My desire to create art comes from my search for the meaning of our existence. I use my artwork as a key to understand others and myself. The most precious thing in my life is the growth process. Art is my guide and mentor....

Monday, June 12, 2017

Peace Demonstration and news

                                 September 21, 2014 "Climate March"

Blue skies are spanned across New York City today, which marks the 35th anniversary of one of the largest anti-nuclear marches when one million gathered in Central Park on June 12, 1982.

Ahead of today’s anniversary I watched “In Our Hands” documentary that spotlights the 1982 demonstration. The film rekindled some memories of the peaceful September 2014 "Climate March" in New York, which I attended.

Thanks to longstanding concern about nuclear power, the Indian Point nuclear power plant nearest to New York City is now in the process of decommissioning. People are discussing the future of the  plant’s waste storage.

The Nuclear Weapons Convention negotiation conference starts this week in the United Nations, and Women's March To Ban the Bomb will host a peace demonstration in New York City this Saturday, June 17.

I will participate with members of our group Manhattan Project for a nuclear-free world in order to protest the US -Japan Nuclear Energy Cooperation Agreement. We oppose Japan becoming a potential nuclear weapon holder.

A society where it is difficult to raise voices starts when people stop raising voices. Let's raise our voice for peace.

For more information about the Agreement and its issues:  Facebook 


Arts to End Violence

May 25, Thursday - June 7, Wednesday
( contact open hours 718 619 4248)
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 25, 6:30-8:30 PM
Closing  Reception:  Wednesday, June 7, 5-7 PM
Ron Taylor Gallery: 1160 St Johns Place, Brooklyn NY 11213

Printmaking Invitational

A survey of printmaking techniques from across the globe
Curator:  Holly Scoggins and Jessica Augier
April 10, Monday - 28 Friday
Reception April 20, Thursday 5-7pm
Monday - Thursday 10am - 2pm
Polk State College Winter Haven Gallery
999 Avenue H NE, Winter Haven, Florida 33881


"Discover Your Collagraph"

June 21, 28 and July 12
6:30PM - 9:30PM
The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts
Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop
323 West 39th Street 2nd Floor NY NY 10018

Thursday, March 2, 2017

March Events, "Challenges of Nuclear Waste"

These warm days feel like the beginning of spring.  Every March I remember the Fukushima and Three Mile Island nuclear accidents. Our world is contaminated with radiation. Even in New York, there are high radiation hot spots. The nuclear bomb study started here. Coexistence with radiation is inevitable, we need to learn about and understand radiation.

I will be part of a Fukushima nuclear accident 6th anniversary event entitled “Fukushima & NYC  Challenges of Nuclear Waste”  In my artistic practice, how I express and communicate our social and environmental issues is my theme. A big wave of change is coming. I need to make myself strong so I don't get washed away. Hope to see you at this wonderful, empowering event.

Minamisouma decontamination of radiation area

"Fukushima & NYC Challenges of Nuclear Waste"
March 10
Friday 7PM – 9PM
Goddard Riverside Community Center in New York City 
593 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 

"Fukushima Remembered"
March 11
Saturday 1:30 - 5:30PM
Peekskill Presbyterian Church in Peekskil 
705 Park Street, Peekskill, NY Tel: 888-474-8848

Dr. Gordon Edwards, a renowned nuclear expert and the president of the Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility, discusses the risks and challenges with health, safety, environment and other issues associated with nuclear waste management. Come and find out prospects in the decommissioning of the Indian Point nuclear reactors, and more. 

Naoko Suzuki, a Fukushima evacuee, reporting health and housing issues, 6 years after
the nuclear accident. 

Yasuyo Tanaka, a New York-based artist and environmentalist, talks about decontamination of radiation in the disaster areas in Fukushima. 

Fukushima Rememberance Peace Walk  (Saturday only)
Walk with Jun-san and the Peace Walkers. Crane ceremony at the gates of the Indian Point Nuclear Power Station. Potluck dinner, and more.


“Women in the Heights - Disruption”  
March 8 Wednesday-30 Thursday
Gallery hours: Monday through Friday 10-5pm 
Rio II Gallery: 583 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10031
March 10 Friday
Opening Reception 6-9pm
March 22 Wednesday
Artist Talk 6-8pm.


"Discover Your Collagraph"
March 25 Saturday and 26 Sunday
10:30AM - 2:30PM
The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts 
323 West 39th Street 2nd Floor NY NY 10018  

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

What is home? Where is home?

Shioya town

A cold winter is coming after a busy, fulfilling fall. I'm looking over what I did and updating my blog while thinking about the future. 

 I held 2 solo shows in my hometowns on the theme of “home". In 2012 my hometown became the first candidate to be the final disposal site for radioactive waste. There was a strong opposition movement by my hometown's residents which caused the site to be changed to the neighboring town of Shioya. 

My parents' home is almost the same distance from both of the candidate sites that are state-owned forests. The spring water of Shioya town was chosen as one of the 100 best waters in Japan. This water flows to Yaita and to Tokyo. Transferring the waste disposal site to Shioya town does not solve any problem. However, some of Yaita's residents think the problem is solved. Therefore, I wanted to interact with people in Yaita city and Shioya town. 

"What is home? " Eco House at Road station Yaita

My first hometown exhibitions were successful and were blessed with a lot of viewers. The theme of “home" caught the interest of many people and I got to involve them in my workshops and events. 65 people of all ages participated by using their pictures, writings, and haikus in our collaborative bookmaking projects entitled "My home”. In their work, their love and gratitude toward their families, and their desires to have a society without war were spelled out with quiet signs from their daily lives. 
"my home"

 During the exhibitions, I remembered the days I spent in my hometowns from fourth grade to high school. It was a pleasure to reunite with my classmates, most of whom I hadn't seen in more than 30 years. I worked together with my high school classmates to present my exhibitions and events. We were helped by lots of local people and our families. 

There were many wonderful encounters with new people who had shared interests with me. One of my favorite experiences during these exhibitions was getting acquainted with local people who were volunteering to organize thyroid cancer tests for children in Yaita City and Shioya Town. My friends who came to see me from far away were also a source of great joy.

"Where is home?" Exchange Center at the Road station Shioya

 I revisited my past and noticed that my basic feelings have not changed much. I felt warm feelings for humanity and nature while touching Japanese paper from my hometown. I have now recognized my identity more clearly after living overseas for 22 years. Japan, the United States, and the earth are my home.

What is home? 
10/6 Thurs. - 11 Tues. 9am-5pm 
10/6 Thurs. 3pm Opening
10/10 Mon. Events
10:30am-12:30pm  Suminagashi Workshop 
2:30pm - 4:30pm  Artist Talk “Key and Home”
“Yasuyo in New York/Spring 2014” by Satoshi Yajimachi

Where is home? 
Exchange Center, Road station Shioya Tochigi, Japan 
10/11 Wed. - 11 Wed. 9am-5pm 
10/19 Wed. 3pm Closing (Potluck Party)  
10/16 Mon. Events
10:30am-12:30pm  Itajime Shibori Workshop
2:30pm - 4:30pm  Events
“Mayogoshiki” by Satoshi Yajimachi
“Endlager”  by WasabiChilli Films: 
Takashi Kunimoto &Renato Vazquez 
“Fukushima disaster area report 2015” by Yasuyo Tanaka
Panel Discussion
"Barrier-free railroad farm "Kazedayori" owner Masaaki Mizuno
"Hachidori: considering the future of children" Representer Shie Ida,  
"Orienteering Federation" Vice Chairman Katsunori Yamakawa,
Filmmaker Takashi Kunimoto, Filmmaker Satoshi Yajimachi
Artist & Educator Yasuyo Tanaka

Special Gusts came from Fukushima and gave us their up date report.
Tutomu Soma, Fujishima, Teduka, Satomi Teduka,  
Kenbun Hasegawa 

Collaborator for workshops: Japanese paper mills "Mokuan"
Tochigi Prefecture Traditional Craftmaster Yoshiko Komatsu
Co-organizer: Youth leader development · child rearing lifelong learning support Sophia Representer Yuko Takase

The Choices We Make 
Hebrew Tabernacle's art gallery, the Gold Wing, presented eight neighbors, eight artists, and seven poets for their 2016 Interfaith Thanksgiving Celebration. My print “transform 1” was selected by a Jewish curator Regina Gradess and was displayed next to a document of an 88 year old holocaust survivor. This print was previously used for a poster of my exhibition “In search of the meaning of our lives" commemorating Palestinian Nakba Day 2011.

This show at the Gold Wing ends Friday, December 30th. 
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10 AM - 5 PM 
Some evenings: Call to find out evening hours 212-568-8304  
Hebrew Tabernacle 551 Fort Washington Ave. New York, NY  10033

Dec 6th action in front of NYC's Waldorf Astoria 
to protest the Wells Fargo Pipeline Symposium. 

Native American Sioux tribe members are protesting against the Dakota Access Oil Pipeline that will contaminate their water sources and its construction will destroy sacred burial sites. During this Thanksgiving holiday, Native Americans and police clashed and protesters were seriously injured. 2,000 USA military veterans supported the Standing Rock protesters and got the construction halted at least until the court rules in February. 

Standing Rock Benefit Exhibition
Rogue Space is presenting a 1-day exhibition 
Saturday, December 17th from 1-5 PM 
508-526 West 26th St, 9th Floor 
Manhattan's Chelsea area.