Saturday, November 21, 2009

Wailea Food & Wine Celebration

On Friday, November 20th nearly 200 artists, collectors, educators and supporters gathered at Hotel Wailea (formerly the Diamond Hawaii Resort & Spa) for the Hui's 3rd annual Wailea Food & Wine Celebration, a fundraiser for the arts center and its printmaking program.

Sponsored by
Chambers & Chambers wine merchants, the event took place on the resort's Gazebo Lawn, offering breathtaking views during sunset followed by an elegant setting beneath the stars. The evening included fine cuisine by top chefs Chris Kulis of Capische, James Furnish of Five Palms, Eric Arbogast of Cuatro, Ralph Giles of Catering from Soup to Nuts and Cameron Lewark of Spago as well as delectable wines donated by Justin Vineyards & Winery, Shafer Vineyards and Testarossa Vineyards. Dessert was provided by the talented Maui Culinary Academy. Celebrated musician Melinda Caroll entertained the crowd while former Hui No'eau print studio director Paul Mullowney presented special edition prints by Brad Brown, Judy Pfaff and Max Gimblett at specially reduced event prices. Additionally, the Hui's annual Printmaking Studio Calendar was released, which features original prints by 13 prominent printmaking artists, all of whom donated their work for this praised tradition.

"We owe much of the event's success to Jim Powlan," says Executive Director Caroline Killhour of the Chambers & Chambers head, who sponsored the event, "Jim's been involved with Hui No'eau as a student, devoted open studio participant, exhibitor and successful artist. We sincerely thank him, as well as his wife, Barbara Fong, for their extraordinary support of the event, the Hui and of community arts education on Maui."

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(Eric Romanchak, Jill Spalding, Jim Haynes, Leona Holaday, Sandi Stoner, Melinda Carrol, Lee & John Hoxie, Sandy Rice, Wendy Peterson, Sarah Bredhoff, Carolyn Schaefer Gray, Tim Farrington, Lou Cole, Sara Farrington, Jolene Cole, Steve & Billie Moksnes, Jack Gray, Judy & Pete Siracusa, Mike & Jill Spalding, winners of the Max Gimblett Guggenheim Enso, John & Donnette Gene Wilson, Executive Director Caroline Killhour with Hui President Jennifer Brunner) Photographs by the extraordinary Anna Feingold

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