Tama Art University alums were invited to have an exhibit at the Fort Lee Public Library to usher in the New Year, the year of the Monkey.
Twenty artists are represented in the show, which runs through February 26, in the Library’s gallery.
“Last spring we had a small show in the front alcove of the library,” says Keiko Koshimitsu, participating artist and member of the Tama Art University Alumni Association.
That show was so well received that the library program director, Olga Kuharets, invited them to spread out into the main exhibit space on the Lower Floor Gallery for the current exhibit.
Although the artists are alumni of Tama Art University, Koshimitsu notes that they attended the school at different periods and did not meet until they began to network as artists and residents of the New York/New Jersey metro area.
In the current exhibition, Tama alums share the space with local Japanese artists who were invited to join the group show.
At the opening reception, besides sharing a ritual New Year’s toast of sake, the group presented an original musical performance of “Sound Art” with Ken Kobayashi (Percussion), Kaito Nakahori (Piano, Laptop), and Seungjin Lee (Voice, Laptop).
“Much of the originality of our art comes from a fundamental concept of love and friendship for a better world,” says Koshimitsu.