ASC Luther Bean Museum host artist Tetsuko

(10-12-2009)

tetsuko painting

"Black Canyon of the Mind"

The Adams State College Luther Bean Museum is hosting an exhibit by artist Tetsuko of Cold Mountain from October 20 until November 11, with an opening reception from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23. The exhibit, "Shadows on the Wall", will feature a retrospective of Tetsuko's work from the last 30 years including pottery, jewelry and paintings.

This is her second art exhibit in the San Luis Valley since arriving in 2007. "I am presenting myself as an artist." She said she works in a variety of styles with a diversity of medium. Tetsuko is confined to a wheelchair and her hands are partly paralyzed. She said she continues to create work because it "keeps me alive, keeps me going."

According to Tetsuko's website, her roots as an artist come from her father and grandfather, both artists. It was from her father, Arthur, in particular that she gained her inspiration and love of art. She was formally trained at the High School of Music and Art in New York City, where she trained for four years focusing particularly on works of Abstract Expressionism. She completed the college preparatory program at her school and she won a scholarship to the Art Students League. But she temporarily halted her art career to attend the University of Chicago and pursue other interests.

For ten years she was involved political and academic work, but had to reconsider her lifestyle when she was placed in a wheelchair. She said she is receptive to the world and lets her creativity bubble up. "Since coming to the valley, it has been challenging, but also inspiring to my art and creativity. I hope to stay here a long time."

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