Who We Are

WHO WE ARE: MISSION & HISTORY / BOARD OF DIRECTORS / STAFF / TEACHING ARTISTS

Mission & History

Hui. 1. Club, association, society, organization, league, partnership, alliance; to form a society or organization; to meet, intermingle, associate, congregate. 2. To join, unite, combine, mix.
No‘eau. 1. Artistic, wise, skillful, dexterous, talented, expert, technical.

The mission of Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center is to unlock creativity through exceptional visual arts education, translated as “people coming together for a common purpose- for the development of artistic skill and the wisdom which derives from that expression.” Founded in 1934, Hui No‘eau is a gathering place for some of the greatest artistic minds contributing to Maui arts and culture. One of the last of its kind on Maui, it is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, non-degree granting, community-based arts education organization offering open access to quality visual arts instruction by teaching artists.

Situated on the historic estate of Kaluanui, a home built in 1917 by C.W. Dickey for Hui founder Ethel Baldwin, the Hui’s expansive, open-air space consists of various housing structures, stable, carriage house and garage that have since been transformed into fully functioning working artist studios, exhibition galleries and classrooms. The collective space offers an invaluable quality to all teaching artists, students, visitors and interested members of our community. The sense of place provided by the vast estate and awe-inspiring views of Haleakala, West Maui Mountains and Maui’s North Shore develop inspiration and invigorate artistic energy. Historic structures and expansive gardens serve as an educational centerpiece in our Maui community, offering a fully accessible, vital, open space for residents and visitors to come, learn and enjoy.

The art studios at Hui No‘eau are the only public studios on Maui that offer year-round access to fine art equipment and technical supervision for all who choose to participate. The exhibition program and galleries of Hui No‘eau play an important role in Maui’s growing art community, showing work from on and off island artists. The unique gallery shop features the work of Hui No‘eau member artists and a wide variety of handcrafted items, books, jewelry, cards, posters and prints – all representing the best of our island heritage.

In June 2005, the Hui community purchased the 25-acre property from Maui Land & Pineapple Company for the sum of $3.5 million, a sharp increase from an annual rent of $1 paid up until that point. This purchase assured the center and its legacy that the property would be available for future generations of artists and for Maui residents and visitors to enjoy in perpetuity. Raising the funds needed to purchase Kaluanui posed a serious challenge; however the community’s voice was loud and strong, resulting in the success of the “Save the Hui- Buy Kaluanui” campaign and the high regard for Kaluanui as a public asset.

Hui No‘eau aims to ensure access to the arts is a part of everyday life on Maui. We truly believe that art has the power to improve individuals, our community and our future. Art provides a fun, cathartic and meaningful outlet for creative thinking and expression. Art builds community by creating social connections and increasing cross-cultural awareness. Arts education makes a tremendous impact on the developmental growth of Maui’s youth. Future leaders of our community are nourished and molded by art!

Board of Directors

John W. Hoxie, Jr., PRESIDENT
Robert Rowland, VICE PRESIDENT
Sandra Stoner, VICE PRESIDENT
Joan Martin, TREASURER
Judy McCorkle, ASSISTANT TREASURER
Cheryl Tipton, SECRETARY
Carolyn Schaefer Gray, ASSISTANT SECRETARY

Hunton Conrad
Fran Davidson
Tim Garcia
Shannon Hoekstra
Donna Howard
Keoki Freeland
Craig Lofton
Douglas Schatz
Clay Sutherland
Janis von Thaden
Rick Volner, Jr.
Dane Ward
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Staff

Executive Director: Caroline Killhour - ext. 30

With nearly 20 years of executive level experience, Caroline Killhour began her work at the Hui as Programs Director in October 2007. Prior to joining Hui No`eau, Caroline was a senior leader for 10 years in the 1 billion dollar direct marketing company, L.L.Bean. The company’s emphasis on customer service, quality and brand management was a key training ground for her skills as a leader, manager and marketer. Most recently the Executive Director of The Art School at Kapalua here on Maui, Caroline received her BFA in Painting and Art Education from Tyler School of Art, Temple University and an Associates degree in Fashion Design from Fashion Institute of Technology SUNY. She also attended the University of Chicago for Executive MBA courses. She is an active painter and printmaker on Maui and is a regular contributor to local exhibitions and galleries.


Senior Development Officer: Shay Belisle - ext. 25

Shay Belisle was born and raised in Hawaii and is an alumna of Haleakala Waldorf School, Seabury Hall (‘00), Pepperdine University (’04). Shay came to work at the Hui after obtaining a MFA in English and Creative Writing from Mills College in Oakland, CA. As Sr. Development Officer, Shay is responsible for overseeing the visual arts center’s fundraising development plans, strategies and initiatives.


Membership Assistant: Charli Scott - ext. 33

Biography coming soon!


Programs & Exhibitions Coordinator: Lana Coryell - ext. 22

Born and raised on Maui, Lana Coryell graduated from Pomona College in Claremont, CA in May 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Analysis. She graduated cum laude and with honors from Phi Beta Kappa. She is passionate about environmental stewardship and exploring the ways in which communities can work together to create greater sustainability. Having taken Hui art classes since she was 5 years old, Lana believes in the power of the arts and the mission of Hui No‘eau!


Senior Program Mgr. & Editor in Chief of CREATE: Anne-Marie Forsythe - ext. 34

Anne-Marie began as an art student of the Hui in 1981, joined the team as Registrar in 2006, and was promoted to Program Manager in 2007. Born and raised here on Maui, Anne-Marie Forsythe oversees Hui programs including the Visiting Artist and Art & Aloha programs, Exhibition and Lecture programming, and all classes & workshops. Since joining the Hui, Forsythe has spearheaded the design, development and expansion of the Hui’s quarterly newsletter, CREATE, and has made significant developments to the Hui’s program offerings in terms of diversity, accessibility and quality.


Housekeeping: Stephanie Gemberling


Registrar: Jessica Hoecker - ext. 21


Visitor Service Representative: Claudio Marchetti


Sales & Event Rental Coordinator: Keri Meyer - ext. 23

Keri Meyer, Sales and Events Coordinator at Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center since 2008. After moving to Maui from California, Keri found Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center and began spending time in the Jewelry Studio. Keri continues to dabble in Hui classes such as printmaking, encaustic painting, ceramics and drawing. Jewelry Department head, JB Rea has been a wealth of knowledge, skill and encouragement. She continues her education at University of Hawaii- Maui College in the Applied Business and Information Technology (ABIT) degree program.


Accounting: Mary Orwig - ext. 35

Mary is a certified public accountant who has worked with Hui No`eau for 4 years. She has a long history with the Hui starting in 1976 when she and her husband were caretakers/artist in residence at the Kaluanui estate.


Facilities Assistant: Miguel Rivas


Events Coordinator - ext. 26

Coming soon!


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Teaching Artists

George Allan

(Oil Painting Teaching Artist ) George Allan has been an award-winning oil painter on Maui for 40 years. He was born in Melbourne, Australia, attended the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, then traveled for 12 years throughout North & South America, Europe and Russia. While living for 8 years in St. Anton, Austria, he studied art every summer in various European museums. Arriving in Lahaina in 1973, one of his first art awards was in 1977, when he won the Juror’s Award in the Hui’s Ethel Baldwin Memorial Exhibit. His work was accepted in 5 Artists of Hawai’i exhibits at the Honolulu Academy of Arts from 1979 to 1990. He has been invited many times to participate in invitational shows of The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu; Laguna Blanca Art Invitational, Santa Barbara; the Maui Arts & Cultural Center; and Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center. George has also been a Juror for exhibits throughout Hawai’i. He has written two books, “Our Island Home,” published by Village Galleries in Lahaina in 2000; and “Life is a Performance”, published by Maui Arts & Cultural Center in 2002. He has taught palette knife oil painting classes at the Hui since 1993, at the Volcano Art Center, the Lana’i Art Program, and various advanced placement art classes in high schools on Maui. His work is included in the collections of the Hawai’i State Art Museum, the Hawai’i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, as well as corporate and private collections throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.

 

Kathleen Alexander

(Watercolor Painting Teaching Artist) Kathleen Alexander is a California native, now living half of each year in Maui for inspiration. She has been painting in watercolor for thirty years. Kathleen earned her bachelor’s degree in biochemistry, but later decided to pursue a career in art. She was awarded a one-year scholarship to the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, and attended the AAU in 2000-2001. Kathleen has been participating in fine art festivals since 2005, and teaches beginning through advanced watercolor painting workshops. Her artwork has been accepted into national and international watercolor exhibitions around the globe. She has won many awards for her paintings, and received signature membership in both Northwest Watercolor Society and Watercolor West in 2009. She was a featured artist in the April 2010 issue of Watercolor Artist magazine, and is included in Splash 12 by Northlight Books, published in 2011, and the upcoming Splash 14, which will be published in 2013. Kathleen’s watercolors were accepted into the “Art Maui” exhibitions in 2011 and 2012. Kathleen is represented on Maui by the Village Galleries. www.kathleenalexanderwatercolors.com

Tania Arens

(Print studio tech) Tania Arens was born in N.Y.C.in 1969 and raised in Germany. She studied fine art at the Staedelschule/Frankfurt from 1988-1994. She then learned the art of tattooing and traveled extensively, until she settled in Hawai‘i. She currently works in tattooing and printmaking. Her prints have appeared in Artists of Hawai‘i, and the Honolulu Printmakers Annual Juried Exhibitions.

Luana Coonen

(Jewelry Making Teaching Artist) Luana Coonen is known for her art jewelry inspired by natural materials and created with precious metals and plastics. She holds a BFA in Jewelry/Metal Arts from California College of the Arts and has traveled and created jewelry around the world. Luana enjoys teaching, exhibiting art jewelry, and running a small jewelry business. Her work can be found in galleries across the nation. www.luanacoonen.com

Michael Clements

(Painting Teaching Artist) An avid plein air artist and advocate for the pastel medium, Michael Clements has been painting around the island of Maui for the past 10 years. His work has been exhibited in many juried shows and can be found in several galleries on Maui. He has participated in many Plein Air Invitational events both on Maui and the mainland. http://michaeleclements.com/

Chris Cowan

(Ceramic Teaching Artist) Chris Cowan has been an integral part of the Maui art community for more than thirty years—as educator, administrator and in her primary love, as a maker in clay. Christina has been a ceramicist for almost thirty-five years and has studied at the Banff School of Visual Art in Canada and the College of Ceramics, Alfred University in New York. Her work is often seen in juried shows and public and private collections and is available at the Hui’s Gallery Shop, Viewpoints Gallery, Maui Hands, and the Hana Coast Gallery.

Tanya Delury

(Youth Teaching Artist) Prior to working at the Hui, Tanya Delury taught High school Theatre Arts and English both in Australia & with the Red Roofs Theatre School in Britain. She is currently a resident Drama teacher with Maui Academy of Performing Arts and the MACC, working with elementary grade levels. Specializing in fusing the elements of drama, creative movement and poetry with visual arts, Tanya’s underlying themes promote cultural diversity and ecological consciousness. “Hui No’eau is a teaching space that is far from the grips of the State Education Department. One can run wild with innovative teaching techniques on subject matter that radiates out from the center…”

Bob Flint

(Ceramic Teaching Artist) Bob Flint earned his BFA and MFA with specialization in ceramics from the University of Hawai‘i. He has taught ceramics for fifteen years and continues to produce work from his Makawao studio. Bob has completed several public works of art for the Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture & the Arts.

Jaisy Hanlon

(Jewelry Making Teaching Artist) Jaisy Hanlon earned her BFA in Metalsmithing and BA in Interdisciplinary Visual Arts from the University of Washington in 2002 and her MFA from State University of New York at New Paltz in 2005. She has been a teaching and studio artist for the past ten years and has shown her work in New York, Colorado, Washington and Hawai‘i. Jaisy has been teaching metalsmithing and drawing at the Hui since 2007.

Aubrey Hord

(Photography Teaching Artist) Recently named one of Maui’s finest photographers by Absolute Maui, and a Teaching Artist at the Hui since 2010, Aubrey began her self-taught career in photography managing a high school darkroom. Since her first international trip to England at age 14, she has explored, studied or worked in 14 countries on 5 continents. She is a fine art, celebrity, portrait and wedding photographer known for her mastery of light, vivid colors, and designs. She has photographed dozens of musical icons for the Maui Arts and Cultural Center including Elton John, Jimmy Buffet, Aerosmith, John Legend and the Steve Miller Band. Her images are featured in the Te Papa Museum of New Zealand, Faces of Hawaii 2009, 2010, 2011 books and published in the new Absolute Maui book, Maui Arts and Cultural Center’s magazines, the Maui News and Maui No Ka Oi magazine. Her fine art is available at Maui boutiques and by special order. She and her husband currently live on the slopes of Haleakala volcano on Maui. Visit www.aubreyhord.com to learn more about Aubrey and her photography!

Monika Jost

(Silkscreen Teaching Artist) Swiss-born silkscreener, designer and educator Monika Jost enjoys working on different projects incorporating silkscreen printing, painting and media arts. Monika has learned her silkscreen trade 30 years ago and worked for different silkscreen companies. She enjoys sharing her silkscreen skills with others and watching students expressing their own ideas with this medium.

Chenta Laury

(Fiber Teaching Artist) Chenta Laury is an artist/educator who has worked in the fields of art and museum education for over twenty years. Originally from Oahu,, Chenta lived and worked as an educator at the Guggenheim and Noguchi Museums in New York City from 1995 – 2001. She returned to Maui in ’09. Chenta has a BA in art history and studio art from Oberlin College, an M. Ed. in Art in Education from Harvard, and a Certificate in Fiber Arts from the Fiber Crafts Studio in Rockland County, New York. She has exhibited her work in various group shown in New York and has work in private collections internationally. Chenta has taught art and fiber crafts to students of all ages, and is thrilled to bring her knowledge and skills to the Maui community.

Terry Lopez

(Oil Painting Teaching Artist) Terry Lopez received her MFA from California State University, Fullerton in drawing and painting. She has taught drawing and painting foundation courses for the past several years in the Fullerton’s visual arts department. Terry’s work has been exhibited in numerous juried shows in both California and Hawai‘i. http://www.terrylopezart.com/

Nancy Martel

(Keiki Teaching Artist) Nancy Martel joined the Maui arts community twelve years ago when she began to study and create pottery. She took her first ceramics class at the Hui and has continued to share her love of pottery with Hui students for the past ten years. http://www.nancymaui.com

Julie Matheis

(Jewelrymaking and Keiki Teaching Artist and studio tech) Julie Matheis earned her bachelors degree in Jewelry & Metalsmithing at the Rhode Island School of Design. She has shown her award-winning work internationally in exhibitions, magazines, and books. She began teaching at the Hui in 2006.

Brian Miller

(Photo Teaching Artist and studio tech) Brian Miller received his BA and MA in photography and has worked as a staff photographer for Surfer Magazine. He has taught at colleges in California, at Maui Community College, and in the Hawai‘i Department of Education. His photographs have been in many exhibitions and are part of a number of individual and institutional collections.

J.B. Rea

(Jewelry Making Teaching Artist and studio tech) J.B. Rea received his BFA in Industrial Design from the University of Illinois and MFA in Silversmithing from the Rochester Institute of Technology School for American Craftsman. He has taught at Colorado State University, Fort Collins and Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, California. He began teaching at Hui No‘eau in 1982 and is currently the jewelry studio’s technician. His work can be seen at Viewpoints Gallery in Makawao.

Abigail Romanchak

(Youth Teaching Artist) Abigail Romanchak received a BFA and MFA in printmaking from the University of Hawaii, Manoa. She has held teaching positions at Punahou School, Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center the Maui Arts and Cultural Center and The Honolulu Academy of Arts. Abigail has participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions on the state, national & international level. Her work belongs to many public and private collections including, Australia National Museum, The White House, The Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, Hanapi Foundation, Jon Hara Associates, Inc. Architects, The Four Seasons, Maui, Ritz Carlton, Kapalua and The Maunakea Hotel, Hawaii.

H. Lee Shapiro

(Drawing Teaching Artist) H. Lee Shapiro is a true renaissance man. He is an engineer, past-hospital administrator, artist, writer, inspirational speaker, poet, teacher, counselor, and seminar leader. He is a nationally renowned watercolorist who has exhibited in over 40 galleries across the U.S. He is best known for his illustration of the international best-selling children’s classic, “There’s No Such Place as Far Away”, written by Richard Bach. He has also designed many world cup posters. Additionally, Lee has been a relationship counselor for 30 years. http:www.hleeshapiro.com

Nelly Sorokko

(Painting, Drawing and Printmaking Teaching Artist) Born in Riga, Latvia to Russian parents, Nelly Sorokko studied civil engineering and architecture and worked in an architecture laboratory. She then emigrated with her family to US where she was involved in her family’s art dealing international business. Since 1989, she has lived and worked in Maui, Hawaii. Nelly has participated in prestigious juried shows on Maui. She has continued her art studies in Florence, Italy where she was professionally trained as Renaissance figurative drawer & painter at the The Florence Academy of Art (1999-2003) and printmaker at Il Bizonte, International School of Graphic Art (2003-2010). Her passion is to work in abstract expressionism and minimalism; she specializes in large format oil on linen paintings and malty plates aquatints and mono types. She lives and works in her art studio Upcountry.

Roger B. Stephens

(Painting, Drawing and Mixed Teaching Artist) Roger B. Stephens has been a practicing artist for over 35 years. After obtaining a Masters degree in painting and drawing from the University of North Carolina (Western Carolina University) he became a professional sign artist and illustrator before accepting a teaching position for the NC Community College system. Roger moved Maui in 2004 to pursue a career as a muralist and fine artist. To view images of Roger B. Stephens’ work please visit his website at http:www.rbstephensart.com

Jesse Stuart

(Keiki Teaching Artist)Jesse Stuart graduated from University of California, Los Angeles with a major in education and a minor in art. She has taught in elementary and pre-schools and initiated a swim-school nursery school in London. Jesse has taught art and swimming all over Maui and had been teaching at the Hui since 1989. Jesse is an artist and has completed her first children’s book.

Tony Walholm

(Oil Painting Teaching Artist) Tony Walholm is renowned for his large-scale oil paintings of the “visionary abstract” style. Tony taught at Chaminade University in Honolulu for ten years before becoming a teaching artist for the Hui. He has been painting full time since 1982. His work can be seen at the Stanford University Children’s Hospital, the Hawai‘i State Art Museum, and the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Castle Theater and is part of many private collections. He is currently represented by Paia Contemporary Gallery.

Roberta Ann Weisenburg

(Jewelry Teaching Artist & Studio Technician) Roberta Weisenburg has been working as a jeweler since 1981. Specializing in Custom Design, Casting, Fabrication, Fusing and Granulation, Roberta is a Certified Argentium Instructor. Recently she has relocated to Maui from San Francisco, where she maintained a studio since 1985 and taught privately. Her love for metal work has been ongoing and she is truly inspired to reach new heights on Maui and to share her knowledge with Hui students!

David Welty

(Jewelry Teaching Artist) David L. Welty studied at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design then finished his Bachelors and Masters degree in Design from the University of Minnesota. He has taught jewelry design at the university level and has also been in the business of custom goldsmithing for almost 40 years, 25 on Maui. He has received awards locally and internationally for his jewelry designs. David’s work can be seen online at weltydesigns.com and is represented by Viewpoints Gallery in Makawao. He loves making custom jewelry in beautiful Upcountry Maui and teaching his passion at the Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center located in Makawao, Hawaii.
www.weltydesigns.com

Deb Zaleski

(Ceramic Teaching Artist and studio manager) Deb Zaleski has been involved in the Maui art community for thirty years. As a founding member of the Maui Crafts Guild, she served as the first President and as an Executive Board member for five years before owning and operating her own gallery. She returned to the Hui in 2006 and has been the Hui’s Ceramics Manager for the past four years.