss on your trip to Lahaina.

Village Galleries Maui

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Established in 1970, Village Galleries Maui is Maui’s oldest art gallery. It represents Hawaii’s fine artists, with the largest collection of original art in all media. You’ll see a variety of works done in oils, acrylic, encaustic, watercolor, glass, ceramic, wood, and bronze, as well as unique island jewelry. Maui’s top two art events take place at Village Galleries Maui: the Maui Plein Air Invitational in mid-February and The Celebration of the Arts at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua in May. The Best Western Pioneer Inn is located close to the Gallery, and offers great views of Maui’s natural glory.

Wyland Galleries of Hawaii

Wyland is a well-known marine life artist whose work changed the way people think about our environment. Wyland Galleries of Hawaii displays Wyland’s bronze sculptures, original oils, watercolors, and fine art giclee reproductions. His gallery in Lahaina offers a beautiful view of the islands of Lanai and Molokai, and is located on Front Street, Lahaina’s version of Main Street with other wonderful galleries, restaurants, and shopping.

Diamond Head Gallery

Fine art collections are awaiting you at Diamond Head Gallery. With the most beautifully framed artwork in the Hawaiian Islands, Diamond Head Gallery strives for excellence. More than 25 Hawaiian artists are featured, as well as from the Mainland and abroad. The Gallery features bronze sculptures, coffee tables, and lamps, and Japanese raku pottery.

Martin Lawrence Gallery

For over 25 years, the Martin Lawrence Gallery has been a treasured Maui landmark. Located on Front Street, the gallery displays a mix of Contemporary and Modern art alongside the Aloha Spirit. Martin Lawrence Galleries is dedicated to presenting the great names, as well as the best of the emerging artists. Different exhibits are displayed throughout the year, so be sure to check the schedule to see what will be on display during your visit.

Lahaina Galleries

Also located on Front Street, Lahaina Galleries was founded by a couple who do not typically fit the bill when you think of art gallery owners. Jim and Nancy Killett bring a true family feeling to their galleries, including how they deal with artists and customers alike. You’ll find a delightful mix of artists and works displayed throughout the gallery, and a welcome environment inviting you to come in and browse. Stay at the Hale Nanea, located down the street from Wyland Galleries of Hawaii, Diamondhead Gallery, Martin Lawrence Gallery and Lahaina galleries, for the best location to visit these wonderful galleries.

Old Jail Gallery

Located in the historic Lahaina Courthouse, the Old Jail Gallery is below ground, in the original jail of the old courthouse. It’s sponsored by the Lahaina Arts Society, and displays some of Maui’s most talented artists. Displays of local artists include oil paintings, watercolors, ceramics, photography, wood carving, and so much more.
These six galleries provide a wonderful experience on your visit to Lahaina.