Leon Holmes, left, accepts his Best of Show big giant check from Lois Reiswig, one of the organizers of the Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational

The Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational is a bright spot each February, and on top of the fine weather and colorful views, some artists leave the event with awards. Who wowed the crowd this year?

Leon Holmes won Best of Show with his painting “Head East.” John Poon took home Artists’ Choice for “Coastal Overlook,” and Carl Bretzke earned Collectors’ Choice honors with “Lahaina Harbor After Dark.”

“Head East,” by Leon Holmes. Best of Show
“Head East,” by Leon Holmes. Best of Show
A typical Maui view for the painters
A typical Maui view for the painters
“Coastal Overlook,” by John Poon. Artists’ Choice
“Coastal Overlook,” by John Poon. Artists’ Choice
“Lahaina Harbor After Dark,” by Carl Bretzke. Collectors’ Choice
“Lahaina Harbor After Dark,” by Carl Bretzke. Collectors’ Choice
Andrea Holden Haigh, Chris Haigh, and Greg LaRock visit with Flower Power, a performer with IONA Contemporary Dance Theatre at the event’s gala
Andrea Holden Haigh, Chris Haigh, and Greg LaRock visit with Flower Power, a performer with IONA Contemporary Dance Theatre at the event’s gala

The event was capped by a gala featuring wonderfully presented gourmet food and performances by the IONA Contemporary Dance Theatre. None of the pictures from the Plein Air Invitational showed anyone with less than a wide grin.

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