On Exhibit: Japanese, Iroquois art forms to be celebrated

In Saratoga Springs, compost is focus of photo exhibit
Left: Katsuko Morisawa’s work will be on display in Troy. Right: A piece of pottery featured at the Iroquois Indian Museum.
Left: Katsuko Morisawa’s work will be on display in Troy. Right: A piece of pottery featured at the Iroquois Indian Museum.

Lately, it seems like there’s more and more going on in the local visual arts scene. 

For our On Exhibit feature this week, we couldn’t just pick one to focus on. Instead, we’re highlighting some exhibits that are opening soon and some that are on their way out and well worth a look before they leave. 

What better reason to get out of the rain than to see some of the exhibits going on around town?

At the Iroquois Indian Museum, Howes Cave

“Treasured Traditions: A Statement of Place,” introduces five Iroquois communities and showcases five actively practiced visual arts forms that define, express and reinforce their cultural identities. The exhibit includes Iroquois pottery, beadwork, stone carving, quilting and ash splint basketry. There will be an opening reception for the exhibit from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday. Light refreshments and drinks will be included. The Museum is located at 324 Caverns Road, Howes Cave. For more info visit iroquoismuseum.org. 

At the Chapel + Cultural Center, Troy
“Mujo: An Exploration of Japanese Arts and Culture Across Time,” which opens on Friday, is a celebration of a few Japanese art forms.  

The exhibit is focused on Japanese Ikebana and Calligraphy, showing various styles and techniques of both mediums. The two main artists in the exhibit are Katsuko Morisawa and Miki Iami. Morisawa is an Ikebana, or Japanese flower arranging, artist. She has been asked to demonstrate and exhibit her work in international Ikebana exhibitions in Asia dozens of times. 

Iami is a calligraphy artist with the title of Shodo Shihan or Master Calligrapher at The Japan Calligraphy Education Society. She’s received several awards in both local and national competitions including an Excellence Award at the 31st Thousand Character Text Competition held by the Japan Society of Calligraphic Education.   

On Saturday, there will be demonstrations of Aikido, Ikebana and Calligraphy from noon until 5 p.m. The demonstrations are free and open to the public. The Chapel + Cultural Center is located at 2125 Burdett Avenue, Troy. For more info visit mujo.brownpapertickets.com. 

At Uncommon Grounds, Saratoga Springs
While you’re out grabbing coffee this weekend, keep an eye out for “Love Compost,” a photo exhibit that highlights the beauty of our scraps. 

From eggshells, to flowers, to coffee grounds and leftover vegetables, photographer Terri-Lynn Pellegri captures it all, making viewers see their trash from a different perspective. Pellegri is a Saratoga Springs-based photographer and contributor to Saratoga Living magazine. The exhibit opens during International Compost Awareness week and runs through the entire month of May. To learn more about Pellegri’s work, visit  terri-lynnpellegriphotography.com.

At the Oakroom Artists Gallery, Schenectady 
The latest exhibit at the Oakroom Artist Gallery opens on Sunday and features works by Corey Pitkin and Matt Chinian. Pitkin’s work typically focuses on vivid portraiture, making the figure come to life through color and shadow. Chinian’s paintings focus more on landscapes, usually familiar places around the Capital Region. 

There will be a reception from 1:30-3:30 p.m. on Sunday at the Oakroom Artists Gallery, located at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady (1221 Wendell Avenue). For more information visit oakroomartists.wordpress.com.  

At The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum, Saratoga Springs
“New Ms. Thang,” a student-curated exhibition opens for a two-week run at the Tang on Saturday. 
Organized by Dayna Joseph, the exhibit examines classic Hollywood glamour and glamour as defined by contemporary black female photographers and their subjects. 

The exhibit includes the work of George Hurrell, who captured iconic Hollywood figures like Marlene Dietrich, Jean Harlow and Rita Hayworth. It also includes work by artists Endia Beal, Renée Cox, Deana Lawson, and Mickalene Thomas. 

“New Ms. Thang,” will be on exhibit in the museum’s Kettlewell Print Study Room from Saturday until May 18. Admission is free and the exhibit is open to the public during the following special hours: 1-4 p.m., Sat., May 4, 1-4 p.m. Thu., May 9, 1-8 p.m., Fri., May 10, 1-4 p.m. Sat., May 11, 1-4 p.m., Thu., May 16, 1-6 p.m. Fri., May 17 and 1-4 p.m. Sat., May 18. The exhibition will also be open by appointment. To make an appointment, call the Visitors Services Desk at 518-580-8080. For more information, call 518-580-8080 or visit tang.skidmore.edu.

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