The Annual Maui Open Studios Event (MOS) is modeled after open studio events held annually all over the mainland in art-loving parts of the country and was created in 2010. Many have been in existence for 30 and 40 years. Open Studios are free self-guided tours of artist studios and exhibition spaces. Artists pay a registration fee to participate and the event is free for the public to enjoy.
The art-loving, art-buying public enjoys one-on-one interactions with the artists and artisans and have the opportunity to learn about what inspires the artists, talk story and purchase art directly from the artists. 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.
Printed guidebooks, digital maps, GPS, and online artist directories guide visitors to the artist studios and exhibition spaces around the island of Maui where the participating artists show. During the event, there are MOS 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 is interesting and inspiring environments.