HOLIDAY ART MART & WINTER CELEBRATION

AAWAA Holiday Art Fair - Save the Date (1)

 

We are excited to launch our 1st Annual Holiday Art Mart & Winter Celebration, a space to gather community of friends and loved ones, enjoy great music, sweet treats, and to shop for unique custom-made gifts from many of the amazing artists we know. Check out our lineup of vendors and entertainment below (more to be announced). An opportunity to celebrate each other in the amazing work that we all do, we hope you can join us!

Featured Vendors

Colourdance – From Eastern tradition and Western education have evolved international artist Keiki Fujita’s textile art for over 30 years creating original paintings on silk that she transforms into one-of-a-kind wearable art, accessories, custom interior and environmental creations. Keiki is a graduate in Design from UC Davis, held an artist residency and apprenticeship at the most innovative kimono painting studio in Kyoto, Japan under master oil painter Nishihiro Fujita, where she learned the Musen Yuzen kimono painting technique created by Sensei Fujita. This was the basis of her training which lead her to further evolve her own unique painting styles and techniques. Keiki’s artworks have been documented at the de Young Museum in the Textile Art Council, “Obiko Artwear Archives” project, commissioned by the Asian Art Museum, sold in boutiques and galleries across the country and in Japan and Europe. Her works are appreciated by many, including Linda Rhonstadt, the late Elizabeth Taylor, Whoopi Goldberg, Marilu Henner, Sela Ward, and Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin. Keiki’s next calling in life of blending her art to “HeART’s Power” is to share her message and mission of stepping into one’s own power, take responsibility, and bring inspiration for the well-being of ourselves communicating the sense of Oneness and New World Consciousness with all of Humanity, Mother Earth and beyond.

Diana Chin – Chin has been learning and practicing pottery as an art form for the past 5 years. She enjoys hand building as it provides an opportunity to texturize the clay and mold it to the shapes she feels are appealing. Diana hopes provide inspiration to others who are in search of their artistic endeavors.

Eastwind Books of Berkeley – Eastwind has been the premiere Asian American bookstore in the Bay Area offering history, fiction, children’s, cook, and other books genres since 1996.

Erina Kautz – Erina Kautz was born in Japan and studied art at Osaka Collage of Art and Design and transferred to Memphis Collage of Art where she majored in illustration. Living in NYC after college, she worked for one of the most famous Japanese modern artists, Takashi Murakami. At Takashi’s studio, Kaikai Kiki in NY, she became the chief painter and studio director. Recently living in the Bay Area and San Francisco, she is an active member of the Japanese Community. She has been known to volunteer her artistic abilities and donate works of art to raise funds for the community she cherishes.

Estelle Akamine – Estelle Akamine has been a practicing textile artist since 1985 with an MFA in sculpture. Local public art includes large metal quilts in hospitals and government bldgs. Long dubbed “The Shoe Lady” for her shoe sculptures, Estelle now creates small weaving explorations in her Unruly Basket Series in felt and yarn. She is also a proud member of the public school teaching profession. Her studio is at Hunters Point Shipyard.

Jade Chocolates (Sat only) – Mindy Fong, owner of Jade Chocolates, transformed her artistic background as an architectural designer into artisan chocolates. Jade Chocolates is an internationally awarded chocolate company based on Asian and Pacific Island flavors.

Karla Korazon – A Filipino-American Visual Artist, BFA from The University of the Philippines. Has been living in San Francisco for the past decade in her continual search of her Filipino identity through her art, body, and soul.

Kenshin Sake – A new online Japanese sake store based in San Francisco that is passionate about sake. We take care to hand select and curate the best bottles of sake from around the world. We strive to bring out the full potential of sake and share that with you.

Kumiko Mayer – A painter and photographer of light. She hopes her art evokes hope and love for its viewers. Kumiko has participated in many London world competitions in painting and photography and was awarded the 2016 Nikon UK World Competition Prize for photography. She has also exhibited in numerous museums in Japan.

Nervous House Designs – Founded by Hawaiian-born painter and assemblage artist, Maggie Yee. Yee is a visual storyteller of reactions to her personal experiences and environment.

Reiko Fujii – Reiko Fujii is an artist/storyteller. With a sensitive heart, an artist’s eye and an enthusiasm to capture the ordinary and not-so-ordinary she tells stories in photography, fused glass, book arts, video, performance, and installation. The items made for this event is an extension of her “CURATING JOY” installation, which she exhibits with A PLACE OF HER OWN Collective. Each wildlife and nature photograph represents a snippet of the wonder she experiences during her life’s journey. CURATE JOY in your life!

Shari DeBoer – Shari Arai DeBoer is a visual artist working in printmaking, watercolor and book arts. Inspired by wonders of the natural world and minutiae of everyday life, she combines these media in her etchings and books.

Sharon Tong-Robinson – As an independent Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, Sharon runs her home-based business selling, teaching, and sharing handmade creations from the heart. She works with people to help them connect with their inner creativity and imagination.

Shastica – Hand crafted herbal remedies from Mt. Shasta based apothecary Yasuko Morikawa

Steph Dere (Sun only) – Steph Dere is a freelance Story Artist working in feature animation, advertising, and game industries. Companies and projects include: Madagascar 3, Tonko House, Got Milk, and Zynga mobile games. (Sunday only)

StillnessJourney – Founded by Elaine Jin Louie, she designs and creates her work in a smoke free studio in Northern California.  Each knit fiber piece is designed, crafted, and handmade with care and is wonderfully quirky and unique. She works with local farmers and vendors to build interesting detailed textural pieces.

Terry Ow-Wing Designs – Kilnformed Glass Art created by Terry Ow-Wing. Featuring one of a kind designs that are Architectural and Asian influenced as well as Ikebana flower stands, sushi plates, clocks, and jewelry.

Tina Kashiwagi – Tina Michiko Kashiwagi is an interdisciplinary artist residing in Oakland, California. Her practice ranges from painting, photography, sculpture, installation, performance and new media. Experimentation plays a crucial role in Kashiwagi’s work which often tells personal stories such as her cultural heritage and struggles with mental illness. Kashiwagi received her BFA in Art Education at San Francisco State University and contributes to the visual direction of Oakland art collective, Macro Waves. This year she exhibited in AAWAA’s “Shifting Movements” exhibition commemorating social activist Yuri Kochiyama – curated by Michelle A. Lee. Kashiwagi’s art installation, “Past but Never Forgotten” was reviewed in the SF Chronicle.

Yume Glass Art – One of a kind, handmade Japanese kimono remake clothing and accessories created by artist Yoshiko Suzuki.

 

Entertainment & Special Presentations Schedule

Saturday, December 9

12:00pm – Artist Talk: Keiki Fujita

From Eastern tradition and Western education have evolved international artist Keiki Fujita’s textile art for over 30 years creating original paintings on silk that she transforms into one-of-a-kind wearable art, accessories, custom interior and environmental creations. Keiki’s artworks have been documented at the de Young Museum in the Textile Art Council, “Obiko Artwear Archives” project, commissioned by the Asian Art Museum, sold in boutiques and galleries across the country and in Japan and Europe. Her works are appreciated by many, including Linda Rhonstadt, the late Elizabeth Taylor, Whoopi Goldberg, Marilu Henner, Sela Ward, and Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin. Hear where Keiki’s journey is headed next. colourdance.com

12:00pm-4:00pm – Demo: Intuitive Energy Healing with Amy Grace Lam
Amy Grace Lam, Ph.D., is an intuitive energy healer and coach dedicated to social justice and personal-collective-intergenerational healing. Amy facilitates people to connect more deeply to their inner wisdom and find alignment in their body-mind-spirit. Amy’s work integrates all three levels: spiritual (shamanic-ancestral), somatic (Chinese acupressure tapping) and mental (psychology) to support deep healing. Her goal is to empower people to find home within themselves. Learn more about Intuitive Energy Healing.

 

Sunday, December 10

12:00pm – Workshop: Aedan Fermented Foods | Workshop Registration

Aedan brings Japanese fermented foods that are essential to flavor and health of every traditional Japanese meal. Our cornerstone product is hand-crafted fresh koji (Aspergillus oryzae). Koji is a natural, enzyme-rich ingredient that is the starter to make miso, sake, amazake, shiokoji, mirin and vinegar. Aedan provides a variety of products based on this hand-crafted koji. We use only organic non-GMO ingredients. Using Aeden’s fresh artisanal koji products you can create so many nourishing meals loaded with umami. aedansf.com

 

1:00 pm – Music Performance: Faith Ako

Bay Area’s premier female artist in Traditional/Contemporary Hawaiian music for more than a decade, Faith Ako has long graced the West Coast with her versatile voice. She won two Hawaiian Music Awards and a Hawaiian genre Grammy entry in 2010. A longtime resident of Northern California, Faith has been performing and preserving Hawaiian Music for more than a decade. She has brought her deep soul tones and island blends to appreciative audiences throughout Sonoma County, the greater Bay Area, Southern California and her home state of Hawai’i. faithako.com

 

2:00 pm – Artist Talk: Steph Dere

Steph Dere is a freelance Story Artist working in feature animation, advertising, and game industries. Companies and projects include: Madagascar 3, Tonko House, Got Milk, and Zynga mobile games. Steph will broadly discuss her journey with art: the early years, going to art school at 30, my experience in the animation and game industry, and how to keep working as an artist. instagram: @stephsketch

 

4:00 pm – Music Performance: Tamiko and Charlie

Since their chance meeting at a cafe, singer-songwriter Tamiko Wong and musician-storyteller Charlie Chin have become involved in a musical partnership. Tamiko, who has served as an arts administrator and state commissioner, became a mother and a complete life revolution was set into motion. Charlie is one of the pioneers of Asian American Music and with Nobuko Miyamoto and Chris Iijima, produced the first album of Asian American music, “Grain of Sand” in 1973. Already popular at various venues in San Francisco’s Chinatown and Japantown, under the name “Tamiko and the Naughty Potatoes,” Tamiko & Charlie perform at open mics, sing-alongs, and community events. Drawing on Chinese, Japanese, Latin American, and California traditions, they offer a musical program that reflects America today.