Japan Style at the Sangre de Cristo Arts & Conference Center
5 different exhibits highlighting Japanese Art and Culture
Opening Reception with Collectors and Taiko Dummers: Saturday, April 1 from 1 - 4 PM
Japan Style: Regional Contemporary Art of Japan
April 1 - May 21 | Regional Gallery
Featuring cutting-edge contemporary works by regional artists working in the traditions of Japanese style. The three featured artists in this exhibition are Riki Takaoka of Pueblo, Margaret Kasahara of Colorado Springs, and Renee Reiko Campbell of Colorado Springs.
Japan Style: The Art of Form and Function
April 1 - May 21 | White Gallery
Sponsored by Drs. Mark & Reiko Clark and Gregory Howell
Discover the many techniques and applications developed by Japanese artisans over hundreds of years. The collection of Gregory Howell focuses on works created during the 18th through 20th centuries. These objects represent the power and influence of form and function in daily life in Japan. Highlights include Hokkaido farmer’s clothing which uses textiles woven with natural grasses, ancient bamboo baskets from the mountain communities of Takayama, and a circular Edo Period lacquer ‘Jubako’ stacking lunch box from Kyoto. See contemporary ceramics from Japanese masters and other significant objects which were an integral part of life in Japan over the ages. Howell’s first encounter with Japan as a child fueled his passion for things Japanese. His Japanese art collection has been a work in progress for 40 years, and he is the 2006 Recipient of the Japan Foreign Minister’s Commendation for his lifetime service to the nation of Japan.
Japan Style: Netsuke
From the collection of Charles Trent
March 11 - May 21 | 2nd & 3rd Floor Galleries
Pronounced “nets-keh”, these small, intricately carved sculptural objects made of ivory, wood, metal, or ceramic, were originally used as a button-like fixture on a man’s sash, from which small personal belongings were hung. The netsuke eventually developed into highly coveted and collectible art forms. Trent’s delightful collection holds over 100 netsuke art forms. Today we see a broad range from “folk art” carvings to levels of sophisticated fine art and exists as such today with true master-carvers from all over the world still creating these little masterpieces.
Japan Style: Kimonos and Prints
From the collection of Drs. Reiko & Mark Clark
March 25 - May 14 | King Gallery
View kimonos made for every occasion - summer attire to spectacular wedding ensembles - plus see how garments vary for different age groups in Japanese culture. This dazzling exhibition includes ukiyo-e prints from the early 1800s and contemporary works depicting female beauties, kabuki actors and sumo wrestlers, scenes from history and folk tales, travel, landscapes, and flora and fauna. The Clarks have been collecting Japanese art for over 20 years; their works have been shown nationally and are currently on view at the Japan Society in New York City.
Japan Style: Contemporary Ceramics
March 25 - May 14 | Hoag Gallery
View ceramics by an emerging artist, an established artist, and a woman artist - a treat, as women ceramists are still relatively rare in Japan. The works will illustrate the rich tradition of ceramics in Japan, one of the world’s oldest art forms, and the different regional styles and influences that are inspiring today’s artists.
Sangre de Cristo Arts & Conference Center 210 N. Santa Fe Avenue Pueblo, CO 81003 Wed-Sun: 11am - 4pm http://www.sdc-arts.org