Volcano Art Center’s 2016 Gallery Exhibition Schedule
Jan 9th– Feb. 7th
Carved By Sand, Daniel Moe Glass
The solo show features a new collection of blown, sculpted and carved glass work which explores patterns, symbols and images which highlight the environment, spirit and culture of life on Hawai‘i Island.
Feb. 13th-March 20
Sightlines: Volcano Hui, group show, multi-media
This multi-media exhibition features the works of Lisa Louise Adams, Margaret Barnaby, Pam Barton, Mary Goodrich, Emily Herb, Zeke Israel, Elizabeth Miller, Ira Ono, Eric Wold and Michael and Misato Mortara. The artists included in the exhibit have lived, worked and interacted with the unique elements and energy of the Volcano rain forest area over an extended period of time. The exhibit seeks to provide residents and visitors an opportunity to view how the dynamic environment has captured their interest and inspired their imaginations. The surrounding environment within their particular “line of sight” is expressed through the art form they’ve worked years to perfect. On display at the Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, 9am to 5 pm daily, the exhibition is free to the public although park entrance fees apply. Contact (808) 967-7565 for more information.
March 25th-April 24th
Reception Friday, March 25th, 5-7pm
Ke Kinolau O Laka: The Embodiment Of Laka, Goddess Of Hula**
An exhibition displaying the Kinolau of Laka. Kinolau, literally “many bodies,” is a reference to the belief in the myriad forms of the deities that make up the Hawaiian pantheon and that every plant, animal and force of nature is an embodiment of a god. The multimedia exhibition features botanical sketches, pyrography carved gourds and dyed kapa pieces of Hawai‘i Island artists John Dawson, Jelena Clay, Bernice Akamine and Micah Kamohoali‘i. Each artist exploring the plants form of Laka which include ʻōhiʻa lehua, ʻieʻie, hala pepe, maile, palapalai and other native ferns. The cultural significance of each plant will be highlighted in a kuahu (altar), dressed each week by a cultural practitioner paying homage to Laka. On display at the Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, 9am to 5 pm daily, the exhibition is free to the public though park entrance fees apply. Contact (808) 967-7565 for more information.
April 30th-July 17th
Reception Saturday, April 30th 5-7pm
Up Close: Marian Berger, watercolor
An exhibition of dramatic, watercolor portraits of Hawaii’s native birds. Ten framed, double elephant folio, close up portraits of Hawaii’s favorite forest birds with proceeds benefiting the San Diego Zoo Global, Hawaiian Endangered Bird Conservation Program. On display at the Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, 9am to 5 pm daily, the exhibition is free to the public though park entrance fees apply. Contact (808) 967-7565 for more information.
July 23rd-Aug. 28th
Opening Reception Saturday, July 23rd, 5-7pm
Endemic Understanding, group show, multi-media***
Endemic Understanding showcases the extraordinary biodiversity within the five National Parks on Hawai‘i Island. Artists Margaret Barnaby, Heide Cumes, Lanaya Deily, Jack Jeffrey, Susan Litteral, Liz Miller, and Karen Schuster were selected from the 2015 Hawai‘i Nei exhibition celebrating native species, and further investigate the plants, animals and environments found within Hawai‘i Island’s National Parks. This exhibit honors the centennial celebration of the National Park Service.On display at the Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, 9am to 5 pm daily, the exhibition is free to the public though park entrance fees apply. Contact (808) 967-7565 for more information.
Sep. 3rdth-Oct. 9th
Opening Reception: Saturday, Sept. 3rd, 5-7pm
Return of ‘Alalā: Restoring The Voice Of Hawaii’s Native Forests
A multimedia, juried art contest featuring the ‘Alalā , on display daily from Sept. 3 – Oct. 9, 2016 at Volcano Art Center in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. In conjunction with the long anticipated release of the ‘Alalā Hawaii’s native crow, back into the wild. Volcano Art Center is partnering with San Diego Zoo Global and the Keahou Bird Conservation to display a juried, multi media exhibition of the ‘Alalā. The exhibition will provide extensive education featuring the ‘Alalā as an important bird in Hawaii’s ecology and native culture and double as a fundraising effort to support the release with will begin in November 2016 and continue over the next 5 years. This exhibit will also feature an evening gala with to raise additional support and funds for this important conservation effort. On display at the Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, 9am to 5 pm daily, the exhibition is free to the public though park entrance fees apply. Contact (808) 967-7565 for more information.
Oct. 15th-Nov. 13th
Opening Reception: Saturday Oct. 15th, 5-7pm
Tiny Treasures, Na Mea Makamae
Invitational, group Invitational multi-media, group show celebrating art and artifacts which honor the Hawaiian culture. This group of artist will meet the challenge to explore Hawaii’s many “treasured things” on a small scale for this unique exhibition. On display at the Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, 9am to 5 pm daily, the exhibition is free to the public though park entrance fees apply. Contact (808) 967-7565 for more information.
Nov. 18th– Jan 1st
Christmas in the Country, featuring the Annual Wreath Exhibition
With warmest winter wishes and happiest holiday greetings, Volcano Art Center welcomes you to the Annual Christmas in the Country celebration starting Friday, November 18, 2016. Featuring the Annual Invitational Wreath Exhibit that continues through January 1, 2017 , this year’s Christmas in the Country promises an abundance of art and aloha to kick start your holiday season. On display at the Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, 9am to 5 pm daily, the exhibition is free to the public though park entrance fees apply. Contact (808) 967-7565 for more information.
Volcano Art Center’s 2016 Exhibition Schedule at Niaulani
Ka’u and Kīlauea Reflections
In an upcoming exhibition titled, Ka’u and Kīlauea Reflections, the Volcano Art Center will display paintings and ceramics by Dr. Douglas Davenport in an effort to raise funds for the Ka`u Hospital Foundation.
From June 25th through July 10th, the paintings and ceramics by Dr. Davenport will be available for viewing Tuesday through Sunday (closed Mondays), 10am – 3pm at the Niaulani campus of Volcano Art Center (VAC) in Volcano Village. The works by Davenport in this exhibit display his appreciation for the unique district of Ka`u through a multitude of landscapes.
“I came to the Big Island with my wife and three children twenty-five years ago and fell in love with Volcano,” Davenport explains. “We built a small house as a refuge from the busy life on Oahu…Volcano became a place for us to be together as a family. We worked the land, the children included, hand-clearing the forest of ginger and tibouchina. As the years went by, our love of the place grew, as did our family.”
Dr. Davenport retired as an ER doctor after 25 years on Oahu and took up a part-time position at the Ka`u Hospital. With his background as a professional potter on Oahu’s North Shore and a family history in oil painting from his grandfather and brother, Dr. Davenport explains his artistic endeavors in Ka`u as “a natural progression.”
“The paintings and painted ceramic vases depicting scenes around Ka`u and Volcanoes National Park are the result of my time here. These works reflect the varying landscapes that grace this land, which I have been so lucky to experience.”
“I feel fortunate to have been able to work in Pahala and, in my small way, give back to the community and to the island that has enriched my life immeasurably.”
Ka`u Hospital, in Pahala, is a 21-bed facility with 16 long-term care beds and 5 acute beds. It also operates a 24-hour, 7-day a week Emergency Department. Replacing the last sugar plantation hospital on the island, Ka`u Hospital was built in 1971 to serve the needs of a vast rural area. It is a little hospital with a big mission: to be the very best it can be for the community.
“Volcano Art Center is pleased to support Ka`u Hospital through this exhibition of art by Dr. Douglas Davenport, MD. The hospital provides invaluable resources to the people of Hawai`i Island when they need it most,” states Michael Nelson, Volcano Art Center’s Executive Director. Proceeds from artwork sold as well as donations received go directly to Ka`u Hospital Foundation and its mission.
The exhibit is open to the public, free of charge, Tuesday – Sunday, from 10am – 3pm. A special opening reception takes place on Saturday, June 25th from 5-7pm in the Hale Ho`omana building at VAC’s Niaulani Campus, 19-4074 Old Volcano Rd., in Volcano Village.
QUILTS IN THE FOREST/ QUILTS IN THE PARK
July 15—August 7, 2016
In Hale Ho’omana at Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus
Dedicated to the Centennial Celebration of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park and the National Park Service
Volcano Art Center’s first annual quilt show will open on July 15th, 2016 with a special reception from 5 pm to 7 pm, at Hale Ho`omana. This exhibit is open to the public and free of charge. The exhibit will be open from July 16th to August 6th, Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am to 3 pm.
In this first annual quilt show, over 20 quilters are showing 40 of their finest work, some for the first time in public. This year’s special theme,Find Your Park, highlights the centennial celebration for Hawaii Volcanoes National Park as well as the National Park Service. A number of remarkable designs will be on display, inspired by the ongoing dramatic scenery in the park. The 40 quilts shown include traditional as well as contemporary Hawaiian quilts, wearable art, bed runners and some “very small” quilts.
Also on display will be two antique Hawaiian quilts, on loan by master quilter Roberta Muller, as well as a number of old quilting paraphernalia.
On Monday, July 25th, at 7 pm, Volcano Art Center will be showing the award winning PBS documentary “The Art of Quilting” at Hale Ho`mana. This presentation is free however donations are gladly accepted.
EXHIBITION: “National Parks Illustrations 1978 through 2016”
Celebrated USPS Nature in America Stamp Artist Shares His Life’s Work relating to The National Park Service
Volcano Art Center will be displaying the illustrations of Big Island wildlife artist John D. Dawson in an exhibit titled “National Parks Illustrations 1978 through 2016”. This exhibition features illustrations and natural history studies designed for the National Parks Service over a 20 year period. The exhibition helps celebrate the 100th anniversary for Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park and the National Park Service.
Over the past three decades, Dawson has completed major assignments and appeared in national publications for the National Geographic Society, National Wildlife Federation, Audubon Society, United Nations and the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center, among many others including private commissions.
Along with a stunning collection of art on display inside the Kilauea Visitor Center at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, one of Dawson’s proudest accomplishments is the Nature in America stamp series created for the United States Postal Service. The final installment of this series issued on September 1, 2010 – a lively depiction of The Hawaiian Rainforest – is a special reflection of the island beauty Dawson and his wife Kathleen have enjoyed as residents of Hilo for the past 20 years.
“National Parks Illustrations 1978 through 2016” will be on display 9:00am -5pm, Monday –Friday at the Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus in Volcano Village through September 2nd, 2016. The exhibition is free to the public. An opening reception followed by an artist’s presentation will be held on Thursday, August 11th in the Great Room of Volcano Art Center’s Administrative offices. The reception begins at 6:00 pm with the presentation beginning at 7:00 pm.