Since moving to Fukuoka last year, my wife and I have been scouring the city, searching for the most excellent galleries and museums in a bid to get involved in the local art scene. The first fruit of that quest has ripened at Galerie RECOLTE's Tokay Gecko Award 2012.
Out of 326 entries, the work of 24 artists was chosen to grace the gallery's walls from April 10 - 22 (yes, the show began a few days ago - there were so many entries this year that judging went long). I'm honored to be among that group, with 2 pieces hanging in the show. You can check the whole show out online (although, sadly, the photos don't quite do the work justice).
What's more, everyone is encouraged to vote for their favorite pieces! Just use this form after viewing the work. Feel free to vote and comment in any language you want (日本語 and English are probably best). The best review wins a free iPod Touch! You can also enter a review when you visit the gallery.
On the final day of the show, a grand prize (グランプリ) winner will be announced. The prize is a solo show later this year. I'm not sure how or if the voting/rating affects the prize, but it certainly can't hurt.
Tokay Gecko Award 2012
Dates: April 10 (Tues) to April 22 (Sun) 2012 (* closed 4/16)
Time: 11am to 7pm (closes 5pm final day)
Place: Galerie RECOLTE website
Address: 5-10 B1F Jyosuidori, Chuo-ku Fukuoka 810-0028
日付: 4月10日(火)〜22日(日) 2012 (* 4/16休廊)
時間: 11am to 7pm (最終日17:00まで)
場所: ギャラリーレコルテ ホームページ
住所: 810-0028 福岡市中央区浄水通5-10 B1F