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Carnevale di Venezia: Under a Hawaiian Moon

An evening Masquerade with Italian culinary delights, art and enjoyment for all.

Get swept away in the magic of Carnivale at Volcano Art Center’s 8th Annual benefit gala, Love the Arts.  Doors open at 5:30PM on Saturday, February 11, 2012, with tickets available for purchase online at www.volcanolovethearts.org.  For one memorable evening, guests will be transported Venice, Italy through food, artwork and installations by some Hawaii’s most gifted artisans.  Tickets are $50 in advance and $60 at the door.

Love the arts at the Volcano

In theme with the event, guests are encouraged to wear creative, original, fantastical, or homemade masquerade attire.  Costumes are optional, with prizes and recognition awarded to attendees voted “best mask.”  Welcomed by our own “Aloha Gondolier,” with a Hawaiian canoe built by Jeff Roth, the setting will offer perfect photo opportunity.

Indulge in an affair of the senses, with complimentary fine wine and Prosecco, handmade truffles and coffee in an Italian Bistro Setting.  Italian/Venitian gastronomique by Pacific Isle Catering Co. offers delectable options even for vegetarians, serving tender pillows of artichokes in creamy bread custard, isalata caprese skewers, grilled shrimp, calamari and mussel salad on a bed of fennel and more.

Each year the “Love the Arts,” silent and live auctions grow in size and reputation through the generosity of local artists and community sponsors.  Fine arts, goods and services will be among the auctioned items, as well as a selection of wearable artwork in the accompanying exhibit “Masquerade:  The Art of Illusion.”  A collection of art work by Leimanu Designs will also be featured at this event.  Steel and copper light fixtures hanging from the rafters will cast pools of light on the floor and walls.  “It’s all about the light, where it falls, and where it doesn’t,” says artist Leilehua Yuen.  “Making the art is really just crafting the tool which will sculpt the light.”  Auction proceeds benefit arts, cultural and environmental programs in and around the Volcano community.  This event takes place at Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus at 19-4074 Old Volcano Road.  Contact Anne for info: (808) 967-8222 or e-mail: community@volcanoartcenter.org.