Japanese Send Art To Maryland Seniors Works Came From Senior Center In Sister City

October 11, 1990|By Jennifer Keats | Jennifer Keats,Contributing writer

In a brightly lighted conference room at the Pascal Senior Center on Dorsey Road, artwork depicting Japanese houses, people and landscapes is prominently displayed.

The matted and framed works are woodblock prints, the products of one teacher, Reiko Ohnuki, and 13 of her students from a senior center in Maryland's Japanese sister state, Kanagawa.

The projects, which will be donated to the Department of Aging after the exhibit, have come from the Kamkura City Senior Citizens' Welfare and Culture Center, one of four senior centers in Kamakura City.

The center offers many classes besides woodblock printing, including watercolor painting, Chinese painting, English conversation, ikebana and haiku.

KCSW and CC differs slightly from senior centers in the United States.

The center serves about 1,200 seniors each year and is free. The seniors must buy their own materials.

Ohnuki taught woodblock printing for several years at U.S. military bases before she started teaching at the senior center.

She arrived in the United States last week with the Director of Administration of the Kanagawa International Association, Toshiyuki Abe, to begin a traveling art show. KIA and KCSW and CC planned to send the artworks to the senior centers in Maryland with the hope of beginning an exchange program between the sister states.

Ohnuki and Abe, with the help of an interpreter, Yukiko Sasaki Alam, exchanged ideas about the Maryland Senior Citizens' Programs and about future exhibits from Maryland.

Meeting members were curious about what would be of interest to the Japanese people. Future exchanges also were discussed.

The director of the Pascal Senior Center, Ann Wagner, expressed hope for future opportunities both to visit Kanagawa and to continue exchanging exhibits.

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