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East Meets West


A joint exhibition entitled East Meets West will showcase 120 prints by artists from both Kalamazoo and Tokyo.  The exhibit opens July 9, 2004 and runs through August 31, 2004 at Little Cities Gallery, located at 232 North Kalamazoo Mall.


This will be the second showing of this joint international exchange -- the first took place in Tokyo in September 2003.  This two month long exhibition also coincides with the July 17 – 26 delegation visit from Kalamazoo’s Japanese Sister City, Numazu. Numazu is a one-hour train ride hour Southwest of Tokyo.


The East Meets West exhibit will feature woodblock prints made in the Japanese tradition.  In 1998, Kalamazoo artist Mary Brodbeck studied traditional woodblock printmaking with master Yoshisuke Funasaka in Tokyo through the auspices of a Japanese BUNCA-CHO Fellowship.  The fellowship was established to enable foreign artists to learn traditional Japanese arts and to foster knowledge and understanding between cultures. In this spirit, Ms. Brodbeck and her mentor Mr. Funasaka are the organizers of this international exchange.


From the twenty Kalamazoo area participants, many are graduates from the print department at Western Michigan University. Other community participants have associations with the print department at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts or Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids.  The forty Japanese participants showcasing their woodblock prints are all students of Mr. Funasaka’s.  Many of them are also making the trek across the globe to Kalamazoo, to attend the exhibit’s opening reception held on Friday, July 9, from 5-9pm. 


This exhibition has been funded in part through the Arts Funds Grant facilitated by the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo.  A limited number of catalogs will be available.  For more information, please call 269-344-6654.


Picture Description:  Woodblock print by Mototsugu Sugiyama, titled Asakusa Azuma Bridge






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