LRMA presents Japanese performance art

To celebrate Women’s History Month, the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art at St. Petersburg College’s Tarpon Springs campus invites the public to take a break at “ArtBreak” on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. This festive event includes refreshments, music, hands-on art activities, gallery guides, a behind-the-scenes museum tour, and dynamic performances by visiting Japanese artists Koho Kurihara and Ai Kawamura.  Both artists will be accompanied by guitarist, Marius. Akiko Kotani, a featured artist in the museum’s current exhibition, UNEXPECTED: Art by Alternative Means, will also make a special appearance.

ArtBreak is included with museum admission ($7 or $6 for seniors 62 and older) and free for SPC students, staff, and faculty, children 17 and younger, and active-duty members of the military

Born in 1964, Koho Kurihara teaches calligraphy in Fukuoka, Japan. As a master of Japanese calligraphy, she has won numerous awards in exhibitions throughout Asia and Europe. Kurihara infuses ancient Japanese tradition with a contemporary edge to create powerful performance art, which results in expressive, large-scale calligraphic paintings.

Born in 1975, Ai Kawamura is a contemporary artist from Fukuoka, Japan. Kawamura combines traditional elements of Japanese watercolor painting with a contemporary flair that is delicate, yet modern. Influenced by the Rin-pa School and American artist Georgia O’Keeffe, Kawamura incorporates oxidized silver foil into her delicate floral paintings to evoke the passage of time.

This marks the first time these award-winning artists will be performing in the United States. Examples of their work are available for purchase in Isabelle’s Museum Store and additional works will be on display during the event.

This event also complements the museum’s current exhibition UNEXPECTED: Art by Alternative Means featuring Nathan Beard, Akiko Kotani & Rob Tarbell. These artists experiment with uncommon materials and all three are inspired by Japanese traditions.  Kotani is an American fiber artist who incorporates the spirit of Buddhism, part of her cultural heritage, into her work. She currently lives and works in Gulfport, Florida.

Special exhibitions on view on March 19th include UNEXPECTED: Art by Alternative Means Featuring Nathan Beard, Akiko Kotani and Rob Tarbell; David McKirdy: From the Collection; Rattner and Surrealism; Elemental: Fine Crafts from the Collection; and Made in Florida: The Art of Giving.

LRMA is located just west of U.S. Highway 19 at 600 E. Klosterman Road, on the Tarpon Springs Campus of St. Petersburg College. Museum hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Friday, and 1 – 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and free to children, students and active military with ID. On Sundays, docent tours are offered at 2 p.m. (included with admission fee). The museum is closed on Mondays and major holidays. Isabelle’s Museum Store is open during regular business hours.

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