Email Archive

  • Thursday, July 15, 2010 12:00 PM | Anonymous
    SAVE THE DATES - BEVERLY HILLS, CA 2011

    Make your plans and mark your calendars for May 20-25, 2011 for the 2011 INS Convention at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, a historic and five star hotel, at the foot of Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, California.

    I am excited to announce that Dr. Dmitry Tubis, the Los Angeles Chapter Chairman, and David S. White, an attorney and Los Angeles collector, have agreed to co-chair the 2011 Convention. The three of us together with other members of the Southern California Chapter will be working to make this a Convention that you will not want to miss.

    In Los Angeles you can look forward to having a special viewing of the Raymond & Frances Bushell Collection at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and being able to see a selection of the Richard Silverman collection which will be exhibited during the Convention.

    The Dealer’s Room will be in the famous Royal Suite overlooking Rodeo Drive and Wilshire Blvd which will be an experience in itself – not only the best netsuke for sale in the world but shown in a space that very few people will ever have the opportunity to visit.

    We will look forward to seeing you in sunny California in May 2011.
    Stay tuned for more details, as they become available.

    Marsha Vargas Handley
    President, INS

  • Thursday, July 15, 2010 12:00 PM | Anonymous
    Los Angeles Chapter Meeting – Sunday, August 1, 2010, at 11:30 A.M.

    with guest speaker Sharen Chappell, speaking on "What makes Netsuke Wonderful"

    Sharen Chappell is a netsuke expert with more than 30 years experience in collecting and dealing.

    She is the author of more than 60 articles on netsuke, specializing in legends and symbolism, and co-authored the book Netsuke: The Japanese Art of Miniature Carving.

    Cheesecake Factory
    4142 Via Marina
    Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
    (310) 306-3344

    RSVP to: netsuke77@gmail.com
    Dmitry Tubis
    Chapter President
  • Sunday, June 27, 2010 12:00 PM | Anonymous
    The Kyoto Seishu Netsuke Art Museum, Japan’s first museum exclusively dedicated to netsuke, is pleased to announce that its summer public opening has been scheduled for the month of July, 2010.

    The museum holds approximately 2,500 netsuke dating from the Edo period to the present and exhibits 500 selected pieces to the public four times a year. It is located near Nijo Castle in a remodeled samurai residence. Highlighted as this season’s special program is our exhibition of the Hideyuki Sakurai’s work pieces collection that is outstanding especially in the themes of men, animals & plants (especially flowers).

    Please find below more details about the summer public opening.
    If you have any questions, please contact me anytime.

    Best wishes
    Tomoko Suzuki
    Phone: 075-353-7714
    FAX: 075-353-7724
    E-mail: netsukekan@info-works.jp
    URL: http://www.netsukekan.jp
  • Tuesday, June 22, 2010 12:00 PM | Anonymous
    Updated information about the London Netsuke Symposium has been posted on the European Chapter website: euronetsuke.eu or http://www.euronetsuke.eu/

    You will find details of the Welcome Dinner on 5th November and our lectures and workshops - please visit it for more information.

    You can also download the REGISTRATION FORM.

    We're looking forward to seeing you in London.

    Max and Rosemary

    londonnetsuke2010@hotmail.com
  • Thursday, June 03, 2010 12:00 PM | Anonymous
    Life in Miniature: Ceramic Netsuke from the Silverman Collection
    At the Toledo Museum of Art,
    October 1, 2010 – February 27, 2011, Gallery 18

    Japanese netsuke have delighted collectors for years with their small size, craftsmanship, wit and whimsy. Now the public can join in the fun as a collection of 200 rare ceramic netsuke donated to the Toledo Museum of Art by noted collector Richard R. Silverman go on display at the Museum this fall. Life in Miniature explores the iconography of these decorative and useful objects and their depiction of everyday and fantastic subject matter. Also shown are Japanese screens depicting Kyoto, where many of the objects were made and sold, and a kimono with inro and netsuke illustrating how these delightful fashion accessories were worn. A catalog accompanies the exhibition. Free admission.

    The Toledo Museum of Art has a renowned collection of Japanese netsuke developed over the last 100 years. The Museum’s reference library is also home to the Norman L. Sandfield Library of Netsuke and Oriental Art.

    For more information, contact:
    Carolyn Putney, Director of Collections, Curator of Asian Art, Head Curator

    Toledo Museum of Art
    2445 Monroe Street
    Toledo, OH 43604
    (419) 255-8000
    www.toledomuseum.org
  • Sunday, May 23, 2010 12:00 PM | Anonymous
    From Damsels to Demons: The Hidden Art of Netsuke Carving
    is the Summer Exhibition for
    the Portland (Oregon) Japanese Garden’s
    2010 Art in the Garden Series

    From June 19 - July 5, 2010, the Portland Japanese Garden will host an exhibition entitled From Damsels and Demons: The Hidden Art of Netsuke Carving which celebrates the Marian P. Miller Collection of more than 100 netsuke gifted to the Garden in 1998. The exhibition introduces this little-known art form and explores the often humorous and always fascinating characters from Japanese folklore and legend depicted in these intricate carvings. Top modern-day netsuke carvers, including British-born artist Nick Lamb, will be a part of the exhibition, and a set of 12 photo panels of selected netsuke from the Miller Collection revealed in close-up detail by photographer Jonathan Ley will be on view as well.

    www.japanesegarden.com/events/netsuke

    Internationally known netsuke carver Nick Lamb will demonstrate his craft and be on hand to talk with visitors in the Pavilion on Saturday and Sunday, June 19 and 20 from 1-3 p.m. Nick trained as a graphic designer at the Berkshire College of Art in his native England. In 1973 he started woodcarving as a hobby-by the early 1980s he had won several woodcarving prizes. The demonstrations are free with paid Garden admission.

    On Sunday, June 20, from 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. a lecture by Hollis Goodall, Curator of Japanese Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) will be offered, followed immediately by a reception. Ms. Goodall is an internationally respected expert on netsuke and the co-author of The Raymond and Frances Bushell Collection of Netsuke: A Legacy at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, a complete catalogue of one of the world's finest collections of netsuke.

    Tickets are available at: www.japanesegarden.com/events/netsuke

    or by calling (503) 542-0280.
  • Monday, May 17, 2010 12:00 PM | Anonymous
    Please join
    the NEW YORK chapter of the INTERNATIONAL NETSUKE SOCIETY
    at its next meeting:

    Sunday, May 23, 2010
    2:00 pm
    Szechuan Chalet
    Second Avenue (near 72nd/73rd Streets)
    Restaurant phone: 212-737-1838

    Jeffrey Klotz will present a fifth installment of “Netsuke Questions and Answers (Formerly called “Is that your Final Answer?”)”

    As in the prior installments, Jeff will offer examples of netsuke depicting subjects, and, in some cases, objects or materials that many collectors would find challenging to identify. Please bring any netsuke you have that show subjects, objects or materials that you haven't been able to identify or that you think others may find challenging to identify. As always, if you have any other netsuke you would like to show to our other members, please bring them as well.

    Please also bring cash for your food/drink.

    RSVP to: Diane Drinnon, 212-828-7088 or ddrinnon@mac.com
  • Sunday, May 16, 2010 12:00 PM | Anonymous
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    From Damsels to Demons: The Hidden Art of Netsuke Carving
    Summer Exhibition for Portland Japanese Garden 2010 - Art in the Garden Series

    Portland, Oregonundefined From damsels to demons, the exquisite miniature carvings known as netsuke were the essence of understated chic during the Edo period (1615-1868) in Japan. Collected internationally for over a century, these exquisitely carved works of art were used as toggles to attach lacquered medicine boxes and tobacco pouches to the obi sashes of fashionably dressed samurai and townsmen, whose traditional kimono garments had no pockets.

    Carved with consummate artistry into a wide variety of imaginative shapes by master craftsmen, netsuke have much to tell us about the customs and folklore of traditional Japan. Worn partially concealed beneath the outer cloaks of the wearer, they served as good luck charms, as humorous personal mascots, or as treasured miniature works of art.

    From June 19 - July 5, the Portland Japanese Garden will host an exhibition entitled From Damsels and Demons: The Hidden Art of Netsuke Carving which celebrates the Marian P. Miller Collection of more than 100 netsuke gifted to the Garden in 1998. The exhibition introduces this little-known art form and explores the often humorous and always fascinating characters from Japanese folklore and legend depicted in these intricate carvings. Top modern-day netsuke carvers, including British-born artist Nick Lamb, will be a part of the exhibition, and a set of 12 photo panels of selected netsuke from the Miller Collection revealed in close-up detail by photographer Jonathan Ley will be on view as well. www.japanesegarden.com/events/netsuke

    Internationally known netsuke carver Nick Lamb will demonstrate his craft and be on hand to talk with visitors in the Pavilion on June 19 and 20 from 1-3pm. Nick trained as a graphic designer at the Berkshire College of Art in his native England. In 1973 he started woodcarving as a hobbyundefinedby the early 1980s he had won several woodcarving prizes. The demonstrations are free with paid Garden admission.

    On Sunday, June 20, from 7:30 - 9:30 pm a lecture by Hollis Goodall, Curator of Japanese Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) will be offered, followed immediately by a reception. Ms. Goodall is an internationally respected expert on netsuke and the co-author of The Raymond and Frances Bushell Collection of Netsuke: A Legacy at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, a complete catalogue of one of the world’s finest collections of netsuke. Tickets are available at www.japanesegarden.com/events/netsuke or by calling (503) 542-0280.

    Images (Hi-res/Downloadable) Available at: www.japanesegarden.com/press

    The Portland Japanese Garden has been proclaimed one of the most beautiful Japanese gardens in the world. The Garden is located above Washington Park at 611 SW Kingston Drive in SW Portland, Oregon and is open daily except on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s.

    Four Seasons Five Senses One Extraordinary Experience

    MEDIA CONTACT:
    Kerry Cobb
    Director of Marketing & Visitor Services
    Portland Japanese Garden of Portland, Oregon
    503-328-0050
    kcobb@japanesegarden.com
  • Saturday, May 08, 2010 12:00 PM | Anonymous
    The Japanese Art Society of America (JASA) will be presenting its first netsuke lecture at their meeting next week.

    The speaker will be Laura J. Mueller, independent scholar and author of "Adornment in Clay: The Rise of Ceramic Netsuke," an exhibition catalogue for a show that will be opening at the Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio, about October 1, 2010. She will give a talk on the subject of the catalogue.

    JASA lectures are open to guests, and all lectures are admission free. This meeting will be held this coming Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 6:00 P.M. at New York University, Institute of Fine Art, 1 East 78th Street in Manhattan.

    The leaders of the JASA have extended an invitation to the members of the New York chapter of the INS and the other New York area members of the INS to come to this lecture.

    Best, Diane

    Diane Drinnon, 212-828-7088 or ddrinnon@mac.com
  • Tuesday, April 20, 2010 12:00 PM | Anonymous
    International Netsuke Society
    Seattle Chapter

    You are cordially invited to attend our Spring Luncheon Meeting
    Sunday, May 16, 2010 - 1:00 p.m.
    Seattle, Washington

    Phone Karen Knudson (206) 914-6768 or Eric Knudson (206) 914-0491
    for directions to this netsuke event. Bring ca$h to pay for your lunch.

    Eric Knudson will present a stunning power point presentation:
    IN LIVING COLOR
    Netsuke from Raymond Bushell’s “Netsuke Handbook of Ueda Reikichi”
    and more photos from early Netsuke Kenkyukai Journal assembled
    by Sharen Chappell, Raymond Bushell and others.
    These original photos by Bernard Hurtig now come alive before your eyes.
    More than fifty netsuke with signatures from “The Archive Project” to view.
    Bring your copy of the book to discuss and compare the netsuke within.

    RSVP by May 10th to:
    Richard Hieronymus (Seattle Chapter President)
    E-mail: RHmusic_netsuke@interisland.net
    Or phone (360) 378-3556
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