Lumped under the title Tokonoma: A Place of Simple, Elegant Beauty, the seasonal art shows offer many high points, including the neat, textured graphics of Colorado Springs artist Margaret Kasahara, who juxtaposes cross-cultural images in her paintings; Homare Ikeda's lively, color-splashed canvases; and a stunning collection of classic Japanese textiles. And that all dovetails nicely into Jump to Japan, at the adjacent Buell Childrens Museum, which boasts a life-sized plush cat-bus taken from Miyazaki's cartoon My Neighbor Totoro, a hands-on teahouse, Buddha Board character painting stations and a manga shop among its kid-friendly pleasures.
The museums will host a community opening celebration today, with tea ceremony demonstrations, origami and manga activities, calligraphy, live music, strolling Japanese characters, Japanese food and more. Family events are scheduled from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Exhibits remain on view through August; for details, call 1-719-295-7200 or go to www.sdc-arts.org.
Aug. 25-Nov. 10, 2007