JMAM “turning Japanese”
by Alan Reed
Sep 06, 2006 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
JMAM Administrator Paula Lisowski displays a windsock depicting a koi goldfish that is part of the Holeman Japanese Paper Art Collection to be displayed from September 8 through October 22.
JMAM Administrator Paula Lisowski displays a windsock depicting a koi goldfish that is part of the Holeman Japanese Paper Art Collection to be displayed from September 8 through October 22.
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Janice Mason Art Museum Director Paula Lisowski is excited about the Japanese Paper Art exhibit slated to run from September 8 through October 22.

“We have hundreds, if not a thousand of pieces in this exhibit. Once we get it out, we will know just how many we have,” Lisowski said of the collection on loan from Dawson Springs Museum and Art Center Curator Claude Holeman.

Lisowski said that Holeman lived in Japan for 36 years as a civilian employee for the United States Air Force. “He came home with three tons of art from Japan, and has continued his collection. There are calendars, a lot of postcards and greeting cards, stationary, origami and other pieces.”

Among the larger and more dramatic pieces of Holeman’s collection are paper windsocks and kites, lanterns, delicate parasols, and calligraphy. Many everyday items from Japan carry an artistic flourish through paper, such as chopstick and toothpick covers, stationary, coasters and pencil cases.

In his comments as the curator of the Dawson Springs Museum, Holeman said, “Paper. We humans can’t get along without it. We use it for everything, from mundane things to glorious art. Living as long as I did in Japan, I couldn’t help but be aware of how important paper is to the Japanese. They use it, both handmade and machine made, for so many artistic things, both profound and minor.”

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