Frederick Harris GalleryThe former Genkan Gallery was renamed in December 2010 to honor the late Dr Frederick Harris, a former Club president, longtime chair of the Genkan Gallery Committee, renowned artist and cultural ambassador whose profound contributions to the Club and the grander art world over the decades were plentiful.
The Frederick Harris Gallery houses a changing selection of fine artwork from local and internationally renowned artists. Exhibitions feature a new artist every month, with works ranging from oil paintings and traditional Japanese woodblock prints to ceramics and sculptures.
Much of the displayed artwork is available for purchase through the Member Services Desk. Sales of works begin at 6 pm on the first day of the exhibition.
Artists interested in exhibiting their artwork can complete an application at the Member Services Desk. Showcased artists are selected by the Frederick Harris Gallery Committee.
Takako Takeda Satomi Kuze
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, lifelike bisque dolls, clothed and accessorized in the latest Parisian fashions, were in demand among girls of high society.
Takako Takeda (pictured left), an aficionado on post-Romantic French music and an accomplished flutist, became enamored with bisque dolls during her studies at the Musashino Academia Musicae in Tokyo. She says the grace and beauty of the dolls, which originated in 1850s Germany, remind her of the evocative music of the period.
Since 2005, she has used molds identical to the antique dolls to intricately replicate the fashions and jewelry of the time. Takeda’s dolls, which have won top international awards, will be on display in the Frederick Harris Gallery this month.
Sharing exhibition space is handicraft artist Satomi Kuze. The Tokyoite, who says she has always been fascinated with fabric and design, creates early 20th-century German- and Austrian-inspired handicrafts. The flower arrangements, accessories and ornaments are identifiable by their use of nuts, spices and flowers and were often produced as ornamentation for churches and monasteries.
Kuze’s exhibition this month, titled “Bouillon Flowers and Nuts,” features wreaths, pendants and decorations made from natural materials and bouillon gold wire.
“Nuts and spices that are gifts of nature, matched with artificially made, glittering bouillon,” says Kuze, “together, this marriage of opposites results in profound splendor.”