Mitsuko Arita Japanese Embroidery and Paintings of Shu-Boku Exhibition

When she drew a small ink painting, Mitsuko Arita found that insertion of embroidery to a painted horse gave cubic effect, enlarging expanse and depth. Also, it made her activity more comfortable and rendered her strong impression. At that moment, sh found the clue of new style of art expression, which comes from the combinations between Japanese ink painting and traditional embroidery. She is convinced this inspiration came from the result of pursuit of the art of Japanese embroidery in her youth years.
In 2003, she finally established original form of art as a result of integration of both unique styles of art originated in continental Asia and rooted in Japan for many centuries. She named it “Shu-Boku” (“Shu” means Japanese embroidery, “Boku” means Japanese traditional ink painting).
In 2004, she was lucky to be awarded Tahitian Cultural Achievement Award at my first oversea exhibition.
In 2007, Ms. Wilhelmina Cole Holladay of the National Museum of Women in the Arts (Washington D.C) highly evaluated her work and acknowledged her as first woman artist of Shu-Boku in the world.
The lifetime theme of her activity deprived from landscape in Japan, all living things, universe and emotions that stem from change of time.
At her first solo exhibition in New York, her work from the starting point of her activity, Japanese embroidery to modern “Shu-Boku” will be displayed. It’d be her great pleasure if you take a look on the priest costume ”Ittenmange, means “millions of stars in the universe expressing aspiration to unknown and hope”) taking more than 5 years from design to production, and the large sized tapestry triptych “Jiai”, means benevolence).
Mitsuko Arita
Born in Tokyo.At the age of 15, got first lesson of Japanese traditional embroidery from Mr. Ryuichiro Akimoto (her uncle, who succeeded techniques of embroidery dated from the beginning of 19 century) At the age of 19, became his successor after he passed away. Learned Japanese ink painting from Mr. Iwakichi Tanami (one of the followers of Mr. Taikan Yokoyama). At the same time, learned design from Mr. Ken Arai (dyer and molding artist). Learned dyeing Studied Japanese embroidery under Mr. Toshitaro Hirano, a nephew of Mr. Akimoto. Participated many exhibitions of modern art, modern applied fine art or needle work.
1999 Started giving lectures on Japanese embroidery at some cultural centers of private lessons.
2000 Supervised the production of embroidery in TV drama “Journey to the West”(Fuji Television, Japan)
2002 Restored Japanese traditional long curtain hanged by a portable shrine of the festival (a festival float)(Ito city, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan)
2004 Participated the first Tahitian exhibition of Japanese festivals. Awarded Tahitian Cultural Achievement Award. Held a private exhibition in Tokyo.
2006 Awarded Award of Minerva at Exhibition of Minerva (Yokohama, Japan)
2007 Participated art education at Mother Teresa House, India. Invited to Beijing International Art Exhibition
2008 Invited to L’aiguille en fête (Paris). Awarded Marcel Thai Award at “Exhibition of Art Academy Japan” (Tokyo, Japan)
2010 Participated World Chinese Selected Arts Exhibition, Hong Kong and awarded Honor Prize of World Chinese Achieved Artist.
2011 Participated Exhibition of Asian Creative Art and got the 1st (Tokyo,Japan).
2013 Held a private exhibition in Tokyo.
2015 Lectured embroidery at various private culture shoots more than 16 years.
Her works were invited and appeared in many international exhibitions (France, China, Korea, Tunisia, Morocco, United States and others)

Period September 29 – October 5, 2016
Hours 10:00am-6:00pm (Mon-Fri) 10:00am-5:00pm (Sat)
Location The Nippon Gallery at The Nippon Club
Admission Free


Kyoko Tokuhiro Stained Glass Art Exhibition
“Healing Power of Light – The World of Stained Glass”

Period October 7 – October 8, 2016

The Nippon gallery at The Nippon Club will be hosting “Healing Power of Light ~ The World of Stained Glass” by Kyoko Tokuhiro this coming fall on October 7th (Fri) –October 8th (Sat), 2016.
Stained glass, appearing in French literature since 5th century has over 1500 years of history. In the past, stained glass served to illustrate religious teachings for those who could not read and healed the lives of many.
With Tiffany’s emergence in the late 19th century, stained glass was emphasized and gained spotlight for artistic quality.
Inspired by Tiffany stained glass pieces at the Metropolitan museum 27 years ago, Kyoko has since mastered stained glass techniques and has taught over 300 students in both US and Japan.
In Kyoko’s unique exhibition highlighting blend of colors, western style (Tiffany lamps and window panels) merge with “Japanese culture, beauty and artistry” to express the deep, delicate colors of stained glass.
Please take this opportunity to come enjoy the delicate and magnificent experience of “Healing Power of Light – The World of Stained Glass”
Period: October 7 (Fri) – October 8 (Sat), 2016
Hours: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm (Friday) 11:00 am – 5:00 pm (Saturday)
Venue: The Nippon Gallery at The Nippon Club
145 West 57th Street, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10019
Contact:Tel: 212-581-2223 Fax: 212-581-3332
E-mail: info@nipponclub.org URL: www.nipponclub.org
Admission Free


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