Nine artists from the Miasa-Omachi area in Nagano Prefecture are exhibiting their artwork as part of the fourth bi-ennial Miasa Sister City Art Exchange Exhibit.
Mendocino Art Center founder Bill Zacha and artist Toshi Yoshida formalized the sister city relationship in 1980. In 1992 Miasa and Mendocino started annual youth exchanges that have continued throughout the years. The Annual Art Exchange Exhibit was inaugurated in 2008 at the Mendocino Art Center, followed by showings in 2010 and 2012. Mendocino Coast artists have exhibited their work in Omachi, Japan, in 2009, 2011 and 2013.
Tokio Oda | woodcraft • Masaru Isoiwa | clay • Noboru Hirabayashi | pottery
Gen Hashiba | woodcraft • Sachiko Matsubara | glass • Asako Watanabe | pottery
Hitoshi Kikuchi | dyed cloth • Shirio Kasai | blown glass • Keiichi Murata | ceramics
Held in conjunction with the exhibit
WA NO KOKORO – THE SPIRIT OF JAPAN
Saturday, August 23, 1 pm – 5:30 pm
Enjoy art, music and the food of Japan.
View the Miasa Sister City Art Exchange Exhibit, featuring artwork by nine artists from Miasa-Omachi, Japan. Works include woodcraft, ceramics, glass, textiles and more. Meet the artists, watch artist presentations, hear a haiku reading and enjoy a Bento box lunch.
Wa no Kokoro Schedule:
1 pm – 3 pm: Bento Box Lunches
$15 vegetarian + $5 Teriyaki chicken
Beer, wine, Sake, and juices available
2:30 pm: Miasa artists discuss their art (with interpreter)
3:30 pm: Barbara MacKay, haiku reading
4:00 pm: Karl Young, shakuhachi
Karl Young will perform and discuss pieces from a variety of genres that are part of the fascinating, centuries old tradition of the shakuhachi, a Japanese bamboo flute. From a foundational legend in Tang dynasty China through use as a Rinzai Zen meditation tool in Japan, to use in modern jazz and symphonic settings, the unique and haunting sound of the shakuhachi has a rich history that will form the basis for this sonic exploration.
Wa no kokoro is held in conjunction with the Miasa Sister City Art Exchange Exhibit, August 1 through September 5.
Other Japanese inspired events in August…
Inspired… West meets East
FLOCKworks Studio next to Odd Fellows
Kasten & Ukiah Streets, Mendocino
August 1–30, 10:30 am – 5:00 pm (except Tuesdays)
Inspired by the traditional elements of Japanese art, each piece reflects characteristics of wabi-sabi (imperfect), miyabi (elegance), shibui (subtle) and iki (originality) in a uniquely western way.
Sixteen Mendocino artists include:
Masako Arita • Nicholas Collins • Michael Carroll • Miriam Davis • Cliff Glover • Deborah Lennox
Josh Latkin • Kerry Marshall • Suzye Ogawa • Sandy Oppenheimer • Marcia Placon • Bob Rhoades
Christine Schomer • Janet Self • Dianne Yvon • Carolyn Zeitler
Artist celebration: August 9, 4 pm – 7 pm
Shizuko McConathy Retrospective
Mendocino Co-Op Gallery
Main Street, Mendocino Art Center
Original woodblock prints by Toshi Yoshida
Serigraphs and original paintings by Bill Zacha
Main Street, Mendocino