Who We Are


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 and to enhance this endeavor through the preservation of the historical Kaluanui Estate, 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

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

Diane Bevilacqua
Hunton Conrad
Keoki Freeland
Tim Garcia
Mercy Palmer
Cathryn Paxton-Haines
Michelle Sewell
Robert Stoner
Clay Sutherland
Dane Ward


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.

Membership & Programs Assistant and Teaching Artist: Katie Peterson - ext. 33

Katie Peterson is a local artist, specializing in detailed graphite and watercolor renderings. Her love of the natural world and experiences farming and hiking in the Adirondack and Siskiyou Mountains inspire much of her work. She holds BAs in Creative Writing and Studio Art from SUNY Geneseo and a certificate in Herbalism from Herb Pharm in Williams, OR. As a singer/songwriter, Katie often incorporates music and poetry into her lessons, believing that music – like gardening – is a creative art form that not only mimics the expressive qualities of the visual arts, but also enhances and inspires the creative experience.

Programs & Exhibitions Manager: 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!

Front Desk & Exhibitions Coordinator: Joshua Dahl

Biography coming soon!

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

Anne-Marie Forsythe was born on Oahu and then raised on Maui. She joined the Hui nine years ago, spearheading and directing the design, development and expansion of the Hui’s quarterly newsletter, Create. She directs all aspects of 300+ programs offered at the Hui each year for both youth and adult. She oversees production of the Hui’s Create Magazine, Hui facilities, and community outreach efforts. With a strong background in sales, Anne-Marie is a core advisor for every department at Hui No‘eau.
Registrar: Jessica Hoecker - ext. 21

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.

Facilities Manager: William Gould

Front Desk Assistant: Phaedra Wais

Coming soon!

Development, Marketing & Membership Manager: Erin Wooldridge - ext. 25

Coming soon!


Teaching Artists

George Allan

(Guest Artist: 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.

Gwen Arkin

(Photography and photography studio tech)
Using processes perfected in the earliest days of photography, Gwen Arkin uses the simplest of cameras (holga, pinhole, haselblad) to record familiar scenes and objects. She exercises her alchemy and artistic will in the darkroom to offer images at once familiar and ephemeral.

She composes continuous narratives, linked with gently superimposed visual segues. Fugitive figures imply a spiritual dimension, while their softly focused stillness conjures the legacy of photographic Pictorialism.

In silk, her imagery runs to the abstract, while maintaining close bonds with photographic transfer processes. A sensual dimension emerges in diaphanous colors and textures, combined in dream-sequences of form and color.

She received her BFA from the University of Illinois, Chicago and MFA from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and now resides on the island of Maui in Hawaii. Her work can be viewed at Zforrest Gallery, Makawao, Maui, Hawaii

Jody Arthur

(Book Arts Teaching Artist and print studio tech)

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/

Tanya Delury Wilson

(Youth Teaching Artist) Prior to working at the Hui, Tanya Delury Wilson 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…”

Stephen Fellerman

(Glassblowing Teaching Artist) Stephen Fellerman grew up in New York and attended Pratt Institute where he took a ceramics class and experienced working with his hands for the first time. Upon graduation, Fellerman headed west to Sausalito, CA to discover one of the most creative art centers in the country- a small glass studio (one of the few at the time). He watched others and absorbed a variety of techniques, then experimented during his allotted time. After a year in California, he returned east to Kent, Connecticut to open his own studio, becoming one of the first studio glass artists to make a living from glassblowing. Responding to a style resurgence, Fellerman specialized in Art Nouveau inspired pieces, and his reputation grew. By the early 1980s, with increasingly more artisans blowing glass, he began to branch out into more personal and original work. He had a passion for the process, and spent years refining its expression to “push the envelope” of his medium. Fellerman says he hopes to blow glass until his last breath. His works are part of the Corning Museum of Glass permanent collection, Corning N.Y.; The Chrysler Museum permanent collection, Norfolk, VA.; and the White House Collection, Washington D.C.; Queen Beatrice of the Netherlands, private collection.; and “North American Glass” Gilford Handicraft center, Gilford Connecticut; Hartford Square North.

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.

Jobst Frohberg

(Ceramic Teaching Artist)TBA

Carmen Gardner

(Painting Teaching Artist) Since arriving on Maui in 1981, Carmen Gardner’s artistic journey has led her through ten years as a popular radio personality where she explored her love of music . . . and the next decade as an actor/director, including a summer at England’s Royal National Theatre where she studied with Sir Ian McKellan and other “British Masters.” And now, she has come full circle … back to her first love: painting. She has always admired watercolor artists and their tenacity. Her art has been influenced by painters like John Singer Sargent; Winslow Homer; Mary Whyte; Henry Caselli; Stephen Scott Young; and Georgia O’Keeffe, to name a few. Carmen has always treasured the creative “process,” the “getting there,” more than the arrival at a final product or performance. To that end, she is now honored to be sharing the adventure with the many “Maui Masters” who make the Valley Isle their home. She hopes her art reflects the “spirit” of the islands. As a 32 year resident of Haiku, on Maui’s north shore, Carmen’s art is an “almost kama’aina’s” reflection on the “island way of life.” She invites you to share in the experience.

Jenna Gottlieb

(Youth Teaching Artist)TBA

Aubrey Hord

(Photography Teaching Artist) Recently named one of Maui’s finest photographers by Absolute Maui and 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. Aubrey has earned the Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) designation from Professional Photographers of America. She is the only woman in the state of Hawaii with this designation. There are currently only nine other CPPs in the state. Visit www.aubreyhord.com to learn more about Aubrey and her photography!

Michael Javalde

(Printmaking, Photography & Youth Teaching Artist)TBA

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.

Mike Neal

(Photography Teaching Artist)International award-winning photographer Mike Neal’s work is inspired by nature. Captures of big waves, wildlife, beautiful sunsets, raging lava or the peaceful night skies inspire awe in the world around us. Mike’s work has been featured in many books, magazines and websites around the world. His images have earned awards and been featured in prominent juried shows and contests including the Global XXL Awards, Art Maui, Hui No’eau, Mālama Wao Akua, , Photo Maui, and more. Follow him on Facebook at MikeRNeal, or visit NealStudios.net to see more of his work.

Brian Persha

(Ceramic Teaching Artist)TBA

Katie Peterson

(Youth Teaching Artist)Katie Peterson is a local artist, specializing in detailed graphite and watercolor renderings. Her love of the natural world and experiences farming and hiking in the Adirondack and Siskiyou Mountains inspire much of her work. She holds BAs in Creative Writing and Studio Art from SUNY Geneseo and a certificate in Herbalism from Herb Pharm in Williams, OR. As a singer/songwriter, Katie often incorporates music and poetry into her lessons, believing that music – like gardening – is a creative art form that not only mimics the expressive qualities of the visual arts, but also enhances and inspires the creative experience.

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.

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!

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 nine years.