We are extremely proud of our Artist Teachers for their contributions to the Lahaina Arts Guild mission of providing Maui County youth and veterans access to the creative arts through education and artistic opportunities.
Janie
Balesteri

Janie and her husband have lived on Maui for 6 years. Prior to that she lived on the Monterey Peninsula in California. Her art training is in Graphic Arts & Photography. However, Janie loves to draw and work with fabric and furniture, as well as anything fun and creative that she can dream up. She worked for a few years in an after school program and was soon deemed "The Art Department." Kids are just naturals in creativity and Janie loves the honesty in their art.

Ellen
Levinsky

Ellen Levinsky has been creating natural feather art and jewelry on Maui since 1979, joining LAS in 1985.

Teaching in the LAS children's art program for over 20 years generates much satisfaction for Ellen by assisting young people to develop their artistic skills, improve their self-confidence, and share an enjoyment of life as an artist.

Ellen  enjoys meeting people who own birds, using the feathers their pets shed to make a 'memory picture' for them.

Ellen creates the textured background  from recycling her junk mail and adding different Hawaiian plants. Her pictures have been inspired by her love of nature and the vivid colors in Hawaii.

Ellen has done much research and hiking to observe petroglyphs (ancient rock carvings) in Hawaii, New Mexico, Colorado, and Australia. She feels a strong connection with these ancient artists; making feather images of particular petroglyph designs that people identity with. 

Pamela
Neswald

Pamela Neswald is an award winning, internationally collected Maui painter and mixed media artist.

Pamela’s work has been highlighted in The Surfers Journal and other periodicals nationally and in solo and group shows in California and Maui, has won several awards and has been honored by representation by the Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Honolulu Museum of Art and the Oneness Convention in California.

Pamela is also the previous owner of a small gallery and artists’ supply located in Upcountry, Maui.  She lives and works with her husband, artist and scientist, Dr Peter V Fisher, at their home studio in Pukalani.

Pamela’s work can be found at Lahaina Arts Society, hotel artist-in-residence programs, Haiku Style Gallery and at www.pamelaneswald.com  You may also find her at the beach, on a mountain or in her studio, painting.

Amanda
McCumbee

Amanda McCumbee is a photorealistic artist based in Maui. Through the use of crisp edges and vibrant colors, she strives to bring the beautiful Hawaiian scenery and wildlife around her to canvas every day.

Amanda is originally from Berkeley Springs, a very small town situated in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. In 2012, she moved 5,000 miles away from home to the beautiful sandy shores of Hawaii where she currently resides in Haiku.

The breathtaking scenery, majestic wildlife, and overall feeling of genuine Aloha is where she gets the inspiration for the artwork she produces today.

"I feel very fortunate for the experiences in my life. I don't merely want to create beautiful images on canvas, I want to bring those images to life for others who have yet to experience them."

Marty
Wolff

A Bronx born baby boomer, Marty now shares his time between mostly Maui and Los Angeles. Along the way, he spent a decade based out of Boulder, Colorado. Marty studied Photography and Design at New York City's New School briefly, but the bulk of his experience has been through trial and error. Building upon the idea that 'the world and it's people are quite different from the way they appear', Marty applied his art to the creation of Psychedelic LightShows. During the Cultural Revolution of the late 60s and 70s, he performed in scores of concert extravaganzas. Thru the late 70s and into the 80s, he traveled the world as a Rock 'n Roll concert producer and lighting/stage designer.

His work with the lightshows lent heavily to his style of everchanging movement on stage. Marty's experience and ideas about altered states of perception lead directly to many of his creations. Believing that beyond the appearance of the initial image is the seed of a different truth, he searches for a more mysterious image. Occasionally, he finds himself conscious that his soul is at one with the universe, moment by moment. These are the moments of creation.

Jeanie
Brandt

Jeanie Brandt is an acrylic and mixed media painter. She was born in Atlanta, Georgia. After multiple moves throughout the country with her Air Force husband, they moved from Arlington Virginia to Maui in 2016.

Jeanie has been an artist for over 14 years. Her paintings of abundant flowers, ethereal scenes, abstract as well as doodle designs are all expressed through bright, beautiful colors. The artist has stated, “I am a feeling person. The moment I pick up a brush, my feelings about the world flow through my mind and are transferred onto my canvas. It’s a process, the feeling of a moment, a color preparation, a pattern filling the canvas, creating the first layer from that momentary feeling. And then, a second layer emerges, and on and on until the canvas speaks to me and says….I feel that moment too.”  

 

Jeanie pursued a career in interior design after receiving her B.A in Interior Design from the University of Georgia. She has always been an artistic person and it was natural for her to become a painter. She recently completed the Art2Life Creative Visionary Program.

While residing in Arlington, Virginia she was a member of the Arlington Artist Alliance, where her artwork was displayed throughout multiple public venues. She was the recipient of the 3rd place award in the Arlington Artist Alliance juried art show, “Hidden in Plain Site”, with her painting, "Take A Hike”.

Jeanie is currently a member of the Lahaina Arts Society where her acrylic and mixed media art is being exhibited. You can also see her artwork periodically at the Lahaina Arts Society Art Fair at Cannery Mall on the weekends in Lahaina.

Julia
Rooke

Julia received her BA in Studio Art where she was able to fine-tune her drawing and painting abilities, as well as develop new passions for mediums like ceramics, glass, and natural fiber. Julia’s education and love for all things creating led her to work alongside many professional artists where she was able to further develop her love for materials and technique. Her current creative passions involve cooking, printmaking, and weaving. 

 

At a young age, Julia found that there was an undeniable connection between nature and self expression through creating art. It is important to allow children to have the space to have that same creative freedom. Julia believes that creating art is a form of active meditation and through that meditation we can connect more deeply to the natural world. Environmental issues are at the forefront of priorities for our world and Julia is always striving to connect her work to causes that can help her community create a sustainable future.

If you have an interest in becoming one of our volunteer teachers, please contact

Amanda McCumbee, amanda@artofamanda.com

Meet our Artist Teachers

We are so proud of our artist teachers who are contributing to the our mission of providing Maui County children and Veterans access to the creative arts through education and artistic opportunities.

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