IHARA

“My goal is to create a harmonious relationship between nature and artifact. By combining these two conflicting factors, we can remove nature (living organic matter) and non-natural boundaries.”

Moku-renma - Wood 10 x 7 x 8 m

Japanese sculptor, IHARA was born in 1943 and has been awarded at the Nika exhibit (Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum) every year between 1967-74. In 1976 he became an Honorary Member of Japan Flower Arrangement Foundation. In 1986 he built a sculpture at Misawa Gate Riverside Park in Himeji City, Hyogo Prefecture and in 1989 3 of his sculptures were built on the main street of Kagawa Bridge station in Hyogo ken. Ihara’s has been commissioned numerous public sculptures in Japan as well as in the USA where he has exhibited many times and received awards.

1957 Former professor of Tenpo Misho-ryukado
School(Japanese traditional art)
1967-74 He is awarded the Nika exhibition (Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum) every year.
1973 (The Imperial Highness Princess Takamatsu of the Imperial Family) Appointed as a special member of the Japan Ikebana Art Association
1980 Jodo Buddhism Seizan Zenrinji Buddhism Academy(Obtained
qualifications as a solemn teacher, a cloth teacher and a cultural member)
1967-74 He is awarded the Nika exhibition (Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum) every year.
1972 Hyogo Prefectural Contemporary Art Museum Award Winner Awarded Tokyo Art Museum Special Award.
1973 Japan Flower Arrangement Special Member . 
1989 Three sculptures were built on the main street of Kagawa Bridge station in Hyogo ken.
1991 I built a sculpture of Sho-en Sculpture Center 10 in San Diego, California.
1992 The artwork was nominated for the exhibition and won the French Maubeugeu City Art Contest.
1995 Lithuania World Sculpture Symposium. One of the sculptures exhibited permanently at the European Central Art Museum in Lithuania.
1996 I built a sculpture in Nakao Park in Akashi City Hyogo Prefecture.
1998 I built three sculptures (permanent collection) in the Skokie North Shore Sculpture Park in Chicago. the year of 2000
2001 Traveling Exhibition II "Tree of Origin" at the entrance of Center for horticulture in Akashi City, Hyogo Prefecture.
Exhibition at Takashimaya Kyoto department store in Kyoto.
Traveling Exhibition "Tree of Origin" at the entrance of Osaka Museum of History, and Japan Broadcasting Cooperation, Osaka station (NHK) in Osaka.
2005 Erected 12 Sculptures of Soul Object in Okura Akashi Coast in Hyogo Prefecture.
2006 Erected a Sculpture in Kakogawa Kanno Park in Hyogo Prefecture.
2007 I built sculptures at Himeji Awa Park in Hyogo Prefecture .
2019 Moku-Renma(kigumi)was selected for an Honorable Mention Award.

En-en 2 - Wood 10 x 50 x 2 m
En-gi - Wood 8 x 18 x 4.5 m
Moku-renma - Wood 10 x 7 x 8 m
En-en - Wood 10 x 50 x 2 m

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Mary E. Morgan

"My artwork is an expression from my soul, influenced by the enmeshment of inner and outer world experiences: nature, people, places and events along life's journey. It is a developmental process that involves both conscious and subconscious thoughts."

What A Wonderful Day - Oil over acrylic on canvas 36 x 36 in.

"My influence as an abstract expressionist artist is continually impacted by my life's journey. Teaching art as a part of that journey was significant as I researched many artists in order to be prepared to teach. This research simultaneously affected my own stylistic decisions as I finalized my graduate level education.

My artwork continues to evolve through the lens of my emotional and intellectual response to life's experiences. The product is a reflection of the enmeshment of inner world experiences, the soul that holds all the intangible spiritual values and outer world influence, a broad spectrum; meaning, nature, people, and literature. 

What I do in my studio is a daily process I call a “vital creative activity.”  It stems from what Kandinsky said is an “inner necessity”.  My work is 2-D on canvas or paper.  Sometimes I use mixed media to communicate a particular theme. I use acrylic and oil, and often I combine these materials. Because I am inspired by the colors of nature, my work is colorful. I would like to quote Helen Frankenthaler who said “it is a combined conscious and subconscious effort “ and I agree that often it can be spontaneous.

Come To The Light - Oil over acrylic on canvas 40 x 30 in.
Birds of The Air And Fish of The Sea - Acrylic and oil on canvas 50 x 50 in.
Lovers Delight - Oil over acrylic on canvas 40 x 30 in.
I Spy - Oil on canvas 50 x 50 in.

   I would like the viewer to engage in my art and take away from whatever they feel it communicates to them.

After teaching for over 30 years I have learned that knowledge impedes progress and progress comes through hard work and consistency. It is always exciting to see what the next painting will be. Therefore, I am always expecting the unexpected to unfold in my work; I embrace the future for its mysterious unknown path that keeps me focused and challenges my creative options."

Other Side Of The Mountain - Acrylic and Oil on canvas 40 x 30 in. - $2,600
Synergy 2 - Acrylic, oil pen on canvas 30 x 24 in. - $1,000
Sunrise Springs - Oil on canvas 55 x 65 in. - $4,000
It Is Finished - Oil on canvas 60 x 40 in. - $3,000
Joy In The Morning 2 - Mixed, acrylic, oil, collage paper on paper, 36 x 29 in. - $1,000

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Jenny Woods

The Country - 120mm film on Ciroflex

Jenny Woods is from a rising generation of self-taught photographers. Throughout her childhood in rural America, her camera was her best friend. Now residing in Brooklyn, her work evokes her own life: the turmoil of a small town girl fighting to make it in the city. She is an avid daydreamer, and one can see this dreamlike quality reflected in her art.

Hidden - 120mm film on Ciroflex
La Loba - Digital photograph
Lady - Digital photograph
Free - 120mm film on Ciroflex

Photographer Jenny Woods wins the 2nd Place Award, in Circle Foundation’s Artist of the Year Award. The prize included a personal artist monogram and was announced in January 2018.
Jenny Woods is from a rising generation of self-taught photographers. Throughout her childhood in rural America, her camera was her best friend. Now residing in Brooklyn, her work evokes her own life: the turmoil of a small town girl fighting to make it in the city. She is an avid daydreamer, and one can see this dreamlike quality reflected in her art.


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