October 14, 2006 - January 28, 2007
Kamran Moojedi's landscape series mirrors his experience
of the great San Bernardino Mountains fire of 2003, which left the forests
surrounding his home a vast graveyard of charred trees. This disaster changed
the focus of his art. “The Fire Next Time” explores the cycle
of dualities between life and death, hope and despair, good and evil, and
beauty and ugliness. Drawing on ancient teachings, Moojedi emphasizes a reverence
for all life and sheds light onto the darker side of the human spirit.
The exhibition consists of over a hundred mixed media works; combining sketches, digital paintings, photography, writings, and installations.
January 27, 2007 at 2 pm
Views of nature from the world's religions are richly varied and most frequently expressed in the particular arts and culture of the world's civilizations. From Zen gardens in East Asia to western landscape painting, the quality of nature's beauty shines forth. We explore different cultural perspectives for respecting nature that may lead us toward a more inclusive global environmental ethic. As we enter into a period of searching for the basis for a sustainable future for the Earth community, these varied views of nature will help to shape flourishing human-Earth relations.
October 10, 2007 - October 31, 2007
Ms. Heussenstamm was a longtime resident of La Crescenta, CA, who passed away in 2005. In 1989, at age 59, without formal training as an artist, she started creating watercolor portraits. She was intrigued by the astounding variety of human skin coloration and tones, and devoted herself to revealing the full-spectrum of humanity’s many hues in her artwork. Her husband, George Heussenstamm shared the numerous stories related to each portrait by a slide presentation as part of the exhibition.
A Special World of
Alex Kerr is author, Japonologist , calligrapher and Asian arts collector who has lived in Japan and Thailand for more than 30 years. He has learned about calligraphy by copying the art works in his collection. In the process he has developed his own style, which is a mix of the two styles ruled Japanese calligraphy for centuries: Literati and Court.
Each piece is a unique expression of a moment. It’s also an expression of his view of life, the life he has had in Japan and East Asia since he was a little boy, and life experienced vicariously through the thoughts and philosophies expressed in calligraphies, paintings, and the traditional arts around him.
The Pleasures of Being an Unrestrained, Undisciplined Collector
A special lecture by Willard G. Clark
Willard G. ‘Bill’ Clark, a fifth generation rancher turned international businessman who has been collecting Japanese art for four decades, founded the Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture in 1995 at Hanford in California’s Central Valley. In April 2009, Mr. Clark received the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon, from the Japanese government for his efforts in introducing Japanese art and promoting educational exchange between Japan and the United States, such as establishing the curatorial program for young art scholars.
Mr. Clark spoke about Japanese culture, with special thoughts on his collection which forms the basis of the art collection at the Clark Center. His presentation included personal stories concerning how he started collecting art, an examination of the Clark Center and its goal of promoting the study and appreciation of Japanese art and culture, and a look at some of the works in his collection with engaging stories about how they were acquired.
This event was supported by the Clark Center for Japanese Art & Culture and the Cultural News.
Daifu Wada is a calligrapher, painter and woodblock print artist who lives in Tokyo, Japan. He began studying calligraphy in 1975 under Daiou Yamasaki and then Daiun Ino for 7 years. After retiring from his regular job at a bank, Daifu has focused on creating his own unique art style, expressing his world as an artist. His motifs are figures of Buddha and the sutras. Through his artworks, Daifu has strived to connect with a higher presence as well as fellow human beings, and the resulting creations are representative manifestations of his prayer.
Architecture and DNA
Photographs by Cybele Lyle
July 11, 2010 - July 31, 2010
“Architecture and DNA” is a series of photographs that examines the influence of a father’s work as an architect on his daughter’s work as an artist.
Inspired by models of buildings and gardens that Cybele's dad designed when she was a child, Cybele started constructing her own buildings out of foam core – emphasizing the kind of spaces that fit her personal life. Unlike her dad’s works that were designed to be used in the real world, her structures were created as spaces of potential – architecture for her own personal/artistic narratives.
The garden and studio of the home Cybele grew up in were designed by her dad and, of all his work, had the most immediate impact on her. For this series of photographs she projected images of their garden and studio onto her own structures, creating a 3rd space – one that exposes the complexity of influence and departure from a parent.
The Dalai Lama's compassion and love speak not only to his followers and the people of Tibet, but to the whole world. As a global citizen, the Dalai Lama works tirelessly to promote a caring, peaceful, and just world based on the recognition of the oneness of our human family. His dreams and wishes are for a global transformation of consciousness that will change the world as it is into one of peace, well-being, and happiness. His tools for creating this earthly paradise are prayer, tolerance, patience, and love.
The Dalai Lama and His People
Photography exhibition by Don Farber
October 8, 2010 – October 30, 2010
My Mingei Legacy
A special lecture by Martha Longenecker Ph.D
Martha W. Longenecker, PhD is the founder and Director Emeritus of the Mingei International Museum in San Diego. Inspired by the vision of mingei and the legacy of its founder, Soetsu Yanagi, Dr. Longenecker dedicated herself to establishing and developing the museum over 37 years ago. Her goal was to bring art to the people of San Diego and far beyond. Min means all people and gei means art.
In 2003, she received the Order of the Rising Sun With Gold Rays and Rosettes from the Emperor of Japan.
Photography Exhibition by Philip Johnston
February 13, 2011 – March 13, 2011
Philip Johnston sees his experiences of nature as a way of realizing his own well-being. Nature’s quiet moments, even when standing next to a raging waterfall, encourage him to be attentive, to seek, to trust, to encourage, to share, to radiate, and to remember. The smell and feel of the soft earth underfoot while walking a wet pathway created by the passing of two-hundred-year-old redwoods sustain and inspire him. As a photographer, Mr. Johnston gives voice to many urban images by observing the perfect and seemingly random compositions of nature. He shares with us true riches by visualizing the vastness of a larger creation.
Photography exhibition by Naoko Tsunoda
March 28, 2011~ April 16, 2011
The Rhythm of Nature by Susan Dobay
May 20, 2011 ~ June 12, 2011
The way I see nature
nature there is wholeness, all things relating to each other and to their
Sometimes sweat music or turbulent rhapsodies can be heard through the ears of the mind ( the ears of intuition)
The most beautiful dance and acrobatic performances can be seen through the magic of imagination.
There are great exciting dramas playing in nature’s theatre where Life and Death are the actors in an eternal balance, always creating and entertaining.
Great composers have been inspired by the rhythm of nature.
enhance the imagination that can be absorbed through nature it is also inspirational
to listen to musical compositions while creating visual art.
Different art forms (just like nature) are part of the whole and help each other in creation and self-expression.
In my paintings of nature like any other subject matter, I select and search for a higher state of awareness- a striving for balance between matter and soul.
I like to involve viewers in a creative game to stimulate them intellectually
- Susan Dobay -
Crowder, also known as Vralati & Shoji Kuroda, was a painter and printmaker
who employed diverse styles to reflect wide cultural influences. Besides being
a visual artist, he was also an accomplished musician, horticulturist, and
poet. Among his literary publications are his autobiography titled “My
Lost Japan” and his book of poems, “The Blue Furoshiki,”
in which he investigated the emotional depths of his biographical experiences.
His murals have decorated sets of many well-known Hollywood films from the 50s & 60s, and TV shows in the 70s and 80s, and Crowder wallpaper designs cover the halls of numerous luxury hotels throughout the world.
Mr. Crowder often painted in oils. He signed his floral still-lives, ‘Vralati.’
In the final years of his century-long life, Shoji Kuroda created his greatest achievement, a series of powerful ‘byobu’ (folding screens) in traditional Japanese style. He called this project, “The Endangered Birds of Japan.”
YEARS: The imagination of Robert Crowder, Vralati, and Shoji Kuroda
The three faces of an artist that lived for a century
A special exhibition by Robert Crowder
November 13, 2011 - January 8, 2012
Special Paper Art Exhibition
Paper in Full Bloom"
By Annie Alexander
Annie Alexander’s handmade papers shimmer with flowers, sparks of light and dazzling beauty. This exhibit is a rare look at original paper artistry utilizing repurposed linen, abaca, found flora and iconic inclusions.
1 – July 18, 2017
10 am – 5 pm, closed Sunday
Shumei Hall Gallery
2430 E. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91107
Tel: 626 584 8841
While I Breathe, I Hope
Drawing Exhibition by Deborah Lomas
October 2017 - August 2018
This exhibition is the result of over 30 years of pure love and respect for the many groups that make up the global tapestry of indigenous peoples. To me, these people are the greatest environmentalists.
One of the books that inspired me in my artistic endeavor was The Gaia Atlas of First Peoples. When invited to share my works at the Shumei International Institute, in Crestone, Colorado, I searched my book shelves to find the words that deeply spoke to me in the 1990's, when I was an angry young activist. I blew off the dust from the cover, opened it, and reread the foreword.
Our Earth is a vulnerable, abused place. Its opulent forests rapaciously felled, its rivers and oceans polluted. Its already degraded soils worked lifeless, its delicate envelope of atmosphere—the very basis for life on this planet is contaminated. In bending nature to our implacable will we are destroying her. Our material progress is achieved at the cost of passing on a wasteland to our grandchildren. As this turbulent century closes, we must radically alter our ways of life, patterns of consumption, systems of values, even the manner in which we organize our societies, if we are to ensure the survival of the Earth and ourselves. . . The world’s Indigenous peoples are the guardians of our fragile ecosystems, holding critical lessons that are vital to the wellbeing and future of our precious planet.
These words were written by a man whose name meant little to me back then, yet means so much to me now. Re-reading those words and recognizing his name now I am deeply moved. Maurice F. Strong. The man whose words had meant so much to me as a young girl had together with his wife Hanne donated the land in Crestone that now is the home of the Shumei International Institute, where this exhibition was first mounted. I only wish I could have thanked him personally for such a wonderful circle of serendipity.
The children that find their way onto my canvas seem to have a life of their own. I always begin with the eyes that seem to reach into my soul, allowing me to find a deeper connection to the earth. This exhibition then is a visual call to action. It is to continue that ancient call from deep within, where all is one. To feel that call, open our hearts, and love more.
About the Artist
Lomas was born in the north of England in1965. She studied art and design
and later co-founded Network 3, an agency for young illustrators in Liverpool.
Deborah has exhibited widely in her homeland and the southwest USA.
This exhibition at Shumei Hall is a homecoming for Deborah. It has been 20 years since her work was displayed at the Shumei Hall Gallery at an exhibition entitled Earth Angels in 1997.
A x S Festival: City as Wunderkammer
November 2 - November 11
Crafted from the Earth:
The Rugged Beauty of Shigaraki Ceramics
Curated and organized by
Japanese art historian, Meher McArthur
November 3 , 2018 - February 17, 2019
This exhibition was part of the AxS Festival, a regional celebration of art and science, based in Pasadena and surrounding communities. It has been made possible thanks to the generous support of Gordon Brodfuehrer, Wilson Grabill, Wakae Nakamoto, the Mingei International Museum, San Diego, and Japan Foundation, Los Angeles.
Shigaraki, located in Shiga prefecture close to the ancient capital of Kyoto, is one of Japan’s oldest kiln centers, and has produced stoneware ceramics since the 12th century. Shigaraki wares derive much of their character from the local silica-rich clay sourced from the bed of nearby Lake Biwa. The clay is also rich in iron, which gives the body its warm orange tone, and feldspar, which bursts out onto the surface during firing and creates a characteristic rough texture. During high-temperature firings in anagama (single-chambered sloping kilns), the wood used to fuel the kilns creates ash that lands on the surfaces of the objects and creates patches of natural brown and green glaze. All of these chemical factors in the creation of these ceramics resulted in warm, rustic wares, seemingly born organically from the earth. Though these ceramics were originally utilitarian, their natural beauty made them highly prized by tea masters as wares for the tea ceremony, and since the 16th century, tea bowls, jars, dishes, vases and other vessels from the Shigaraki kilns have been one of Japan’s most beloved and collected ceramics.
Teruyo Kitajima Handicrafts Exhibition East:
The World of Creative Flowers
A fusion of hands and spirit
Shumei Hall Gallery September 17, 2000 - October 8, 2000
Teruyo Kitajima was born in 1910 in Osaka, Japan. Upon graduation from Ibaragi High School for girls, Mrs. Kitajima studied handicrafts with a French teacher. It was then, on her own, that she originated 3 dimensional creative handicrafts. Her originality in technique and design remained constant throughout her entire life.
"The Messages from Water" Photographic Exhibition by Dr. Masaru Emoto
Shumei Hall Gallery August 4, 2001 - December 9, 2001
Masaru Emoto is one of the pioneers in the science of energy and vibration,
and its effect on healing and spirituality. He is also the author of the
book, "The Messages from Water". In his book, Dr. Emoto presents photographic
evidence of how positive energy or negative pollution can alter the crystalline
structure of the water we use.
"Kesa for the Millennium"
An exhibition of seven sacred robes
by fiber artist, Betsy Sterling Benjamin
September 30, 2001 - November 11, 2001
The seven works on view take the form of the traditional Buddhist meditation robe or "kesa", created by Betsy Sterling Benjamin in her studio in Kyoto, Japan. They were used as a focus for ceremonies held on each continent in preparation for the new millennium in January 2000.
As part of the millennium celebration, the works were displayed at Hobart, Tasmania; Shurugwi, Zimbabwe; McMurdo Research Station, Antarctica; Bubion, Granada, Spain; Machu Picchu, Peru; Minnesota, USA; and Kyoto, Japan.
They were first exhibited together at the Honen-in Temple in Kyoto. These wax-resist silk stoles are designed in the traditional Japanese patchwork pattern and are made of dyed silk from India, China, Japan, and Indonesia and embroidered, appliquéd, fused, and stenciled with gold powders. Much admired in Japan, Europe, and the USA for her dyed screens and paintings.
by Mimari Yasukawa:
December 12, 2001 - January 5, 2002
"Kirigane" by Mimari Yasukawa, literally "cut gold," is a decorative technique used in Buddhist artwork, in particular to decorate images of Buddhist deities. The technique came to Japan from China in the 6th century A.D.. Four sheets of leaves made of gold, silver, or platinum are pressed together with an iron to form the mediums for Kirigane. These sheets are traditionally placed on a piece of deer skin and cut into fine strips or other shapes using a knife made from bamboo. Using the tips of small brushes, the resulting pieces are then glued onto the surfaces of wooden Buddhist statues or paintings.
Alex Kerr Calligraphy Exhibition:
Shumei Hall Gallery April 14, 2002 - June 30, 2002
Alex Kerr is the author of many monographs and articles in both Japanese and English. His last book, "Lost Japan", which he wrote in Japanese, was the first foreign work to win the Shincho Gakugei Literary Prize for nonfiction in Japan.
Mr. Kerr had experienced calligraphy when he was in elementary school in Alexandria, Virginia. At the age of thirteen, his family moved to Yokohama, Japan. Later he studied Japanese at Yale, and after that, Chinese at Oxford in England. After graduating in 1974, he went to live in Kameoka, Japan where he became involved in the teaching of calligraphy, tea ceremony, Noh drama, etc. In the early 1980's, he started collecting hanging scrolls, hand scrolls, screens, shikishi and tanzaku plaques, Chinese rubbings, etc. Copying and tracing these, he developed his own style.
THE MIRACLE OF CONSCIOUSNESS EXHIBITION
"The painter of the soul," Mark Strickland chooses to plunge into the depths of the collective unconscious, pushing the impasto to its textural extreme, breathing dignity and rich fields of color into the human form and face. Internationally exhibited; Professor at Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, for 24 years, Mr. Strickland touches the highest of spiritual values and moves us to reflect on our own strengths of survival and hope.
This exhibition was sponsored by the City of Pasadena Arts Commission.
Songs from the Desert Sky
EXHIBITION OF SILK WEAVING by Polly Barton
April 13, 2003 - June 1, 2003
The use of the traditional Japanese "kasuri" technique (binding skeins of silk to "resist-dye") has led Polly Barton, distinguished fiber artist, to bind a visual memory of the sky onto thread. Light and color continually shift in time and are played out dramatically in the Southwestern sky.
Polly Barton began weaving in Japan with Tomohiko Inoue, a master weaver in the Tsumugi technique. Hand-spinning silk, dyeing with traditional natural Japanese color sources, weaving on a kimono loom, centuries old in its design, producing a textile only 14h wide, was how she began, and how she continues to this day.
A Celebration of Light and Love
A Special Photographic Exhibition by David Finn
October 11, 2003 - January 11, 2004
David Finn, chairman and CEO of Ruder-Finn, one of the premier PR companies, is the author of a number of books about business and art. As a photographer of sculpture he has published over 80 books, ranging from the art of ancient Egypt and Greece, to the work of Donatello, Michelangelo, Rodin and Henry Moore. He is a member of the Advisory Council of the National Endowment for the Humanities, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a board member of a number of non-profit organizations.
NANGA(Chinese style brush painting) EXHIBITION
by ROUZEKI HANAZUKA
February 8, 2004 - March 14, 2004
Rouzeki Hanazuka was born in 1913 in Yokohama, Japan. He began, at age 18, to seriously study stone sculpture as a successor to his family grave stone monument business. At the same time, he began to thoroughly study other art mediums such as calligraphy, Nanga painting (Chinese style brush painting), and wood carving, all of which he mastered, and received many awards for throughout his lifetime.
In 1985, he received from the Emperor of Japan, the "Bunka-Kunsho" (highest award of cultural affairs in Japan) award (Kun Rokuto-Tanko Kyokujitsu-sho) for his works as a grave stone sculptor.
The Tender Land: Preserve Its Beauty
A Special Photography Exhibition by Bill Ellzey
September 13, 2004 - January 31, 2005
Primarily known for his stunning depictions of the big skies and vast terrains of the America west, Mr. Ellzey's sure and sensitive eye also has captured nature's splendor from Egypt to China, Alaska to Australia, and India to South America. His images appear in National Geographic and are featured on the pages of major publications throughout the world.
The Art of Evolution: Designing our Future by Learning from Our Awesome Ancestors
A Special Lecture by Dr. Elisabet Sahtouris
January 7, 2005
Internationally known as a dynamic speaker and media personality, Dr. Elisabet Sahtouris explores the biological evolution of Earth's living systems for models of organic organization in business, government and global economics.
Experience the Beauty of Japan
A Special Lecture and Demonstration on Noh Performance
September 22, 2005 at 7:00 pm
This lecture and performance featured the
acclaimed Kanze School, actor MASASHI NOMURA,
Masashi Nomura, Noh actor from Kanze Noh School (Biography)
Richard Emmert, Nohkan Flute (Biography)
Eitaro Ohkura, Otsuzumi Hip Drum from Ohkura school (Biography)
This event was supported by the Theatre of Yugen of San Francisco and the Japanese Traditional Performing Arts Organization.
Light and Beauty
A Photography Exhibition of Shumei's Three Sacred Places
September 22, 2005 - March 31, 2006
Informally knows as Shumei, Shinji Shumeikai is a spiritual organization dedicated to creating an ideal state of health, happiness, and beauty for all humanity by applying the philosophy of our founder, Mokichi Okada (1882-1955). This exhibition features the beauty and spirituality of Shumei's three sacred places in Japan and the United States.