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Our May-June Featured Artist.  See their work starting May 9, 2022 at the APCC Gallery

Jim Kurihara and Keven Furiya

Jim Kurihara works in oil paints to create paintings from real life but also from imagination. His focus is using live models and plein air landscapes to represent his creative ideas. He likes to experiment with color, composition and free application of paint to create his art.

His work in art is influenced by his Pacific Northwest life experience and Japanese heritage. 

Keven Furiya is an active member of the Seattle art community who has created art in the city for more than 25 years. While pursuing his own practice and exhibiting locally, Furiya has also moderated various life drawing sessions in the art community. His art education began at Seattle Central Community College, with Graphic Design and Illustration. This was combined with work as studio assistant to Seattle-based artist William Elston.

As a nisei (American-born Japanese), Furiya is inspired by the work and shares many of the subjects that intrigued artists Kamekichi Tokita (1897–1948) and Kenjiro Nomura (1896–1956). Both immigrated from Japan at the turn of the 20th century, becoming Seattle business partners in a sign-painting shop. This was located in the Nihonmachi, that local precinct currently known as the Chinatown International District. Prominent contributors to the Pacific Northwest art world from the early 1900's to the 1940s, each participated in the national Public Works of Art Project (PWAP). Both artists' plein air paintings of their neighborhoods and surroundings provide a visual snapshot of their era: a time which, for the city, proved pivotal. They continue to influence Furiya’s urban landscapes, his interiors and his portraits of fellow artists.

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Our March-April Featured Artist

Juliet Shen

See her beautiful paintings now showing at the APCC gallery.

Juliet Shen grew up in New York, where her father was a translator at the United Nations. She started painting in childhood. Post-college, she spent the 1970s painting and performing dance in NY. After moving to Seattle in 1983, she had a long career as a graphic designer, running her own firm from 1989–2012 and teaching typography at the School for Visual Concepts. In 2006 she was awarded a masters degree in type design by the University of Reading, UK. Since 2012 she has been painting full time, exhibiting in several solo and group shows. Her work has been collected by Seattle Public Utilities, King County, Portland OR, and Tacoma Art Museum.

Artist statement 

I am inspired to make art by my observations of the natural world and I believe nature holds moral lessons for society. I paint landscapes that echo human interactions: the abstract patterns of tidal water moving in contrary directions yet ultimately resolving into a cohesive whole; the re-emergence of life from destruction and decay in the forest. I'm interested in drawing the viewer into a journey that produces the same uplifting feeling afforded by looking at a real landscape.

I have not received traditional training in brush painting, which involves a lot of patient repetition and imitation. I am learning the potential of the brush by experimenting on my own and being willing to meet failure. I admire the minimalism of the Chinese brush as a tool, and its ability to nonetheless create such lush textures on paper. Training in typography has influenced my style by heightening my awareness of how edges and the spaces between things visually define our physical world. I see patterns in everything around me.

While I learned painting in oils as a child and I love color, I believe you can evoke the essence of things with just black ink. However during the worst days of the pandemic I found myself diving into the use of color just to create some joyful, carefree moments. This show shows examples of both types of work.

The exhibit at Asia Pacific Cultural Center, 4851 South Tacoma Way is open to the public from 9:00 AM to 5:00 pm. Due to the COVID pandemic, please let the office know of your visit by calling 253-383-3900.

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Our January-February Featured Artist,

Jayashree Krishnan

See her incredible work of healthcare workers now showing at the APCC gallery.

Jayashree Krishnan lives in Seattle with her husband, two daughters and a dog, Buddy. Her studio is in the historic Inscape Arts building located in the International District. She primarily paints portraits and landscapes. Find more of her work at Jayashreekrishnan.com and her Instagram page, @jayashreeart.

About the Art and the Creative Process:

The healthcare workers shared photographs of themselves taken at work and shared them with Jayashree.  She used those pictures as reference to paint the portraits using watercolor paints. Some of these portraits were made on artist grade cold press watercolor paper and mounted on wooden panels. Most of them were made on substrates called clayboard (wooden panels coated with fine kaolin clay). The paintings were then sealed, varnished, and framed.

 The exhibit at Asia Pacific Cultural Center, 4851 South Tacoma Way is open to the public from 9:00 AM to 5:00 pm. Due to the COVID pandemic, please let the office know of your visit by calling 253-383-3900.

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 Our November - December feature art show at the APCC Gallery.

Women Painters of Washington

The Asia Pacific Cultural Center will be hosting the Women Painters of Washington for an art show during the months of November and December.

The four artists featured are from the south sound area:  Patsy O’Connell of Gig Harbor, Sherri Bails of South Hill, Jeannie Grisham of Gig Harbor and Judith Perry of Tacoma.

Women Painters of Washington is a 90-year-old organization.  Members must be juried in the group of professional artists.  It was founded in response to not being allowed into the existing all male organizations at that time.  They have a permanent gallery in the Columbia Tower in Seattle, which has quarterly shows.

The artists each have a distinct style, while all work has an emphasis on Asian culture.

Patsy O’Connell is of Asian heritage and became an American in 1963.  Her work is layered colors in ink of a Chinese painting style and explores cultural icons, patterns and symbolism.

Sharri Bails is a storyteller; she wants her paintings to tell a story, either with the subject she chooses, or with the design she use.  She also like the challenge of completing my story using whatever will work—color, shape, line, texture, a very special focal point….and her signature shape---circles—to add energy and whimsy to her work.

Her pieces show a decided Art Deco influence with the semi-abstract shapes, clean clear colors, and hard edges. Jeanne Dobie’s color theory, and Frank Webb and Tony Couch have influenced her design choices.

Jeannie Grisham lived in Japan where her two children were born.  She holds a deep kinship the culture and this is reflected in her work.

Judith Perry studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, but lived many years in Hawaii.  Her art developed there from the much-loved watercolor of the islands to oil painting.  Color and light is critical to her work.

The exhibit at the Cultural Center at 4851 South Tacoma Way is open to the public from 9:00 AM to 5:00 pm. Due to the COVID pandemic, please let the office know of your visit.

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