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Lahaina artist seeks return of missing work-in-progress

August 22, 2013 LOUISE ROCKETT ,


Lahaina News LAHAINA - Lahaina artist Terry Weaver is more than a renaissance man; he's avant-garde.The Front Street resident is a behind-the-scenes talent of diverse skills.He's an architect, custom wood craftsman, watercolorist, musician and composer.


Terry Weaver presents a circular mosiac to the then-mayor of Encinatas, California."I am the 'Mosaic Mon,' " he told the Lahaina News.


Ekolu Lindsey, president of Maui Cultural Lands, has known Weaver for 15 years."I originally met him as a carpenter and secondly got to know him as an artist," Lindsey recalled."He is the only guy I know that infuses fine art with carpentry. He brings a different dimension when it comes to artistic building. He is very meticulous in his work and will not sacrifice quality for quick economic gain in his art as well as carpentry," Lindsey added.So meticulous, in fact, that Weaver is greatly disturbed about the loss of an art piece, a work-in-progress.


He was loading his car in the parking lot behind Dickenson Square on Dickenson Street. "I put the mosaic behind the back of my car, and I loaded the other side. Then the phone rings... I was distracted," he explained.Unpacking his car ten minutes later, he noticed the 20- by 26-inch mosaic was missing and returned to the parking lot.


It was gone, and now he's offering a $200 reward for its return.


"It was not stolen. It was left behind by the artist by mistake. I think they would be happy to return it," he said - no questions asked.


The mosaic depicts two sea horses in a blending of a medley of colorful glass marbles and tiles.It was a custom design for a client, so he's created another.


But he's very protective of his art; they're all his treasures. Weaver's art is not on display in galleries - not yet - but you might see it in an estate collection, a home on Diamond Head, a condo in Kaanapali or a restaurant in Lahaina, Waikiki or Hanalei, to name a few.


His first job after he graduated as an architect in 1984 was at a water theme park in California.


He's a transplant from Encinitas, California, where he's known as the "City Artist."Twenty of his mosaic medallions are embedded in the downtown walkways of this picturesque beach town located on Coast Highway 101. "In 2001," he advised, "we won the Great American Main Street Award."Asked about his preferred medium, he commented, "I am constantly evolving.


"He's onto a new style, he confided, and is staging a private, by invitation only, showing on Sept. 14 in Lahaina, where he will be unveiling ten new pieces.He is working with an "LED inventor, water jet guy" and fine artist on a collaborative new art form."I am now as an artist blending other people's pieces into mine," he described.



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