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Flash Exhibit at Volcano Art Center for Stanton, Takaki

The first Flash Exhibit at the Volcano Art Center, from Friday to Tuesday, March 11, will feature acrylic paintings by Margaret Stanton and sculpture by Randy Takaki at Hale Ho‘omana at VAC’s Niaulani Campus. This exhibit is the first in a series of experimental art exhibits planned for this venue.

The public is invited to an opening reception from 5-8 p.m. Friday. It will include a musical performance by the group The Elementalz. Sherri Thal (vocals/violin/percussion) and Brent Magstadt (vocals/guitar) combine broad horizons of musical experience for a unique blend of original alt-elemental acoustic grooves, from centered Americana to freeform fusion instrumentals.

On Saturday evening, enjoy original guitar, bass and drum grooves with Steve Fundy, while Margaret Stanton and Maj Balej will be featured in the exhibition space from 6 to 8 pm.

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. To understand these two artists’ work, one only needs to visit those quiet spaces for themselves where the art begins and creativity takes over.

For Takaki, what emerges from the Hawaiian rainforest are parts of trees, molded by wind and age to become sugi cedar, cypress, lychee or koa sculptures that whisper to us 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.

Margaret Stanton’s acrylic paintings transport us to those mystical locations. She blends expressive brush strokes and vibrant colors to reveal things that are normally unseen. “I paint aspects of my surroundings, not as I see it, but as I feel it,” says Margaret. “In a sea of ferns and ohia trees, I feel at home. And, like Randy, my process comes from that silent space, found in nature, in those completely wild places here in the rainforest and along the ocean.”

The exhibit is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.

For more information, contact Natalie Pfeifer at 967-8222, or email


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