News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
650-329-2607
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Palo Alto, CA 94301

2/6/2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRESS RELEASE 02062020
Subject :

Palo Alto Art Center Showcases Japanese Cultural Traditions in International Cultural Exchange Week
Workshops, Lectures, and Demonstrations with Renowned Artists Included in Weeklong Celebration April 9-12
Contact : Ken Heiman, Marketing Coordinator, Palo Alto Art Center    6503292366
    ken.heiman@cityofpaloalto.org
Shigaraki Ceramic artist Hitomi ShibataJapanese teapot ceramic artist John Neely

PALO ALTO, CA– The Palo Alto Art Center and The Palo Alto Art Center Foundation are proud to present six visiting artists who will present their mastery of Shigaraki Japanese ceramics, Chado, and Ikebana as part of International Cultural Exchange Week from April 9-12.

The visiting artists are: Takuro Shibata from Shigaraki, Japan; Hitomi Shibata from Shigaraki, Japan; Susan Okada from San Jose, Calif.; Thomas Arawaka from Arakawa Pottery, San Jose, Calif.; Jennifer Gunji-Ballsrud from the University of Illinois Japan House; and John Neely, a Professor of Ceramics from Utah State University.

During the weeklong series of workshops, lectures, and demonstrations, the artists will share their expertise in wheel-thrown pottery, Ikebana (traditional Japanese flower arranging), Chado (traditional Japanese tea ceremony), and teapot making.

“This program was inspired by my own experience of traveling abroad and meeting artists with exposure to different cultures and ceramics from around the world,” says Miki Shim Rutter, the founder of the International Cultural Exchange Week program, and the ceramics technician at the Art Center, and a professional ceramic artist who has exhibited and taught internationally. “In effort—to inspire, inform and educate on cultural differences that influence ceramics around the world, and to offer opportunities to meet with and learn from local, national and international artists, right here at home.”

A reception for the artists with presentations will kick-off the week on Friday, Friday, April 10th, 7-9 p.m. All presenting artists will be in attendance and there will be a Chado demonstration and presentation on Japanese tea culture, as well as lectures by John Neely, and Hitomi and Takuro Shibata. In addition, Ikebana floral arrangements and vessels by Arakawa Pottery will be on view.

Following is a list of scheduled events at the Palo Alto Art Center:

Thursday, April 9, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.                             
Hands-on workshop: Ikebana with Susan Okada
Palo Alto Art Center Auditorium, Palo Alto, CA  
Pottery offered for purchase by Arakawa Pottery
Enrollment required: $55 per person/$30 materials fee
Limit: 30 participants

Thursday, April 9, 7-9 p.m.                                          
Ikebana demonstration with Susan Okada. Pottery by Arakawa Pottery
Palo Alto Art Center Auditorium, Palo Alto, CA
Enrollment required: $25 per person
Limit: 50 participants      

Friday, April 10, 7-9 p.m.                                             
Opening reception and presentations
Palo Alto Art Center Auditorium, Palo Alto, CA
John Neely—Japanese Ceramics
Jennifer Gunji-Bullsrud—Chado
Hitomi and Takuro Shibata—Shigaraki Ceramics
Free and open to the public

Saturday, April 11, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.                            
Hands-on Workshop: Japanese Teapot with John Neely
Palo Alto Art Center Ceramics Studio, Palo Alto, CA
Enrollment required: $85 per person
Limit: 20 participants

Saturday, April 11, 1-4 p.m.                                        
Hands-on Workshop: Macha and Mochi Chado
Palo Alto Art Center Ceramics Studio, Palo Alto, CA
Enrollment required: $65 per person
Limit: 30 participants

Sunday, April 12, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.                               
Hands-on Workshop: Shigaraki Ceramics with Hitomi Shibata-Wheel
Palo Alto Art Center Ceramics Studio, Palo Alto, CA
Enrollment required: $85 per person
Limit: 20 participants

Sunday, April 12, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.                               
Hands-on Workshop: Shigaraki Ceramics with Takuro Shibata-Slab
Palo Alto Art Center Ceramics Studio, Palo Alto, CA
Enrollment required: $85
Limit: 20 participants

Further information on each of the workshops and online registration is available here: https://www.cityofpaloalto.org/gov/depts/csd/artcenter/classes/adults/studio_visiting_artist_program.asp

About the Palo Alto Art Center:
The Palo Alto Art Center is your place to see and make art, activate your creativity, and expand your community. Created by the community, for the community in 1971, the Palo Alto Art Center provides anaccessible and welcoming place to engage with art. We serve approximately 150,000 people every yearthrough a diverse range of programs.

The Palo Alto Art Center, Division of Arts and Sciences, City of Palo Alto is funded in part by grants from Silicon Valley Creates and the Palo Alto Art Center Foundation. The Palo Alto Art Center Foundation gratefully acknowledges support from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Yellow Chair Foundation, private donations, and members.

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