The Art of Fumiyo Yoshikawa A Place Where Memories and Thoughts are Shared

October 16, 2012

Contact: Michele McKenzie -- phone: 510-981-6240

Bay Area artist, Fumiyo Yoshikawa, exhibits sumi-e and nihonga paintings in the Berkeley Public Library Central Catalog Lobby, 2090 Kittredge at Shattuck, downtown Berkeley, from November 5th through February 3rd.  A native of Japan, Yoshikawa uses traditional nihonga and sumi-e Japanese methods of ink painting originating in China with a spiritual basis in Zen Buddhism.  This form of expressing nature’s colors through shades of black ink has been popular in China, Korea and Japan for many centuries.  Yoshikawa continues to explore these traditional techniques in her contemporary abstract and figurative paintings on display in the exhibition.  She has exhibited extensively throughout Japan, Colorado and the Bay Area.  Yoshikawa has demonstrated the nihonga technique at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco and is currently teaching sumi-e brush and watercolor painting at the Albany Community Center.  Access to the exhibit is available during the library’s open hours: Monday 12:00 – 8:00; Tuesday 10:00- 8:00; Wednesday - Saturday, 10:00 – 6:00; Sunday 1:00 – 5:00. All are invited to meet Fumiyo Yoshikawa and discuss her work during a FREE artist’s reception on Sunday afternoon, November 11th, at 2:00 pm in Berkeley Public Library’s Central Catalog Lobby. Wheelchair accessible.  Sponsored by the Friends of the Library (  For more information, call 510-981-6100 or connect

Yume no Kakera 5

Yume no Kakera 5. 2011
12x29, Sumi-ink on paper, mounted on painted paper

Manazashi 2

Manazashi 2.0 2011
24x24, Sumi-ink, nihonga pigments on canvas.