After the "Abstract American Mokuhanga [Woodblock Print]" Exhibit at Whitman College from February to April 2014, Keiko Hara and Akira R. Takemoto began developing plans to establish a Mokuhanga Center in Walla Walla. With a strong endorsement from the International Mokuhanga Association (the Mokuhanga Innovative Laboratory) in Tokyo, Professors Hara and Takemoto met with local artists and teachers to explore ways to bring Mokuhanga and Japanese culture to Walla Walla in the spring of 2016.
In the spring of 2014, Professor Akira Takemoto (Japanese Studies) and Professor of Art Emerita, Keiko Hara curated an exhibit called "Abstract American Mokuhanga" in an attempt to explore the ways in which traditional Japanese woodblock print have influenced and inspired American abstract printmakers. Here is a link to this exhibit that was held in the Sheehan Gallery at Whitman College from February 19 to April 18, 2014.
Whitman College will provide studio space for 10 woodblock print artists to work on projects in the Olin East Tea Room wing in the summer of 2017. Participants include four Walla Walla artists, two artists from New York, and artists from Italy, Minnesota, San Diego, and Seattle. As they work on their projects, they will also watch and learn different Japanese woodblock print carving techniques from Shōichi Kitamura, a master woodblock print carver from Kyoto, Japan. In conjunction with this program, the Foundry Vineyards Gallery will exhibit "Recent Works in Painting, Print, and Glass by Keiko Hara."
Open House, Wednesday, August 2 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm, Whitman College, Olin Hall East
Visit the Chikurakken Tea Room, meet Shōichi Kitamura, and learn more about the 2017 Studio Print Program.
Friday, August 4 from 5:00 to 7:30 pm: Opening Reception
Keiko Hara's Exhibit of Recent Work at the Foundry Vineyards Gallery
Saturday, August 5 from 10:00 to 11:30 am, Whitman College, Olin Hall East
Shōichi Kitamura's and the Art of Japanese Woodblock Carving Techniques