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Celebrate the Art of Kay Sekimachi and June Schwarcz with WSNF

March 12 @ 10:00 am

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World Shibori Network Foundation (WSNF) members and friends are invited to a Free Special Event to celebrate the art of Bay Area artists, Kay Sekimachi and June Schwarz.

*This is a LIVE event in San Francisco, CA. Remote attendance is not possible.

On March 12, 2024, we will gather at the San Francisco Airport (SFO) Museum to view Kay’s and June’s masterpieces from the Forest L. Merrill collection, a leading American craft collection in the United States. The SFO Museum is the only accredited airport museum in the country, and it sets a new standard for the experience of art by the public in airports.

Kay Sekimachi: Weaving Traditions

June Schwarcz: Unconventional Enamels

Both artists, Kay (born 1926) and June (1918 – 2015), were pioneers in their mediums and in processes once considered traditional crafts. They were good friends who inspired generations of artists in the SF Bay Area and beyond. Their innovative interpretations and translations broke new ground in visual, plastic art.


Event Details: 

This is a free event for WSNF members and friends. TICKETS FOR THIS EVENT ARE SOLD OUT! Register to be on the Waitlist.

Event Date: Tuesday, March 12, 2024, 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Event Location: Meeting Place & Festivities will be at The San Francisco Airport Commission Aviation Library and Louis A. Turpen Aviation Museum located in the International Terminal. SFO Museum exhibitions map

  • The event features the presentation of 98 Miniature Objects to Kay as a gift in honor of her 98th journey around the sun this year.
  • We honor Forest L. Merrill for his exceptional vision and steadfast support of the arts and artists.
  • Words to be be shared by Forest L. Merrill, Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada, and Nancy Ukai.
  • Light refreshments will be provided by WSNF members.
  • After festivities, SFO Museum staff will escort Ticket Holders to the Harvey Milk Terminal 1 Galleries to enjoy the exhibitions of Kay’s and June’s work.
  • The SFO Museum will provide complimentary parking and security clearance for Ticket Holders.

The 98 Miniature Objects for Kay

We invite you to contribute a miniature object for Kay’s gift: Hand-crafted, found, store-bought, …any beautiful or whimsical object bound to bring a smile to Kay’s face. Object must be approximately 2” x 2” x 2” (5 x 5 x 5 cm).

Students and all medium are welcome!  Include a brief note to Kay. Your photograph of your miniature object and your name will be featured on our website.

You do not have to attend the event to contribute a Miniature Object. Our goal is to collect 98 total to present to Kay.

REGISTER YOUR MINIATURE OBJECT BELOW.

Delivery Options:

  1. The objects MUST arrive by March 3, 2024 to Berkeley, CA. *The exact address will be available during registration. Miniature gifts delivered to Berkeley later than March 3 will not be included. 
  2. If you are attending the event, you may bring your gift to the event.

 


Making Connections. Our Mission

Connecting with the history of an artist’s life can lend additional richness to their works. Kay and guest speaker Nancy Ukai bear the legacy and carry forward the story of Japanese-Americans who experienced a dark period of our society during World War II with the U.S. government’s internment camps. A similar story was told in the life of Trude Guermonprez (1920–1976), who lived through German nationalism and anti-semitism during WWII in Europe. Trude was Kay’s weaving professor at the California College of Arts and Crafts and taught many important fiber artists. Her influence is still widely felt.

These stories are an enduring reminder of our mission as citizens and public organizations to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion and to nurture the beauty that our hands and minds can create.

Photo Credits: Photographs of artists and their works are courtesy of SFOMuseum.org

Celebrate the Art of Kay Sekimachi and June Schwarcz with WSNF

World Shibori Network Foundation (WSNF) members and friends are invited to a Free Special Event to celebrate the art of Bay Area artists, Kay Sekimachi and June Schwarz.

*This is a LIVE event in San Francisco, CA. Remote attendance is not possible.

On March 12, 2024, we will gather at the San Francisco Airport (SFO) Museum to view Kay’s and June’s masterpieces from the Forest L. Merrill collection, a leading American craft collection in the United States. The SFO Museum is the only accredited airport museum in the country, and it sets a new standard for the experience of art by the public in airports.

Kay Sekimachi: Weaving Traditions

June Schwarcz: Unconventional Enamels

Both artists, Kay (born 1926) and June (1918 – 2015), were pioneers in their mediums and in processes once considered traditional crafts. They were good friends who inspired generations of artists in the SF Bay Area and beyond. Their innovative interpretations and translations broke new ground in visual, plastic art.


Event Details: 

This is a free event for WSNF members and friends. TICKETS FOR THIS EVENT ARE SOLD OUT! Register to be on the Waitlist.

Event Date: Tuesday, March 12, 2024, 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Event Location: Meeting Place & Festivities will be at The San Francisco Airport Commission Aviation Library and Louis A. Turpen Aviation Museum located in the International Terminal. SFO Museum exhibitions map

  • The event features the presentation of 98 Miniature Objects to Kay as a gift in honor of her 98th journey around the sun this year.
  • We honor Forest L. Merrill for his exceptional vision and steadfast support of the arts and artists.
  • Words to be be shared by Forest L. Merrill, Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada, and Nancy Ukai.
  • Light refreshments will be provided by WSNF members.
  • After festivities, SFO Museum staff will escort Ticket Holders to the Harvey Milk Terminal 1 Galleries to enjoy the exhibitions of Kay’s and June’s work.
  • The SFO Museum will provide complimentary parking and security clearance for Ticket Holders.

The 98 Miniature Objects for Kay

We invite you to contribute a miniature object for Kay’s gift: Hand-crafted, found, store-bought, …any beautiful or whimsical object bound to bring a smile to Kay’s face. Object must be approximately 2” x 2” x 2” (5 x 5 x 5 cm).

Students and all medium are welcome!  Include a brief note to Kay. Your photograph of your miniature object and your name will be featured on our website.

You do not have to attend the event to contribute a Miniature Object. Our goal is to collect 98 total to present to Kay.

REGISTER YOUR MINIATURE OBJECT BELOW.

Delivery Options:

  1. The objects MUST arrive by March 3, 2024 to Berkeley, CA. *The exact address will be available during registration. Miniature gifts delivered to Berkeley later than March 3 will not be included. 
  2. If you are attending the event, you may bring your gift to the event.

 


Making Connections. Our Mission

Connecting with the history of an artist’s life can lend additional richness to their works. Kay and guest speaker Nancy Ukai bear the legacy and carry forward the story of Japanese-Americans who experienced a dark period of our society during World War II with the U.S. government’s internment camps. A similar story was told in the life of Trude Guermonprez (1920–1976), who lived through German nationalism and anti-semitism during WWII in Europe. Trude was Kay’s weaving professor at the California College of Arts and Crafts and taught many important fiber artists. Her influence is still widely felt.

These stories are an enduring reminder of our mission as citizens and public organizations to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion and to nurture the beauty that our hands and minds can create.

Photo Credits: Photographs of artists and their works are courtesy of SFOMuseum.org