Vashon Center for The Arts Celebrates Japanese-American Artist Akio Takamori With Gallery Exhibit

The Vashon Center for the Arts is celebrating nationally acclaimed Japanese-American artist Akio Takamori with a GALLERY SHOW (May 6-29) and CONFERENCE (May 7 at 2 p.m.).

This exhibition and conference are part of Akio Takamori | Clay on Vashon, a tribute trilogy presented by Vashon Center for the Arts, Mukai Farm and Garden and Vashon Heritage Museum.

AKIO Takamori: Time includes selected works curated by Akio Takamori’s widow, Vicky Takamori. Some of the works selected for the exhibition will also be available for purchase.

Opening of the gallery: Friday, May 6, 2022

FIRST FRIDAY Reception 5:00-8:00 p.m.

End of the gallery exhibition: May 29, 2022

Regular Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Sunday • 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Admission to the VCA Gallery is FREE – all are welcome!

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Akio Takamori is a Japanese-American artist who has worked prolifically in printmaking, drawing, turned and slab pottery, figurative sculpture, and ceramic landscapes. Growing up in Japan, he apprenticed in industrial ceramic craftsmanship. Inspired by American ceramicist Ken Ferguson, he moved to the United States in 1974, eventually settling in Seattle and becoming an associate professor of ceramics at the University of Washington in 1993. His work is seen around the world and in through Puget Sound. Her public installation, “Three Women,” towers over shoppers as they weave their way through three large-scale figures outside South Lake Union Whole Foods. His piece, “Willy B”, is one of seven in the Seattle Art Museum’s collection. Akio Takamori died of pancreatic cancer in 2017 at the age of 67.

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