‘Flash’ exhibit opens today at VAC’s Niaulani Campus


In a special exhibition at the Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus, two artists, Margaret Stanton and Randy Takaki will share their unique vision in painting and sculpture. Free to the public, the exhibition runs for five days only, today through Tuesday, at the center’s campus in Volcano Village. This exhibit is the first in a series of “Flash” or experimental art exhibits planned at this venue.

The opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m. includes a musical performance by The Elementalz. Sherri Thal and Brent Magstadt combine broad horizons of musical experience for a unique blend of original alt-elemental acoustic grooves, from centered Americana to free-form fusion instrumentals. On Saturday evening, original guitar, bass and drum grooves with Steve Fundy, Stanton and Maj Balej will be featured in the exhibition space from 6 to 8 p.m.

Stanton’s and Takaki’s work begins in the forests of Hawaii Island near its active volcanoes. Stanton’s paintings are expressive and colorful. Takaki’s sculpture is mysterious and powerful.

For Takaki, what emerges from the Hawaiian rain forest are parts of trees, molded by wind and age to become sugi cedar, cypress, lychee or koa sculptures that whisper of times when humanity was scarce and Earth had many more places that were wild and untouched. The sentry-like stance and subtle curves of his sculpture suggest humility in a time when nature ruled supreme.

Stanton’s acrylic paintings transport viewers to those mystical locations. She blends expressive brush strokes and vibrant colors to reveal things that are normally unseen.

The exhibit is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Tuesday.