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On Maui, an art exhibition offers a portrait of the people of Hawaii

On Maui, an art exhibition offers a portrait of the people of Hawaii
A collage of 66 portraits highlight the diversity of the people and the artwork from a portrait exhibition at Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului. The works will be on display through mid-March. (Maui Arts & Cultural Center)

Visitors to Maui can explore the varied faces of people of Hawaii through a free art exhibition in Kahului.

Works of art from the Schaefer Portrait Challenge are on display through mid-March at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center.

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Every three years, the center invites artists working in various media – including painting, printmaking and sculpture – to submit works that depict the people and stories of Hawaii through what's called "explorations in portraiture."

This year's exhibition contains 66 works by more than 60 artists from the Big Island of Hawaii, Kauai, Lanai, Maui and Oahu. Their works represent people of various cultural and ethnic backgrounds and vary from literal to abstract.

The portraits are displayed in the Center's Schaefer International Gallery, open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays. Admission is free.

Guests who visit by March 8 can vote for the People's Choice Award. It, along with a $5,000 prize, will be awarded during a reception at 5 p.m. March 15.

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