The Living Treasures are appointed by the LAS Board to recognize their exceptional service to the organization, not only with their time, but in the quality of their contributions. With the addition of George Allen at the 2014 annual meeting, there are now five recipients of this honored award.
Lahaina Arts Society Living Treasures
Honored for Exceptional Service, not only with their time, but in the quality of their contributions
Legendary Maui artist George Allan was recently honored with the Lahaina Arts Society (LAS) Living Treasure Award for his continuous contributions to the organization over the past 40 years. The award was presented during the LAS annual meeting and celebration on June 25, 2014, at Lahaina’s Pioneer Inn. One of the most respected artists in Hawaii, George Allan is recognized as having been instrumental in shaping the Lahaina Arts Society into what it is today.
“George sailed into Lahaina Harbor aboard the Carthaginian II and our little island art world was never the same,” said Michael Stark, LAS president, during the award presentation. “George was one of our pioneer members and led the society to claim the Old Jail (in the Old Lahaina Courthouse) and turn it into a gallery. He co-created Art Maui in 1979. He still supports LAS through his membership and by donating to Lahaina Art Association, the charity LAS founded. We greatly appreciate his accomplishments and the connection he has maintained with us.”
During his speech, Allan said he felt that “many people don’t realize how much revenue is brought into Maui County through art sales”. He said that he was very proud at how far the organization has come today, and added that he never could have achieved so much as an artist without the start that LAS offered.
Dignitaries present at the celebration included keynote speaker State Representative Angus L. McKelvey and Senator Roz Baker. McKelvey said he remembered “growing up under the banyan tree” at art shows, as his mother Joan McKelvey was also one of the LAS founding members.
Stark noted that Allan’s impressive biography includes numerous shows, awards and honors as “Hawaii’s premier oil painter”. Allan’s work is in the collections of the State of Hawai’i, the City & County of Honolulu, the County of Maui and also in national corporate collections. He was also awarded the commission to paint the 100 paintings hanging in the lobby of the Castle Theater of the Maui Arts & Cultural Center.
Amy Fry, chief executive officer of LAS added: “Lahaina Arts Society is honored to have George Allan as a Living Treasure and lifetime member.”
LAS is proud of the four previous Living Treasure recipients. Pictured from left to right, Chief Executive Officer Amy Fry,
Living Treasure recipient Janet Stewart,
Living Treasure recipient Shirley Hartley,
Living Treasure recipient Dorothy Morrow and
former LAS President Don McCann.