Celebrities and exclusive art dealers are often seen perusing the fine shops and art galleries in the town of Paia, Maui, on the famous Road to Hana. Paia is well known for its eclectic arts scene, with high-end galleries sitting side-by-side with smaller mom and pop shops, boutiques and antique stores. A number of galleries representing high-end contemporary artists have recently been established in Paia, attracting collectors from around the world, and browsing these top galleries is one of the best things to do on Maui.
Art Project Paia is a multidisciplinary gallery that offers a fresh and contemporary perspective to the art scene on Maui. Art Project Paia represents up and coming and established international, mainland, and local artists with a distinct Hawaiian sensitivity. Photography, painting, collage, drawing, sculpture and ceramics are presented in group shows throughout the year. artprojectpaia.com
By the Bay is a gift shop and gallery featuring a wide range of local art, crafts, and gifts, including native Hawaiian crafts, jewelry, pottery, glassware, sculpture and paintings, many with beach and ocean themes. This is the best place to purchase shell and coral keepsakes as well. www.facebook.com/bythebaymaui
Cesere Brothers John and Dan are two underwater photographers who began their diving careers by taping soda bottles and bendy straws together to breathe underwater at a favorite deep hole in the frigid waters off the coast of Maine. Now the Cesere Brothers follow their childhood dreams of living and diving on an island paradise. Their passion for the ocean and desire to share what they see and experience underwater lead them to a career in professional photography and videography. Their permanent collection is located in Paia. www.ceserebrothers.com
The Maui Crafts Guild is a collective of ceramicists, print-makers, jewelers, textile artists, wood workers, photographers, glass artists, basket weavers and a few artists who defy classification. The Guild began with 7 members, and incorporated in 1983 with 30 members, and artisans must reside in Hawaii for at least 6 months before they can be considered for membership in the Guild. Some members have lived in Hawaii for more than 30 years. The Guild is Maui's only member-owned and operated fine crafts cooperative. Work exhibited in the gallery is selected through a comprehensive jury process that ensures the highest quality and excellence in craftsmanship. www.mauicraftsguild.com
Maui Hands Art Galleries is a gallery representing over 300 fine artists and Hawaii artisans in four locations across the islands of Hawaii. Hawaii artists represented are 100 percent local to the state of Hawaii and most are local Maui artists. The Paia Gallery sculptors, painters, jewelers, woodworkers, potters, glass workers, fine art photographers and other Hawaii artists representing the beauty of Maui and Hawaii. www.mauihands.com
Established in 2007, The Paia Contemporary Gallery, on the Hana Highway, focuses exclusively in some of the best mixed media artists from the abstract contemporary art world, emanating from the American abstract Expressionism genre. The Paia Contemporary Gallery maintains extensive connections with local, national and international abstract and representational artists working in a wide spectrum of mediums. paiacontemporarygallery.com
Studio22k features handmade jewelry, findings and beads in stunning 22 karat gold. The goldsmiths of Studio22k are dedicated to carrying on the traditions and style of ancient jewelry inspired by cultures such as ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia. studio22k.co