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OPENING RECEPTION JULY 20th, 2013: Abstract Wood Sculptures by JEAN PAUL BLAIS | Abstract Paintings by UDO NOGER

abstract-wood-sculpturesIt’s time for our second Art Opening Exhibition of 2013 and we are welcoming you to join us on the evening of SATURDAY, JULY 20th (6-8pm) for this much awaited event.

On that evening we are looking forward to unveiling the exciting new abstract wood sculptures by Swiss sculptor Jean Paul Blais and mixed media paintings by artist Udo Noger.

Paia Contemporary gallery has been closely collaborating over the past three months with painter Udo Noger. The outcome is a stunning art collection composed of 17 abstract paintings.

The formation of Jean Paul Blais abstract wood sculpture collection for this coming exhibition started back in 2010. Patience and perseverance finally paid off and we are very excited to introduce the acclaimed artist’s work for the first time in the United States.

For updates on our Paia art exhibition this coming JULY 20th, follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you at Paia Contemporary Gallery this coming Saturday!

ABOUT JEAN PAUL BLAIS  –  Since 1997, Jean Paul Blais’ abstract wood sculptures have been featured in a number of international exhibitions including Switzerland, Belgium, France and USA. His work resides in many private and public collections including the Ville de Gland and Fondation de Corse. Born in Tunisia, the smallest country of northern Africa, Jean Paul has now lived and worked in Switzerland for over 30 years.

ABOUT UDO NOGER  –  Udo Noger’s abstract contemporary paintings have been featured in hundreds of solo and group exhibitions world wide. His modern artwork resides in such prestigious public collections as the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), The Art Institute of Chicago, Daum Museum of Contemporary Art and the private collections of Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Halle Berry, Axl Rose and Sylvester Stallone to name a few.

 

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Hawaii Modern Luxury – Abstract Art by Alejandro Goya – Paia Contemporary Gallery

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Hawaii Modern Luxury – Abstract Art – Alejandro Goya

Remote Control Abstract Artist Alejandro Goya wows the art world from Maui’s rural North Shore | By Shannon Wianecki | Photography by Tony Novak-Clifford |

When Alejandro Goya opened the Paia Contemporary Gallery in 2007, the Buenos Aires native delivered a shot of sophistication to Maui’s tiny hippie town. Abstract art may not be what most tourists expect to discover along the Hana Highway, but serious collectors quickly ferreted out the minimalist showroom, awarding Goya and fellow artists exhibits in New York and coveted spots in permanent museum collections.” Paia is a door to the world,” says Goya. “It looks mellow and quaint, but you’ve got major corporation owners and movie producers here. I don’t have to go anywhere, they come to me.” For those who can’t make the trip to Maui, his first book, Paia Contemporary Gallery Book, is scheduled for publication in early 2011. The 41-year-old painter-turned-curator logged time in Boston, Miami and Los Angeles before settling into Maui’s mellow North Shore. An avid windsurfer, Goya gladly abandoned skyscrapers for the slow pace of paradise. “ The less distractions I have, the more I get done,” he says. “I used to drive three hours a day in Los Angeles. Here, I don’t put 2,000 miles a year on my car. The health food store, the beach and my gallery are all a block away.” And when funky Paia feels too metropolitan, he and his brother, world-champion windsurfer Francisco Goya, caravan down to Punta San Carlos, Mexico, where they sleep in tents and surf mile-long waves. Goya’s paintings reflect his immediate surroundings. “I really enjoy how nature affects what man has created,” he says. “When working on my abstract art I stay away from glossiness. Nature doesn’t put a gloss on things.”

Luna Series #34 – by artist Alejandro Goya

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The New York Times – Maui’s Northshore Art Scene, Paia

Where Wetsuits and Art Meet in Maui
By DANIELLE PERGAMENT

IT was just after 10 a.m. and the Paia Contemporary Gallery was getting ready to open. The sun was streaming through the glass storefront, giving everything inside a warm glow. Alejandro Goya, the gallery’s owner, was adjusting a small glass sculpture just a fraction of an angle.

“I’m interested in abstract art, as you can tell,” said Mr. Goya, who was surrounded by crisp white walls and vaguely figurative sculptures, some costing a few thousand dollars. But any notion that this was a high-priced gallery in a big city was punctured when a group of surfers walked past the front door — barefoot, boards under their arms, and wetsuits unzipped to their waists.

Surfing and art mingle a lot in Paia — a blink-and-you-miss-it town — on the north shore of Maui. For years, this old Hawaiian sugar town has been a respite for stoners, surfers and, according to many locals, a certain low-key breed of celebrities like Willie Nelson, the Doobie Brothers, Woody Harrelson and Kris Kristofferson.

In recent years, however, the chill surfer vibe has been joined by a buzzing art scene, with a half-dozen new galleries representing artists like Mary Mitsuda, David Ivan Clark and Udo Nöger. Their works have not only attracted the attention of the international art-collecting crowd, who come here on spending holidays, but also that of major institutions like the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Meanwhile, boho-chic hotels and fancy farm-to-table restaurants have opened, and a different caliber of tourist (as in the wealthy, art-buying caliber) has started turning Paia into an unlikely destination for contemporary art.

“You have all that exotica, these wonderful restaurants and top-notch galleries,” said Michael Kessler, an artist who lives in Santa Fe but recently had his first show in Paia. “I don’t know any other place like it.”

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“Universal Art” – The Honolulu Star

Paia Contemporary Gallery opened two years ago, the brainchild of artists Alejandro Goya and Kenn Briner. Their aim was to offer a space exhibiting works from an art-centered, rather than commercial, mindset.

“This gallery has a very different feel and look. The art is not jammed; it’s displayed in a more respectful way,” Goya says.

Longtime Maui artist Ben Kikuyama says Paia Contemporary has the feel of a Chelsea, N.Y., gallery: “an open room with white walls, stark, but everything is about the art.”

Kikuyama, a contemporary artist who’s worked full time on his art since 1986, has been extensively involved in Maui’s art community. He says he’s crossing his fingers that Goya and Briner succeed, because “Maui has a stigma for commercial work.”

“I hope they can bring up the awareness of the level of work being produced on this island,” Kikuyama says. “Alejandro has a pretty good eye for talent and work. One of the things I’m excited about is that they’re bringing in a good selection of contemporary work. It’s hard to find nonrepresentational contemporary art in this state.”

This month the gallery features the paintings of Maui’s Tony Walholm, president of Ebb and Flow Arts, and Florida’s Babette Herschberger.

Goya says the gallery provides “a more universal experience rather than a local one. We’re not trying to fill a niche. Customers from New York and San Francisco are my biggest collectors. They’re saying we could have this gallery anywhere in the world, not just because of the (caliber of the) artists, but because it’s run by artists and for the way it looks. People who love art love to see art this way. They have a good experience here, and they return before they leave.”

In fact, Goya says he has repeat clients who return annually, and some visit three or four times a year.

“One client owns $100,000 of my work. Art lovers, if they have the means, will purchase what they want. We’ve grown rapidly from featuring four artists to 15, so when customers return they always see something new.”

But it’s not only the financial rewards that motivate these gallery owners.

“This is a gallery that works with artists and collectors,” says Goya. “As an artist, I was not free to meet collectors. Now I know them as friends, and through this gallery there’s a growing sense of community. When we have events here, a lot of artists come in. They interact with each other, have a drink of wine. It’s not just about picking up a check.”

Kikuyama says Paia Contemporary’s success inspires him as an artist.

“They’re refreshing,” he says. “You sort of feel alone because not a lot of artists here are doing their art full time. I’m lucky, but it’s always a challenge and a struggle. It creates a different atmosphere when someone is succeeding.”

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The Seattle Times – Paia Contemporary Gallery

Where Wetsuits and Art Meet in Maui
By DANIELLE PERGAMENT

IT was just after 10 a.m. and the Paia Contemporary Gallery was getting ready to open. The sun was streaming through the glass storefront, giving everything inside a warm glow. Alejandro Goya, the gallery’s owner, was adjusting a small glass sculpture just a fraction of an angle.

“I’m interested in abstract art, as you can tell,” said Mr. Goya, who was surrounded by crisp white walls and vaguely figurative sculptures, some costing a few thousand dollars. But any notion that this was a high-priced gallery in a big city was punctured when a group of surfers walked past the front door — barefoot, boards under their arms, and wetsuits unzipped to their waists.

Surfing and art mingle a lot in Paia — a blink-and-you-miss-it town — on the north shore of Maui. For years, this old Hawaiian sugar town has been a respite for stoners, surfers and, according to many locals, a certain low-key breed of celebrities like Willie Nelson, the Doobie Brothers, Woody Harrelson and Kris Kristofferson.

In recent years, however, the chill surfer vibe has been joined by a buzzing art scene, with a half-dozen new galleries representing artists like Mary Mitsuda, David Ivan Clark and Udo Nöger. Their works have not only attracted the attention of the international art-collecting crowd, who come here on spending holidays, but also that of major institutions like the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Meanwhile, boho-chic hotels and fancy farm-to-table restaurants have opened, and a different caliber of tourist (as in the wealthy, art-buying caliber) has started turning Paia into an unlikely destination for contemporary art.

“You have all that exotica, these wonderful restaurants and top-notch galleries,” said Michael Kessler, an artist who lives in Santa Fe but recently had his first show in Paia. “I don’t know any other place like it.”

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Artist Bill Moore featured in USA Today

It’s great to see Father Bill Moore getting some press! This article by USA Today talks about Moore’s Southern California studio space and his calling to be an artist. As you probably already know, we enjoy his work here on Maui’s north shore and feature his paintings at the Paia Contemporary Gallery space. Next time your on the Hawaiian islands, drop by to see some of his work at the gallery! (Click the article image to read more).

 

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