Thursday, May 21, 2015

Art Around The Web - The Paintings of Paul Cézanne / An online catalogue raisonné- posted by FFAB




The Paintings of Paul Cézanne - An online catalogue raisonné under the direction of Walter Feilchenfeldt, Jayne Warman and David Nash

From the Site;
The Paintings of Paul Cézanne, an online catalogue raisonné is the first installment of the artist’s complete works. It capitalizes on the versatility of digital technology and takes Cézanne scholarship in a new direction. The online catalogue is interactive and will be updated on a regular basis so that users can be assured of the most current information about the artist. Primary source material is added as publications increasingly come online.
The authors expect that this online catalogue will be of great benefit to students and scholars who will be able to access Cézanne’s paintings through a variety of advanced searches and save specific information to personal lists for further research; curators who can create wish lists of paintings for proposed exhibitions and conceivably design virtual installations; auction houses and galleries who require detailed history and the most up-to-date information about a picture; collectors who might wish to know more about the history of their own paintings and how they relate to others in Cézanne’s oeuvre; and the general public, who may simply want to see what Cézanne’s paintings look like and to learn about this important artist.

An artists artist Cézanne is still one of the most popular artist of his time.  
This online collection is fantastic with very large zoomable pictures and writing of his work. GL

ENJOY;
http://www.cezannecatalogue.com/

***You do have to set up a free account to use this site***

Friday, May 8, 2015

Norton Museum of Art - free admission every Saturday for the next two years - posted by FFAB




Norton Museum of Art to offer free admission every Saturday for the next two years to PBC residents

by Ashleigh Walters

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. - The Norton Museum of Art is offering free admission to residents of Palm Beach County every Saturday for the next two years, thanks to a generous donation by Damon and Katherine Mezzacappa.
Starting June 6, Palm Beach County residents will be admitted to the museum for free every Saturday. All Florida residents will be admitted for free every Thursday June 4 to September 3. 

In addition, the Family Studio art class is now being offered every Saturday, and at a reduced cost. 

Now, instead of $8 per person, it will cost just $1 per person. Kid-friendly tours are based on the Museum Collection and special exhibitions, then the children do creative activities based on what they've learned. 

The experience lasts two hours, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every Saturday starting June 6. It is geared to children ages 5 to 12 and each studio is limited to 25 children. To register for a Family Studio, call (561) 832-5196 ext. 1196, or visit www.norton.org/familystudio

Now, thousands of Florida residents will benefit from the gift from the Mezzacappa family. 

"Sadly, Mr. Mezzacappa passed away since the couple made this transformative gift, which was only one example of the generosity Mr. and Mrs. Mezzacappa have shown the Norton. 

The Norton Museum is deeply grateful for the Mezzacappas' support, and proud to be a part of Mr. Mezzacappa’s remarkable legacy," a release from the museum stated. 

The Norton is located at 1451 S. Olive Ave. in West Palm Beach, FL. Call (561) 832-5196, or visit www.norton.org for more information. 

15 Things You Might Not Know About 'A Sunday on La Grande Jatte - posted by FFAB

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Georges Seurat. A Sunday on La Grande Jatte — 1884, 1884/86. The Art Institute of Chicago. Helen Birch Bartlett Memorial Collection.

At first glance, Georges-Pierre Seurat's A Sunday on La Grande Jatte —1884 seems a warm portrait of a sunny day in a lovely park. But a closer look at the Neo-Impressionist's most famous work reveals much more. 
1. A Sunday on La Grande Jatte —1884 is made up of millions of dots. 
Forging the new style with this first-of-its-kind painting, Seurat became the father of Pointillism and of Neo-Impressionism. However, he preferred to call his technique "chromo-luminarism," a term he felt better stressed its focus on color and light.  
2. It took Seurat more than two years to complete. 
This complicated masterpiece of Pointillism began in 1884 with a series of almost 60 sketches Seurat made while people watching at the Paris park. Next he started painting, using small horizontal brush strokes. After this initial work, he began the labor-intensive realization of his vision with tiny dots of paint—a process that would not be completed until the spring of 1886. 
3. Science was Seurat’s major muse for color choices. 
"Some say they see poetry in my paintings," Seurat said. "I see only science." The artist was fascinated by the color theories of scientists Michel Eugène Chevreul and Ogden Rood, and he explored Divisionism in A Sunday on La Grande Jatte —1884. This painting method utilizes colors in patches that essentially trick the human eye into blending them, creating luminance and shape.
4. Ancient Egyptian, Greek, and Phoenician art inspired the Parisian scene.
Seurat sought to capture the people of his Paris just as these eras immortalized their citizens. Or as he once put it to French poet Gustave Kahn, "The Panathenaeans of Phidias formed a procession. I want to make modern people, in their essential traits, move about as they do on those friezes, and place them on canvases organized by harmonies of color."
5. Critics initially hated it.
Seurat's groundbreaking techniques were a major turnoff for some critics at the Impressionist exhibit where A Sunday on La Grande Jatte —1884 debuted in 1886. Other observers sneered at the rigid profiles of Seurat’s subjects. Meant to recall Egyptian hieroglyphics, these poses were negatively compared to tin soldiers.
6. Sunday was revised in 1889.
Seurat re-stretched its canvas to allow for room to paint a border made up of red, orange and blue dots. 
7. Seurat was just 26 when he completed his best-known work.
Thanks to his involvement in the artist collective the Société des Artistes Indépendants, the daring young painter's reputation was growing before A Sunday on La Grande Jatte —1884 debuted. But while his output was seminal, it was also cut short in 1891 when Seurat died of an undetermined disease at age 31. 
8. Sunday was largely unseen for 30 years following Seurat's death. 
The opportunity to view the historic painting returned in 1924 when art lover Frederic Clay Bartlett purchased A Sunday on La Grande Jatte —1884 and loaned it indefinitely to the Art Institute of Chicago.
9. An American philosopher helped reshape public opinion on the painting. 
In the 1950s, Ernest Bloch's three-volume The Principle of Hope explored the socio-political interpretations of A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, spurring a renewed interest and appreciation for the piece.
"This picture is one single mosaic of boredom, a masterful rendering of the disappointed longing and the incongruities of a dolce far niente [idleness]," Bloch wrote. "The painting depicts a middle-class Sunday morning on an island in the Seine near Paris…despite the recreation going on there, seems to belong more to Hades than to a Sunday…The result is endless boredom, the little man's hellish utopia of skirting the Sabbath and holding onto it too; his Sunday succeeds only as a bothersome must, not as a brief taste of the Promised Land."
10. The painting is now displayed as Seurat intended. 
Once he'd added his painted border, Seurat reframed A Sunday on La Grande Jatte —1884 in a specially-made wooden frame painted a crisp white. This display choice is still in effect at the Art Institute of Chicago. 
11. But its colors have changed. 
Seurat employed a then-new pigment in his painting, a zinc chromate yellow that he hoped would properly capture the highlights of the park's green grasses. But for years this pigment has been undergoing a chemical reaction that began turning it brown even in Seurat's lifetime.
12. It's bigger than you'd think.
Not just Seurat's most popular piece, but also his biggest, A Sunday on La Grande Jatte —1884 measures in at 81 3/4 inches by 121 1/4 inches, or about 7 feet by 10 feet. Its large size makes its every inch flush with tiny dots of color all the more remarkable.
13. This park scene may hold hidden sex workers. 
The titular locale was a favorite of prostitutes on the prowl, so some historians suspect that fish are not what the fishing-pole-toting woman on the left was hoping to hook. The same speculation has arisen around the lady on the right, with a monkey on a leash and a man on her arm.  
14. The painting was nearly incinerated while visiting New York. 
On April 15, 1958, A Sunday on La Grande Jatte —1884 was on loan at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City when a fire broke out in the adjoining Whitney Museum. The fire damaged six canvases, injured 31 people, and killed one workman, but Seurat's beloved work was whisked away to safety through an elevator evacuation plan.
15. It's one of the most reproduced and parodied paintings in the world. 
A Sunday on La Grande Jatte —1884 earns screen time in the Chicago-set comedy Ferris Bueller's Day Off, the science fiction cult classic Barbarella, and on the crude cartoon series Family Guy. It's been parodied by Sesame Street, The Simpsons, the American version of The Office, and even the cover of Playboy. In Looney Tunes: Back in Action, Daffy Duck, Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd invade the painting. And celebrated Broadway icons Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine made a musical about its creation called, Sunday in the Park With George.
 
There is a great South Florida connection to this painting.  The owner of this painting was Helen Birch Bartlett.  The Bartlett's donated this painting along with several others to the Art Institute in Chicago.  The Bartlett's are a well known local pioneering family in South Florida having build the famous Bonnet House on Fort Lauderdale beach as a winter home.  The Bonnet House is now a  real public treasure and museum open for tours, music concerts, art shows and as a spectacular party and wedding spot. G
 

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Artwork Inspired by Studio Ghibil's Magic at Bear & Bird - May 8th - posted by FFAB

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Hello there!
This Friday night we have a truly magical exhibition opening in our gallery. It features artwork inspired by the magic of Studio Ghibli by a super talented group of contemporary artists. What a treat to see all their work gathered together in one beautiful show.
Locals art supporters! Join us for the opening night reception on Friday, May 8th from 7-10pm
Here's the Facebook event page, please RSVP and share it if you plan to attend! Also please note that artwork will be available before the opening, sign up for the collector's preview below if you'd like dibs on some gorgeous art!
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Sign up for the collector's sneak preview for dibs

simply click here now and you will be added to our preview notification list! We are gonna work our booty off and shoot to get the preview out by Wednesday evening. So keep an eye out!
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We will also be releasing a beautiful exclusive print from May Ann Licudine (aka Mall). It is called "Celebrate Your Inner Child" and is 12" x 12" in size. This will be available at the same time that the preview list is sent out.
If you would like to be notified when this is available, click here now and you will be added!
There will be two purchasing options, a signed/numbered edition of 100 and an open unsigned edition.

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Left to Right: Brandy Rumiez; Danielle Estefan; Anna Tillet; Stephanie Buscema
The Time In Between: Artwork Inspired by Studio Ghibli’s Magic
On exhibit: May 8 through July 4, 2015
Featuring artwork by: A. Pants; Amanda Coronado; Anna Tillett; Ashley Idell; Aurian Redson; Betsy Bauer; Brandy Rumiez; Brett Manning; Brian Reedy; Brianna Edgeworth; Britni Brault; Cari Corene; Danielle Estefan; Danny Brito; Erika Taguchi; Genevra Collier; Heather Franzen; Heather Gross; Johannah O’Donnell; Jonathan Reincke; Justin DeGarmo; Kellee Riley; Kim Laurenti; Kittens Of Industry; Mab Graves; May Ann Licudine aka MALL; Michael Fleming; Mika Madden; Nick Dewey; Nuri Durr; Patrick Ballesteros; Peter Santa-Maria; Robin Kaplan; Ryan Hungerford; Stephanie Buscema; Tatiana Suarez; Thomas Ascott & more!
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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Important Florida Collection opens in new dedicated Cici & Hyatt Brown Museum of Art - posted by FFAB



‘Fantastic’ new Daytona art museum opens to public
By EILEEN ZAFFIRO-KEAN - Associated Press


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - For centuries, painters sat on dewy tree logs in meadows and art studio stools across Florida creating what has become the collection of jewels on display for the first time at the new Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art.

The museum opened this month to the public and received rave reviews, smiles and the awestruck looks of people trying to take in the 400 works that show long-gone buildings and serene scenes of the Florida landscape capturing sunrises, birds in flight and blossoming wildflowers.

“It’s overwhelming,” Daytona resident Mae Frances Davis said as she stood in the middle of one of the museum’s seven galleries. “This is definitely something I want to do more than this one day. I want to come back and learn.”






The opening was the day Cici and Hyatt Brown had dreamed of for years. When the collection they started in the late 1990s mushroomed to the thousands, they decided they wanted to share with the public the works that cover a 200-year span of Florida dating back to the 1700s.

Working with local government leaders, they were able to put their new building on a wooded piece of land along Nova Road that the city donated. The Browns in turn donated $14 million for construction of the 50-foot-tall Florida Cracker-style structure that will be owned and run by the Museum of Arts & Sciences, and last week they announced they’ll give $2 for every $1 donated to create a $15 million operations endowment.

They also donated to the museum bearing their names more than 2,600 paintings worth tens of millions of dollars, keeping just 150 pieces in the full collection of 2,750. It will take 10 years to rotate through the full 2,600 - the most significant of which are celebrated with ornate gold frames - and put them on display.






 

Before the grand opening, the Browns held an invitation-only brunch at the museum and received a standing ovation from their guests, which included everyone from Daytona Mayor Derrick Henry to the project’s architects with Orlando firm RLF.

“We never imagined this would be possible when we bought our first painting,” Cici Brown told the brunch crowd as she stood at the podium placed in front of a 30-foot-wide panoramic of a Florida landscape that moves from morning mist on the left to sunset on the right.

Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner, who was among the brunch guests, said the museum is going to “enhance the cultural landscape” and impact both Daytona Beach and the state.

“By thoughtfully selecting these works, you have given new life to them,” Detzner said in his remarks to the group and Cici and Hyatt Brown, who is a former Florida Speaker of the House. “As Florida’s chief cultural officer, I could not be more proud.”




Sec of State Ken Detzner with Cici and Hyatt Brown at ribbon cutting

Volusia County Chair Jason Davis also thanked the Browns for all they’ve done.

“This is truly a rare collection of art like no other,” Davis said. “It’s an incredible gift to the citizens of Volusia County.”

In addition to the brunch group, hundreds of other invited guests were treated to sneak peeks of the artwork at three black tie dinners at the end of last week. Cici Brown, a longtime volunteer and board member with the Museum of Arts & Sciences, said the best part for her has been seeing how excited everyone’s been as they walk into the place she had a key role in creating.

“It’s been so much fun,” said Cici Brown, who’s had a hand in everything from selection of paintings that were purchased to design of the new museum to the flowers at the black tie galas.


 Cici and Hyatt Brown

Read the rest of the article at the WashingtonTimes.com  

More information can be found in these articles; 
Daytona Beach art collection valued at $100 million, includes renowned painters
 
New Daytona art museum opens to public
 

Museum website here - http://www.moas.org/ciciandhyattbrownmuseum.html

The Browns have done the State of Florida a great service by building a world class art collection and museum that focuses on an underrepresented subject, the State of Florida.  For centuries artists have been coming to the sunshine state for vacation, adventure and health reasons.  While here many were inspired  by the light and landscapes to complete work here.  Even most of the well known blue chip Northern artists including; Martin Johnson Heade, Winslow Homer, Louis Comfort Tiffany, N.C. Wyeth, Thomas Hart Benton and John Ennis just to name a few, completed works while visiting.  However because the subject matter was Florida,  paintings by these artists at auction would only fetch a fraction of the price a painting by the same artists with northern more popular subject matter would command.  The Browns saw that as an opportunity and began buying up all paintings with a Florida theme.  

 The Brown collection grew and grew until it became a real record of not just the fading landscape of yesteryear but a chronicling of the people and places that make this such a unique place.  Never able to display much of the collection at any one time on their own the Browns began looking for an institution to partner with so the collection could be enjoyed by the public.  Many of the top cultural institutions courted the Browns but in the end the decision was made to build a brand new museum that could be dedicated to the collection and build it in an under-served part of Florida.  


Daytona and the State of Florida are enriched and forever grateful for the dedication and passion it took to to build this collection.  And to preserve the paintings together in a dedicated museum will serve to teach, inform and inspire Floridians for many generations to come.    GL

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Exhibition of Japanese Woodcuts at Foosaner Art Museum - posted by FFAB

Detail from a woodcut by Kitagawa Utamaro circa 1800.


Pieces from Syracuse University’s Art Collection

MELBOURNE, FLA. — Florida Institute of Technology’s Foosaner Art Museum presents Ukiyo-e to Shin Hanga: Japanese Woodcuts from the Syracuse University Art Collection, from March 28 through May 24.

The 40-piece exhibition highlights the designed images of over 20 influential Japanese artists from key times in the country’s cultural history: the height of color Ukiyo-e printmaking (1780-1868) through the Meiji period (1868-1912) to 20th century impressions of the Shin Hanga movement (1915-1940s).

The prints exemplify the soft, painterly style that is synonymous with the Japanese woodcut and illustrate the wide range of subjects from courtesans to Kabuki theater and the Japanese landscape.

The exhibition is curated by Andrew Saluti, assistant director of the Syracuse University Art Galleries.

Find more information and related programming at www.foosanerartmuseum.org

Daytona arts leader Gary Libby honored with University of Florida gallery renaming - posted by FFAB

Photo by Jessie Ward/University of Florida

Daytona arts leader Gary Libby honored with University of Florida gallery renaming 

By
rick.deyampert@news-jrnl.com

Gary Libby remembers growing up in Fort Myers “where we didn’t have a museum.”
As a student at the University of Florida in the mid-1960s, he was vacillating between law and pre-med when he “walked into the brand new art and architecture complex and the galleries there,” Libby said. “What an eye-opener it was for me. It was transformational.”

So much so that Libby said goodbye to law and medicine and pursued a career in the arts, arts education and arts administration. Now the University of Florida’s School of Art + Art History is renaming its Focus Gallery as the Gary R. Libby Gallery.

The honor is “in recognition of the philanthropy and ongoing support” of Libby,” a UF news release said.

“The announcement was a big surprise,” said Libby, a Daytona Beach resident. “It’s a wonderful thrill. It makes you feel that everything you’ve done has been appreciated.”

Read the full article here

Gary has been a real champion of the arts in Florida and a strong advocate for the artwork of our State.  By shining a spotlight on the famous artists who completed work in Florida, Gary has added to the National cultural conversation and added true value to the state of Florida's identity within that conversation. Congratulations to Gary on the honor and much praise to UF for the renaming.  

Mr Libby wrote one of the definitive books on Florida art and on one of the most important Florida art collections;  Celebrating Florida: Works of Art from the Vickers Collection
Enjoy, GL
 

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

High meets Low: Esthetic Theory at Girls’ Club Annex Space - postedby FFAB



High meets Low: Guest exhibit Esthetic Theory explores the coalescence of contemporary art and cosmetic esthetics Esthetic Theory at Girls’ Club Annex Space


117 NE 2 Street, Fort Lauderdale
www.girlsclubcollection.org/esthetic-theory
Reception: Saturday, May 30, 6-9pm during Last Saturday Artwalk
On view from May 27-30, 2015, 1-5pm and by appt

Fort Lauderdale -- Girls’ Club presents a Esthetic Theory, a guest exhibit curated by artist Rosemarie Romero, in the Girls’ Club Annex Space. 


Esthetic Theory is a group exhibition that functions like a full service salon and spa. The exhibit consists of artists whose work explores the high impact, glossy and glittery materials, forms, and processes that evoke and celebrate feminine excess, pleasure, cosmetic artifice, bodywork, sexuality, and the performativity of gender. 

'Low' culture aesthetic practices, 'high art' conventions, and spiritual signifiers are appropriated and manipulated to create hybrid works that blur the line between art commodity, fetish objects, craft, kitsch, fashion, entertainment and gendered extensions of the body. 

Artwork by local and national artists Sarah Beth Woods, Helen Maurene Cooper, Orlando Estrada, Crystal Pearl, Rosemarie Romero, and Jill Weisberg. Sarah Beth Woods creates hair braided loofah sculptures that explore gender performativity and sensuality. Helen Maurene Cooper" explores pattern and design through wallpaper instillation; with her original nail photographs (collaboration Naughty Nailz and Naillicious) as source material she has created a site specific custom nail wallpaper. Orlando Estrada creates sculpture, and works with massage and healing crystals as a method of exploration into body work and LGBTQ issues. Crystal Pearl makes video art that delves into Latina subjectivity and embodiment via fashion, pleasure, and excess. Jill Weisberg uses nail polish on vintage adult magazine pages that blurs between figuration and abstraction, repulsion and desire. 

Artist and curator Rosemarie Romero creates abstract paintings inspired by urban nail art, airbrush, ornamentation, & cosmetic geometry. She will be offering on site manicures, massage, gossip, and 'chusmeria' by her alter ego Porn Nail$. 

Pulling together artists whose work straddles high and low art, the exhibit creates an interactive experience that places creative artistic practice adjacent to the traditional feminine practices of pampering and primping. Both rely on traditional and nontraditional notions of beauty, but often diverge in legitimacy within the art world and general social perceptions. 

The exhibit will be on view Wednesday May 27 to Friday May 29, with a Saturday reception May 30 from 6-9pm featuring live performance and interactive elements. Appointments will be on a first come first serve basis and include custom nail Art by Glynnus Nail Pro, Sara Beth Woods, Nail Pop LLC, and Porn Nail$. African hair braiding by Chicago stylist Fatima Traore. 



About Girls' Club 
Founded in 2006 by artist Francie Bishop Good and her husband David Horvitz, Girls' Club is a 501(c)3 foundation and alternative space, the only private collection in the world dedicated to exhibiting contemporary art by women. Cutting edge works in painting, drawing, photography and video are presented in curated, thematic exhibitions which also include works loaned from other collectors, and from galleries and artists. 

Artists represented in the Good/Horvitz collection are a diverse body of women - and some men - representing many ethnicities and nationalities. Girls' Club's facility is a dynamic, multi-functional building created by award-winning designer Margi Nothard of Glavovic Studio in Fort Lauderdale. 

Girls' Club's mission is to educate the public, nurture the careers of female artists, and to serve as a resource for art students and scholars, curators, and practicing artists. A special commitment is made to expose the work of local artists to a broader national and international audience. Girls' Club's website features a working online artist database with biographical information and relevant web links on artists in the collection, facilitating further study on the works and careers of contemporary women artists. Web projects by artists, interviews and texts by writers and a blog extends the presence of Girls' Club onto the worldwide web. 

Girls' Club is also committed to changing the lives of individuals in Broward County, and our programming reflects the special needs of women and girls. Girls' Club offers specialized workshops and activities in a variety of media for artists of all levels and abilities, and for children and families. 

More information at www.girlsclubcollection.org



Wednesday, April 22, 2015

May at Morikami - posted by FFAB



May at Morikami Welcomes Back Sushi & Stroll Summer Walks,
Mother’s Day Crafting and More

Delray Beach, Fla. – April 22, 2015Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens complements spring weather with a fully blossomed garden and an array of exciting events lined up for  May. Sushi & Stroll summer walks return with delicious food, beautiful sunsets and taiko drumming performances that are sure to be enjoyed by all. Also this month, visitors can add a Japanese flair to their Mother’s Day gift by crafting an origami card. See a full list and description of May events below.

September 30, 2014 – May 24, 2015
Japanese Design for the Senses: Beauty, Form, and Function
Japanese Design for the Senses comprises three distinct exhibitions highlighting the beauty, form, and function that is inherent to Japanese craft and design. Each component features objects designed and crafted to be both beautiful and functional. Examples include an array of exquisite works, from folding screen paintings and lacquer boxes, to handcrafted lamps, benches, and step chests, all of which are as impressive in their design as they are in their craftsmanship and functionality.
Touch of Gold: Lacquerware Boxes and the Paintings of Elaine Ehrenkranz
For over forty years, the abstract expressionist painter Elaine Ehrenkranz formed a comprehensive collection of magnificent Japanese lacquerware boxes ranging in date from the 15th to the mid-19th centuries. A large portion of her collection was donated to the Harvard University Art Museums in 1997, with the remaining masterpieces gifted to the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in 2013. Touch of Gold features her remarkable gift to the Morikami.
Ma: Defining Space: Studio Furniture of Yoko Zeltserman-Miyaji
A built-in storage system comprised of staggered shelves, chigai-dana first appeared inside shoin-style homes in the Kamakura era (1192 – 1333), replacing the freestanding, portable bookcases that were used to store and display scrolls, books, tea utensils and other decorative objects. A companion to the tokonoma, an alcove in which hanging scrolls and other objects of art are decoratively displayed, chigai-dana is an integral part of Japanese domestic architecture. Yoko Zeltserman-Miyaji’s timeless, elegant shelving and storage systems accentuate the simple yet refined beauty of form and function that is the essence of Japanese design and furniture aesthetics. This exhibition was organized by Mobilia Gallery in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Katachi: The Essence of Aesthetic Form and Function in Japanese Furniture
Katachi embodies the hallmark of Japanese aesthetics: a harmonious balance of beautiful form, fine workmanship, and practical functionality. This exhibition draws upon the Morikami’s collection of 19th and 20th-century Japanese furnishings, including decorative folding screens, storage chests, lamps, and many other examples of fine Japanese design and craftsmanship. Also on view are several pieces made by renowned furniture maker George Nakashima (1905 – 1990), a leading innovator of 20th-century furniture design and one of the founders of the American Craft Movement. 



Ikebana Flower Arrangement: Sogetsu School
4-week session: Fri., May 1, 8, 15, 22
Time: 1:30pm – 3:30pm
Class fee: $70 (members $60; advance registration required)
Flower fee: $40
Flower arrangement, ikebana, is a traditional Japanese art. Students in this course learn the basic principles and styles of the contemporary Sogetsu School, creating fresh flower arrangements each week to take home and enjoy. 

Ikebana Flower Arrangement: Ikenobo School
4-week session: Tues., May 5, 12, 19, 26
Time: 1pm – 3pm
Class fee: $70 (members $60; advance registration required)
Flower fee: $60 payable to instructor
Flower arrangement, ikebana, is a traditional Japanese art. The Ikenobo School is the oldest and most traditional. Students in this course learn the basic principles and styles of Ikenobo, creating fresh flower arrangements each week to take home and enjoy.

Sumi-e Ink Painting: Floral
4-week session: Thurs. May 7, 14, 21, 28
Time: 10:30am- 12:30pm
Class fee: $60 (members $55; advance registration required)
Sumi-e, literally “charcoal drawing,” is a form of Japanese ink painting brought from China in the 12th century. Students learn to grind their own ink and execute the primary sumi-e brushstrokes to capture the beauty of flowers and bamboo.
Required materials: May be purchased at the Museum Store and are listed on www.morikami.org.

Sumi-e Ink Painting: Landscape
4-week session: Thurs. May 7, 14, 21, 28
Time: 1:30pm-3:30pm                                                           
Class fee: $60 (members $55; advance registration required)
Sumi-e, literally “charcoal drawing,” is a form of Japanese ink painting brought from China in the 12th century. Students learn to grind their own ink and execute the primary sumi-e brushstrokes to mimic sweeping landscapes.
Required materials: May be purchased at the Museum Store and are listed on www.morikami.org.

Sushi & Stroll Summer Walk Series
Day: Friday, May 8
Time: 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Cost: $8 adults, $6 children (4-10) (museum members and children 3 and under FREE); $2 for taiko performance (optional). Reservations are not required.
Summer nights in South Florida are something special, especially when they are augmented with taiko drums and a cultural backdrop that can't be beat! Add a cold drink, a breathtaking sunset and a walking path through a tranquil garden and you've got Sushi & Stroll Summer Walks! Stroll the gardens at your own pace and take advantage of our free tour of the museum and gardens for smart phones. Excite your palate with something delicious from our own Cornell Café, indulge in some shopping at the Museum Store or tantalize your senses with a drumming performance by Fushu Daiko.
Please note that the museum galleries are closed for these special nights. Food and drink are not included with event admission.

Family Fun Holiday Activity: Mother’s Day Craft
Day: Sunday, May 10
Time: 12pm – 3pm
Cost: Free with paid museum admission
Honor your mother by making a special card for her.

Demonstrations of Sado: The Way of Tea
Day: Saturday, May 16
Time: Noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm
Cost: $5 with paid museum admission
Observe Japanese sado, “the way of tea,” an ever-changing demonstration rich in seasonal subtleties. The true spirit of sado — harmony (wa), reverence (kei), purity (sei), tranquility (jaku) — along with a sip of green tea and a sweet can bring a calm perspective into a busy life.
Individual reservations are not necessary. Reservations are required for groups of 10 or more. For more information, please call 561-495-0233 x210.

Sado Tea Ceremony Class
2-week session: Sunday, May 17 & 31
Time: Individual appointments begin at 10:15am
Cost: $55 (members $50; advance registration required)
Learn to perform traditional Japanese tea ceremony in the authentic Seishin-an Tea House under the guidance of Master Soei Chieko Mihori. Tea Ceremony Workshop (offered in November, January and March) is a prerequisite for this class.
To register, please call 561-495-0233 x210.

Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens has been a center for Japanese arts and culture in South Florida since its opening in 1977. The Morikami invites guests to discover South Florida’s heritage and its connection with Japan, explore a series of six diverse gardens inspired by a different historical period and style of Japanese gardening. Experience traditional and contemporary Japanese culture through world-class exhibits, varied educational programs and seasonal events, bonsai display, pan-Asian cuisine and a distinctive Museum Store. Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday

The Morikami is located at 4000 Morikami Park Road in Delray Beach, Florida. For more information about the Morikami, its exhibitions, programs and events, visit www.morikami.org or call 561-495-0233.