Hanae Uechi Mills, right, is shown with her subject Bishop Jikyu Rose and her award-winning portrait of Rose as a young woman.

Hanae Uechi Mills wins
art competition on Maui

Star-Bulletin staff

Hanae Uechi Mills has been named the winner of the Schaefer Portrait Challenge for her vitreograph/monoprint portrait of Bishop Jikyu Rose.

Of the 221 entries in the competition, the jurors selected 52 works from artists on six islands for an exhibit, which gave the Hawaii artists a chance to experience an age-old process rarely seen here, said Maui Arts & Cultural Center gallery director Darrell Orwig.

The Jurors' Choice Award for $15,000 -- one of the largest prizes ever for a visual arts competition in Hawaii -- was presented Sunday at the MACC during the exhibition's opening.

Mills' work was chosen from the pieces on display.

Mills is an accomplished printmaker and mixed-media artist on Oahu. One of the contest's requirements was that the portrait honor someone who has contributed to the community. Rose is the minister at Koganji Temple, which she and her husband founded as a spiritual center to assist those in need.

The winner of the $5,000 Marian Freeman People's Choice Award will be selected by gallery visitors, who can cast a ballot for their favorite piece in the exhibit through Feb. 12. The winner will be announced at a second reception at 5 p.m. Feb. 13.

The Jurors' Choice Award is made possible thanks to the generous support of Carolyn Schaefer Gray, while the Marian Freeman People's Choice Award is made possible thanks to the generosity of Gage and Lettie Schubert. Additional support was received from the County of Maui and the Hawaii Tourism Authority.

The Schaefer Portrait Challenge continues through Feb. 23.

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