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EXHIBIT: Quilts In The Forest – 50 Years of Creativity
Jul 19 @ 10:00 am – Aug 11 @ 4:00 pm

Quilts In The Forest – 50 Years of Creativity  – Volcano Art Center’s 5th Biennial Quilt and Fiber Arts Exhibit
Opening reception:  Friday, July 19, from 4pm. – 6pm.

Volcano Art Center is inviting all fabric and fiber artists in the state of Hawaiʻi to its 5th biennial quilt show, Quilts In The Forest – 50 Year of Creativity.  This year’s exhibit hopes to inspire artists to create works of art steeped in the rich traditions and history of the past or to explore new and innovative ways in quilting.  The exhibition will be open Wednesdays – Sundays from July 19 – August 11, 10am -4pm. (Closed Mondays & Tuesdays) at VAC’s Niaulani campus (19-4074 Old Volcano Rd.) in Volcano Village. For more information contact Fia Mattice, at (808) 967-8222 or via email  Volcano Art Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization created in 1974 whose mission is to promote, develop and perpetuate the artistic, cultural and environmental heritage of Hawaiʻi’s people through the arts and education.  Please visit

The show displays the talent of Hawaiʻi Island quilters, both amateur and professional. The exhibition is free of charge however donations are greatly accepted.


Jazz in the Forest: Jp & the Jazztones – Diva Jazz
Sep 14 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Jazz in the Forest: JP & the Jazztones – Diva Jazz

Saturday, September 14, 2024, at 5:30pm

Please join us on Saturday September 14 at 5:30 pm  at the Volcano Art Center, for an evening of  joyful vocal history of Diva Jazz.

This concert will feature the great voices of Leslis Harlib and Binti Bailey, along with the music of Jean Pierre -JP- and the Jazztones, giving tribute to some of these historic influences.  Beginning more than a century ago with Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith -” the Empress of the Blues”, and continuing through Sophie Tucker, Dinah Washington, Billie Holiday, Alberta Hunter, and more, this will be an evening to remember.
The Jazztones in this incarnation will include beside this impressive duo of vocalists,  Leslie Harlib on piano, JP Thoma on saxes and clarinet, Joey Carroll on bass, and Owen Matsui on percussion.

Tickets are $25 for VAC members ($30 non-members)! Ticket holders will be able to purchase beer, wine, as well as pupu. Tickets are available for sale online at, or at VAC’s Administration Office in Volcano Village.


Thursday Night at the Center: A Celebration of Light, Sound and Spirit with Ken Goodrich
Nov 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Thursday Night at the Center with Ken Goodrich


Join Ken Goodrich on Thursday, November 14th, at 6pm, at Volcano Art Center Niaulani Campus in Volcano Village.

A Celebration of Light, Sound and Spirit features the landscapes of Hawaii Island through the eyes and heart of photographer Ken Goodrich.

He will present photos and videos from the dramatic volcanic eruptions to the exquisite beauty of the mountains, deserts, rivers and sea that we are so fortunate to call our island home.

Ken will also show stills and videos tracing his works over the years in the realm of black and white documentary photography, macro photography and dynamic abstract imagery set to music from across the world.

Photographer and videographer Ken Goodrich started his career when he received a grant to document the vanishing culture of the indigenous Otomi people of Tlacotlapilco Mexico.

Upon returning to the United States his photography expanded to include explorations of fine art photography. His work has been exhibited in all the major Hawaii Island art associations and published internationally in fine art photography magazines.

For much of his photographic career, he has focused on projection design for live events, rock and roll concerts, classical music, and dance performances.

Most often inspired by a piece of music, he creates unique marriages of sound and light for a series of immersive poetic visual imagery.

In 2007, Ken and his wife Mary founded their company, Hawaii Photo Retreat, providing photographic education and tours on the island of Hawaii.

Thursday night at the Volcano Art Center, focusing on art, Hawaiian culture, and our environment.  The series is intended to inspire, and enhance your appreciation of art and life experience, while fostering community connections. This presentation is free, although a donation is greatly appreciated.

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