Auction Fundraiser: Artists for Lahaina


Lori Putnam, “Remembering Front Street,” oil, 12 x 16 in.

The Lahaina Fire on August 8th was the deadliest in modern American history. The fire burned through 80 percent of the town and left its surviving residents facing a deeply uncertain future.

Lahaina was once the capital of the Kingdom of Hawaii and it is known for its rich culture and arts community. The town is beloved by the thousands of artists who have found both welcome and inspiration there.

Matt Smith, “Autumn on the Divide,” oil, 10 x 14 in.

In support of Lahaina’s efforts to rebuild, a group of artists are organizing an auction of original artwork by painters from all over the world.

All auction proceeds will go to the Maui Pono Foundation, an organization founded by Lahaina families to help their many displaced neighbors recover after the fire. In addition to funding direct relief, the Maui Pono Foundation has generously committed to support efforts to enable artists in West Maui to play a key role in restoring the community they love.

Sherrie McGraw, “Native Beauty,” oil, 15.5 x 13.5 in.

From September 15-24, 2023, bid on original artwork in support of Lahaina’s recovery. The Artists for Lahaina auction features nearly 1,000 paintings from artists around the world, with a total valuation of nearly $1 million. Bidding begins September 15 at 12:00pm EST.

The artists contributing work include Sherrie McGraw, Quang Ho, Josh Elliott, Joe McGurl, Lori Putnam, Josh Clare, Bill Anton, Kathleen Hudson, Mark Shasha, Brienne Brown, and many more.

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