Edmonds' sister city art collection on display

Mar 05, 2017
Courtesy of: Edmonds Arts Commission "Tsubo," by Kenji Sugihara, can be seen at the Frances Anderson Center.

Selections from the Hekinan Art Collection are featured in an exhibit at the Francis Anderson Center through March 14.

The exhibit is presented by the Edmonds Arts Commission and the Edmonds Arts Festival Foundation.

The city of Edmonds and its international sister city of Hekinan, Japan, created a partnership in 1988 to promote international communication and understanding through exchanges of people, ideas and culture.

The exchange of artwork has been a key part of the relationship.

In 1990, the city of Edmonds received artwork from Hekinan to commemorate Edmonds' centennial.

The 19-piece collection became part of the EAC Public Art Collection. The original Hekinan Art Collection included four three-dimensional artworks and 15 paintings, calligraphy, collage, prints and photographs.

A collection of artwork from Edmonds was then sent to Hekinan as part of the exchange. The Hekinan Art Collection now includes over 40 pieces of artwork.

Selections from the collection include the newest gift, an abstract lithograph by Tatsuro Tsubamoto presented to the city for its 125th birthday in 2015. Calligraphy shown in the exhibit includes a work by Kaido Nakane titled "Kame," or “Tortoise.”

In Japan, the tortoise and the crane are symbols of long life. The sculpture" Rikyu," by Ryoji Kajikawa, is a statue of the founder of a tea ceremony in Japan and represents the solemn atmosphere in Japanese tea ceremony, while a ceramic pot called "Tsubo," by Kenji Sugihara, celebrates with the color red, which in Japan symbolizes happiness.

The Frances Anderson Center is at 700 Main St., Edmonds. Information: 425-771-0228.


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