Isohi is one of only a handful of Japanese women to earn recognition in the bamboo arts. Born in Otawara City, Tochigi Prefecture, Isohi studied the Sogetsu style of flower arrangement and the Sencha tea ceremony. Her desire to arrange flowers in her own baskets led her to a class in 1997 with local bamboo teacher Yagisawa Tadashi, son of well-known artist Yagisawa Keizo. Isohi advanced rapidly and her baskets won many awards at the All Japan Amateur Bamboo Art Competitions. One of her award-winning pieces was purchased by the local museum.
Not satisfied with her achievement, she consulted with Katsushiro Soho, a Living National Treasure in Bamboo Art, who lives in Tochigi Prefecture. He encouraged Isohi to submit her work to the Japan Traditional Craft Arts Exhibition, an annual competition among professional artists. In 2005, she became the third woman bamboo artist to gain full membership in the Japan Craft Arts Association.
Among the numerous awards and prizes, Isohi’s biggest achievement was winning Best of Show at the 2010 Japan Traditional Craft Arts Exhibition. There are only three bamboo artists ever to have won this prize in the 62-year history of this prestigious art competition in Japan.
The artist used to hate her given name, “Setsuko,” because of how old-fashioned it sounds. However, since it contains the Chinese character for “bamboo node”, she now likes her name. “I believe it was my destiny to become a bamboo artist.”
The opening is Friday, July 30 from 5 – 7pm. Unfortunately, the artist will not be present.
TAI Modern is open Monday through Saturday from 10am-5pm.
Over the last three decades, Los Angeles-based artist Mary Weatherford has developed a rich and diverse painting practice: from early target paintings in the 1990s based on operatic heroines, to expansive, gestural canvases overlaid with neon glass-tubing that brought attention to Weatherford’s practice in the 2010s. Mary Weatherford: Canyon—Daisy—Eden presents a survey of Weatherford’s career, drawing from several distinct bodies of work made between 1989–2017. As constant experiments with color, scale, and materials, these works reveal the continuity of Weatherford’s preoccupation … Read More
This year’s Traditional Spanish Market on the Santa Fe Plaza and surrounding streets is a go for Saturday and Sunday, July 24 and 25. There will not be a preview or awards competition this year, however. Learn more about this year’s market here. This market was first held in Santa Fe in 1926. Rigorous standards were developed to ensure that Spanish Market artists participated in regional Hispanic heritage and they were juried into art categories that represent the established traditional … Read More
ART TENT SATURDAYS at Eye on the Mountain Art Gallery, Saturdays 11am – 3pm throughout the month of July 2021! Starting Saturday, July 3, meet us outdoors behind the gallery in the newly renovated back parking area for a colorful array of artworks, gifts, jewelry, fashion, & more in the unique art tent.