Online Studio/Gallery and Home of Maui Art Workshops, Classes and Retreats
"It has been said that art is a tryst, for in the joy of it maker and beholder meet." ~Kojiro Tomita
"I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way - things I had no words for." ~Georgia O'Keeffe
When folks ask me why I paint, I've wondered myself at the answer . . . what should I say? Because it brings me joy? Because I want to share that joy with others? The answer comes to me every time I pick up a brush. Every time I mix a color or watch pigment mingle on the canvas . . . I realize then, it is about the process.
For me, the deeper meaning in what I paint, lies in my passion to preserve the Maui I discovered when I came "home" in 1981. The greens are greener here, the ocean bluer, the skies full of drama and light . . . but the true Maui is in the kama'aina, the kupuna who are leaving us. They are the spirit behind the word "aloha," they are teaching me to see. I hope to continue learning to view Maui not only through the eyes of an artist, but through the aging eyes of her beautiful people, and that I may one day come close to adequately saying with color and shapes that which I have "no words for."
E komo mai.
I hope you will get a positive impression of my artwork and maybe even take some home with you.
Call me to make an appointment to stop by my Haiku, Maui studio - visitors are always welcome!
With fond aloha,
Discover the magic of the underpainting and creating luminous florals in this fun, two-day workshop! Carmen will provide indepth coverage of color relationships, modeling for form and value, glazing, and more! Participants will learn the basic essentials required to plan and execute a piece filled with intensity and light.
Check out the Daniel Smith Blog! Carmen's one of the winners of their 11th Annual National Art Competition!
Art Maui, 2013
Carmen's Painting One of Two Watercolors Chosen for Art Maui, 2013
Works selected for Art Maui 2013
346 artists registered 555 works. 135 works, by 123 artists, were selected.
Carmen is proud to have her painting "Kalawao Blues" selected for inclusion in Hui No'eau's "Infinite Blue" exhibition. 283 works were entered, 51 chosen by juror Rich Richardson, Executive Director of HAPA: Hawaii Academy of Performing Arts, Chinatown Artists Lofts & The Arts at Marks Garage, Honolulu.
Are you looking for a great piece of artwork for your home or work place? This online gallery presents you with an overview of Carmen's artwork, and you can also contact her directly. We're sure you'll find something that suits your taste and artistic needs... if not, commissions are glady accepted.
Viewpoints Gallery in Makawao will unveil new works by five Hawaii artists during an exhibition opening this week and continuing through April 19.
Meet the artists - painters Joseph Fletcher, Michael Clements and Carmen Gardner, and sculptors Jazz Glickenhaus and Vince Hogan - during the opening reception at 5 p.m. Friday.
Fletcher "honors the moment and dedicates the craft to recording the living history of Maui in a strong and vibrant manner"; Clements catches "light and color in its constantly changing states"; Gardner's "watercolor celebration of Maui is a luminious tribute to the people, special moments and natural beauty"; Glickenhaus focuses on "abstract and realism, finding a point in the middle where these two styles can come together"; and Hogan, who has been turning Maui hardwoods for decades, creates "spectacular traditional and contemporary pieces," according to a gallery release.
Viewpoints is located at 3620 Baldwin Ave. For details, call the gallery at 572-5979.
Cheap Joe's Spring Catalog features one of Carmen's watercolors.
Join Mary Whyte in Tuscany . . . May 2013!
Seven unforgettable days of
painting and touring the Italian landscape
and figure for artists and travel enthusiasts of all levels. Explore the towns, museums
and vineyards of Tuscany, as you paint side by side with nationally acclaimed watercolorist Mary
Whyte. We will stay at the Tuscan Renaissance Center with stunning views of the Tuscan hills, while enjoying first class meals and wine, all within a short distance to historic cities like Florence and Sienna. Enjoy a full morning of one-on-one instruction, then choose to spend your afternoons painting on your own, or exploring with Mary Whyte on fully guided tours. Interested in a regional cooking class or wine tasting? We will do it all! Register early, as Whyte's classes always fill quickly. Don't miss this trip
and class of a lifetime!
Carmen will be attending this once in a lifetime art adventure and she invites you to join her and the other participants with Mary Whyte in Tuscany!
For further info and to register: Contact Tracy at Art in the Mountains http://www.artinthemountains.com/marywhyteitaly.html
Celebration of Hawai'i 2012: The Art of Hula
Check out the February 2012 issue of
Maui No Ka 'Oi magazine!
Carmen's painting of Kumu Hula, Hokulani Holt, is featured on page 39!
Malama Wao Akua Juried Exhibition 2011
Carmen is proud to have two works accepted into this year's juried show at Viewpoints Gallery in Makawao . . . now thru December 2, 2011. Don't miss this exceptional exhibition. A partnership with East Maui Watershed, partial proceeds to benefit and protect our native species . . .
ART MAUI JURIED EXHIBITION 2011--
Carmen had TWO paintings in the show!
"Kaleidoscopic Caldera" Oil, and "The Lei Ladies of Paradise Flower Farm", a watercolor, were both chosen by juror Hiroki Morinoue for inclusion in the 2011 Art Maui annual juried exhibition.
Read the article, pubished in the Daniel Smith catalog . . . "The Four Basic Watercolor Washes"
by Carmen Gardner
Whether in a classroom setting, private lessons, or with a group of your friends, Carmen can provide you with expert instruction either out in the community or
at her studio. One of the best instructors anywhere, Carmen's students come back again and again and are always pleased with their growth as artists and with their new understanding of the
Looking for a unique and inspiring "artsy vacation?" Why not plan an "art retreat" with a group of your friends? Maui has long been known as the #1 island destination by Conde Nast Traveler, and with good reason. Colors are brighter, people are warmer, and the climate perfect . . .
We can set up a custom "retreat" in one of the most beautiful locations on the island, away from the crowds and resorts, and full of inspiration!
For more info on workshops now being offered and for info on custom packages: Click here
"Maui Christmas" holiday cards
Blank inside so you can personalize your greeting
5.5" X 8/5"
Viewpoints, Maui's Premier Art Gallery, Presents
"A Celebration of Hawaii 2011"
This exhibition features new work by some of Maui's most well-respected artists. The show runs January 21, thru March
1st. Don't miss it!
Carmen is honored to have five works in this wonderful exhibition.
Viewpoints Gallery is located at 3620 Baldwin Ave., Suite 101, Makawao, HI 96768
Do you want to know more about Carmen's work?
or give her a call at 808 357-1237.
Carmen Gardner Studio
Haiku, Maui, Hawaii 96708
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Now offering new art courses for beginners and advanced students.
See Carmen's work (free!)
You can take a look at current work on exhibit. It's free, so please stop by Viewpoints Gallery in Makawao, Hana Coast Gallery at the Hotel Hana Maui, and Hui No'eau Gallery Shop on Baldwin Avenue.
Also, commissions by apointment with Carmen, contact the artist for a consultation.
Call or email: MauiArtist@CarmenGardner.net
Carmen Gardner, Maui Online!
E komo mai . . . Welcome to Carmen's online gallery and brand-new website! We hope you enjoy your visit, and that you will return often.
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