Annual Maui Open Studios Event

Free Self-Guided Tours of Artist Studios and Exhibition Spaces Islandwide

Professional Development Workshop for Artists


Photo of Carolyn by Mark Gebhardt. Artwork by Carolyn Quan

Carolyn Quan is an award-winning, internationally-collected fine artist, a former art gallery owner, creative entrepreneur, Founder of the Maui Open Studios Event, Producer of the East Bay Open Studios Event in the San Francisco Bay Area and Founder of the Spiritual Art Awards. She is based in the American Southwest and teaches her workshop once a year on Maui every February during the MOS event. She has been featured in over 20 publications as well as on television, radio and film. Her artwork is held in the permanent art collection of the Kinsey Institute for Sex, Gender and Reproduction and in private collections worldwide including Australia, Germany, Mexico, Canada and Japan. For 7 years in a row, from 2012 – 2019 Carolyn has been honored with a total of 16 American Art Awards, founded by Tom Bierdz, a fellow artist and daytime television celebrity from the Young and the Restless. The awards are juried by 25 fine art galleries and museums across the U.S. In 2015, she was honored with the Award of Merit in the photography category at the 33rd Annual La Quinta Arts Festival, one of the most prestigious art festivals in the country. In the last few years, she has also won numerous awards at various juried fine art festivals across the country including, St. George, two in Chicago, and Beverly Hills. She has enjoyed a celebrated and interesting career in fine art and has sold over $650,000 in retail value of her artwork by applying the skills and knowledge that she will share with you during this intensive 4.5-hour workshop. 

“I just wanted to say thank you so so much for taking the afternoon with us on Saturday. It was enormously educational and also fun. I learned a tremendous amount and am enjoying watching that information digest itself in my system. I will let you know what I discover on this path. I will definitely recommend this workshop to my artist friends.”

– Ari Madridakis, Digital Artist

“If you are an artist looking to make art your primary source of income, I can’t recommend Carolyn’s workshops enough. She will give you all the tools you need to turn your passion into your career.”

– MN, Painter

Very comprehensive. Overall great information and entertaining.”

– Kevin McPhee, Artist

“The class was the best marketing class I’ve taken over many years. You covered such ground, kept things clear and simple, light and fun, and to the point. I loved that your teaching style isn’t didactic, and included sharing your own personal experience with marketing your art.”

– Emi Azeka, Hat Maker – Artist

“It was awesome! I am inspired! Thank you so very much!”

– Stephanie Groom, Artist

“Unlike other classes, there was no fluff. With a background as a successful fine artist, Carolyn shared a broad range of real world methods that focus on increasing a client base tailored specifically to my business. I recommend her class.”

– Dawn Bjorn, Jewelry Designer

“Carolyn Quan’s workshop allowed me to inquire and find answers to so many questions I have had stirring in my mind throughout my creative journey. The intimate classroom setting allowed each of us to feel heard and receive excellent feedback. I left feeling inspired and as if I was given a set of keys to growing my artistic business! I am very grateful for the experience!” 

– Melissa, Artist 

“Thanks, Carolyn! I learned a lot from you last week…thanks again. Maybe even more important at this point than the information was the inspiration I got talking with you and sitting in the midst of your beautiful work! I’ll stay in touch and let you know how my business is going.”

– Kris Washington-Carroll, Portrait Artist


Carolyn Quan teaches her workshop, “It Takes More Than Talent – 20 Ways To Boost Your Career As A Fine Artist” once a year in February, in Hawaii on the island of Maui. The workshop is an intense 4.5 hour session that is packed with valuable information about various techniques and strategies to help promote yourself and your art to the public and to galleries and retailers. There is also a half-hour break included with refreshments served. The workshop includes real-life stories about successes and challenges, practical applications and philosophical inspirations. There is a limit of 30 people per workshop. Some of the topics covered in this workshop include, but are not limited to the following:

 Create and Distribute Promotional Materials to Inform Others About You and Your Art (Create Your Brand)

 Know and Understand Your Market
 Diversify Your Art, Products, Sizes, Prices, Venues and Accounts
 Create A Signature Style and Separate Yourself From Your Competition
 Create, Promote and Increase Your Web Presence (Continual Branding)
 Identify the Types of Art Venues You Wish To Display Your Art In 
 Market Yourself and Your Work Through Social Media
 Target Your Specific Market with Advertising and Direct Mail 
 Send Out Press Releases to Gain Exposure to the Public 
 Expand Your Customer Base by Wholesaling to Other Galleries and Retail Venues 
 Pursue Additional Art Income (Through Licensing, Merchandising, Publishing, and Giclées)
 Learn How to Make Permanent Displays or Temporary Shows Work for You 
 Generate Exposure and Sales By Taking Your Art On the Road (Festivals, Fairs, Expos) 

and more… 

Maui Workshop
Limited to 20 registrants

Date: Sunday, February 2, 2020
1pm – 5:30pm (with a half-hour break)
Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center
Garden Studio
2841 Baldwin Ave., Makawao, Maui 
* Registrations are non-refundable but can be rescheduled or used as credit for a one-on-one consultation.

Register using the first button for $125 if you are not a 2020 Maui Open Studios artist.


For MOS 2020 artists, please register below for $100.