A few years ago, while I was in the midst of relocating from Tokyo to Fukuoka, I had the privilege of exhibiting at the Kirie of the World in Japan Exhibition at the Fujikawa Kirie Art Museum. One of the artists represented there was the wonderful Hina Aoyama. Not only is Hina an amazingly talented paper cutter, she is also a really impressive, charismatic person. If you ever have the chance to talk to her, don't you dare be shy.
Ms. Aoyama has invited me, along with five other cut paper artists to exhibit with her at the Ichibata Department Store, Matsue Branch from December 27th until January 12th.
The artwork will range from the impossibly small and delicate to the colorful and bold. It's an exhibition not to miss. I've even got a few pieces in the show that have never been exhibited before (20 pieces total, so it's gonna be a big show).
Which reminds me: If you've never been to Japan, now is a great time to come. Sure, the weather isn't as warm as it could be and the cherry blossoms won't blossom for a few months, but the Yen is really weak right now. Coming from overseas has never been more economical (I can't vouch for airfare prices).
As much as I'd like to attend the exhibition, Matsue is a pretty good trek from Fukuoka. If anything changes, I'll be sure to blog about it.
[Hina Aoyama and Cut Paper Artists of Japan Exhibition]
dates: Sat. December 27, 2014 - Mon. January 12, 2015
times: 10:00am - 7:00pm [ends 6pm Dec. 31st, closed Jan. 1st, ends 5pm last day]
place: Ichibata Dept. Store, Matsue branch, 6th Floor, (Matsue Asahi-machi)
Advance Tickets: Adults 500円（same day 700円）• JHS students 400円（same day 500円）• elementary school students or younger enter free
contact: Sanninchuoshinposha Regional Promotion Bureau Culture and Sports Division
telephone 0852 (32) 3415
日付: 2014年12月27日（土）〜 2015年1月12日（月） 時間: 午前10時 〜 午後7時[ 1月1日は店休 • 詳細はポスターをご覧下さい] 住所: 一畑百貨店松江店６階催会場（松江市朝日町） 前売り券: 大人500円（当日700円）• 中高生400円（当日500円）• 小学生以下無料 問い合わせ: 山陰中央新報社地域振興局文化・スポーツ事業部＝電話0852(32)3415
主催: 山陰中央新報社／協力 一畑百貨店