Wednesday, Apr 26, 2006
Henry Fukuhara was 29 when he first came to Manzanar with his wife and child in 1942. Back then he painted in watercolors to ?pass the time? behind barbed wire. Now, at age 93, he returns to capture the landscape and memories of his confinement in watercolor. His works are represented in the permanent collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the San Bernardino Museum of Art, and the Japanese American National Museum. He is listed in ?Who?s Who in American Art? and is a member of the prestigious National Watercolor Society, as well as an honorary member of Watercolor West.
Mr. Fukuhara has led workshops at Manzanar for the past eight years. Starting with a modest group the expedition has grown?it now attracts over 80 painters ranging from amateurs to popular art teachers. All were drawn by their affection for Henry and an awareness of Manzanar and its historical significance.
Manzanar History Association is proud to sponsor the second annual Owens Valley show of Henry and his ?students,? many of whom are now legendary in their own right. Visitors will have the opportunity to view each artist?s emotional and creative response to Manzanar in ?Selected Artists from the Henry Fukuhara Annual Alabama Hills and Manzanar Workshop,? an art show and sale profiling dozens of works by Mr. Fukuhara and his students.
The artists? works will be featured daily from 9:00 until 5:30, April 28 through May 21 at the Manzanar National Historic Site Interpretive Center. The center is located nine miles north of Lone Pine and six miles south of Independence off U.S. Highway 395. The show is free of charge, although donations will be accepted to support future Manzanar History Association programs. The Association is a nonprofit business established in 2003 to help support educational and interpretive services at Manzanar.
For more information call Manzanar History Association at 760-878-2727 or 877-878-2727 (tollfree).
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