VAC presents ‘Far From the Tree’ EX­HIBIT FEA­TUR­ING NEW WORKS BY LINDA PETER­SON AND GREGG SMITH OPENS SATURDAY

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Vol­cano Art Cen­ter will be ex­hibit­ing, “Far From the Tree,” fea­tur­ing new works by Linda Peter­son and Gregg Smith opening Saturday and con­tin­u­ing through Nov. 12.

A spe­cial opening re­cep­tion with both artists is slated 5-7 p.m. on Saturday at the Vol­cano Art Cen­ter Gallery. Out­side that event, the ex­hi­bi­tion is open to the pub­lic from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily at the gallery lo­cated within Hawaii Vol­ca­noes National Park.

The mixed me­dia ex­hi­bi­tion show­cases each artists’ spe­cialty in­clud­ing Peter­son’s beau­ti­fully de­tailed acrylic paint­ings and Smith’s seg­mented wood turned ves­sels made mostly of Hawai­ian hard­woods. The ex­hibit will also fea­ture a col­lab­o­ra­tive col­lec­tion of hand painted wooden bowls that com­bine the best of both artists’ tal­ents.

Peter­son, a re­tired teacher and nurse, has loved draw­ing and the idea of be­com­ing an artist since she was a child grow­ing up in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia. A self-taught artist, she en­hanced her skills by at­tend­ing work­shops given by ac­com­plished artists. Upon mov­ing to Hawaii in 1974, she be­gan paint­ing with oils and acrylics. While liv­ing part-time in the Pa­cific North­west, she stayed in­volved with the arts through lo­cal con­tests, work­ing with a pro­fes­sional de­signer, paint­ing pri­vate and pub­lic mu­rals, and demon­strated her tech­niques on a lo­cal tele­vi­sion sta­tion. She cred­its her sur­round­ing en­vi­ron­ment as a con­stant in­spi­ra­tion to her art.

Smith is a wood artist spe­cial­iz­ing in seg­mented wood turn­ing of bowls, vases, urns and dec­o­ra­tive ves­sels. Lam­i­nated wood turn­ings, made pri­mar­ily of Hawai­ian hard­woods, plus his ap­pli­ca­tion of dec­o­ra­tive py­rog­ra­phy de­signs sets his dis­tin­guished ves­sels apart from many oth­ers in his field. In recog­ni­tion, Smith has re­ceived nu­mer­ous awards for his turn­ings and has been asked to judge sev­eral wood ex­hi­bi­tions. His work has ap­peared in national mag­a­zines and he has demon­strated at the Utah wood­work­ing sym­po­sium as well as at sev­eral Amer­i­can As­so­ci­a­tion of Wood­turn­ers events. He has served as the vice pres­i­dent and pres­i­dent of the Big Is­land Wood­turn­ers, the West Hawaii Wood­turn­ers Club and as trea­surer of the Hawaii Wood Guild.

Info: Visit www.vol­canoart­cen­ter.org.

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Vol­cano Art Cen­ter will be ex­hibit­ing, “Far From the Tree,” fea­tur­ing new works by Linda Peter­son and Gregg Smith opening Saturday and con­tin­u­ing through Nov. 12.

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