Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
EXHIBIT: Sharp Turns – The Creative Art of Woodturning featuring the works of Aaron Hammer & Mark and Karen Stebbins
January 11– February 16, 2020
Opening Reception Saturday, January 18, 2020, from 5 – 7pm
Volcano Art Center is proud to announce the exhibition Sharp Turns: The Creative Art of Woodturning featuring the fine art of Aaron Hammer and Mark and Karen Stebbins. The exhibit will open to the public on January 11th and will continue through February 16th, 2020 from 9am -5pm daily at the Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park, park entrance fees apply. An opening reception with the artists will take place on Saturday, January 18th from 5-7pm.
“The exhibition Sharp Turns represents a small sampling of the extremely talented woodturners of Hawai’i Island”, states Gallery Manager Emily Weiss. “Living close to their source of native hardwoods, what often begins as a hobby turns into a lifetime pursuit.” As in the case of Aaron Hammer who began his woodworking career as an apprentice in 1995, under the direction of master woodturner Jerry Kermode. Venturing off onto his own in 2000 he established his HammerCraft line of lathe-turned artistic and functional wooden bowls, drums, jewelry and gift items all made from previously felled Hawaiian trees. Helping to preserve and protect precious forest resources is a passion of Hammer’s as well as working on the lathe. Aaron states that while working on the lathe “one must work from the center both physically and spiritually…starting with a raw log and transforming it into a finely finished and cherished object is the joy of my creation.”
The exhibition also features beautiful creations by Mark and Karen Stebbins who together own and operate Stebbins Studios, LLC. which showcases the fine woodworking, craftsmanship and artistic achievements of this husband and wife team. For over 15 years they together have created superior quality, handcrafted wood turnings and furniture as well as elegant gifts items and other artistic works for clients around the world. Located in East Hawaiʻi the Stebbins also offer custom engraving through their business Big Island Engraving.
Two very special woodturning demonstrations will take place on the Volcano Art Center Gallery porch during the exhibit allowing viewers to witness live woodturning on a lathe. Aaron Hammer will demonstrate on January 25th and Mark and Karen Stebbins will demonstrate on February 1st. Both demonstrations take place from 11am -2pm at the Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park.