Big Island's Volcano Arts Center is a purveyor of exquisite island artists and their work. Exhibits change monthly, and there are always various artists' demonstrations and different events being shared with the community and guests. Media on which the art is laid varies from wooden statues and furniture, to paintings on canvas and wood, paper, glass, metal, photos and natural fibers such as coconut husk.
Unique island art — Photo courtesy of Volcano Arts Center
About a 30 minute drive from Hilo, this is also a good stop for souvenir-like items that still remain in the range of art, such as postcards, posters, cards and jewelry. About 300 artists display and sell their works through the Volcano Arts Center, all of the art relating to the essence and culture of the islands.
Honu (sea turtle) painting — Photo courtesy of Volcano Arts Center
Also functioning as a community-based organization, the Volcano Arts Center holds classes and workshops in the arts, yoga, crafts and other enlightening entertainment. Class and workshop topics vary, so it's worth a check of their website to find out what's going on day to day.
What's great about visiting Volcano Village and the arts center is that Volcano is a cool, cozy and chilly village since it's so high in elevation towards the interior of the island. You'll most likely want a light jacket, and you'll enjoy the cool crisp air.