GardenNews.biz - Aug 13,2012 - DENVER BOTANIC GARDENS AUGUST HAPPENINGS
SOMEONE LIKE YOU: PAINTINGS BY MARGARET KASAHARA
Aug 18 – Nov 4, 2012
Gates Garden Court Gallery
Denver Botanic Gardens
Artist Margaret Kasahara uses the lightness of kitsch and humor to explore the heavy topics of stereotypes and personal identity. As a Japanese American living in the West, her colorful images pull from Japanese pop culture and manga, as well as cowboy hats and hamburgers. Exhibition organized in collaboration with Sandra Phillips Gallery, Denver.
Reception: Wednesday, Aug. 22, 5:30 – 8 p.m. Artist Talk: 6:30pm
Margaret Kasahara was born in New York City, raised in Boulder, Colorado and currently resides in Colorado Springs. She received a BFA degree from the Kansas City Art Institute, where she graduated with honors. She has exhibited her artwork at the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, the Denver Art Museum, the Foothills Art Center in Golden, Colorado, the Gallery of Contemporary Art at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, the Harwood Museum of Art in Taos, New Mexico, the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, California, and the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center and Buell Children’s Museum in Pueblo, Colorado. Her paintings and drawings have been exhibited in gallery shows in Dallas; Houston; Kansas City, MO; New York City; Salt Lake City; Santa Fe and Toronto, Canada. She has been the recipient of national and regional awards for both her paintings and drawings. In addition to the inclusion in numerous private and corporate collections, her artwork has also been commissioned for editorial and corporate print media, including American Express, Banco de Mexico, Cunard Cruise Lines, Euro Disney/France, Four Seasons Hotel, Hyatt Regency/Japan, McDonald’s, Nordstrom and the New York Times Magazine. Additional commissions include a mural for the Town of Castle Rock, Colorado Police Department and Municipal Court Facility. She is represented by Art & Soul Gallery in Boulder and the Sandra Phillips Gallery in Denver, Colorado.