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Japan Without a Passport

Zen beauty and no-hassle travel at the Portland Japanese Garden’s Behind the Shoji art show and sale.

By Kristin Belz July 14, 2011


The show and sale at Portland’s Japanese Garden include metal art from John Wirth.

Today is Bastille Day, and Francophiles are frolicking. Even so, it’s time to mark your calendar for another trip abroad here in Portland. Starting Saturday July 23, the Portland Japanese Garden puts on its annual art show and sale, Behind the Shoji.

37 artists will be exhibiting and selling their work, ranging from woodcarvings to textiles to handmade ceramics, glass and jewelry. Some have shown at the Garden before, others are new to the sale. All are offering Asian-inspired, original pieces that are functional and/or beautiful.

You may also be inspired by watching the artists work: many will be on-site demonstrating their working methods, at scheduled times throughout the run of the show, weekends in the Garden pavilion. The schedule is online and listed below.

The show is open through September 5. Entrance is free for members or with admission to the garden, which is always worth a trip, any season.

Here’s the schedule of artists’ demonstrations:
July 23: Walt Padgett – woodblock prints
July 24: Michael DiBitetto – etching/prints
July 30: Ron Linn – ceramicist
July 31: Jill Gaddis – glass artist
August 7: Christina Brown – textile artist
August 13: Lee Haga – upscale jewelry?
August 14: John Wirth – metal art (pictured) 
August 20: Ken Pincus – ceramicist
August 21: Tom Kostes – photography
August 27: Masamichi Nitani – woodworking
August 28: Teresa Ruch – bamboo dying/textiles
September 3: Karen Fullerton – sumi-e prints and cards
September 4: Maarja Paris – felting/textiles

The Garden is located in the west hills of Portland, Oregon, directly above the Rose Gardens in Washington Park.
611 SW Kingston Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97205

$9.50 Adult
$7.75 Senior (62+)
$7.75 College Student (w/ID)
$6.75 Youth (6-17)
Children 5 and under free

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