This fall, Yume is featuring the paintings of Phoenix Ikebana master Ping Wei. Wei frequently exhibits paintings, ceramics, and wood sculptures of his own design, as well as Ikebana arrangements, throughout Arizona.
Born in China, Ping Wei moved to the U.S. in 1992. Before immigrating, he studied Tui Na (Chinese massage/body work) and today operates a healing arts studio in Phoenix, Arizona, where he is also a noted ceramic artist and master of Japanese flower arranging, or Ikebana. Commenting on his creative work, he says: “I express myself artistically for my own personal growth and to have a better and balanced life. I believe everybody is an artist, but you need to find it from inside, and through nurturing.”
The exhibition will commence with an artist reception on October 5 from 5-7 pm. Because the reception is being held after business hours, Yume’s gardens and Museum will NOT be open to visitors at that time.
The paintings will be on display until December 31, and all paintings are for sale.
The pale pink sakura, or cherry blossom, is the delicate, ephemeral herald of spring in Japan. Outings to parks to stroll and picnic under blooming cherry trees and to reflect on the fleeting character of life as petals fall are especially popular with residents of the country’s heavily built-up cities.
Opening on February 9 with a reception in our Art Gallery is “Sakura: Photography by Mark Taylor.” Departing from the usual idyllic portrayals of cherry blossom season, it contrasts the fragility of flowers with the hard edge of Japan’s urban jungle.
Captured in these images is the tension and opposition visible in the sight of nature blooming amid a dense visual grid of buildings, power lines, freeways, signs, and commuter trains. Attend the artist reception from 5 to 7 pm to meet Taylor and to learn why he was inspired to use the hardscape of cities as the strong graphic background to cherry blossom time.
Because the reception is being held after business hours, Yume’s gardens and Museum will NOT be open to visitors at that time.
“Sakura” runs until April 30, and all photographs in the show are for sale.