Community activist Sam Mitsui has led a life packed with enough adversity and accomplishments for several lives. As part of the TRUSTED ADVOCATES storyteller program entitled “Our Stories, Our Voices”, he will give a talk entitled “Good Things Grow From Horse Manure”. He grew up in rural Skykomish and was incarcerated with other Japanese Americans on the West Coast after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. His family was held at Tule Lake. He volunteered for the much decorated 447th Regimental Combat Unit composed of all Japanese Americans. Sam is a retired Boeing aerospace design engineer, an active member of the Nisei Vets Committee, United Methodist Church, a 3 Ironman Triathlon participant and one of the   founders of ACRA’s annual “Walk For Rice” which benefits community food banks. Come and hear what will surely be an interesting presentation. Fri., July 20 at White Center Community Cultural Center. 5:30pm light Japanese meal and 6pm storytelling program with a Q and A to follow.  9421 – 18th Ave. SW. Call (206) 795-0833.

“Lui Ding’s Store: Take Home and Make Real the Priceless in Your Heart.” What happens when a Beijing modern artists commissions work by made by workers in an art-reproduction factory?  Find out in this American debut solo show by Lui Ding. Through Sept. 23. Frye Art Museum, 704 Terry Ave. Go to for details or call (206) 622-9250.

The Friends of Asian Art present “Textiles And Music of Borneo”.  Sat., July 21 from 1 – 3 p.m. Edric Ong talks about the indigenous designs of Borneo. Mathew Jau plays the lute of Broneo. Michael Lim, batik artist from Sarawak talks about his work. There will also be a warp-ikat weaving demonstration. At ArtXchange Gallery. Call (206) 839-0377 or

“Art and Migration in the Age of Globalization” is the title of a new show of work by Shinzaburo Takeda, a Japanese artist who has lived in Mexico for the last 50 years. Ends soon on July 20 so hurry. At the Jacob Lawrence Gallery in the Art Building on the UW main campus in Seattle. Go to for details.

“From Hiroshima to Hope” is the annual lantern floating ceremony for peace at Greenlake. On August 6. Call (206) 763-2841 or go to Volunteers always welcome.

“The 8th Biennial Japanese Quilt Exhibition – At Play – Asobi” is a group show of quilts by instructors and members of Hanatsunagi-Kai Quilt Club of Japan now on view at La Connor Quilt & Textile Museum through Oct. 7, 2012. Takes the viewer through a variety of styles from traditional to modern abstract with bold technique to bright colors and a sense of whimsy. Especially striking and markedly different than the Japanese quilts is an upstairs exhibit  “Ainu Embroidery” devoted to elaborations on traditional Ainu patterns by a Japanese quilt artist who studied for ten years with an Ainu woman. The Ainu, Japan’s indigenous people had a reverence for their   natural surroundings and  it is reflected in their stark yet beautiful designs. 703 Second St. in La Connor, WA. Call (360) 466-4288 or go to

“Where Have They Been? Two Overlooked Chinese Female Artists” is the quirky title of a new show that looks at two Chinese female artists who prioritized the careers of their husbands while sacrificing their own. The work of calligrapher Ch’ung-ho Chang Frankel and abstract painter Lu Wujiu is featured. On view through Dec. 30 at Seattle Asian Art Museum, 1400 E. Prospect St. in Volunteer Park. Call (206) 654-3100.

The Wing has two interesting yet vastly different shows this summer. Currently on view is “Inside/Out: APA Girls And Suicide.” Asian American and Pacific Islander women have the highest suicide rate among women ages 15 – 24. A lack of comprehensive data hinders efforts to understand and treat this alarming statistic. This exhibit attempts to explore a much needed dialogue around this difficult topic. Opening July 12 is “George Nakashima: A Master’s Furniture and Philosophy.” The late, internationally known master furniture maker made his name from a studio in Pennsylvania but not every one knows that he spend his early days in Seattle before the war until life after internment would scatter him and other families across the country.  Includes vintage furniture, architectural drawings and sketches. Go to for details.

The work of Romson Regarde Bustillo and June Sekiguchi is included in a group show entitled “The Material Calls: Artists-in-Residence at the James and Janie Washington Cultural Center” at the Hedreen Gallery. The show is a tribute to noted Northwest  sculptor/painter James Washington and the many artists who participated in residencies at the Washington Foundation  (Washington’s actual studio) in the Central District during the last five years. Through Sept. 29.  Poetry and music on August 11. There will also be a lecture on the history of the Central District July 28 (this single event held at Northwest African American Museum). Exhibition and events (except where noted) are all at  Hedreen Gallery at Lee Center for the Arts at Seattle University. 901 12th Ave. Call (206) 296-2244 or go to Open Wed. – Sat.

“Represent! A Multicultural Playwrights Festival” takes place through July  22 and features four new plays and a one-night showcase of six local writers.  Participating local companies include eSe Teatro, SIS Productions, Pratidhwani and The Hansberry Project. ACT Theatre at 700 Union St. Call (206) 292-7676 or go to

“At Owners Risk” is a site-specific installation by Avantika Bawa. The installation is on view through August 10. The site-responsive installation addresses the current structure and function of the Suyama Space as an architectural firm and gallery, while also reflecting on its early history as an auto body shop and livery stable. 2324 Second Avenue in Seattle’s Belltown between Battery and Bell. Open M – F from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission is free. Call (206) 256-0809.

“Through Our Eyes: Filipino American Artists” is a group show guest curated by Pweka Olivia Zapata for Columbia City Gallery. It features the work of James Lawrence Ardena, Weng Gavino and Ricky Montilla. Through August 5. 4864 Rainier Ave. S. Call (206) 760-9843.

We lost   one of our finest poets recently when Filipino American poet Jeff Tagami passed away from cancer. His book “October Light” (Kearny Street Workshop Press) gave a powerful voice to the fieldworkers who toil in crops from season to season. He will be missed. A memorial page with comments from a host of fellow writers can be found by going to

From “Song of Pajaro” –

Pajaro   the children who clean

The mud from their father’s boots

They sleep   They wake

To the smell of cauliflower growing


In fields that are not dreams

Fields that begin under their bedroom windows

And end in a world they do not know

From the mountains to the river

From the river to the beach

Visual Arts

“The Record: Contemporary Art And Vinyl” is a new show  now at the Henry Art Gallery through Oct. 7. Included in the show is work by Kevin Ei-ichi deforest, Taiyo Kimura and Lyota Yagi The show looks at the culture of vinyl records and how it intersects with contemporary art and includes work from artists around the world. Activites include the following – “Artist Residency: Lathe Cutting with People in a Position To Know from July 17 – 20”, “Live to Lathe: Cut Your Own Record” July 21 at 12 p.m., “Celebration: National Vinyl Record Day” on August 12 and “Record Appreciation Society” on August 10, 24 & Sept. 13. 15th Ave. NE & NE 41st St. Go to for details.

Azuma Gallery presents recent acquisitions of rare and early works from two estate collections featuring the works of Umetaro Azechi, Haku Maki, Kiyoshi Saito and many others. There is also a show to introduce the work of Kazuyuki Otsu, an emerging woodblock printmaker and longtime apprentice to master artist Kiyoshi Saito.  Opening preview on Th., July 19 from 6 – 8 p.m. and opening reception on Sat., July 21 from 1 – 4 p.m.   Remains on view through August 21, 2012. Azuma Gallery at 530 1st Ave. S. Call (206) 622-5599 or go to

The work of Zhi Lin and Ren Sun is included in a group show entitled “Prographica Seattle/Commentaries: Artists Respond to the Land” on view at Prographica/fine works on paper located at 3419 E. Denny Way from July 21 – Sept. 1.  Go to for details.

Sculptor/curator June Sekiguchi has the following shows in which she is represented. Bellevue Biennial Sculpture Exhibition entitled “Bellewether 2012 ReGeneration” at Bellevue City Hall at 450 – 110th Ave. NE.  Artist Trust Edge Graduates Show at Washington State Convention Center July 18 – Oct. 18 with opening reception on Sept. 7 from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Ethnic Heritage Art Gallery at Seattle Municipal Tower on the 6th floor at 700 – 5th through July 30.

The work of California artist Judy Shintani is included in “Rootbound: Heaven and Earth 4”, a group show of site-specific, temporary public art at Carkeek Park on view through Oct. 31. Sponsored by COCA, Carkeek Park Advisory Council, Seattle Parks & Recreation, 4Culture and City of Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs. For details, go to

Washington visual artist MalPina Chan and others have curated a show that showcases the work of 27 artists in the Puget Sound Book Artists (PSBA) 2nd Annual Members’ exhibition. The show celebrates the art of the book is on view till July 31. University of Puget Sound’s Collins Memorial Library in Tacoma.

At SOIL through July 28 is a solo exhibition by artist Soya Moriyasu whose work always exudes joy and quirky delights.  “Verdant” features paintings and sculpture inspired by the rich abundance of nature. 112 Third Ave. S. Call (206) 264-8061 or go to Open Wed. – Sat.  Saya’s work is also featured in a group show entitled “Eastern Traditions/Western Expressions” at Boise Art Museum through Jan. 10, 2013. 670 Julia Davis Dr. in Boise. Call (208) 345-8330.

European artist Eva Pietzcker spent time touring Washington state, sketching natural sites along the way. Her prints of state landmarks are included in the show, “Eva Pietzcker: Washington Project” now on view at Cullom Gallery at 603 S. Main St. in Seattle’s Chinatown/ID neighborhood. The gallery specializes in the tradition of Japanese prints and artists inspired by that tradition. Call (206) 919-8278.

Join friends in Chinatown/International District’s own “First Thursday/Artwalk” every month from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Visit various galleries in the neighborhood. For details, go to

“Skin” is a show of encaustic sculptures by Deborah Kapoor now on view through August 11.  Open for First Thursday on August 2nd from 5pm – 8pm.ArtXchange Gallery, 512 First Ave. S. Call (206) 839-0377 or visit:

June Sekiguchi has a site-specific installation entitled “With/Without” as part of SAM Gallery’s “Summer Introductions” show opening July 19 from 5 – 7 p.m. Remains on view through August 18. 1220 Third Ave. downtown. Call (206) 343-1101.

“Meet Me at Higo: An Enduring Story of a Japanese American Family” is a new permanent exhibition here created through a National Park Service grant to preserve the history of Japanese American internment with assistance from Wing Luke Museum. Also look out later this summer for a book-signing/reading for “Auntie Yang’s Great Soybean Picnic” (Lee & Low Books) by Oregon-based children’s writer Ginnie Lo  and her sister, Beth Lo who did the illustrations.  Beth Lo is a nationally-known ceramic artist based in Montana. At Kobo at Higo, 604 South Jackson. E-mail [email protected] or call (206) 381-3000.

Seattle Art Museum downtown has the following – On the second floor see an offering of Toshiko Takaezu’s large ceramic jars in the “New Acquisitions” show along with Brendan Tang’s send-up of Chinese Ming dynasty vessels meets techno-pop shapes inspired by Japanese anime and manga. SAM, 1300 First Ave., Seattle. Call (206) 654-3100 or visit: for details.

On view till August 5, 2012 will be a show entitled “Colors of the Oasis, Central Asian Ikats” which features 40 colorful robes created during the 19th century using the labor intensive process known as ikat.  Seattle Asian Art Museum, 1400 Prospect Ave., Seattle. For more information, call (206) 654-3100 or visit

The Wing has a new show “I Am Filipino” which looks at Filipino identity through personal stories and photographs.  A new exhibition exploring the complex topic of young Asian Pacific American women and suicide – providing a place for dialogue around this important issue. “Vintage Japantown: Through the Lens of the Takano Studio” on view through Sept. 16.  For information on all of the above, go to or call (206) 623-5124.

Shigeki Tomura series of drypoints and etchings feature landscapes of a contemplative nature undisturbed by human development.  He’s no doubt influenced  by having been born in the deep north landscape of Aomori.   See his “Reflections” at Davidson  Galleries which   opens   August 2 from 6 – 8 p.m. Remains on view through September 1. 313 Occidental S. Go to for details.

Seattle Keiro has recently re-designed their outdoor garden. An open house was recently held to celebrate the new design. 1601 E. Yesler Way in Seattle. Call (206) 323-7100.

The work of Patti Warashina is included in a group show drawn from MAC’s permanent collection entitled “Uncommon Gifts.” On view till August 25. Museum of Arts & Culture at Eastern Washington State Hstorical Society, 2316 W. First Ave., in Spokane. Call (509) 456-3931.  Warashina also has a retrospective of her work in ceramics entitled “Wit And Wisdom – Patti Warashina” with the catalog essay written by Northwest art historian Martha Kingsbury. Now through Sept. 29, 2012. American Museum of Ceramic Art in Pomona, CA. Go to for details. The show is expected to travel and will be shown at Bellevue Arts Museum sometime in the future.

Roger Shimomura’s work is in a group show at the National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. entitled “Portraiture Now: Asian American Portraits of Encounter.” Through Oct. 14, 2012. Go to After the show closes, it will tour including venues in Washington State.  Shimomura  also has a show at Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center in Portland through Oct. 7, 2012 entitled “Roger Shimomura: Selections from Shadows of Minidoka”, a visual exploration of the incarceration experience by the artist, who was imprisoned in an internment camp when he was a child. (503) 224-1458 or go to

“The Big Picture” is an exhibit of celebrity and athlete portraits taken by Singaporean photographer and University Oregon alumnus Russel Wong. On view through August 19, 2012 at Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon in Eugene. 1430 Johnson Lane. (541) 346-3027 or go to

The Portland Japanese Garden offers the serenity of a Japanese garden plus numerous classes, art shows and workshops year around. Portland Japanese Garden, 611 S.W. Kingston Ave. Call (503) 233-1321.

Performing Arts

Pork Filled Players new sketch comedy entitled “Porktacular!” plays the Ballard Underground with special guests. Through July 28 on Fri. & Sat. at 8 p.m. 22210 Market Ave. N.W. Go to for details.

Bon Odori is a traditional Japanese summer festival in which families return to their hometowns and visit and pay their respects to their ancestors. To the music of taiko and singing, people dress in festive summer kimono and dance in celebration. Seattle’s Bon Odori takes place July 21 & 22 from 4 – 10 p.m. on Sat. and 3 – 8 p.m. on Sun. Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Church at 1427 S. Main St. Go to for details. White River Bon Odori takes place at White River Buddhist Church on July 28 from 4 – 9:30 p.m. 3625 Auburn Way N. in Auburn. Call (253) 833-1442 or go to

The Third annual Japanese Garden Party, a fundraising event for the garden is held on July 20 at 5:30 p.m. 1075 Lake Washington Blvd. E. Go to or call (206) 684-4725.

A social dance class is held on Friday, August 3 at 6:30 p.m. NVC Memorial Hall at 1212 S. King St. For details, email [email protected].

Catch “Chinatown-ID Jamfest” Third Thursday Series through August from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. You’ll find different bands and performers in concert throughout the district. Go to for details.


“Fukushima Hula Girls” will be screened on Fri., July 20 at 7 p.m.  East Japan Earthquake restoration efforts in the area will be highlighted. Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Washington. 1414 S. Weller St. Call (206) 568-7114.

Recent films shown at this year’s SIFF are beginning to surface for extended runs in local theaters – Michael Winterbottom reworking of Thomas Hardy’s “Tess of the d’Urbervilles” now set in India entitled “Trishna” (see related article in this issue)  stars Freida Pinto. Opens July 20 at Harvard Exit, 807 E. Roy. “Starr Starry Night” from Taiwan is a bit too sentimental on the edges but strong performances by the actors who play the two kids who don’t fit in at school and imaginative use of animated  origami animals who come alive to escort them makes the film come alive. At Pacific Place downtown.

Chen Kaige’s reinterpretation of a Chinese opera entitled “Sacrifice” opens July 27 at SIFF Cinema at the Uptown. 511 Queen Anne Ave. N.  Go to for details.

“Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry” is a documentary film on one of China’s most famous artists and his campaign of opposition to the Chinese government. Opens August 3 at Harvard Exit, 807 E. Roy. Call (206) 781-5755.

Seattle Asian Art Museum in partnership with Tasveer present a “Bollywood Outdoors Film Series” set for the Volunteer Park Amphitheater (in case of rain, in SAAM’s Stimson Auditorium). Dates are on Fridays on July 20 (Satyajit Ray’s “The Chess Players”), 27  (Maneesh Sharma’s “The Wedding Planners”) and August 3 (Abhinay Deo &  Akshat Verma’s “Delhi Belly”) at 8:45 p.m. for details.

The Written Arts

“Angel Island – Immigrant Gateway To America” (Oxford) by Erika Lee & Judy Yung and winner of the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association Award for Adult Non-Fiction is now out in a new paperback edition. This book on the immigrant history of the West Coast’s version of New York’s Ellis Island will stand as the definitive resource for years to come.

Art News/Opportunities

A Japanese Buddhist sculpture of the late Heian Period (794-1185 CE) is the latest Japanese art acquisition for Seattle Art Museum and comes as a gift of the Monsen’s. This Amida Buddha will be on view beginning July 21 at SAAM’s Foster Galleries.

Congratulations to composer/pianist Vjay Iyer whose work has received numerous awards this year.  He was honored by being included in a record five categories of The 2012 Downbeat International Critic’s Poll. No other artist in the magazine’s history has ever taken five titles simultaneously.  The Jazz Journalists Association honored him with “Pianist of the Year” at their 16th Annual Awards Ceremony. He was also chosen as one of the inaugural  recipients of the Doris Duke Artist Award and named a winner of The Greenfield Prize for excellence in multidisciplinary arts.  Iyer’s latest release “Accelerando” is just out on the ACT Music + Vision label.

Congratulations to Columbia University Professor, literary critic and educator Gayatri Chakrovoty Spivak whose work focuses on those marginalized by western culture including immigrants, the working class and women.  She recently received the annual Kyoto Prize by the Inamori Foundation given out to international figures for global achievement.

National Endowment for the Arts Arts Work Grants have a deadline of August 9, 2012. Go to for details.

Residencies in Budapest for visual artists, writers and performers from 12/27/12 – 1/12/13. Deadline is August 11, 2012. Go to http//

The Map Fund supports artists, ensembles, producers and presenters in the disciplines of contemporary performance whose work exudes a spirit of exploration and deep inquiry. Deadline is Oct. 17, 2012. Go to http// for details.

Japanese Studies Fellowships program gives scholars, researchers, and doctorial candidates the opportunity to conduct research in Japan. Deadline of  Nov. 1, 2012. Go to for details.

39th Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival is open to residents of AK, BC, ID, MT, OR and WA. You may submit up to two works of any length or genre. Deadline of August 1, 2012.  Go to for details.

2013 POWFEST issues a call for entries that showcase the art and cinematic contribution of women directors from around the world. Deadline is August 17, 2012. Go to for details.

The Aesthetica Art Prize is a celebration of excellence in art from across the world and offers an opportunity for artists to showcase their work in the international art world. Open to artists across America. Deadline is August 31, 2012. Go to for details.

Looking for politically inspired fine art from the Northwest region. Deadline is Dec. 31, 2012. Go to for details.

Call for artists for the 2014-15 season at Morris Graves Museum of Art. The proposal should be clear and concise and include the exhibition’s thesis, educational intentions, intended audiences, and artwork you plan to include. Deadline is Sept. 20, 2012. Go to for details.

Respected Bay Area artist/educator Carlos Villa won a 2012 Guggenheim Fellowship in the Fine Arts.

Noted Korean sculptor/installation artist Do Ho Suh whose work is part of Seattle Art Museum’s permanent collection has created a new piece entitled “Cause and Effect” for Western Washington University’s distinguished outdoor sculpture collection.

Chul R. (Charles) Kim was recently named Associate Publisher for the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York.

Northwest noted ceramic artist Patti Warashina has a survey of her work found on the West Coast (from early to current) entitled “Wit And Wisdom” opening July 14 at American Museum of Ceramic Art in Pomona, California. Art historian Martha Kingsbury will write the catalog essay. Selected work from the show comes to Bellevue Arts Museum sometime in 2013.

Politically inspired fine art from Northwest artists (Wash., Oregon, Alaska and Idaho) is sought for an exhibition. Go to Deadline is 12/31/12.

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