Join us this Friday, June 2 from 5-7 pm as we celebrate the art of Japanese Ukiyo-e prints and vintage kimono fabrics. We'll be featuring beautiful new works by artists Guitta Corey and Polly Lewis, along with spring rolls, fortune cookies and tea for your enjoyment.
Paper artist Guitta Corey has long been infatuated with Japanese Ukiyo-e prints, a love she had in common with the late artist Byron Birdsall. For the past 8 years Guitta and Byron shared shows at the Artique Gallery featuring images created in their own mediums based on these Japanese master works.
For each show they would select one image that they would both recreate, producing 2 different interpretations of the original Japanese piece. Each of Byron's watercolors would have Denali lovingly painted into the Japanese landscape. It was always fun to see how their creative visions were informed by the materials they were using.
Having planned this show as their first together at 2 Friends Gallery, Byron had already painted several pieces before he passed away in December. His family allowed Guitta to select one of these last, treasured paintings in order to continue their practice of recreating the same piece. This year, Guitta strayed from tradition in one detail; she included Denali in her piece as a heartfelt homage to a great artist and wonderful friend. Their pieces were inspired by Navaro Rapids by Hiroshigi. 2 Friends Gallery truly hopes you enjoy this incredible show!
Polly Lewis is an Anchorage artist known for her beautiful fiber art. She designs and creates fabulous jewelry, purses and smart phone cases using vintage kimono fabrics.
Our non-profit this month is the Alaska Botanical Garden. Be sure to donate to this wonderful organization, and then take an afternoon to wander its paths and enjoy its diverse gardens, or take a workshop and hone your horticultural skills.
Thanks for visiting 2 Friends. We look forward to seeing you in June!