June, 2017 FA3 Crafts of Gujarat Program A Big Hit

A capacity crowd attended the June program focused on the textiles of Gujarat, provided by Marilyn Romatka (Director of Taproot Folk Arts) and Courtney Nevitt (FA3 Board member and long time collector of ethnographic textiles).

The two discussed and displayed a plethora of beautifully embroidered and woven works from Gujarat, one of the major textile producing areas in India, and a global star in the output of diverse, distinctive and fine folk art materials.

Courtney Nevitt describes a traditional Rogan embroidery sample
Marilyn Romatka with Patola Sari Textile

Kyoto Arts & Antiques Private FA3 Member Tour, Fall 2016

Kyoko Maeda and Jay Gregg hosted FA3 this past fall at their Seattle Georgetown warehouse for an exclusive, private evening of fun, learning and treasure hunting! The phenomenal wholesalers of Japanese antiques and Asian art items has supplied private collectors and commercial retailers a full spectrum of choice goods for many years.

Jay Gregg, co-owner/co-founder, welcomes FA3 members to Kyoto Arts & Antique’s Georgetown warehouse

Mekong River Lecture, Fall 2016

Writer, photographer and film producer, Barry Broman was the speaker at the FA3 fall program, “Venturing Laos’ Mighty Mekong”. He was greeted by an overflow audience eager to hear from this adventurer who has lived for decades in Southeast Asia.

Broman charts the course of the Mekong Rive which runs through six countries

KAGEDO: Garden & Gallery Tour, May 28 2015

Kagedo Japanese Art welcomed the Friends of Asian Art to their new gallery-residence and gardens on the south shore of Orcas Island. Attendees wandered the Japanese inspired, northwest gardens, and looked at a range of 20th century art displayed for the occasion, incredible space age 50s exhibition pieces and Art Deco pieces, and attended an informal discussion of the Nihonga paintings, modernist bronzes, basketry and lacquers on view. Co-owner Jeff Cline discussed the opportunities for collecting in Japanese art, focusing on the early and mid- 20th century, as well as more traditional art such as mingei (folk art), developed in the late 1920s - 30s in Japan.

Garden Scene
garden gate
Japanese Fu Dogs
Garden owners
Co Owners Jeff Cline and Steve Erickson with
artist and FA3 board member Ron Ho

Square Calligraphy Workshop, June 7 2015

Square Word Calligraphy is a writing form created by Xu Bing that lets anyone write Arabic letters in Asian-style strokes, and design placement of the English letters in a square format. Square Word Calligraphy is the palatable and fun way to begin an appreciation for Asian calligraphy.

Workshop presenter Steve Erickson shares samples of Xu Bing's work with program participants
Workshop participants try square calligraphy


Seattle musician, traveler and amateur ethnomusicologist Dick Valentine presented an overview of flutes and flute music from several countries, cultures, and historical epochs in this well received fall program.

Examples of a wide range of flutes
flute gate
Valentine indicates the length of large flutes


It was standing room only for this fall program on Japanese folk textiles of the late Edo-Meiji period.

David and Marita Paly share textile samples from their extensive private collection
Paly discusses the different elements incorporated in the fabric’s design


Twenty-three of the area’s finest collectors and wholesalers -- the largest global arts trunk sale in the Pacific Northwest -- gathered on April 9th for an FA3 fundraiser. Sellers included Kyoto Arts & Antiques, Fugio, Clarke & Clarke Art + Artifacts, David Smith and many others. Happy buyers walked away with countless Asian and global arts treasures, and FA3 began what could become an annual event!

Treasures for sale at the April Fundraiser
FA3 Board Members setting up a booth