What happens when a new art form is shown? Guests found out at the Volcanic Art Show opening Friday in Hanapepe.
Lots of enthusiasm, compliments, looking, and much bewilderment.
The 20 originals shown in solid koa frames were not “dirt” cheap. But they were giveaway prices compared to the ethnic Aboriginal soil paintings from Australia that now command a worldwide art market and sell for hundreds of thousands of U.S. dollars.
For the show opening, a table was set up with several local colors, and visitors were invited to “play.” Over one dozen did, and most took along the originals they had painted.
Several left their works, either to dry or to add to the Guest Artist Wall. Kauai Councilmember Derek Kawakami and Cammie Matsumoto both painted beautiful originals. Kawakami’s was done with local pigments and acrylic. Matsumoto started with pastel directly from the ground and washed it out with gum arabic.
There will be a free demonstration and workshop from 5 to 6 p.m. Friday at the Arius Hopman Gallery.