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April 30, 2008 > Geisha and Gardens

Geisha and Gardens

By Mona Shah

Can anything be more seductive than the notion of a geisha garden? The award winning movie "Memoirs of a Geisha," included scenes shot in such a beautiful traditional Japanese garden. Experiencing the minimalist style of a typical Japanese garden in springtime, when the air is filled with spectacular clouds of pink and white cherry blossoms and cascading wisteria, is nothing short of sensational.

Imagine strolling through the Japanese Hakone Gardens (located just above the village area of Saratoga) and seeing the spectacle of Japanese Geisha and Gardens through the eyes of artists Adriane Dedic and Denise Oyama Miller. Oyama Miller's paintings of Japanese gardens and koi ponds are inspired by the natural beauty of the landscape of the Hakone Gardens and other Japanese gardens on the West Coast. Dedic's art of the geisha is inspired by Japanese woodcuts from the Ukiyo-e genre.

Studying with master printmakers, Dedic has been exploring a multitude of printmaking techniques for more than 30 years. Her figurative pieces have won awards at national and international juried shows. Elegantly patterned kimonos are featured in her geisha series that combines elements of traditional Japanese wood cuts with contemporary etching, dry point engraving and digital printmaking techniques.

Oyama Miller's art is inspired by the colors and textures of nature, landscapes, floral's, and animals. Her watercolors, mixed media collage pieces, and stunning quilts have won many awards and are included in private collections. She has traveled to several world famous Japanese Gardens on the West Coast to sketch the intimate landscapes in "Geisha and Gardens." Her painting, "Meditation," is of the Hakone Zen Garden, which was the setting for a scene in "Memoirs of a Geisha."

The Tri-City community is invited to meet the artists at a reception on Thursday, May 8 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. For those who would like to attend the reception, please RSVP by May 1 to Denise Oyama Miller at (510) 651-8593 or email at deniseoyamamiller@comcast.net.

The reception will feature a special Taiko drum performance at 7 p.m. plus original art and gift items designed by the artists.

There will be a $5 entrance fee to Hakone Gardens excluding Hakone Foundation members. To become a member of Hakone Foundation, call (408) 741-4994. (Call prior to a visit to make sure that the Cultural Exchange Center is not closed for a special event.)

Geisha and Gardens - Artist Reception
Thursday, May 8
6 p.m. to 8:30.p.m.

Artwork of Adriane Dedic and Denise Oyama Miller
May 1 - May 31
Cultural Exchange Center
Hakone Japanese Gardens
21000 Big Basin Way, Saratoga
(408) 741-4994

Weekdays - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Weekends - 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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