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The Volcano Art Center is pleased to present:
"Kapa Rhythms", an exhibit of new work by noted Hawai'i artists 
Pam Barton and Caren Loebel-Fried.

Pam and Caren working 2014 1-Neil Fried photo

The exhibit will be held at the VAC Gallery in Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, and runs from April 5 through May 18. The public is invited to an Opening Reception with the artists from 5 - 7 pm. on Saturday, April 5th.
Please join us!

Rich traditions and legends surround kapa, or Hawaiian bark cloth. As a material, kapa can transform into an opaque or gossamer fabric, and lends itself to being woven, sculpted, and draped. Traditionally, it served functional purposes, but was often adorned with highly decorative patterns. The artists have drawn upon and been inspired by the rich traditions of kapa, while using their more contemporary creative energy to incorporate the material into new artforms. 

When Caren asked Pam to teach her the ancient art of beating kapa, their friendship grew. Mutually inspired by their creativity and sense of humor, they decided the perfect excuse to spend more time together was with a joint exhibit. This exhibit is a culmination of their time together. In Kapa Rhythms, the artists present work created individually and in collaboration with one another, inspired by historic Hawaiian legends about kapa from the storied places of Hawaiʻi. 

In conjunction with their exhibit Pam and Caren will demonstrate traditional Hawaiian kapa making on Tuesday, May 13, from 10 am - 12:30 pm. The VAC Gallery is open every day from 9 am - 5 pm.

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© Volcano Art Center - February 2014