Margaret Satnton and Randy Takaki Flash Art Exhibit at Volcano Art Center Hawaii

In One Special Exhibition at Volcano Art Center, two artists, Margaret Stanton and Randy Takaki, share their unique vision in painting and sculpture. Opening Reception Friday March 7th from 5 - 8pm with Musical Performance by The Elementalz - Sherri Thal (vocals/violin/percussion) & Brent Magstadt (vocals/guitar) combine broad horizons of musical experience for a unique blend of original alt-elemental acoustic grooves. From centered Americana to free form fusion instrumentals. Free to the public, this Exhibition runs for five days only March 7 - 11 at Volcano Art Center’s Hale Ho’oma in Volcano Village. Both Margaret Stanton’s and Randy Takaki’s work begins in the forests of Hawai‘i Island near it’s active volcanos. Margaret’s paintings are expressive and colorful. Randy’s sculpture is mysterious and powerful. To understand these two artist’s work one only needs to visit those quiet spaces for themselves where the art begins and creativity takes over. For Randy 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. “I feel for this primordial energy near my home in Volcano. There are still little pockets here. When I feel it, that’s when the inspiration comes to make something,” says Randy. “Some of my best pieces I carved and left in the forest. I go there to visit them and observe the aging. Some have disappeared. Seems like they have gone back into something..... A greater order of things.” What better place can there be to find earth untouched by human beings than right next to one of the worlds most active volcano’s at Kilauea Crater in Hawai’i. 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” “Margaret Stanton and Randy Takaki’s Exhibition March 7 - 11 is the first in a series of Flash Art Exhibits that we hope to have at the Volcano Art Center in Volcano Village.” This premiere event is free to the public and features musical entertainment both Friday and Saturday evening with the Elementalz Friday, March 7, 6-8pm and Original Guitar Bass & Drums Grooves with Steve Fundy, Margaret Stanton and Maj Balej, Saturday, March 8, 6-8pm. Randy Takaki Collections: Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts Selected Exhibitions: Natural Ground: The Intentions of Three Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Maui, Hawai‘i idspace, Kurtistown, Hawai‘i Island Gallery Aoyama, Gifu, Japan Margaret Stanton Collections: Murals, Hilo Hospital Hale Ho’ola & Hamakua Historical Heritage Murals. Gallery Dreams of Paradise, Hilo, Hi., Volcano Art Center. Online catalog of paintings and murals visit http://peggystanton007.wix.com/stanton-painting or margaretstanton.com

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