Rare Japanese art print exhibit debuts in Oregon this fall

The art, beauty and allure of Japan’s famed “floating world” comes to life in A6 Studio & Gallery’s 2016 major exhibit, “Opening Japan: Three Centuries of Japanese Prints.” More than two dozen Japanese woodblock prints feature subjects that tantalized the bourgeois of 17th, 18th and 19th century Japan: elegant courtesans, celebrated kabuki actors, and far-flung destinations. Featuring masterworks by Hasui, Hiroshige, Yoshitoshi and others, “Opening Japan” celebrates the enduring beauty of Japanese prints.

A6’s exhibit opens Friday, September 2 in Bend, Oregon with a special reception from 5-9 p.m. “Opening Japan” will be on display through November 20, 2016. Admission to the exhibit is free. A6 offers weekly exhibit tours on Saturdays at 4 p.m. for a nominal fee.

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A full schedule of talks, classes and special events provide additional insight into Japanese art and culture. Highlights include a kabuki theatre performance by Portland State University’s theater department, Japanese poetry readings and tea ceremonies, and a lecture by art historian Ann Wetherwell of Willamette University.

Midwestern artist Mary Brodbeck visits A6 in October to lead a weekend workshop in traditional Japanese woodblock printmaking. Frequent beginner-level classes in origami bookmaking and woodblock printing offer exhibit-goers a chance to explore Japanese art forms. Find registration information for A6’s Japanese woodblock prints workshop and beginner classes online.

Admission to the exhibit is free; program costs vary. The exhibit is available for viewing during regular gallery hours: Monday – Friday 10-7 p.m., Saturday 10-6 p.m. and Sunday 12-5 p.m.

Program partners include Central Oregon Community College, Japanese-American Society of Central Oregon, and Tower Theatre.

“Opening Japan” is funded in part by grants from the Bend Cultural Tourism Fund, Oregon Arts Commission, Roundhouse Foundation, Art on the River, and Bend Foundation.

For more information, including a full schedule of events, visit www.atelier6000.org/japanese-art

About A6 Studio & Gallery:
A6, (Atelier 6000), is a non-profit studio and gallery in Bend, Oregon centered on printmaking and book arts. The A6 studio is the only publicly-accessible printmaking facility in Central Oregon. A6 presents monthly exhibits of original prints and artist books and offers a variety of studio workshops. Located in the historic Box Factory, A6 is open late for Bend’s First Friday Art Walk.

Please direct media and program inquiries to A6’s Executive Director Dawn Boone. Call 541.330.8759 or email A6.