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Denmark Aquarium + Aviary: Art by Jean Kigel

Posted June 13, 2012, at 1:52 p.m.

Would you believe there’s an Aquarium and Aviary at the Denmark Arts Center! Come see Jean Kigel’s gyotaku monoprints and Asian brush bird paintings from June 29 through August 2nd at 50 West Main Street, Denmark, Maine. The public is invited to the Artist Reception on Friday June 29, beginning at 5:00 PM. Free.

Down East meets Far East as award-winning, Mid-coast Maine artist, Jean Kigel, transforms the main hall of the DAC into an oriental aquarium and aviary with a showing of her celebrated gyotaku fish prints and sumi-e birds. Jean Kigel specializes in Asian brush painting executed with watercolors and sumi on hand-made, Chinese papers and silk. Her work is characterized by minimalism and the use of negative space. She has traveled widely in Japan and China, and has studied with Japanese, Chinese and Vietnamese masters both abroad and in the United States.

The reception is followed by an Asian brush workshop the next day from 10:00AM – 2:00PM on Saturday June 30. Join visiting artist Jean Kigel to learn how to master the deceptively simple art of Asian brush painting. Jean will demonstrate using bamboo brushes, watercolors, and sumi ink on rice paper. Students will leave class with an original painting. Beginners and intermediates.$10. Includes supplies.

Continuing the Eastern theme, on July 8 at 6:00 PM , enjoy a mouth-watering film in regal style, with homemade sushi, miso soup, and seaweed salad, courtesy of DAC chef-in-residence and Japanese scholar Jamie Hook. Mochi for dessert. BYOS (for Sake). The film, Jiro Dreams of Sushi, features the proprietor of Sukiyabashi Jiro, a 10-seat, sushi-only restaurant inauspiciously located in a Tokyo subway station. Despite its humble appearances, it is the first restaurant of its kind to be awarded a prestigious 3 star Michelin review, and sushi lovers from around the globe make repeated pilgrimage, calling months in advance and shelling out top dollar for a coveted seat at Jiro’s sushi bar. $10. for dinner and film .

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And on Sunday, July 15 at 4:00 PM view Tonari no Totoro , quite simply one of the best films about childhood and summer ever made. Telling the deceptively simple story of two girls moving to a new house in the country, Tonari no Totoro observes with heart-aching precision and gorgeous animation the always magical, and sometimes terrifying, world of children. Dubbed in English $5. Suggested.

Gallery hours are Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 2pm to 4pm, or by appointment. FMI call 207 452-2412 or visit http://www.denmarkarts.org/shows/2012-exhibitions/

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