“Fifty Views of Kilauea Volcano,” paintings by Helen Chellin, will be presented in Wailoa Arts and Cultural Center’s Fountain Gallery from Friday to Oct. 24.
A reception will be held in conjunction with the eighth annual Big Island Woodworkers and Artist Invitational and Big Island Ukulele Guild’s Main Gallery celebration on Friday from 5-7 p.m. This event is free and open to the public, and entertainment and refreshments will be served.
Chellin has published the first volume of her book, “One Hundred Views of Kilauea Volcano,” in which the Fountain Gallery will display the first 50 original paintings in that series.
“For the past 16 years I have lived part time on the Big Island of Hawaii. Kilauea brought me to this island, and I have spent many hours hiking, walking and painting her diverse environment,” Chellin said. “I love the shapes, colors and textures of Kilauea. I love the scale and power of her. She has the ability, like artists, to create, destroy and transform.
“I have chosen to paint One Hundred Views of Kilauea Volcano in honor of one of my mentor artists — Hokusai. Hokusai created the famous work “100 Views of Mt. Fuji.” He was known for being one of the first artists to combine landscape with scenes of people living and working on the flanks of a volcano. My book is dedicated to him and to Christina Heliker, geologist and photographer, and geologist Margaret T. Mangan.”