Calendar of Events

Jan
7
Sat
2023
Exhibit: Polynesian Curiosities by Jeff Roth
Jan 7 @ 9:00 am – Feb 19 @ 5:00 pm
The Volcano Art Center (VAC) is proud to announce a new exhibition titled  Polynesian Curiosities at the VAC gallery in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park from January 7th – February 19th, 2023. The exhibit presents new hand carved woodwork by Jeff Roth.  While the exhibit is free, park entrance fees apply.

Jeff has a BFA from Washington University School of Fine Arts which naturally included courses in art history. It was his study of Asian art history with Dr. Nelson Wu that inspired Jeff to travel throughout Southeast Asia to see temples and shrines. While there, he was attracted to the handhewn folk and craft furnishings of everyday life and has tried to bring that approach to his own work. He still makes frequent trips to the library to see what is being done in the Pan-Pacific region.

He uses driftwood and salvaged wood to construct what he calls his “functional furnishings.” While he works with traditional hand powered tools and designs, he tries his best to inject some element of humor or surprise into his pieces.

 

Feb
7
Tue
2023
Keiki Drawing Classes with Ken Charon
Feb 7 @ 3:30 pm

 

Keiki Drawing Classes with Ken Charon 

Tuesdays, 3:30 – 5:00 pm, January 3 – February 7, 2023

A series of 6 drawing classes for children ages 8 to 14 at Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus. Ken’s lessons focus on drawing things from life. Portraits, landscapes, and still-lifes will be encouraged as a way to prepare for more personal imaginary works. Field trips into the Niaulani Rainforest will also be included, weather permitting.

Ken enjoys working with Hawaii’s children and has done so since 1986 with the Artists in the Schools program, as well as in private lessons and summer camps. He has also worked with the developmentally and physically disabled with VSA arts.

Fee: $120/ $110 VAC Members plus a $17 supply fee

Financial scholarships are available for those in need.  Apply for a scholarship Here

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Feb
10
Fri
2023
Sounds at the Summit: Dirty Cello in Concert ***SOLD OUT
Feb 10 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm


Dirty Cello in Concert at Volcano Art Center 

Friday, February 10, at 5:30 pm at Volcano Art Center Ni‘aulani Campus in Volcano Village

Tickets: $30/$25(VAC Members)

From Iceland to Italy, and all over the U.S., San Francisco based band  Dirty Cello brings the world a high energy and unique spin on blues and bluegrass. Led by vivacious cross-over cellist, Rebecca Roudman, Dirty Cello is cello like you’ve never heard before. From down home blues with a wailing cello to virtuosic stompin’ bluegrass, Dirty Cello is a band that gets your heart thumping and your toes tapping!

Dirty Cello’s music is all over the map: funky, carnival, romantic, sexy, tangled, electric, fiercely rhythmic, and textured, and only occasionally classical.” Lou Fancher, Oakland Magazine.

“The band plays every style imaginable, and does some fantastic covers. (Their rendition of “Purple Haze” is incredible.) But what is most spectacular about them is hearing the depth of soul in Roudman’s playing—it goes beyond what most people would expect from the instrument. She plays it with so much heart, you’ll wonder why more bands don’t have a cellist.” Good Times Santa Cruz

“The group seamlessly careens from blues to bluegrass and rock in a way that really shouldn’t make sense but somehow does.” LA Times

Youtube Videos:

Devil Went Down to Georgia: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K16hf1yWO7U

House is a Rockin’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_p9UR2TzAQ

Don’t Call Me Honey: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GuG8dMulga4

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Feb
11
Sat
2023
Paint Your Own Silk Scarf: Valentine’s Day Edition with Patti Pease Johnson
Feb 11 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

Valentine’s Day Edition-Paint Your Own Silk Scarf with Patti Pease Johnson

Big Island artist and instructor Patti Pease Johnson teaches the Paint Your Own Silk Scarf workshop on Saturday, February 11, 2023, from 9:00 am-12:30 pm at Volcano Art Center, just in time for Valentine’s Day. This workshop would make a great gift for yourself or your Valentine.

In this workshop, you’ll paint your own 8” x 53” scarf using three colors of your choice, which will create many more colors on the silk. Pick the main color, then, choose the other two after learning about color theory. You’ll then be ready to mix your desired colors, achieved by pre-mixing the four process colors of dye (cyan, magenta, yellow, and black). Students from previous classes have been amazed by what they refer to as “happy color accidents.”

Johnson will tell you, “It’s all about playing with colors. Patti will supply all materials and guidance, you create. The fun time is your art journey for a few hours.” Beginner and intermediate artists are welcome. Open up your creativity and challenge yourself by learning this fun technique. It’s guaranteed to change the way you look at the color.

The cost is $75/$70 for VAC members, plus a $ 10 supply fee, and a $5 registration fee.

In the final hour, students will use hot wax with the tjanting tool on Habotai silk to outline their more representational design and create a resist line for the dyes. Then you will paint and mix colors on the 10” x 10” silk artwork.

Patti Pease Johnson’s artwork can be found at galleries and shops across the State and in collections around the world. Patti has a designer’s ability to distill natural subjects into their most essential forms and to rearrange them in her paintings. Her artworks include sculpture, mobiles, fashions, soft pastels, and clay objects in abstract and expressionist styles.

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Zentangle® Inspired Block Printing
Feb 11 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Zentangle® Inspired Block Printing with Valdeane Odachi

Saturday, February 11, 2023 | 10AM-1PM

Zentangle is an easy-to-learn, relaxing and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns called tangles.

Students will join Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT) Valdeane Odachi to explore the Zentangle method on a new medium.

Simple patterns will be carved on a rubber stamp to create a unique block print. Completed projects will include individually stamped prints and more complex mosaics utilizing a single stamp.

No artistic experience required.

Class will be guided with Zentangle’s traditional ceremony and method.

  • Gratitude
  • Appreciation
  • Relaxation
  • Mindfulness & Awareness

All supplies will be provided. This class is open to all levels, no Zentangle or art experience necessary. Please bring snacks to share.

Cost is $35/$30 VAC members plus a $15 supply fee.

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Hula Kahiko: Featuring Nā Kumu Hula Kaʻea Lyons-Yglesias & Kahelelani Alohikea-Smith with Hālau Kaʻeaikahelelani
Feb 11 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

The Volcano Art Center’s Hula Kahiko program continues on Saturday, February 11th at 10:30am with a performance featuring Nā Kumu Hula Kaʻea Lyons-Yglesias & Kahelelani Alohikea-Smith with Hālau Kaʻeaikahelelani. The performance is part of a year-round series sponsored by the Volcano Art Center at the kahua hula (hula platform) near the Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park.

Founded in November 2015, Hālau Kaʻeaikahelelani is a school of Hawaiian Culture, based on the Kona side of Hawaiʻi island.  Rooted in the foundation of ALOHA, students learn the fundamental cultural teachings through the lifestyle of hula, language, music and arts, by connecting to the land, the people, the place and the community. By bringing families together through their desire to learn and live with a cultural foundation, hula blesses all – the dancers, the families, the communities.

The performance takes place in a one-of-a-kind outdoor setting at the kahua hula (hula platform) in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park.  Audience members are encouraged to bring sun/rain gear and sitting mats.  National Park entrance fees apply.

These free events are supported by members of the Volcano Art Center’s ʻohana.  To donate to the Hula Arts at Kīlauea programs or to find out more information please contact Emily C. Weiss at info@volcanoartcenter.org or visit www.volcanoartcenter.org

Feb
21
Tue
2023
Keiki Drawing Classes with Ken Charon
Feb 21 @ 3:30 pm

 

Keiki Drawing Classes with Ken Charon 

Tuesdays, 3:30 – 5:00 pm, February 21 – March 28, 2023

A series of 6 drawing classes for children ages 8 to 14 at Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus. Ken’s lessons focus on drawing things from life. Portraits, landscapes, and still-lifes will be encouraged as a way to prepare for more personal imaginary works. Field trips into the Niaulani Rainforest will also be included, weather permitting.

Ken enjoys working with Hawaii’s children and has done so since 1986 with the Artists in the Schools program, as well as in private lessons and summer camps. He has also worked with the developmentally and physically disabled with VSA arts.

Fee: $120/ $110 VAC Members plus a $17 supply fee

Financial scholarships are available for those in need.  Apply for a scholarship Here

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Feb
25
Sat
2023
Reiki 2 Certification with Heather Penfield
Feb 25 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Reiki 2 Certification at Volcano Art Center with Certified Teacher, Heather Penfield

 

 

 

 

 

In this Reiki 2 Certification Workshop you will:

  • Learn the Reiki symbols and how to integrate them into a treatment
  • Discover distance Reiki and the benefits of sending Reiki over distance and time 
  • Practice Reiki on yourself and others using new techniques
  • Find out how easy it is to use Reiki in every day life as a tool for balance and well being 
  • Feel empowered to care for yourself, family, pets and others 
  • Experience an initiation into Reiki 2 

 

 

 

 

 

Includes:

  • Reiki 2 Certification with signed certificate 
Prerequisite: Reiki 1 certification  
 
Reiki is a complimentary holistic healing technique used to relax and balance the nervous system, assisting the body’s natural ability to heal and restore itself on a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual level.

 

 The class fee is $ 155/$150 for VAC members 

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Feb
28
Tue
2023
Keiki Drawing Classes with Ken Charon
Feb 28 @ 3:30 pm

 

Keiki Drawing Classes with Ken Charon 

Tuesdays, 3:30 – 5:00 pm, February 21 – March 28, 2023

A series of 6 drawing classes for children ages 8 to 14 at Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus. Ken’s lessons focus on drawing things from life. Portraits, landscapes, and still-lifes will be encouraged as a way to prepare for more personal imaginary works. Field trips into the Niaulani Rainforest will also be included, weather permitting.

Ken enjoys working with Hawaii’s children and has done so since 1986 with the Artists in the Schools program, as well as in private lessons and summer camps. He has also worked with the developmentally and physically disabled with VSA arts.

Fee: $120/ $110 VAC Members plus a $17 supply fee

Financial scholarships are available for those in need.  Apply for a scholarship Here

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Mar
7
Tue
2023
Keiki Drawing Classes with Ken Charon
Mar 7 @ 3:30 pm

 

Keiki Drawing Classes with Ken Charon 

Tuesdays, 3:30 – 5:00 pm, February 21 – March 28, 2023

A series of 6 drawing classes for children ages 8 to 14 at Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus. Ken’s lessons focus on drawing things from life. Portraits, landscapes, and still-lifes will be encouraged as a way to prepare for more personal imaginary works. Field trips into the Niaulani Rainforest will also be included, weather permitting.

Ken enjoys working with Hawaii’s children and has done so since 1986 with the Artists in the Schools program, as well as in private lessons and summer camps. He has also worked with the developmentally and physically disabled with VSA arts.

Fee: $120/ $110 VAC Members plus a $17 supply fee

Financial scholarships are available for those in need.  Apply for a scholarship Here

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Mar
11
Sat
2023
Soft Pastel Still Life with Patti Pease Johnson
Mar 11 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

pastel still life student workingSoft Pastel Still Life

Exaggerate!  Be bold with colors and yourself using lights and darks and enjoy the marks you make on paper using a proven signature rotational method for success with soft pastels.

Now Big Island artist and instructor Patti Pease Johnson can help you gain the confidence and techniques of this centuries old medium. Patti supplies the instruction and all materials along with guidance and inspiration for this process along with some handy tips for your creative journey.

Grow your knowledge of composition, color, and correcting problems!

Learn about the different types of pastels, different papers, fixing and mounting paper, and on backing. Then use newsprint to get the flow of arm movements to keep loose. Next, you’ll begin forming shapes and move into colors on pastel paper from close observation of the setup’s still life. Students will complete a 9×12-inch project.

The Soft Pastel Still Life Workshop will be held on Saturday, March 11, 2023, from 9 am – 12:30 pm at Volcano Art Center Niaulani Campus in Volcano Village. The cost for the workshop is $75/$70 for VAC Members, plus a $10 supply fee, and a $5 registration fee. Beginner and intermediate artists are welcome.

Patti Pease Johnson’s artwork can be found at galleries and shops across the State and in collections around the world.

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Sounds at the Summit: An Evening With Rebecca Folsom
Mar 11 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

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Rebecca Folsom is returning to Volcano Art Center’s Ni‘aulani Campus for another intimate acoustic concert on Saturday, March 11, 2023, at 5:30pm.  “An Evening with Rebecca Folsom” concert tickets are $30/$25 for VAC Members.

Her music has been described as the soulfulness of Etta James, the abandon of Janis Joplin, and a touch of folk songstress Joni Mitchell. An award-winning artist, she has performed on BBC radio and television, Nashville’s Bluebird, New York’s Bitterend and Red Rock’s Amphitheatre in Colorado. “She takes you from subtle ballads to knock-you-to-your-knees blues.” – KUNC Radio

Add to this is a voice with a near four-octave range! Corridor Magazine wrote, “While her range is impressive, it’s the expression in her voice that rivets your attention and stays with you long after the show ends. Folsom’s voice pours from an inner source of honest emotion, flowing from lilting tenderness to fully liberated, unbridled release.”  Her music career has spanned over 20 years.

The Boulder, Colorado native writes inspiring tales of human heartbreak, redemption and freedom. She shares those songs with exquisite intimacy in a solo performance. Folsom said performing on stage is where she feels most comfortable. “There is no place on earth that I want to be more. I’m happiest there, time flies there. It’s timeless, effortless and it brings me so much joy. My hope is always that it will bring other people joy, upliftment and awakening,” she said.

Rebecca on logShe will also be offering the The Art of Vocal Freedom workshop Sunday, March 12, from 10am – 2pm. The workshop will merge art (either collage, drawing, or painting), singing, and writing prose. Attendees will be able to work/play with all three artistic mediums at the same time. Cost for the workshop is $60 plus a $10 supply fee.

Folsom said working with students made touring a much more rich affair. “The whole experience got deeper, because rather than just showing up in a town, we are immersed in the community,” she said.

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Mar
12
Sun
2023
The Art of Vocal Freedom Workshop with Rebecca Folsom
Mar 12 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

 

The Art of Vocal Freedom Workshop

In this workshop you will learn to sing and express authentically with ease and flow tapping into your own personal vocal freedom! We will uncover and polish the beauty and power of your individual authentic voice. Our bodies are powerful instruments of personal expression, the starting point where we shape the creative masterpiece of our lives. We will play with and practice simple exercises to enable your natural voice to shine through.

This workshop is experiential and weaves an extraordinary blend of traditional and non-traditional vocal technique, martial arts, yogic posture, Toltec, and Taoist exercises. Effective for singers and non-singers alike, you will learn to relax physical strain, learn to flow with the rush of adrenaline, strengthen underdeveloped potential, and feel the freedom of liberating release. The beauty of these techniques is that they are easy to learn, powerfully affect confidence, ease, and personal presence, and greatly impact your ability to connect and engage in dynamic flow with yourself and the world around you.

We will practice within a loving environment releasing into the authentic voice you always knew you had within you. Practical, surprisingly transformational and fun! Please bring one song to sing. You can simply bring an accapella song, you can accompany yourself, or you can bring a basic chart and I will accompany you. Open to all levels of singers! Come liberate, transform and enjoy the Art of your own Vocal Freedom!

Sunday, March 12, 2023 10am – 2pm | Cost: $60 plus a $10 supply fee.

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Mar
14
Tue
2023
Keiki Drawing Classes with Ken Charon
Mar 14 @ 3:30 pm

 

Keiki Drawing Classes with Ken Charon 

Tuesdays, 3:30 – 5:00 pm, February 21 – March 28, 2023

A series of 6 drawing classes for children ages 8 to 14 at Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus. Ken’s lessons focus on drawing things from life. Portraits, landscapes, and still-lifes will be encouraged as a way to prepare for more personal imaginary works. Field trips into the Niaulani Rainforest will also be included, weather permitting.

Ken enjoys working with Hawaii’s children and has done so since 1986 with the Artists in the Schools program, as well as in private lessons and summer camps. He has also worked with the developmentally and physically disabled with VSA arts.

Fee: $120/ $110 VAC Members plus a $17 supply fee

Financial scholarships are available for those in need.  Apply for a scholarship Here

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Mar
17
Fri
2023
Liko A’e Spring Camp
Mar 17 @ 8:30 am – Mar 18 @ 2:30 am

Liko A’e Spring Camp – The Volcano Art Center is proud to offer the Liko A’e Spring Day Camp Program. A 2-day Camp will be held at VAC’s Niaulani Campus, Friday & Saturday, March 17  & 18, from 8:30 A.M. – 2:30 P.M. Open to Keiki ages 7-13 years of age.

The Camp will include painting, hand-building with clay, hip-hop, drawing, Hawaiian rhythm & dance. Please call the Volcano Art Center for more information at (808) 967- 8222.

Cost: $100 per child/ $92 for members of VAC

Financial scholarships are available for those in need.  Apply for a scholarship Here

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Mar
21
Tue
2023
Keiki Drawing Classes with Ken Charon
Mar 21 @ 3:30 pm

 

Keiki Drawing Classes with Ken Charon 

Tuesdays, 3:30 – 5:00 pm, February 21 – March 28, 2023

A series of 6 drawing classes for children ages 8 to 14 at Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus. Ken’s lessons focus on drawing things from life. Portraits, landscapes, and still-lifes will be encouraged as a way to prepare for more personal imaginary works. Field trips into the Niaulani Rainforest will also be included, weather permitting.

Ken enjoys working with Hawaii’s children and has done so since 1986 with the Artists in the Schools program, as well as in private lessons and summer camps. He has also worked with the developmentally and physically disabled with VSA arts.

Fee: $120/ $110 VAC Members plus a $17 supply fee

Financial scholarships are available for those in need.  Apply for a scholarship Here

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Mar
25
Sat
2023
Beginning and Advanced Papermaking Workshop
Mar 25 @ 10:00 am – 2:30 pm

Beginning & Advanced Paper-making with Mary Milelzcik

Join artist Mary Milelzcik for a Papermaking workshop on Saturday, March 25, 2023 from 10 am to 2:30 pm at the Volcano Art Center Niaulani Campus in Volcano Village. Newcomers and Advanced are welcome.  $70/ $65 VAC Members plus $38 supple fee.

This papermaking workshop, using a household blender, will introduce you to papermaking using recycled papers with local plant materials. Students will start with a postcard-sized Japanese suketa to make several sheets of paper.  Larger moulds and deckles will be available for participants who choose to make large pieces of paper, scrolls, or to do special projects. Participants are encouraged to bring dried plant materials to add to the pulp for coloring or to imbed in their paper.

The workshop also covers the selection, preparation, and process of using various local plant fibers, plant dyes, and earth pigments. Plant fibers used in this advanced workshop may include wauke (paper mulberry), pineapple, banana, ginger, lemongrass, cane grass, etc. (depending on availability).   To allow for more paper making time, the plant materials will be sourced, prepared and cooked into pulp in advance.

You will leave with a basic knowledge of papermaking, a variety of papers, pulp sources, and instructions on how to make paper at home.

Mary Milelzcik has a B.A. degree from Sonoma State University’s School of Expressive Arts, a radical two-year upper-division interdisciplinary experimental program, where you worked with a mentor, and chose your own path in upper-division art. Printmaking and papermaking were her focus. This transformative experience set the path for an interesting career as a mixed media artist and photographer; as the Curator at Highways Performance Space and Gallery in Santa Monica CA for ten years; and as an instructor of mixed media encaustic art, papermaking and printmaking.

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Mar
28
Tue
2023
Keiki Drawing Classes with Ken Charon
Mar 28 @ 3:30 pm

 

Keiki Drawing Classes with Ken Charon 

Tuesdays, 3:30 – 5:00 pm, February 21 – March 28, 2023

A series of 6 drawing classes for children ages 8 to 14 at Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus. Ken’s lessons focus on drawing things from life. Portraits, landscapes, and still-lifes will be encouraged as a way to prepare for more personal imaginary works. Field trips into the Niaulani Rainforest will also be included, weather permitting.

Ken enjoys working with Hawaii’s children and has done so since 1986 with the Artists in the Schools program, as well as in private lessons and summer camps. He has also worked with the developmentally and physically disabled with VSA arts.

Fee: $120/ $110 VAC Members plus a $17 supply fee

Financial scholarships are available for those in need.  Apply for a scholarship Here

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Apr
22
Sat
2023
Liko A’e Keiki Plus One
Apr 22 @ 8:30 am – 2:30 pm

Liko A’e Keiki + One

The Volcano Art Center is proud to offer the Liko A’e Keiki plus One workshop. The workshop will be held at VAC’s Niaulani Campus, Saturday, April 22, 2023, from 8:30 A.M. – 2:30 P.M. Open to keiki  7-13 years of age and one adult. The deadline to register is Thursday, April 13, 2023.

This one-day workshop gives keiki and their parent, grandparent or any adult, a memorable opportunity to explore the arts together. The classes will include hand-building with clay, hip-hop, drawing, Hawaiian rhymes & dance, & textile art.

Cost: for one adult and one child $100/$92 for members of VAC. If you wish to enroll any additional adult or child, please call the office at (808) 967-8222.

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Apr
29
Sat
2023
18th Annual LOVE THE ARTS fundraiser gala: 2023 It Takes A Village
Apr 29 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm


Love the Arts 2023: It Takes A Village

 

Volcano Art Center announces our 18th Annual Love the Arts fundraiser at the Niaulani Campus on Saturday, April 29, 2023, from 4 – 8 pm. This annual gala is our main event to raise funds for Volcano Art Center which allows us to fund classes, exhibits, workshops, and offer the creative arts experience in this uniquely nurturing and inspiring environment.

This year’s theme is “It Takes a Village,” which honors Hawaiian culture with an old-style lūʻau with excellent kau kau and entertainment.

Come join us for the Love The Arts and enjoy ‘ono Hawaiian cuisine, drinks, great local music, and lovely hula performances. We hope you will attend and wear your favorite aloha attire.

Of course, the live and silent auctions are not to be missed, with unique offerings including original artwork, hotel stays, tours, jewelry, and more. Everyone will have an opportunity to bid on artwork, hotel stays, restaurants, local products, services, gift certificates to businesses and attractions.

Each year we ask local artists to contribute their artwork for this event, to be auctioned in order to raise the needed funds to sustain  VAC programs and classes.  These artists and businesses who give to the event do so with the knowledge that their donation will have a direct impact on the survival of the Art Center. The Volcano Art Center is an integral part of this unique community offering a sense of belonging to those who live and work around it.

As a non-profit organization, VAC looks forward to our community and ʻohana support in our effort to expand the services and facilities at VAC’s Niaulani Campus. A portion of this year’s proceeds will go to the VAC Capital Campaign to bring these plans to fruition.

Tickets $75 / $65 (VAC member)

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