Celebrate Merrie Monarch at the Volcano Art Center

 Nonprofit presents free cultural encounters during annual hula festival

Hawaii Island’s most anticipated event of the year is almost here and Volcano Art Center invites you to join them to celebrate! In honor of the already sold out 50th Annual Merrie Monarch Festival, VAC will be hosting five days of special arts and cultural events from Wednesday, April 3 through Sunday, April 7, 2013.

VAC Merrie Monarch

All events will be held on the lanai of the VAC Gallery, located next to the Kilauea Visitor Center in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Visitors and kama’aina alike are invited to experience the mauka celebration of Merrie Monarch free of charge (park entrance fees apply).

While visiting the gallery, be sure to check out La‘a Ka Pa-Kapala, a collaborative art exhibit by Natalie Mahina Jensen and Lucia Tarallo currently on display through April 14. Also featured will be an old-style lei stand with a variety of flower, leaf and liko (bud) lei available for purchase. All proceeds aid in supporting VAC’s mission to develop, promote and perpetuate the artistic, cultural and environmental heritage of Hawaii’s people through the arts and education.

Wednesday, April 3 & Friday, April 5, 10:00AM–2:00PM: Ohe Kapala on Gathering Bags. Join artist and Hawaiian cultural practitioner Greg West to learn the art of ohe kapala (bamboo stamping) on the VAC gallery porch. Select your own 100% cotton gathering bag keepsake and personalize your design using a traditional Hawaiian stamping technique. Free crafting demonstration; bag and materials fee of $42.

Wednesday, April 3, 10:00AM–2:00PM: Artist Demonstration with Jelena Clay. Meet artist Jelena Clay as she demonstrates a variety of techniques for designing and decorating an ipu (gourd) and presents an extensive collection of her past works.

Thursday, April 4, 11:00AM–2:00PM: Print and Book Signing with Caren Loebel-Fried. Meet the artist known for beautiful illustrations of the legends and myths of Hawaii. Caren will be on hand with an extensive collection of books, prints, giclees and original pieces to sign while conducting a demonstration of her finely-tuned block printing process.

Friday, April 5, 11:00AM–1:00PM: Ukulele Lesson with Patrick Inouye. Join in on this free hands-on ukulele lesson taught by Patrick Inouye. Ukulele available, or bring your own for a Kanikapila-style casual jam session.

Sunday, April 7, 10:00AM–2:00PM: Print and Book Signing by Dietrich Varez. Celebrate Hawaii’s most popular hula festival by meeting VAC’s signature artist. Renowned Hawaiiana artist Dietrich Varez will be on hand signing his extensive collection of over 250 prints and books he has written or illustrated.

For more information, visit Volcano Art Center’s website at www.volcanoartcenter.org or contact the VAC Gallery at (808) 967-7565.



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