Painting Three In volutpat
  HaikuArt Series
What occurred "out of Nothingness" was this "haiku series" of paintings defining a space, creating a mood and resulting in simple beauty with a finity of elements (three).

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Painting One In volutpat
Re-Visions Exhibit
May 24-June 21 2011

Walter Wickiser Gallery
Chelsea, NY NY

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The Black Ships Festival commemorates the historic achievements of Commodore Matthew C. Perry, USN of Newport Rhode Island. The "Black Ships" or Kurofume refers to the Japanese term for foreign ships, which with one exception, were excluded from Japan for two hundred years until 1854. Commodore Perry negotiated the Treaty of Kanagawa in 1854, the first treaty between the United States and Japan, thus ending two centuries of Japanese isolationism. The Black Ships Festival celebrates the signing of the treaty, which  brought the two countries together as trading partners.


The Black Ships Festival in Newport and in its sister city, Shimoda, commemorate this historic event with a celebration of friendship. The Japan-American Society and the Black Ships Festival of Rhode Island, Inc., a non-profit, non-partisan organization, present the festival. This print celebrates the "Black Ships".

"Black Ships" is a giclee print on tosa washi: Japanese handmade paper. The name of this particular paper is Ungei-shi. Ungei-shi literally means "Cloud Art Paper" and is made exclusively by Mr. Eisei Yamanaka in Ino-cho, a papermaking village in Kochi Prefecture on Shikoku Island, Japan.