Sunday, November 23, 2008

Volcano Art

Printmaker/illustrator Dietrich Varez, dollmaker turned painter Linda Stevens, woodworkers Harold and Marilyn Rhodes, potter Greg Smith, glass artist Patricia Larsen-Goodin and dozens of Hawaii artists and artisans are helping the Volcano Art Center kick off the holiday season with its Christmas in the Country celebration.

It takes place over two weekends, beginning Saturday and Sunday and continuingNov. 28, 29 and 30. The festivities take place at the Volcano Art Center Gallery, located in the historic 1877 Volcano House adjacent to the Kilauea Visitor Center in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.Original wreaths will be available at the annual Invitational Wreath Exhibit.

Gallery artists, working in a wide variety of media, materials and techniques, present their highly creative concepts of "wreath." Just for the holiday season, the gallery displays Hawaii-handcrafted ornaments, home decorations and gifts not found the rest of the year, including ornaments by Stevens that are Volcano Art Center exclusives.

The exhibit continues through Jan. 4.From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Varez is debuting four new prints, as well as signing books and copies of his other Hawaiiana prints. The new prints are titled "Damien of Molokai," "Pele with Silversword and Koae," a four-part one "Hawaiian Diver" and "The Birth of Hiiaka."

Stevens will be showing visitors some of the many methods she uses to make her "Christmas critters" from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday. She'll be joined by Melia Goodenow who will be giving visitors sniffs of the various Hawaiian floral scents used in Hawaiian Rain Forest Naturals products. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Larsen-Goodin will demonstrate her lampworking skills, making glass beads using a gas torch.

After Thanksgiving, Varez returns from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Nov. 28 to personalize everyone's selection from his huge collection of affordable prints as well as copies of the many books he has illustrated. The Rhodes are joining Varez. They will demonstrate how they use a variety of heirloom tools -- spokeshaves, shrapers, drawknives -- to shape their walking sticks and kitchen utensils. They also will show hobbyists how their techniques can be used in any woodworking project.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 28 and 29, Ocean View potter Smith will be on hand with a wide selection of his "wasabi" style wind chimes, teacups and pots.The Volcano Art Center Gallery is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is wheelchair accessible.

Call 967-7565 or visit for more information. National park user fees apply for those without passes.the Country begins Saturday.

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