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