Japanese Artists in New York Offer Art for Japan Relief

New York, NY. The Japanese Artists Association of New York (JAANY) has announced their exhibition of “JAANY for Japan Relief” on Monday, July 18, 2011 between 6-8:30 pm at Tenri Gallery of the Tenri Cultural  Institute of New York.

Ushio Shinohara. Photo: Japanese Artists Association of New York.

Only four months ago, on Friday, March 11, 2011, a massive earthquake of magnitude 9.0 and a huge Tsunami hit Northeast Japan and caused catastrophic damage.   120,000 people lost their homes and property and are living in temporary shelters and need our help.

In this exhibition, JAANY members and their artist friends will donate their artwork.   Each work of art will be sold for $50 to $500.   All sales will be donated 100% through the Japan Society.

Please join our event to give much needed help and support for our friends in Northeast Japan.   Light refreshments will be served and live music will be at the reception.

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Kunio Izuka. Photo: Japanese Artists Association of New York.

We, Japanese Artists Association of New York, Inc. (JAA), were established 38 years ago, in 1973 to be a group to support Japanese and Japanese-American artists, with the added intent of providing a connection between the art worlds of the United States and Japan.   Our goal is to create a better community through our art.

Throughout these 36 years, we have been the base for Japanese visual artists.   We have acted as a catalyst for artists in the greater New York metropolitan area.   One of our main activities is the annual JAA show, which has been favorably received for the last three decades.   We also host seminars on various topics during which we invite the guest speakers to conduct lectures about different aspects of the arts.   Through our activity, we are increasing knowledge and understanding of visual arts and artists across cultures.

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Kunio Izuka. Black and white lino cut. Photo: Japanese Artists Assoc. of New York.

As an artist organization, we believe that art is the best means to nurture our two cultures. We think that combining our rich Japanese heritage and that of our new homeland will help us realize a better society through our thoughtful effort.

Date: Monday, July 18, 6:00 to 8:30pm

Venue: Tenri Gallery,  43-A West 13 Street, N.Y.C.;  Tel. 212-645-2800

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Noriko Yano is the president of Japanese Artists Association of New York and may be reached by  e-mail.   Noriko is a Senior Global Adviser to the International University Center Haiti (story).

Originally published in The Daily Kos, June 30, 2011.

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