Japanese Culture Comes to Life through Art Exhibit, Entertainment

By Daday, Eileen O. | Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), June 6, 2001 | Go to article overview
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Japanese Culture Comes to Life through Art Exhibit, Entertainment


Daday, Eileen O., Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)


Byline: Eileen O. Daday Daily Herald Correspondent

The vibrant colors and vivid images of Japanese culture crossed all barriers Saturday, as residents from throughout the Northwest suburbs gathered at the Northwest Cultural Council's art studio in Rolling Meadows.

Residents filled the gallery and adjoining Kimball Hill Homes gallery, where they sampled Japanese culture in art, music, dance, poetry and flower making.

A glorious acrylic painting of a Japanese garden by Rockford artist Ingrid Neuhofer-Dohm captivated guests when they entered. Surrounding art pieces all featured haikus, Japanese poetry stanzas, describing their work in flowing imagery.

In the adjoining gallery, a series of three life-size watercolor paintings of Japanese kimonos lit up the room. The three, created by Algonquin artist Jeanine Hill-Soldner, depicted actual kimonos that she and her two sisters received from their father when he was a Marine stationed in Okinawa.

"Kimonos dance, vignettes of joy, flowing through everlasting time," read the haiku beneath her works.

"I wanted to paint this peaceful presence, this sense of harmony and sublime beauty of these kimonos," Soldner said.

Such kimonos came to life, as members of the Minyo Dancers of Indianapolis, dressed in native kimonos, performed dances from five different provinces.

"I grew up during World War II and couldn't do anything Japanese," said dancer Marge Yamafuji.

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