Thursday, May 5, 2011

bijutsu aid

Artist Jozef Bajus sent this announcement for a fundraiser at Buffalo State College on May 6. Bijutsu means art in Japanese and artwork of all kind has been donated for sale by students, faculty, and local artists. All proceeds will go to the Japan Society's earthquake relief fund. Definitely a worthy effort. I got a letter the other day from some farmer friends in Tono, who mentioned that Mashiko, a famous, old pottery center not far from Tokyo, had suffered damage in the March earthquake. Among the noborigama (climbing kilns) damaged or destroyed was one at the Hamada Shoji Museum. Hamada Shoji was, of course, a luminary of Japan's mingei movement.