Three Generations of Japanese-American Women Open New Art Exhibit

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Aljoya Thornton Place Welcomes Issei Artists Age 90 and Younger with Koto Music Reception

Issei Artists, a new exhibit from Curator June Sekiguchi and featuring paintings by three generations of Japanese American women living in Seattle, opens Thursday, September 26, with a reception that includes a live Koto music performance from 4:30pm – 6:30pm at Aljoya Thornton Place, located at 450 N.E. 100th Street in Seattle.

Fulbright Grant Recipient and 90-year-old Artist, Teiko Shimazaki, whose artistic work began more than six decades ago with industrial drawing in Japan, leads the exhibit by showcasing a number of mixed media pieces.

“The works of the latter years of my artist life will in some cases endure to present my statement of a life well spent in manipulating materials to create forms that depict outer and inner states of my physical and spiritual existence,” said Shimazaki.

Shimazaki’s art includes Oriental calligraphy, sumi-e painting, print, and collage influenced by her life in Japan. In addition to Skimazaki, sought-after Seattle Artists, Hiroko Seki and Naoko Morisawa will display their art. Seki specializes in Nihonga, a technique that involves mixing powdered mineral, oxide, and glass-based pigments and applying them with heated nikawa -- glues made from this process. Morisawa’s art is made of hundreds of very small slices of oil-dyed wood chips on board, placed in unique pattern form.

Issei Artists is part of the Aljoya Thornton Place and parent company Era Living, committed to lifelong learning, art, and culture. The exhibit is free and open to the public. To attend the opening reception, RSVP by calling 206-306-7920.    

Aljoya Thornton Place is the newest addition to Era Living, a private, Seattle-based company of eight premier retirement communities. Aljoya offers the perfect blend of village charm and urban lifestyle set in one of the most desirable continuing care retirement communities anywhere.

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