Wabi-Sabi: The 2019 Fall Art Show

We hope you have seen the announcement of our 2019 Fall Art Show. The exhibition will run from November 10 – December 15 with an Artists’ Reception on Sunday, November 10, from 3 – 5 PM.

The exhibit will feature pieces inspired by the idea of wabi-sabi. Tadao Ando explains that “Pared down to its barest essence, wabi-sabi is the Japanese art of finding beauty in imperfection and profundity in nature, of accepting the natural cycle of growth, decay, and death. It’s simple, slow, and uncluttered – reveres authenticity above all.”   Andrew Juniper says, “If an object or expression can bring about, within us, a sense of serene melancholy, and a spiritual longing, then that object could be said to be wabi-sabi.”

Visual artists are invited to submit up to three works for consideration. For more information see the event flyer.

We also invite all of you to join this community conversation about your experiences of beauty and imperfection by leaving comments below or submitting a piece that we could share as a part of this blog.

Here is the definition of Wabi-Sabi that Arlene Ashack, IBVM has provided.

Wabi
as beauty is humility, asymmetry, and imperfection, a beauty of disintegration, of soil, of autumn leaves, grass in drought, crow feathers.
 
Sabi
is a quality of stillness and solitude, a melancholy that is one of the basic human responses to and sources of beauty.
 
Wabi-Sabi
is the beauty of the withered, weathered, tarnished, scarred, intimate, coarse, earthly, evanescent, tentative, ephemeral.


If you have not stopped by the online Art Gallery lately, you are missing some impressive works by the artists that were featured in the 2018 Fall Art Show.

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