Mizuya is heading to beautiful Door Country, Wisconsin next weekend to co-curate an exhibit of Japanese textiles and tableware at the Linden Gallery. The gallery’s founders — Brian and Jeanee Linden — have created a Chinese oasis in the north woods, and a visit to their gallery is like taking a trip to China. I was lucky enough to also stay at their exceptional learning retreat (it’s SO much more than a hotel), the Linden Center in Xizhou, China last October. The gallery and center both serve as vehicles to allow the Lindens to share their love of Chinese culture with the West.
But they love Japan — and Japanese antiques — as well, which is how this exhibit came to fruition. On July 30 and 31 from 10:00am to 5:00pm, my husband Kirk and I will be on hand to share our love of Japanese antiques and talk to visitors about how living with beautiful (yet entirely useful) objects can help bring a measure of richness and calm into our lives, causing us to slow down and reflect upon the present.
This is particularly true of tableware, especially in the Japanese tradition. Perhaps no other culture pays such close attention to the presentation of food; even for simple home-cooked meals. So at 3:oopm on both Saturday and Sunday, I’ll give a talk about the special role tableware plays in Japanese cuisine, and will give a demonstration on Japanese plating and table setting. If you’re in the neighborhood, please come and join us!
Read the article in the July 27 issue of the Door County Gazette about the show.