Local artist Chris Barela invites the public to the grand opening of his new art gallery Friday, Oct. 5, from 6 to 9 p.m. at The Shops at Mauna Lani.
The gallery will feature limited edition bronze sculptures and fine art photography along with original oil paintings and jewelry. The opening exhibit honors the beauty of the Hawaiian Islands seen through the eyes of an artist, inventor, pro surfer, sculptor, photographer and award-winning filmmaker.
Barela’s background as a professional surfer is the inspiration for his artwork. His lifelike game fish in bronze look to be weightless as they jump out of the water, his patina work is bright and reflects the beauty and natural hues. Barela’s octopus sculptures are one of his most popular pieces to date and are detailed with more than 1,680 suction cups, high polished to enhance the intense detail. Barela’s bronze turtles are another favorite among collectors, with small-edition sizes and the lifelike detail along with brilliant patina.
Barela Gallery is a full-service fine art gallery that will feature an international group of artists. The evening will include a pupu and wine reception. Visit www.BarelaGallery.com.