June 19, 2015 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Coconino Center for the Arts

Sei SaitoJourney is a new exhibition at the Coconino Center for the Arts featuring the artwork of Sei Saito, an accomplished Japanese artist living in Flagstaff. Saito creates large scale acrylic paintings ranging in size as big as 8 feet tall.

The opening reception for the new exhibition is set for Friday, June 19, 6-8pm. Saito will be in attendance, and there will be food and live music by the Brian Sanders Band.

Following the reception, the exhibition will remain open to the public June 23 – August 15, 2015, Tuesday-Saturday, 11:00am – 5:00pm.

Also opening in the Jewel Gallery is the new exhibition by Jan Marshall, The Space Between. Known for her contemplative pastels and large-scale oils on canvas, Marshall’s most recent series of watercolors on handmade paper and inks on canvas will be featured.

Saito will give two Artist Talks and Gallery Tours on July 9 and August 13. She is also providing a workshop and tour of her studio.

Sei Saito’s Artist Statement:

“As a Japanese artist now living and working in Arizona, I am influenced by the environment, patterns and colors in Arizona’s southwestern cultural heritage. The paintings in the exhibition are based on personal histories, myths and images influenced by living in Arizona and my Japanese heritage. The paintings become a window for the view to enter into a world of shapes, color and form. Nature and memories are often the themes of my works.

“I believe the strongest art works come out of what the artist is intimately familiar with. I am striving for my works to be a visual reflection of my responses to the immediate world and events around me. I try to develop a poetic language attempting to convey these brushstrokes, as visual metaphors, both tangible and elusive, layered in meaning. I explore ideas about experiences and the most transcendent or spiritual realms. Living between cultures, these images have become the dominant visual metaphor in my works.”

The exhibition is curated by independent curator, Erin Joyce.

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