Exhibition Brings Kyoto Tradition to Erie Art Museum

Woodblock prints to be Exhibited

Erie, PA, July 04, 2009 --(PR.com)-- Takezasa-Do, an exhibition of the 1,200-year-old Kyoto tradition of woodblock prints, will be on view July 10 through September 26, 2009 in the Erie Art Museum’s Annex Gallery, 423 State Street. This will be the final show in the existing Annex Gallery (which will be converted to another education studio as part of the Museum’s expansion project). A public reception is scheduled for Gallery Night, Friday, August 21 from 7-10 p.m.

Takezasa-Do will feature the works of master printer Kenji Takenaka, his apprentice Yuko Harada, Finnish book artist Tuula Moilanen, and Edinboro University of Pennsylvania art professor Bill Mathie. Takenaka has mentored a variety of artists including these four artists.

Takenaka prints lush landscapes and other traditional subjects with bold colors in a contemporary style and his works are featured in museum collections around the world. These watercolor woodblock prints are created in the classic ukiyo-e way, but with a unique regional style that has developed in Kyoto, Japan. A short film of Yuko Harada demonstrating the woodblock printing process can be seen online at http://bs.doshisha.ac.jp/kakushin/shokunin/mov/mov_harada.html.

About the Erie Art Museum
The Erie Art Museum anchors downtown Erie’s cultural and economic revitalization, occupying a group of restored mid-19th century commercial buildings, including an outstanding 1839 Greek Revival Bank. It maintains an ambitious program of 15 to 18 changing exhibitions annually, embracing a wide range of subjects, both historical and contemporary and including folk art, contemporary craft, multi-disciplinary installations, community-based work, as well at traditional media.

The Erie Art Museum also holds a collection of over 6,000 objects, which includes significant works in American ceramics, Tibetan painting, Indian bronzes, contemporary baskets, and a variety of other categories.

The Museum offers a wide range of education programs and artists’ services including interdisciplinary and interactive school tours and a wide variety of classes for the community. Performing arts are showcased in the 24-year-old Contemporary Music Series, which represents national and international performers of serious music with an emphasis on composer/performers, and a popular annual two-day Blues & Jazz Festival.

The Erie Art Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is free for members, free on Wednesdays, $4 for adults, $3 for senior citizens and students and $2 for children under 12.

For additional information on the Erie Art Museum, visit online at http://www.erieartmuseum.org/ or call (814) 459-5477.

Erie Art Museum
Tammy Roche