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Fine Art Collection

Ohia Lehua by Lloyd Sexton

'Ohia Lehua' by Hawaii artist Lloyd Sexton, date unknown

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Overview

Historically many national parks have attracted artists due to their spectacular scenery. Over the years, Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park has accumulated a significant collection of art depicting its natural and cultural resources.

The types of artworks in this collection include watercolors, pen and ink drawings, pastels, oil paintings, photographs, and prints.

Beginning with the Volcano School of painting(1880-1890) to the present day, many notable artists are represented in the fine art collection.

Artworks from the park's collection can be seen displayed at the Kīlauea Visitor Center, Volcano House sm, and the Volcano Art Center.

 
art conservator working in situ

Art conservator restoring a D. Howard Hitchcock painting

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Conservation treatments of the artworks is often required to ensure their longevity. A painting by D. Howard Hitchcock on the 1877 Volcano House sm fireplace (now the Volcano Art Center) is an example of conservation efforts.

 
D. Howard Hitchcock painting at the VAC

The newly restored painting

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Located directly on a historic building, the conservation of this painting needed to be performed on site. The finished restoration allows for the image to be viewed as originally intended by the artist.

Did You Know?

Ripe `ohelo berries ready to be eaten by nene.

`Ohelo (Vaccinium reticulatum) is a relative of blueberries and a favorite food of nene, the Hawaiian Goose. Its berries range from dark red to pale yellow when ripe and are sacred to Pele, the volcano deity.