Calendar of Events

Exhibit: Walking Through Mist: Metaphors and Memories featuring Phan Barker
Sep 16 @ 10:00 am – Oct 8 @ 4:00 pm

Walking Through Mist – Metaphors and Memories, continues through Sunday, October 8th at Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus (19-4074 Old Volcano Rd.) in Volcano Village.  Open Wednesday through Sunday, from 10 am – 4 pm. Closed Mondays & Tuesdays.

Phan was born in Tu Chau, Ha Dong Province, North Vietnam, and went south with her family when Vietnam was divided in 1954.  For many years she did not want to return to Vietnam because, in her mind, it was a place of death and sorrow.

In 1992, Phan returned to Vietnam with Jeanette Foster, a journalist friend.  After 23 years, Phan re-established a relationship with her older sister, nine children, and grandchildren. Phan and Jeanette took her sister and family to their birthplace 30 miles north of Hanoi. They visited relatives in their ancestral home and burned incense at their mother’s grave.

On her return home to Hawaiʻi, Phan dealt for months with the overwhelming emotions stirred up by the trip.  She struggled with various media, and a new work emerged.  She named it The White Mourning Cloth series. “The series of work is about my unresolved feeling for my mother and my motherland, mourning the souls that died in the Vietnam War and healing the wounds—mine and others—whose life has been affected by the war.”   In conjunction with her exhibit, she presented a slide show and lecture entitled Seedlings of Peace and a healing ceremony for the community.

In this series, Walking Through Mist, Phan shares with the community haunting images from the past, untangled emotional issues, honors her parents, Uncle and Aunt, and pays tribute to people who sheltered and helped her reach the United States.

Cheesecloth, bamboo, silk, thread, woodcut printed paper, and drywall are the materials she uses to re-weave and reclaim her world’s past utilizing the half-century of growing skill and understanding. In Vietnamese culture, cheesecloth is used in making mourning clothes.  “For me,” says Phan, “this fabric embodies eternal sadness.  Its sheerness is mystical.”

In December 2021, the Walking Through Mist Series debuted at the East Hawaiʻi Cultural Center.  The curator, Andrzej Kramars, said it was one of the year’s three best exhibitions.

“…. It is one of the most moving, extraordinary exhibits I have ever seen.  Each piece was so moving, and so meticulously done.  Thank you for bringing this to us.”  Marilyn Nicholson, Former Director VAC.

“It is a gallery of memories, so skillfully assembled that we are drawn into another world, into that temple of quiet that is recollection.  Images in thread on the semi-transparent gauze of mourning cloth are a perfect vehicle and metaphor for memory – convey the underlying emotion where memories reside.”  Caroline Garrett, Writer, Poet.

“This exhibit is a treasure that took her a lifetime to make.  It is breathtakingly beautiful aesthetically, conceptually, and a deeply meaningful gift openly given from a truthful soul.”  Elizabeth Miller, Artist.

Phan has participated and lectured nationally and locally in numerous Invitational Exhibitions, including the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition, the US Geological Survey’s Asian Pacific American Art Exhibition, the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, and The Contemporary Museum in Hawaiʻi. Her artwork is in the Honolulu Art Museum, Hawaiʻi State Art Museum, and the Toyota Corporation collections.

Exhibit: Points Of View – Plein Aire
Oct 7 @ 9:00 am – Nov 12 @ 5:00 pm

The Volcano Art Center (VAC) is proud to announce “Points of Viewa plein aire, group exhibition featuring gouache, oil and acrylic paintings and sketches at VAC Gallery on display October 7th – November 12th,  9am – 5pm, daily at Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park.

Featuring the works of Bonnie Sol Hahn, Bob Weiss, Kira Kamamalu, Jack Kinkelaar and Amy Markham the exhibit presents the unique perspective and approach to landscape by each participating artist.   Painting outdoors,  surrounded by the beauty of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park, the artists work to capture the impression or essence of a place or scene. “In a sense capturing the mana of the wahi pana (special place)” as expressed by Bonnie Sol Hahn.  The artists renditions illustrate varied inspirations, perspectives, textures and moods representing the same place in different ways.


Join the artist at the opening reception on Saturday, October 7th from 2-4pm .  For those who are not able to attend the exhibition in person, it may also be viewed online at

Exhibit: Dietrich Varez
Feb 17 @ 9:00 am – Apr 7 @ 5:00 pm
Volcano Art Center is proud to announce the exhibition by Dietrich Varez. The exhibit opens February 17th and will continue through April 7th, 2024.  The gallery is open daily, 9am -5pm in Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park. While the exhibit is free to attend, park entrances fees apply.


Exhibit: John Dawson
Aug 31 @ 9:00 am – Oct 13 @ 5:00 pm
The Volcano Art Center (VAC) is proud to announce John Dawson Exhibiting at the VAC gallery in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park from August 31st – October 13, 2024. While the exhibit and reception are free, park entrance fees apply.  The exhibit will also be available for viewing on VAC’s website upon opening. For more information please contact Emily C. Weiss at (808) 967-7565 or email
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