Since arriving on Maui 42 years ago, George Allan has helped to influence the formation and development of the art scene on the island. He was President of the Lahaina Arts Society when it brought cultural exhibits from the Honolulu Academy of Arts (now Honolulu Museum of Art) to the main gallery at the Lahaina Court House, and also presented art films to the neophyte art community in Lahaina from 1975-1979.
In 1979, he and friends planned and presented the first Art Maui juried exhibit at the Cameron Center in Wailuku. After 35 years, Art Maui is now one of the most prestigious and respected juried art exhibits in the State of Hawai’i, presented yearly in March or April at the Schaefer International Gallery at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului.
In 1983 George was a featured artist in the “Spectrum” arts series on PBS in Hawai’i and on the mainland. His segment certainly highlighted the town of Lahaina and its growing art popularity and significance.
George was on the Boards of the Kapalua Music Festival (now Maui Classical Music Festival) and Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center in Makawao for many years. Hui No’eau is now Maui’s premier center for arts education and contemporary art exhibits.
George’s work was accepted into five of the juried “Artists of Hawai’i” exhibits at the Honolulu Museum of Art and other Honolulu shows of the Contemporary Museum in the 1980’s and 1990’s.
Juried by Jean Stern, Director of the Irvine Museum in California, George’s painting, “Lahaina Dock,” was awarded “Best of Show” at the Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational in February, 2010 in Lahaina. He has been invited to participate in this popular event every year since its inception in 2006, winning the Irvine Museum Award in 2008, and the Whole Foods Market Award in 2015, when Whole Foods was a major sponsor of the invitational.
In 2014, the Lahaina Arts Society made George a “Living Treasure” for his contributions to the Society and art on Maui. The presentation dinner and evening was certainly one to remember!
His work is in the collections of the State of Hawai’i, the City & County of Honolulu, the County of Maui and national corporate collections. He was awarded the commission to paint 100 paintings for the lobby of the Castle Theater of the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. There are 9 of his paintings in the permanent collection of the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, 2 at the Honua Kai Resort & Spa, Ka’anapali, and two at First Hawaiian Bank, Kahului.
Available Allan oil paintings can be found at the Village Galleries in Lahaina and Kapalua, at Viewpoints Gallery in Makawao, and at the Hana Coast Gallery at the Travaasa Spa in Hana, formerly Hotel Hana Maui.
The George Allan Studio may be visited by appointment only at 17526 Haleakala Hwy., Kula, Hawai’i 96790. Phone 808-878-3907. His website is at www.georgeallan.com The Village Galleries website is www.villagegalleriesmaui.com click on Artists; and the Viewpoints Gallery website is www.viewpointsgallerymaui.com click on Archived Featured, Memories and Mementoes, George Allan.