April Exhibit Features Manga-Style Paintings

March 25, 2024

The Decatur Area Arts Council will host an exhibit by artist Jave Yoshimoto entitled "Evanescent Encounter," April 5-25, 2024, in the Anne Lloyd Gallery at the Madden Arts Center in downtown Decatur.

The opening reception for the exhibit will be part of Downtown Decatur’s First Friday Gallery Walk on April 5, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Jave Yoshimoto creates brilliantly colored gouache paintings that infuse traditional Japanese prints with contemporary depictions of modern disasters. He entices his viewers with stunning, colored-block images and captures their undivided attention with poignant depictions of destruction, both natural and manmade. Yoshimoto works in a graphic style reminiscent of Japanese Manga, loading his work with the saturated imagery and emotion often associated with modern-day media coverage of such events.

Born in Japan to Chinese parents, but raised in America, Yoshimoto often explores the convergence of tradition and contemporary society in his work and is influenced by pop culture in America, China, and Japan.

First Friday Gallery Walk: Fri., April 5, 2024, 5-7 p.m.

The event is open free to the public and includes three galleries:

  • Anne Lloyd Gallery - 125 N. Water St.
    Music and light refreshments
  • Madden Arts Center, 3rd floor
    Gallery 510 Arts in Education reception
  • Gallery 510 - 160 E. Main St.
    Artist Remarks - 6:30 pm
    Featured artist: Tracey Maras
  • Blue Connection - 117 N. Water St.

Gallery Field Trips

Field trips are available to school and community groups of all ages. Field trips include a guided tour through the gallery exhibit and a related instructor-led art project in the studio. By appointment only during regular gallery hours Monday-Friday. Ask about possible scholarships!

This exhibit is sponsored in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Illinois Arts Council Agency, and generous local donors.

For more information, visit this WEB PAGE, find us on Facebook, call 217-423-3189, or email arts4all@decaturarts.org.


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