The Portland Japanese Garden’s tenth annual Behind the Shoji is a show and sale of Japanese-inspired art and crafts. Featuring approximately 35 artisans, Behind the Shoji will run from August 1, 2013–September 8, 2013. Artist demonstrations will take place on most Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m.
This year the Garden selected Pacific Northwest artists whose handcrafted artwork and unique gifts incorporate imagery from nature, are inspired by an appreciation of the four seasons, or serve to ground us in our appreciation of our daily lives.
Sterling silver rings and necklaces by Dave Robertson invoke the moon and wave patterns. Nana Kuo’s delicate porcelain bowls in Asian glazes capture the cool blue of a snowy winter day while her small porcelain fruit bowls are adorned by spring flowers. Textiles include Sylvia Emard’s hand-woven shibori (shaped-resist dyeing) scarves in rich hues. Décor includes what Terry Inokuma calls Buddhist or Shinto “ritual pieces” such as her furin (wind chimes) and suzu bells as well as singing bowls.
In addition to these new artists, Behind the Shoji will feature new art from longtime favorites. Returning artists include sculptors Jan Rentenaar and Wataru Sugiyama as well as ceramic artist Margaret Gardner.
The complete array of Japanese-inspired original artwork and unique gifts includes jewelry, multi-media prints, scarves, stationery, antiques, and ceramics. Proceeds from Behind the Shoji benefit the Portland Japanese Garden.
Behind the Shoji is open during regular Garden hours (9 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and from noon-7 p.m. Monday). Entrance is included with Garden admission ($9.50 Adult; $7.75 Senior [62+]; $7.75 College Student [w/ID]; $6.75 Youth [6-17]; Children 5 and under free).
For more information, go to japanesegarden.com/events/behind-the-shoji/. For general information about the Garden, go to japanesegarden.com or call (503) 223-1321.