Thursday, May 31, 2012


City Arts Center will celebrate the opening of its second contemporary arts exhibition of the 2012 season, “Soaring Voices: Recent Ceramics by Women from Japan,” with an open-to-the-public reception from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 12 in the Eleanor Kirkpatrick Gallery, 3000 General Pershing Blvd.

The reception is free to attend and will include wine, hors d’oeuvres and music.

Soaring Voices includes 87 contemporary ceramic works by 25 women artists from Japan. The free, family-friendly exhibition will be on display June 12 through Aug. 25 during regular gallery hours (9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday; Closed Sundays).

According to City Arts Center Executive Director Mary Ann Prior, the exhibition demonstrates an important cultural shift in Japanese society toward individual women artists becoming recognized in an artistic realm traditionally held by men.

“Women have been highly active in the production of ceramics in Japan for thousands of years, but their names have been largely unknown,” Prior said. “We’re delighted to have the honor of displaying the high-caliber work of these extraordinary artists in our gallery, and at no cost to the public.”

Soaring Voices features pioneering ceramicists spanning generations, including members of the founding generation of Japanese female potters, such as Asuka Tsubio, Kiyoko Koyama and Takako Araki whose colorful works are innovative in form and concept. Other artists, including Eiko Kishi and Fuku Fukumoto, incorporate ancient literature and Noh traditions to create a context within their work of a deep connection with nature, a significant motif in the work of Japanese artists.

Soaring Voices is a touring exhibition that traveled to the New Otani Art Museum in Tokyo and the Shizuoka Art Gallery in Shizuoka, Japan, in 2008 and the Museé National de Céramique in Sevres, France, in 2009 before embarking on its North American tour.

Previous stops on U.S. tour have included: Sacramento, CA; Washington, DC; Denver, CO; Dallas, TX; Delray Beach, FL; Gainesville, FL; Tempe, AZ and Bellingham, WA. Following its stay at City Arts Center, the exhibit will travel to the Maui Arts and Cultural Center in Kahului, HI.

The exhibition was developed by The Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Shiga Prefecture and hus-10, Inc. International Arts & Artists is the tour organizer.
Local sponsors for Soaring Voices include: Allied Arts, Chesapeake Energy, Devon Energy, Kirkpatrick Family Fund, Oklahoma Arts Council, Oklahoma City Community Foundation, the Simmons Foundation and the Skirvin Hilton.


Friday, May 04, 2012

Tweeting Japanese Ambassador in the USA

As many of you know, we had over 450 Oklahomans meet and welcome Ambassador Fujisaki to Oklahoma last summer and many of you are included in the contact group of this e-mail. The Ambassador remembers his time in Oklahoma with fondness and, as many of you know from first hand experience, he possesses a delightful sense of humor and a wonderful perspective on matters important to Oklahoma, the U.S. and Japan. Please enjoy the Ambassador's "tweets" and feel free to forward this e-mail to all who might be interested. Thank you all for all that you do towards maintaining and improving the relations between Oklahoma and Japan. With best regards, Lloyd Hardin Lloyd T. HARDIN, Jr. Honorary Consul General of Japan

  -----Original Message----- From: IRIYA TAKAYUKI [] Sent: Wednesday, May 02, 2012 2:47 PM To: Hardin, Lloyd; Cc: TAKASE HIROMI; ISHIHARA TAKESHI

Subject: Ambassador Fujisaki has started "Twitter"

Dear honorary consuls, Good afternoon from Embassy of Japan in Washington DC. My name is Takayuki Iriya, Counselor and Chief of Staff to Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki. We very much appreciate your great contribution to strengthening Japan-U.S. relationship. I am writing to inform you that Ambassador Fujisaki started "Twitter" a couple of months ago. He has been tweeting quite often, so you may have already read some of his tweets. The user name is AmbJapan2US. If you click the link below, you can read the Ambassador's tweets. I would appreciate if you could share this info with your friends as well as those who might be interested in Ambassador Fujisaki's tweets. Thank you very much for your cooperation.

Sincerely yours, Takayuki Iriya ------------------------------------------------------- Takayuki IRIYA Counselor, Chief of Staff to the Ambassador Embassy of Japan in the U.S. tel: +1 202-238-6881 e-mail: -------------------------------------------------------