Publish Date: 4-5-2013, 6:01 a.m.

The Crafton Hills College Art Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of A Song of Soil and Wind, an exhibition of work by Japanese and Japanese-decent artists. The exhibition, curated by Takeshi Kanemura, will  take place from April 15 through April 30.  The Art Gallery is located in the Learning Resource Center on the CHC campus.

A Song of Soil and Wind features the work of over ten artists and, according to Kanemura, “focuses displacement and hybridity.”

“Japanese and Japanese-decent US citizens are often labeled as a model minority.  In the severe history of the United States, Japanese were forced to face inequality.  However, they mingle with different cultures to create new outcomes.  Like Mother Nature, soil and wind, Japanese have accepted their situations, mingled in encountering incidents, and become hybrid citizens to promote a better society,” Kanemura said.

In addition to Kanemura’s work, artists participating in the exhibition include Crystal Erlendson, Devon Tsuno, Hideo Sakata, Hiroko Bryant, Ichiro Irie, Michael Sakamoto, Nancy Uyemura, Taeko Sakujo, Yoichi Kawamura, and Yoshie Sakai.

The opening reception for A Song of Soil and Wind will be held on Wednesday, April 17 from 4:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. and is free to the public.  The reception will feature authentic Japanese fare and feature a performance by TaikoMix, a ensemble taiko drummers.  Taiko is a Japanese drumming art form and TaikoMix is  dedicated to preserving and enlightening local residents about North American taiko.

Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Fridays by appointment.

The Crafton Hills College Art Gallery is supported through the efforts of the college’s visual arts program.  The gallery curator is Professor Snezana Petrovic and the gallery director is Michael Bedoya.  For more information or private gallery tours, please contact the CHC Art program at 909-389-3349.

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