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‘Honoring Tradition’

Viewpoints Gallery in Makawao features accomplished Maui artists.

March 28, 2013
The Maui Weekly

Viewpoints Gallery in Makawao presents "Honoring Tradition," an exhibit of recent works by Christina Cowan, Michael Clements and Joseph Fletcher.

Clements and Fletcher, both plein air painters, are recording the living history of Maui in a strong and vibrant manner in oil and pastel. Cowan enjoys exploring form, sculptural gesture and textured surfaces in her clay vessels and useful pots.

Cowan has been an integral part of the Maui art community for nearly 40 years, as educator, administrator and in her primary love--as a maker in clay.

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“Big Surf in Kapalua” Pastel by Michael Clements

"My recent work features objects and groupings for 'the center of the table, recalling the tradition of sitting together to share a meal with family and friends," said Cowan. "Made to enhance the routines and special occasions of daily living, the earthenware clay pieces also reference and pay homage to the history of hand-made pottery across cultures and throughout time."

Cowan's pieces have appeared in numerous regional and national exhibitions and are in private and public collections, including the Hawai'i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, Central Pacific Bank and Kaiser Permanente.

She is an instructor of ceramics at Kaunoa Senior Center and the Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center.

Clements has a passion for art and a commitment to quality. He is a 25-year resident of Maui, who has recently begun to rekindle his passion for art. His current works are primarily plein air compositions of Maui locales rendered in pastel.

"I am honoring the tradition of painting from life outdoors; recording a fleeting moment in time, as many of the world's artists have done before my time," said Clements. "I am part of a long line of artists that have become smitten with the beauty of life around us and the incredible light and color of our world. While painting from life is a joyful yet humbling experience, I feel honored to be able to pursue my passion in this age-old manner." He has exhibited his work in many local shows and has received many awards and recognition for his work.

Off in a field, or by the side of the road, sometimes on top of a hill, or sandwiched between parked cars, perhaps trudging through thick and thicket, you'll see Fletcher, but don't stop him; he's on a mission. As a plein air artist, he is firmly committed to enduring the whim of the weather and the lay of the land to create his inspired oil paintings.

Portraying the simple aspects of the world in which we live, Fletcher's artwork honors the moment and dedicates the craft to recording the living history of Maui in a strong and vibrant manner. His assured strokes and textured approach brings life and energy to the paintings he creates: These are visions of the real Maui, hidden right in front of us.

What drives his work to distinction is Fletcher's ability to identify, capture and reveal the nuances of light that define the world around us. It is this attribute that separates him from many other artists' work, as he tastefully reveals his passion, punctuated by highlights of deft inspiration. The result is a collection of paintings that fully express the beauty and dynamics of this vibrant island.

The exhibit will be showcased through April 26. Viewpoints Gallery is located at 3620 Baldwin Ave. Gallery hours are 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily Contact the gallery by calling (808) 572-5979 or by emailing Visit for more information.



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