The Merwin Conservancy is pleased to announce it has become an artist education partner for East Maui Watershed Partnership‘s Mālama Wao Akua native species art exhibition held at Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center.
The focus of this exhibition is to raise awareness about native species in Maui Nui. By offering several educational opportunities in conjunction with the show we hope that artists, young and old, can explore W.S. Merwin’s astounding assemblage of rare palms, including the native Pritchardia palms, and use their talents express the value these species have within our daily life.
- The show is open to all residents of Maui Nui (Maui, Lanaʻi, Kahoʻolawe, Molokaiʻi).
- Original artwork only. All works must be original, one of a kind (no prints or giclèes), and not previously shown in an exhibition or on a website and created within the last 2 years.
- All art mediums are accepted.
- All ages (K-Adult) can enter.
- All abilities (amateurs and professionals) are welcome to enter.
- Subject of the art piece must be native to Maui Nui.
Learn more about the rules and processes of entering this exhibit here.
How to visit The Merwin Conservancy for this project:
On two days in mid-August, artists who plan to submit works for this prestigious art show will be given special access to view and study the many rare, native loulu (Pritchardia) palms that are growing at the Conservancy.
The Merwin Conservancy’s Pritchardia species native to Maui include:
- Pritchardia arecina (Maui)
- Pritchardia forbesiana (Maui & Molokai)
- Pritchardia monroi (Maui & Molokai)
- Pritchardia glabrata (Maui & Lanai)
- Pritchardia woodii (Maui)
- Prichardia hillebrandii (Molokai and perhaps Maui…)
- Pritchardia lowreyana (Molokai)
Artist Study Visits will take place:
- Tuesday, August 15th and Wednesday, August 16th, from 9am – 12 noon
Limited space is available. Artists may choose to attend both days, or just one. To become a visiting artist for this project, contact Sara Tekula to sign-up at stekula [at] [merwinconservancy] dot [org]
Please check out the Mālama Wao Akua artist education page for more information, and if you’re an interested artist, please reach out to us to reserve a spot.