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Japan Style: Netsuke

2nd Floor Foyer | April 1 - May 21, 2017


About the exhibition:

Pronounced "nets-keh," netsuke initially served both functional and aesthetic purposes.  These small, intricately carved sculptural objects made of ivory, wood, metal, or ceramic were originally used as a button-like fixture on a man's sash, from which small personal belongings were hung.  The netsuke eventually developed into highly coveted and collectible art forms in Japan over the past 300 years.  The traditional form of Japanese dress, the kimono, had no pockets. Men would suspend their tobacco pouches, pipes, purses and other objects on a cord called a sagemono which hung from the kimono sash (obi), and the netsuke would prevent the sash from slipping. The entire ensemble was then worn, at the waist, and functioned as a sort of removable external pocket. 

This collection of Charles Trent's has over 100 of the delightful art forms.   Today we see a broad range, from folk art carvings to levels of sophisticated fine art.  Master carvers from all over the world are still creating these little masterpieces. 

Special events:  

Saturday, April 1, 2017 | 1-4 pm:  Opening Reception -  free admission to the public, live caricature drawings by artist Riki Takaoka, and featured collectors on hand to speak with guests.

Friday, April 7, 2017 | 5-7 pm: First Friday Art Walk -  featuring complimentary refreshments, live caricature drawings by artist Riki Takaoka, and Kayoko Morton on the Japanese Koto sponsored by Black Hills Foundation.

Monday, April 24 | 2 - 4 pm: Taking Flight: International Sculpture Day celebrate ISDAY with free kite-making activities on the Arts Center campus. 

Friday, May 5, 2017 | 5-7 pm: First Friday Art Walk -  see the show for free, hear featured speaker Henry Wyeno, and enjoy complimentary refreshments including Japanese beer and whiskey samples during Downtown Pueblo's First Friday Art Walk sponsored by Paula & Jeff Chostner.

Friday, May 5, 2017 | 11 am - 4 pm: Children’s Day at the Buell Children’s Museum - celebrating a Japanese holiday which takes place annually on the fifth day of the fifth month as part of Golden Week.  This event is included in the price of admission. 

Sponsor(s):  Japan Style is made possible with the support of

 Drs. Reiko & Mark Clark  |  Gregory Howell  |  Kerrelyn & Charles Trent


Other previous shows at the Arts Center (click for more information): 

April 1 - May 21 

March 25 - May 21

March 25 - May 21