Maui Open Studios…Shane Robinson

by Tania Ginoza on February 11, 2013 · 13 comments

Weekend #1 of Maui Open Studios is over and it was fucking awesome y’all.

Shane Robinson

 The red carpet wall in Shane Robinson’s Haiku studio.

Maui Open Studios is an annual event, held in February, when artists island-wide open up their studios to the public. For week #1, artists from the North Shore and Upcountry welcomed art lovers to their spaces for demonstrations, refreshments and guided tours. A studio visit brings a new dimension to the experience of appreciating and collecting art. Meeting the artist in person, seeing firsthand where they create and hearing them speak about their process is unforgettable.

My first stop was Shane Robinson’s workspace at the Pauwela Cannery in Haiku. The Pauwela Cannery is a former pineapple cannery with large units housing woodworkers, artists and board shapers. Shane’s studio has high ceilings with an industrial and unfinished feel. The windows overlook the never-ending green of Haiku. There are several exhibition rooms within, a gallery wall full of small square canvas pieces and several task areas. The largest work area holds long built-in shelving along one side with a standing table in the middle and a large weathered reclining bench.

Shane is an abstract painter and photographer. His images captured via DSLR, iPhone and iPad are unfiltered and one of a kind.  He utilizes Intentional Camera Movement (ICM) to achieve vibrant colored images that resemble the soft strokes of a paint brush. His exhibition also included several textured pieces using string and other materials. Beautiful handmade frames also accompanied several of his larger pieces.

Many of the artists on Maui create beautiful pieces that represent our island home. Paintings of ocean scenes, glass or rich wood sculptures of marine life and images of tremendous sized waves can be found in many Maui art galleries. What I particularly enjoyed about Shane’s work is it took me down a unique path. His art is not a literal interpretation of our island home. He urged me, through his imagery, to view our corner of the world from a different perspective.

Please enjoy a few short video captures of Shane’s Haiku studio.

You can read about and see more of Shane’s work here. Next weekend’s Maui Open Studios will be focused on artists from Central Maui, the Road to Hana and Hana. For information on the participating artists or locations where you can pick up their free guidebook, visit mauiopenstudios.com

Why is the Be Fucking Awesome wall the red carpet wall? No one could resist the lure to pose with it. Here’s a sneak peek of Maui bloggers and tweeters in their red carpet moment. Check out more awesome antics in Maui photographer Peter Liu’s flickr stream here.

8464437118_f5755be1bd Photo courtesy of Peter Liu & Kaiscapes Media Photo courtesy of Peter Liu & Kaiscapes Media Photo courtesy of Peter Liu & Kaiscapes Media

 

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Shane Robinson February 12, 2013

Wow Wow Wow!!! Mahalo Nui Tania for your amazing coverage of my Open Studio and for coming up to the North Shore and spending time with us!! Awesome!!!

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Tania Ginoza February 19, 2013

I had a great time! So much fun, you three were great hosts (I’m including Lexi).

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Carolyn Quan February 12, 2013

Hi Tania,

It was wonderful meeting you on the weekend during Weekend 1 of the MOS event. Thanks for coming out to visit with the artists and for the exposure you are giving the event. I know the artists will appreciate it as do I, of course. Shane is a great artist and I love the blog post featuring him and his work. It won’t be long before he has a steady following. I’m happy to hear that you had fun on the tours. I’m happy that Victorian Angel made it into your home too. Thanks for your great work! Aloha, Carolyn

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Tania Ginoza February 19, 2013

So wonderful to meet you too and I love the angel. You are an inspiration!

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Elinor Gawel (Eli) February 12, 2013

It was great fun to go to the studios. I really liked Mike Neal’s woodwork, photos and paintings.

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Tania Ginoza February 19, 2013

I didn’t make it to the Neals. Intended to but was exhausted after the Hui (I don’t get out much, low stamina).

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Roxanne Darling February 12, 2013

You are such a gem Tania. Thank you for visiting, for blogging, and you even captured studio dog Lexi in a video! We hope you love your Shane Art for a long time to come – I love the Ginger abstract you selected.

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Tania Ginoza February 19, 2013

I love it too and it looks great here. I really enjoyed hearing more about Shane’s work and finally meeting him IRL. By the way, I’m available to dog sit anytime :-) Lexi is a doll.

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kathy @ vodka and soda February 14, 2013

i love that first photo!

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Tania Ginoza February 19, 2013

Thank you!

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Courtney - Maui Jungalow February 19, 2013

What fun!

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Tania Ginoza February 19, 2013

Thanks Courtney! I saw you made it to an open studio too. Really an awesome event for Maui. Can you believe this is my first year?!

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