|Yukie's dish at the Spring Garden Art Show|
Last year Yuuco contacted me about a trans-Pacific art exchange which I thought was a brilliant idea. She sent me a box with her paintings inside, as well as art from Shingo Akiyama, Ms. Pen Artist Santaac, Kanae Nagashima and Ikecoo. I gathered together some U.S. artists: Chiori Tasaki, Trina Chow, Toni Rica, Yukie Nakanishi (and me!) and we held our first show last December at Claymates, followed by a second show in January at the Bay Street Cafe' (grandly titled The Trans-Pacific Art Show). Along the way, a few pieces sold, many new people enjoyed the works and we had a lot of fun.
I had one more show planned ~ the Spring Garden show at Yukie's Studio ~ where the art made its appearance one more time last weekend. Yukie displayed and sold her ceramics, along with her friends Della and Akio, plus many of her pottery students. Additionally, there was glass jewelry by Margie, all in the beautiful garden setting (curated by Larry).
|Della's ceramic display|
|Ms. Pen's book covers & Ikecoo's sculpture with Yukie's cups.|
|Yuuco's watercolor with Yukie's ceramics.|
|Paintings by Rica, Trina & Shingo with printed bags by Yuuco.|
|Yukie's pottery with Ikecoo's drawings.|
|Shingo's artwork with Yukie's ceramic creations.|
|More of Yukie's pottery with Kanae's triptych.|
It was definitely a beautiful setting and many people came to buy things for Mother's Day, so the timing was good. When I returned to break down our art I was feeling a little better. If I can, I will set up another show in the summer before we get ready to send our U.S. art to Japan for display there. It's an exciting exchange that is helping all the participants reach out across the ocean to a new audience.
I must thank Yuuco for the great idea and Yukie for hosting us at her garden studio with such style!