Six WVA artists were recently invited to exhibit and reunite with 4 Japanese artists

“DISTANT IN GEOGRAPHY, CLOSE IN MIND” - BUMPODO GALLERY, JAPAN

Katherine Rosing, Pat Filzen and Rita Yanny at the reception in front of Katherine’s paintings.
Six WVA artists were recently invited to exhibit and reunite with 4 Japanese artists. The participants included: Rita Yanny, Bonnie de Arteaga, Katherine Steichen Rosing, Pat Filzen, Lee Mothes, Tori Tasch, Kazuyuki Terada, Kenji Kato, Sizue Kido, Yuji Kobayashi. The exhibition at Bumpodo Gallery, Tokyo, Japan was supported by many Japanese artists and friends.
“Distant in Geography, Close in Mind” celebrates more than 10 years of exchange visits between artists in Japan and Wisconsin. Curator, Kazuyuki Terada states, “not only have we learned about cultural differences between our two countries, but also the differences of artistic sensitivity and the status of artists in our two societies.”
Among the works in this exhibit were hand- painted woodcut prints by Bonnie de Arteaga and altered and handmade books by Tori Tasch.
WVA artists were met at the airport by Kenji Kato and Couzi Ohsono. They were then shuttled to the NIWA hotel for two days of relaxation, a welcoming dinner and the opening reception at the Bumpodo gallery. The itinerary included home stays in Saitama and day trips to Nagano and Kamakura, plus a farewell party and studio visits to Kazuyuki and Shizue’s
and Kenji’s studio. The artists would like to thank everyone who supported the exchange exhibition and to the Bumpodo Gallery for providing a wonderful venue.

Katherine Rosing, Pat Filzen and Rita Yanny at the reception in front of Katherine’s paintings. Neighborhood by the home of Koike Takako in Saitama, showing cherry trees shading the irrigation canal and vegetable gardens. Bumpodo Gallery, street view Front row L to R: Richard Filzen, Pat Filzen, Lee Mothes, Kobayashi Yuji, Kurt Yanny, Rita Yanny, Bonnie de Arteaga. Second row: Ohsono Koji, Kobayashi Akiko, Katherine Steichen-Rosing, Kido Shizue, Yanagi Michiko, Tori Tasch, Koike Takako. Top: Terada Kazuyuki. Participating but not pictured: Kato Kenji Koike Takako, Tori Tasch, Ohtsuki Ayako, and Michiko in front of Daibutsu (the Great Buddha) in Kamakura.
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