MAPS: From the Archives, 2015-2018

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SPECIAL OPENING RECEPTION THIS FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK: 10/04/2019

Viewing by Appointment Only 10/05-10/31 (Please contact Leslie Anderson: 207-615-8915)

Friends of Aomori is happy to collaborate with the Lofts Gallery for this exhibit! See this retrospective sampling of MAPS, looking at prints from both Maine and Aomori Artists who participated in the MAPS exchange between 2015-2018. Many of the artists from Maine will be in attendance for this special reception, so don’t miss this opportunity to meet some of these talented local MAPS artists!

MAPS prints to be exhibited are:
JAPAN

Reiko Kudo: “Portland Head Light Reminiscences”

SeizoYagihashi: Portland Museum of Art “7”

Emiko Seki: “Rasse-Ra!Rasse-Ra!” (Nebuta Dancers Shout)

Mitsuo Osaka: “Mt. Hakkoda in Blazing Tinted Leaves”

Yoshihiko Oyama: “Serene Autumn”

MAINE

Adriane Herman: “Nurture”

Carter Shappy: “Untitled” [2015]

Clint Fulkerson: “Untitled” [2013]

Colleen Kinsella: “Octopus I.Leviathan”

Barbara Putnam: “Ice Bloom”

We hope to see you there on First Friday, October 4th, 2019!

Hanami Spring Celebration | 5/21, 5:30pm

Join Friends of Aomori for a get-together at Oxbow Blending and Bottling in Portland on Tuesday, May 21st from 5:30 to 8:00 pm. We will celebrate Spring with raffles for local restaurant gift cards, a print sale, and delicious Oxbow beers. All proceeds go to fund our 2019 and 2020 programming, including the Maine-Aomori Printmaking Society exhibitions, student print exchange, high school exchange scholarships, and an upcoming artist delegation visit to Japan! 18121601_10212994009227762_7495576015200541590_o

Hashi / 橋 Maine Aomori Student Art Exchange Opening Reception

Berwick Academy, partnering with Friends of Aomori, is pleased to host Hashi / 橋, the second annual Maine-Aomori student print exchange exhibit at Berwick Academy’s Jackson Library Gallery in South Berwick, Maine from March 27-April 12, 2019. Hashi means “bridge” in Japanese.

This exhibit will feature over 70 prints made by students in Aomori, Japan. Raegan Russell, Visual Art Chair and art teacher at Berwick traveled to Aomori as a teacher delegate in November, 2018 and that trip sparked this exhibition.

We hope to see you there!

Poster draft aomori abstract feathers

Second Annual Children’s Print Exchange Show Opening in Aomori

The second annual Children’s Print Exchange between the students of Maine and Aomori had its official opening at the Munakata Shiko Memorial Museum in Aomori this past weekend!  Shared below are the newspaper feature and it’s annotated translation.

We hope to see you at the upcoming reception here in Maine at Berwick Academy (see this post for the show details)!

Children's Print Exchange Aomori News

Thank you to our partner Ono-san at the Munakata Museum for this annotated translation of the Newspaper Article shown above:

Chidlren's Print Exchange Aomori New Translation

Teacher Delegate for 2019 Children’s Print Exchange

This past September, Raegan Russell was chosen after an open call for applications from art teachers in Maine who would be interested in both representing Friends of Aomori on a Delegation visit to Aomori, Japan, and leading the creation of the next installment of our Children’s Print Exchange. Raegan’s visit to Aomori was completed this past Sunday (November 18th, 2018) and now her and her Berwick Academy students will soon begin working on their woodblock prints! These prints will be sent to Aomori in February, the same time that we here in Maine will receive the prints from the Japanese students (exhibition location TBA).

Attached below are some pictures Raegan shared from her visit; it certainly seems that a wonderful time was had by all!

You can also read a brief Japanese statement about the Delegation visit on this website: https://www.toonippo.co.jp/articles/-/114623

Stay tuned to this website as well as our Facebook Page for more updates on the 2019 Children’s Print Exchange!

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Fourth Annual MAPS on View in Aomori

The Fourth Annual MAPS Exhibit has received a wonderful reception at the Munakata Shiko Memorial Museum of Art in Aomori, Japan! We will be posting updates on the Fourth annual MAPS Exchange as they come, so stay tuned. There are many exciting things happening here at Friends and we can not wait to share them with you!

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Thank you to our partner Ono-san at the Munakata Museum for this annotated translation of the Newspaper Article shown above:
① Headline: Prints-Exchange Exhibition between Maine and Aomori is to be held this year, too.
② Sub-headline: To be displayed at the venue of Aomori Citizens’ Culture Festival
③ As a part of the Print-Exchange Project between Maine and Aomori, 10 prints by 10 artists in Maine reached the Munakata Museum, in charge of the project in Aomori.
④ The Print-Exchange Project started in 2015 and this year is the 4th. These prints are black-and-white and multi-colored ones. In particular, “Malaga Girl” is accurately carved in detail and precisely expresses cloth-quality as well. And the “Bird” carved in full-frame in size draws attentions of its beautiful grain of wood in print.
⑤ Mr. Ono, Director of the Museum, also makes his efforts in translation of the titles into better Japanese interpretation so as the visitors to understand the Maine artists’ intentions.
⑥ Mrs. Kudo, aged 71, a member of the Board of Trustee and a coterie member of the Japan Woodblock Academy founded by Shiko Munakata, evaluated the prints highly and make her comments, “All the prints are excellent in conveying the strong intentions of 10 artisits, respectively, and each one’s earnest pursuit of techniques in woodblock print.”
⑦ In the exchange project, the prints by elementary-school pupils are exhibited every year and in November a woman teacher from Maine is coming to Aomori under the sponsorship of Aomori Morning Rotary Club. She is expected to promote the printing education in Maine after her visit to the two schools in Aomori and her observation of the print-work classes as well.
⑧ The two, Director Ono(left) and Mrs. Kudo(right), are in the examination of the prints from Maine for the 2018 Exhibition.