Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Autumn Impressions: SJG photo-workshop exhibition in TCR

by Ray Pfortner and aleks

'Autumn Revealed', by Briand Sanderson

A juried show of 13 photographers' views of the Seattle Japanese Garden 
Captured in the Garden’s 2nd Photography Workshop, October 2012

Instructor:  Ray Pfortner |

You are invited to meet the photographers and their instructor:  come to the opening of Autumn ImpressionsTateuchi Community Room in SJG Sunday, March 10, 1-3pm. There is no admission charge; food and beverages courtesy of Seattle Japanese Garden Advisory Council.

'Fall is awesome' by Eric Guevremont

People’s Choice Award

Vote for your favorite piece using the ballots provided. Simply note the title and/or the number appearing in parentheses after the title on your ballot. 

If you are interested in receiving more information on photo activities at the Garden, including the next Photo Workshop in April and May (info below in the post), please print your email on the ballot in the space provided.

• All photographs taken in the 2nd photo workshop at the Garden, Oct. 2012
•  13 photographers, shooting from pre-dawn to dusk
•  over 30,000 photographs taken
•  128 photographs submitted to the jury
•  8 jurors
•  26 photographs selected for the final show
•  all the prints are available for sale, framed & unframed
•  30% of all sales will be donated to the Garden

'Middle Earth' by Sally J. Filiault
All of the prints are for sale – framed & unframed.  To inquire, contact the individual artist via email.  (Prices & email addresses are on the wall tag under each photograph; artist emails are also on the take away sheet on the counter.)

Photographers: Vicki Allison, John Anderson, Jason Carnevale, Sally J. Filiault, Eric Guevremont, Jolie L. Hellings, Lisa Marie Kostal, Marcia M. Mueller, Lynn Pruzan, Sue Russell, Briand Sanderson, Aurora Santiago, Silvia R. Wilson.

Jurors: Cheryl Brown, Mary Ann Cahill, Joan Laage, Aleksandra Monk, Mary Nagan, Lucinda O’Halloran, Nat Suyenaga, Rona Visser.

'Harbor Turtle' by Lynn Pruzan
Tip:  the Garden opens to public THIS Friday, March 1st, and a special FIRST VIEWING ceremony is on SUNDAY, March  3rd -  but the photos are already mounted in TCR  - you can view them and vote before and after official day of exhibition, March 10th. The flickr workshop page contains all the submitted photographs (not all of them made to TCR - judge the jurors and see if they missed some great pics)  and is here: FlickrFall2012

! Spring Photo Workshop at the Garden - April 26/27 and May 10/11 - with a show in the fall.  Registration starts March 12 at  You can follow's Ray's calendar page for this and other of his workshops.

'The Garden Wall' by John Anderson

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Winter Garden

Seattle Arboretum, Winter Garden - Witch Hazel • 2/25/13
by rpacht
The Witch Hazels are in full regalia at the arboretum winter garden area.  The fragrance is intoxicating, just sayin:)

The winter garden is right near the Graham Center, go out the back up the hill and turn left (South)

Seattle Arboretum, Winter Garden -
Prunus subhirtella 'Rosea' • 2/25/13
Seattle Arboretum, Winter Garden
Rhodondron 'Seta' • 2/25/13

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Legends, Tales, Poetry: Visual Narrative in Japanese Art

by Keiko P.
Here is a great opportunity for us to enjoy or even to be enlightened by various forms of Japanese Art. I was delighted to see that the exhibit includes the Tale of Genji, our esteemed and past guide, Dr. Hiraoka, used to talk about by the wisteria trellis in SJG in his tours(The image is from the 12th century Genji Monogatari Emaki scroll not related to this exhibit.)

Below is information from Seattle Art Museum Exhibition page. Please see the link for the ticket information.

SAM’s renowned Japanese art collection visually enacts stories told and retold over thousands of years. As the works themselves lend new interpretations to familiar stories, so does each installation. The works selected for this exhibition—scrolls, screens, prints, photographs, lacquer work, ceramics, and textiles—are telling examples of the rich visual portrayals in Japanese art from the 13th to the 21st century.

A vast literature of Buddhism, Shinto, and Daoism recounts the miraculous origins of temples and shrines; legendary episodes of Buddhist monks, Shinto deities, Daoist immortals; and the sacred land in which the gods reside. All of these fascinating literary narratives captured the imaginations of Japanese artists, and engendered pictorial works that were appreciated for their visual appeal and didactic value. Classical court literature, in particular theTale of Genji, a court romance that is arguably the earliest novel in the world, has had a profound impact on Japanese visual culture for more than 1000 years. Likewise, poetry is an indispensable inspiration for pictorial art in Japan.

–Xiaojin Wu, Associate Curator for Japanese and Korean Art

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The Tale of Genji here;  ( 
-- Oxford Text Archive A complete English translation of the work, free for non-commercial use.