With warmest winter wishes and happiest holiday greetings, Volcano Art Center welcomes all to the 18th Annual Christmas in the Country celebration starting Friday, November 17, 2017. Featuring the Annual Invitational Wreath Exhibit that continues through January 1, 2018, this year’s Christmas in the Country promises an abundance of art and aloha to kick start your holiday season.
Every year, beginning on the Friday before Thanksgiving, VAC Gallery in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park creates a merry scene of an old-fashioned Christmas inside its 1877 historic building. In addition to the exquisite artwork Volcano Art Center has become known for showcasing year-round, you’ll find unique holiday offerings of island-inspired gifts, ornaments and decorations made by Hawai‘i Island artists, including some that are VAC exclusives.
The concurrent Annual Invitational Wreath Exhibit presents one-of-a-kind wreaths in a variety of imaginative media, techniques and styles, from the whimsical to the traditional. “Those looking for truly original wreaths as well as one-of- a-kind , handmade gift items will not be disappointed by the selection created by our local artistic community, ” states gallery manager Emily C. Weiss.
As in years past, Christmas in the Country begins with an exclusive members-only preview party on Friday, November 17th at 5:30pm and features a fresh lineup of artists hosting special events throughout each weekend:
Member Appreciation Reception and Christmas in the Country Preview Party. VAC Members are invited to be the first to view the full collection of unique wreaths and high-quality handcrafted decorations and gifts offered only during Christmas in the Country. Enjoy complimentary gourmet pupus, mulled cider and champagne, prize drawings and your membership discount. Not a member? Joining is easy and secure ONLINE! VAC members may bring a guest for $15. Held at the VAC Gallery in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Free, park entrance fees apply.
Saturday, November 18–Sunday, November 26, 9:00AM–5:00PM Daily
Volcano Art Center’s Annual Christmas in the Country. Special holiday celebrations include art demonstrations, print and book signings by VAC Gallery artists, plus a fine selection of quality handcrafted decorations and gifts offered only during the holiday season. Held at the VAC Gallery in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Free; park entrance fees may apply.
Volcano Art Center’s 18th Annual Invitational Wreath Exhibit. Gallery artists working in a wide variety of media, materials and techniques present their highly creative concepts of ‘wreath’. This year artists were invited to explore the concept of being “Guided By Stars” in their wreaths, inspired by the heavenly events of the total solar eclipse and the navigational wayfinding which led the Hōkūleʻa crew safely home from their long, 3 year voyage around the world. Donʻt miss these fun, creative wreath designs! Held at the VAC Gallery in HVNP. Free; park entrance fees may apply.
Saturday, November 18, 10:30AM -11:30AM
Hula Kahiko featuring Kumu Haʻamauliola Aiona with Ke Kula o Nawahiokalaniʻopuʻu Public Charter School. The Volcano Art Center’s 2017 Hula Arts At Kīlauea program continues with a hula kahiko presentation which includes storytelling, chant, and hula blended to create a journey through Hawaiian history and legends performed by the students. The 7th & 10th grade students of Ke Kula ʻO Nāwahīokalaniʻōpuʻu will share famous stories of ancestral gods, famous chiefs, and significant role models such at Iosepa Nāwahī and his wife Emma Aʻima Aʻi Nāwahī in our performance at Kīlauea.This free cultural event is supported in part by a grant from the County of Hawai`i, Dept. of Research and Development and the Hawai`i Tourism Authority. Held at the Pa Hula in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. Free; park entrance fees apply.
Print and book signing with Caren Loebel-Fried! Join Caren Loebel-Fried, award-winning author and artist from Volcano, HI, for a book signing of A Perfect Day for an Albatross. The new book, written and illustrated by Loebel-Fried, is a lively story which sweeps you into an albatross’s world of wind, rolling seas, boisterous dancing, and their intense commitment to one another and their nestlings. Copies of the book will be available for sale as well as giclee images of the books beautiful illustrations. Held at the VAC Gallery in HVNP. Free; park entrance fees apply.
Saturday, November 18, 10:00AM – 1:00PM
Book and print signing with Kathy Long! Kathy will be on hand signing her extensive collection of prints which represent her many years of dedication to Hawaii’s unique culture captured in paint and pastel. Held at the VAC Gallery in HVNP. Free; park entrance fees apply.
Saturday, November 18, 11:00AM -1:00AM
Na Mea Hula with Halauolokalani! Learn of all things hula through Volcano Art Centerʻs 2017 Hula Arts At Kīlauea program. These hands-on activities provide a greater awareness of the hula arts as a cultural experience. This free cultural event is supported in part by a grant from the County of Hawai`i, Dept. of Research and Development and the Hawai`i Tourism Authority. Held on the porch of the Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. Free; park entrance fees apply.
Sunday, November 19, 11:00AM -1:00AM
Lauhala ornament demonstration by Jelena Clay! Join master fiber artist and nationally recognized gourd artist Jelena Clay, who produces a variety of contemporary and traditional works in every natural fiber she can find. Her interest in all Hawaiian art forms led her to lauhala weaving which she now graciously shares through her teaching. Held at VAC Gallery in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Free; park entrance fees apply.
Friday, November 24 –Saturday, November 25, 10:00AM–4:00PM
Christmas in the Country Expands to Niaulani Campus. Come celebrate the spirit of the holidays and view VAC’s Preview Exhibition featuring exhibit and program offerings for the upcoming year 2018! Also enjoy members of the Volcano Hui displaying handmade art and gifts as part of the annual Volcano Hui Tour. Beautiful live poinsettias will be on display and available for purchase to enhance your home for the holidays as a fundraiser for the Volcano School of Arts and Sciences. Located in VAC’s Niaulani Campus in Volcano Village.
Friday, November 24, 11:00AM–1:00PM
Aloha Friday: Lei making with Kaipo Ah Chong. Tropical Agriculture farmer Kaipo Ah Chong will share his expert lei-making skills with VAC visitors. As a member of Halau Na Kamalei, his unique experience marries the science of agriculture with Hawaiian lei and hula traditions. This free cultural event is supported in part by a grant from the County of Hawai`i, Dept. of Research and Development and the Hawai`i Tourism Authority. Free; park entrance fees apply.
Saturday, November 25, 10:00AM–12:00Noon
Make a Zentangle® ornament! Zentangle® is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. Join Dina Kageler, Lydia Menesses and Lois Stokes, all CZT (Certified Zentangle® Teachers) as they lead participants in a small tangle ornament. Supplies provided but imaginations required. Held the the Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. Free; park entrance fees apply.
Make a Holiday Card! Join VAC gallery staff in making a one-of-a-kind, hand printed, woodblock holiday card using the designs of VAC`s beloved artist Dietrich Varez. Since Dietrich is unable to attend this year`s festivities he has offered to share his art. He and his wife, Linda Varez, are loaning Dietrichʻs small, prized hand carved, linoleum blocks to be used to create unique holiday cards which participents can take to share with family and friends. All supplies provided. Held at The Volcano Art center Gallery in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. Free; park entrance fees apply.