Annual Maui Open Studios Events

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

Our MOS Events

MOS stands for “Maui Open Studios” and consists of three events each year – the MOS winter/main event held in February/March, the MOS Summer Edition held in July, and the new MOS Holiday Edition in November.

All three events feature self-guided tours of artist open studios and exhibitions spaces islandwide and are free for the public to attend.

The art-loving, art-buying public are invited to enjoy one-on-one interactions with the artists and have the opportunity to learn about what inspires them, talk story, and purchase art directly from the artists themselves. Artist venues can range from gallery settings, home studios, outdoor venues, and other alternative exhibition spaces. Many artists serve refreshments, some give live demonstrations, and some may even have live music.

Online artist directories, Google maps, along with GPS, guide visitors to the artist studios and exhibition spaces around the island of Maui where the participating artists show. During the event, there are street signs directing you to artist locations. The event is a great opportunity for artists and art collectors to connect one-on-one with one another in interesting and inspiring environments.

*Note: At this time, West Maui artists will be showing on other parts of the island until the clearing and rebuilding efforts in West Maui are further along.

Winter/Main Event: 4 weekends in February/March

The MOS winter event is our main event which has been in existence for over 13 years and connects hundreds of art lovers and art collectors, both locals and tourists alike, with MOS artists islandwide. It is free for the public to attend.

It includes a free festive Opening Celebration/Preview Exhibition, in addition to three weekends of self-guided tours of artist studios and exhibition spaces.

Held at UHMC’s Pa’ina Culinary Arts Center, this festive kick-off evening for the winter event draws approximately 500 to 700 guests every year during the 3-hour duration. The Opening Celebration/Preview Exhibition is a great way to determine which artists to include in your self-guided tours on the following weekends.

Artists set up a display so guests can preview their artwork and portfolios, and interact with them. Some artwork is also for sale at the Opening. Not all registered artists will choose to be featured in this portion of the event, but we typically have about 60 artists who opt in every year.

Complimentary bottled water and live entertainment are featured along with the artists and their art. Food trucks offer their culinary treats outside of the venue. Printed guidebooks can also be picked up at the Opening as well. We love seeing everyone at our Opening Celebration/Preview Exhibition as it is always a fun, festive, and enjoyable evening.

summer Edition: 3 weekends in July

Our MOS summer event does not have an Opening Celebration/Preview Exhibition or printed guidebooks. Visit artist studios and exhibition spaces islandwide over three weekends in July using our online artist directory and Google map.

Artists Christine Waara and Husa Adams in the 2020 event. (Photo by Carl Yoshihara)
Online artist directories, an interactive online Google Map, and GPS help guide you to artist locations.

Holiday Edition: 1 weekend in November

Our new MOS Holiday Edition does not have an Opening Celebration/Preview Exhibition or printed guidebooks and feature gifts items $250 and under, created by artists, crafters, and makers islandwide. Visit artist studios and exhibition spaces islandwide over ONE weekend in November using our online artist directory, interactive Google map, and GPS.