Wood Turner Lynne Yamaguchi’s wood vessels at upcoming exhibit at Yun Gee Park Gallery

“We look forward to sharing the new season, new exhibition, new artists, and new the looks at the gallery/gardens.

The gallery will start its 2021-22 season on September 24th with the exhibition, Stage(s)(ing), featuring works by Aurore Chabot, Colleen Quigley, and Lynne Yamaguchi. Opening reception 6 to 9 p.m.

Concentric by Lynne Yamaguchi

The exhibition has a dual objective of incorporating elements of ikebana representing varying states of life cycle into the contemporary functional pieces the artists have created, while also exploring the idea of staging and living with art in one’s personal environment.”

Yun Gee Park Gallery is located at 4226 E. 2nd St. (west of Columbus Ave.). Gallery hours are Tues. to Thurs. by appointment, Fri. & Sat. 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Find Lynne Yamaguchi’s beautiful wooden creations at www.lynneyamaguchi.com.

Tucson Origami Club continues to fold origami over the summer, 2021

After the COVID-19 pandemic came to Tucson in March 2020, the Tucson Origami Club briefly stopped meeting for a few months. They resumed folding origami at Dao’s Tai Pan restaurant, 446 N. Wilmot Rd. in June 2020 and have been meeting ever since, but with reduced attendance due to the pandemic.

Their monthly folding sessions for all ages is on the first Saturday of the month, at 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.. Some participants stay for Vietnamese lunch (at their own expense) after the folding instructions and activity. The group was founded several years ago by M. Fumie Craig, a founding member of the SAJCC Council.

Next folding sessions are Saturdays July 3, August 7, September 4, 2021.

In May 2021 they folded origami cats.

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Momoko Okada’s metal art at Untitled Gallery to June 5

Japanese born artist Momoka Okada has several art pieces at a show entitled “Emergence” at Untitled Gallery, 101 W. 6th St., Suite 121 in Tucson, Arizona. She is a “mixed-media surrealist sculptor and metalsmith”.

The gallery is located west of Stone Avenue, and is open Saturdays 12 to 5 p.m.

The exhibit opened on April 3, and will close on June 5, 2021.

Momoko Okada, courtesy of the artist

Artist’s bio:

“I was born and raised on a dairy farm in Hokkaido, Japan. My life on the farm with animals and surrounded by the untouched nature is all philosophically essential to my creation and ambition.

My work is about coexistence and energy between human, nature and animals. Most of us walk through life half asleep and forget to pay attention to our surroundings not only nature but also relationship with others and environment that we are in. I would like my audience to realize the harmonious energy flow between them and my creation, nature, others, and environment, and rethink what they can contribute. It could be a crescent moon in an evening or someone who smiled at you on the sidewalk or bird singing on a tree, realizing that you have wonderful energy to share with and to be part of the life’s rhythm composition. I do not have the power to stop a war or global warming, but instead of fighting to stop something, I believe that contribution of our individual positive energy can create something powerful in which we never imagined. Sharing our energy to create harmony–that is my idea of symbiotic peace. It is my responsibility as an artist to contribute my creations and energy to transform this precious place, just as nature gives and accepts effortlessly.”

Radix table, of recycled steel and wood, courtesy of the artist
Combined art, “Blue organism” on top, courtesy of the artist,

(Raised copper, Woven copper wire, Electroforming, Blown glass, Fused glass and paper)


See Momoko’s art online: https://www.okadamomoko.com/

Enchanted Evenings at Yume Japanese Gardens on May 7 & 8

“Join us for our last evenings of the season when Yume puts on its most beautiful luminous garments.The stroll through the glowing lights of lanterns and candles is absolutely magical.Paul Amiel of Tucson’s Empty Bamboo Shakuhachi Circle will perform evocative music on the harp and on the shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute) for an evening to remember.On this occasion, Yume’s “The Fifty-Three Stations of the Tōkaidō” Exhibit will be open to the public.The participation in this event will be scheduled in two 1-hour time slots (6:30pm-7:30pm OR 7:30pm-8:30pm) to guarantee social distancing to our visitors.Advanced ticket reservation is required. This is a limited admission event.Admission Tickets: Adults: $16
Members: $10 Children age 3-15: $5″



Children’s Day festival at Yume Japanese Gardens on May 2, 2021


Kodomo no Hi – こどもの日

Sunday, May 2, 2021 – 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

“Join us to celebrate the Japanese national holiday of Children’s Day at Yume Gardens.

Children’s Day falls annually on May 5 when Japanese families celebrate the healthy growth and happiness of their children.

The event will feature Taiko Drum performance by Ken Koshio (Taiko drumming, Folk music artist and singer/songwriter), kamishibai storytelling, origami, fan (uchiwa)/lantern painting, and much more!

Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase

Admission Tickets: Adults: $15 – Members: $10

Children: $5 – Children under 5: : freePurchase Tickets

All guests will have a chance to win a free face mask with a winning design from the MASK UP 2020 Contest, courtesy of CGP – Japan Foundation (while supplies last).

The participation in this event will be scheduled in increments of 2 hour per time slot (10:00am-12:00pm OR 12:00pm-2:00pm) to guarantee social distancing to our visitors.”


Advanced ticket reservation is requiredThis is a limited admission event.