Sculptors ‘moonlighting’ at Volcano Art Center: Artists to lead presentation at new garden

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Big Island sculptors Henry Bianchini and Elizabeth Miller are inviting everyone for a moonlit walk at 7 p.m. Jan. 12 through the new Sculpture Garden at Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus (weather permitting).

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Big Island sculptors Henry Bianchini and Elizabeth Miller are inviting everyone for a moonlit walk at 7 p.m. Jan. 12 through the new Sculpture Garden at Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus (weather permitting).

See all 11 pieces of Volcano Art Center’s Sculpture Garden in a new light as interpreted by two of the sculptors represented in the garden. This presentation is free, however donations are always welcome.

After the walk, Bianchini will talk about his recently completed sculpture commissioned by the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts for a school on Oahu and his experience as a sculptor in Hawaii for the past 40 years.

Miller will talk about why and how she was pulled away from making primarily 2-D work into the much different arena of sculpture. As fans of groundbreaking sculptor Richard Serra, Bianchini and Miller will show some short films about his work, which are filled with fascinating insights about the sculpture-making process, including that persistent question, “What is art and why make it?”

Bianchini has been evolving as an artist for 40 years, first as a wood carver, then as a metal sculptor. Every year since 1972, Bianchini’s work has appeared in at least one major juried show, and he has had many one-man shows, including one at Volcano Art Center Gallery in 2005. Some of the commissions he has been awarded include the bronze statue of King David Kalakaua in Kalakaua Park in Hilo, “Ho‘okamalani” at Kaiser Permanente Hospital on Oahu and “The Dance” at the Grand Wailea Resort on Maui.

Miller is an award-winning, multimedia artist whose range of skills includes painting and drawing, woodcarving, resin casting and now most predominately, hand-tooled metal. She moved to Volcano in 2003 after spending 30 years in Washington state creating murals and sculptures in public places commissioned by such organizations as the National Endowment for the Arts and the Washington State Arts Commission, among others.

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The Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus is located at 19-4074 Old Volcano Road in Volcano Village. This presentation is part of a once-a-month Thursday evening series at the Volcano Art Center, focusing on art, Hawaiian culture and the environment. The series is intended to inspire, enhance the art and life experience and foster community connections.

For more information about the center, visit www.volcanoartcenter.org.