Pacific collection on sale (Sept. 26-27)

Baskets of every shape and size from around the Pacific. (Photo courtesy of Marilyn Nicholson)

Baskets of every shape and size from around the Pacific. (Photo courtesy of Marilyn Nicholson)


One-of-a-kind items from throughout the Pacific are being offered in a special two-day sale Sept. 26-27 in Volcano.

The items, all from a diverse collection built over many years by Dr. Marvin (Monty) and Kathy Montvel-Cohen are being sold by the family estate to benefit the Volcano Art Center.

Antique shell money from Yap, hand woven tribal masks from Papua New Guinea’s Sepik River region, a superb carved wood meeting house from Yap, teapots from China, lacquer ware from Japan, polychrome wooden masks from Bali, wood and shell navigational charts from the Marshall Islands, kapa cloth from Fiji, and fine woven baskets from Southeast Asia are but examples of the hundreds of objects that will be available.

While living and teaching on Guam, Kathy and Monty traveled extensively throughout the Pacific Rim, collecting along the way.

Monty’s work as an anthropologist took them to remote locations, where they were able to acquire items directly from craftsmen.

Both Monty, who was an Associate Professor of Anthropology and Chair of the Fine Arts Department at the University of Guam as well as serving as Territorial Archaeologist, and Kathy, who was a Professor of Fine Arts at the University of Guam with a focus on Ceramics, brought educated and discriminating eyes to their lifetime of collecting.

Monty passed away in 1991 and Kathy earlier this year.

In addition to the Pacific craft items, the sale will include a large selection of ceramics made by Kathy, as well as a smaller collection of ceramic pieces made by colleagues of hers and other artists whose work she admired.

Most of these pieces are functional ware: plates, cups, bowls and teapots.

Just to round out the offerings, a yArt sale, including tools, small appliances, cooking and kitchen wares, garden and yard equipment, art, and collectibles will also be raising funds for VAC.

All three sales – the Pacific Crafts Sale, the Ceramics Sale and the yArt Sale will all be held Friday, Sept. 26 from noon – 5 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 27 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. in Volcano Village at VAC’s Niaulani Campus, 19- 4074 Old Volcano Road.

The Volcano Art Center is a non-profit educational organization created in 1974 to promote, develop, and perpetuate the artistic and cultural heritage of Hawaii’s people and environment through activities in the visual, literary, and performing arts.

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