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Asian Canadian Artist Showcase and Art Auction

The Japanese Canadian National Museum is holding an art exhibition and silent auction to promote Asian Canadian artists in the community.  The National Nikkei Museum & Heritage Centre is a multi-use facility  that houses the National Nikkei Heritage Centre and the Japanese Canadian National Museum. 

The showcase of Asian Canadian artists features works by a diverse group of contemporary and traditional artists and artisan.  All the work has been generously donated, including painting, photography, sculpture, ceramics, mixed media, jewelry and other media. The art showcase is open Tuesday - Saturday from 11 am – 5 pm, by donation, until April 9, 2010

The Centre’s mandate promotes better understanding and appreciation by all Canadians of Japanese Canadian culture and heritage.  Through public programs, exhibits, services, publications and public use of the facilities including special events,  it encourages an awareness by all Canadians of the contribution of Japanese Canadians to Canadian society. The showcase and auction will help raise funds and awareness about the Museum and Centre.

The Silent Auction will be held Friday, April 9, from 6 – 9 pm. Tickets are $40. There will be artwork by 50 emerging and established artists, live entertainment and a buffet dinner provided by Chef Yamamoto from Hi Genki, Pings wings Wandering ‘Wok, Miku, The Eatery and CAKE-YA.  Dance performances by Yavoi, Lesie Uyeda and Heather Pawsey (piano and vocals) and Nishihara & Kage who will enliven the Ellipse Lobby.  the evening will be MCed by actor and radio personality Tetsuro Shigematsu.

On Friday, March 26 at 7 pm, there will be a screening of a new film, Takao Tanabe: A work of Art, a biographical portrait of one of Canada’s greatest painters who was born near Prince Rupert.  Now in his early 80’s, Tanabe still paints and continues to push boundaries in art.  A question and answer session and refreshments will follow the screening. Admission by donation.

National Nikkei Museum & Heritage Centre

6688 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby BC

Telephone: 604-777-7000 (ext 109)   or email Program Coordinator & Museum Assistant, Nichola Ogiwara  nogiwara@nikkeiplace.org

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POSTER CREDITS:  National Nikkei Museum & Heritage Centre

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