Date: March 30, 2013, 5-8PM
Location: Kala Art Institute, 2990 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94702
BAY AREA ARTISTS FOR JAPAN presents Fukushima Now: Relief Effort to Support Children in Fukushima. This event commemorates the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami which occurred in Eastern Japan, and the subsequent nuclear disaster centered in Fukushima Prefecture.
Fukushima Now will take place Saturday, March 30, 2013 from 5-8PM, at Kala Art Institute in Berkeley. The event will feature a panel discussion addressing current conditions in Fukushima, as well as the continuing impact of the use of nuclear power on peoples of all nations.
All proceeds from the event will go to 3a! Anzen (security/safety) Anshin (peace of mind) Action in Koriyama – a non-profit group represented by Ms. Tokiko Noguchi in Koriyama, Fukushima. Koriyama is a city located 40 miles away from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Read more here about 3a! Koriyama.
Special Introduction: Interview Video Clips by Yoko Kumano, Blogger and Filmmaker, Co-Owner of Umami Mart, Oakland.
Panelists include: Takashi Arai, Photographer; Jacqueline Cabasso, Executive Director – Western States Legal Foundation, Linda Seeley, Vice President – San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace, Jeffrey Jousan, Co-Director of the film Women of Fukushima.
The panel discussion will be followed by a charity Art Sale and reception, with artwork available by artists Kevin Chen, Randy Colosky, Lauren Dicioccio, Jack Fulton, Randy Hussong, Misako Inaoka, Chris McCaw, Apollonia Morrill, Richard Nagler, Sandra Ono, Nora Pauwels, Favianna Rodriguez, Christina Seely and many more.
Specialty drinks and food will also be available for purchase (all proceeds go to relief funds). Refreshments and services gratefully provided for this event by the following: Bi-Rite Market, Canyon Market, Choya, Itoen, Sharon Jue, Mari Komine, Mullen and Smith, PekoPeko Japanese Catering, Ramen Shop, Takara, and Yataiya.
Limited numbers of hand thrown ceramic bowls by Aterier Dion are exclusively available for purchase at Fukushima Now event.
Fukushima Now is organized by Bay Area Artists For Japan, a group of Japanese Artists living in the San Francisco Bay Area. BAAFJ came together in response to the 2011 disaster in Japan, in the belief that during times of tragedy, one of the roles of the art community is to use art to help those who are suffering.
Takashi Arai, Photographer
Originally from Kawasaki, Japan, Arai is known internationally for his unique contemporary daguerreotype photographic works. Arai teaches at Kyoto University of Art and Design, Kyoto; Tokyo College of Photography, Yokohama; and Nippon Photography Institute, Tokyo.
Jacqueline Cabasso, Executive Director – Western States Legal Foundation
Jacqueline Cabasso is Executive Director of Western States Legal Foundation (WSLF). She is a leading voice for nuclear weapons abolition, and has spoken internationally at public hearings, conferences and rallies, as well as meeting with organizers throughout the world. Since 1994, she has represented WSLF at negotiating and review sessions of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
Ms. Cabasso is co-author, with Susan Moon, of “Risking Peace: Why We Sat in the Road,” an account of the large 1983 nonviolent protest at the Livermore Nuclear Weapons Laboratory.
Jacqueline Cabasso (YouTube videos)
Linda Seeley, Vice President – San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace
A current Board Member, member of SLO Mothers for Peace since 1982, and a retired nurse-midwife, Linda Seeley is active in the environmental community in several capacities. She serves on the Executive Committee of the Santa Lucia Sierra Club and on the Board of Directors of the Terra Foundation.
She is an advanced facilitator of the Work that Reconnects, group work developed by Joanna Macy.
Jeffrey Jousan, Co-Director of “Women of Fukushima”
Jeffrey Jousan is co-director and producer of “Women of Fukushima,” a film which features startlingly candid insights from a group of women from Fukushima Prefecture, whose bold protests of the Japanese government’s response to the Fukushima/Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant meltdown have gone largely unnoticed by Japanese media. The film offers startlingly candid insights, in the women’s own voices, about what has become of their lives, homes, and families in the aftermath of “3/11.”
Mr. Jousan is an audiophile, recordist/engineer, producer, location coordinator and interviewer. He resides in Japan.
Jeffrey’s update on Fukushima in August, 2011 (YouTube Video)
Women of Fukushima Trailer (see below)
Jeffrey’s new project: 原発20キロ圏内に生きる男 – Alone in the Zone
Introduction Film by:
Yoko Kumano, Blogger and Filmmaker, Co-Owner of Umami Mart, Oakland
Yoko Kumano is a Japanese-American blogger and filmmaker who spends most of her
time in Berkeley and Tokyo. Her video work, FOOD + RADIATION, addresses the issue of radiation levels detected in food supplies since the March 11, 2011 Tohoku disaster. This video features interviews with food producers, business owners and parents about how they have changed their eating habits in the wake of the disaster. All footage was shot in HD in Japan in October 2011.
We are happy to announce that our exhibition held on April 28-30 raised $24,463.00. This amount has been donated to the Japanese Red Cross Society for emergency relief efforts for Japan. We truly appreciate the enormous support and generosity we received in making this event happen. Special thanks goes to gallery owner Mina Dresden for allowing us use of her art space free of charge; all the participating artists for donating their artworks; all our food, drinks, and material donors; those who came to our exhibition; and our many volunteers.
Last day to get great artwork and support Japan! Mina Dresden Gallery is open today from 11 am – 8 pm. Stop by!
By Heidi De Vries
It’s been a little over a month since an 8.9 earthquake and the resulting tsunami devastated huge swaths of Japan. As residents of a similarly earthquake-prone region, we San Franciscans identify closely with the tragedy, and the outpouring of support from the Bay Area has been inspiring to say the least. Recognizing that Japan’s recovery work is far from done, the local art community is coming together for the one-weekend-only exhibition “Bay Area Artists for Japan.” A Mission District gallery is contributing the space for the show, and the list of 80-plus artists donating work to the benefit includes many exciting names like Richard Misrach, Nina Zurier, and Suzanne Husky. This is your chance to take home one of Youngsuk Suh’s luminous photographs or an intricately sewn piece by Lauren Dicioccio and know that your purchase is doing a world of good. Every last cent of the art sold from the show goes straight to the Japanese Red Cross Society, which handed out emergency supplies right after the disaster and is continuing to build housing for those displaced by the tsunami. Celebrate the amazing spirit of the Japanese people and add some excellent pieces to your local art collection at the same time.
Twixt 12 & 20 (14/25) by Don Ed Hardy, 1993
We are happy to announce tattoo legend Ed Hardy is now participating among other great artists.
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Bay Area Artists for Japan is a relief effort to aid victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. We are sponsoring a benefit from April 28 to 30, 2011, at which we will be selling artwork generously donated by Bay Area artists. 100% of the proceeds will be donated directly to Japan Red Cross Society.
During times of tragedy, we believe that one of the roles of the art community is to use our art to help those who are suffering. Our community relief effort relief will be a small but significant contribution to those communities in Japan which have been devastated by this disaster.
Opening Reception: April 28 (Thu), 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Gallery Hours: April 29 (Fri) 30 (Sat), 11:00AM – 5:00PM
(the space was donated by Ms. Dresden for the event)