The Mill Paper and Book Arts Center will present a lecture and discussion, Japanese Aesthetics, Wabi Sabi and the Way of Tea, with Professor Emeritus Kimiko Gunji Tuesday, July 30, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Curran Building in Rhinelander.
Professor Gunji is one of the featured teachers in the Marilyn Sward Commemorative Summer Series of classes offered by the Mill Paper and Book Arts Center. In this presentation, she will discuss in depth the dominant forms of beauty in Japanese aesthetics and then will delve more deeply into the concept of wabi sabi. A demonstration of chado (the way of tea) will follow the lecture and class participants will be able to sample traditional Japanese sweets and tea (matcha).
The cost for the lecture is $10. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.
Professor Emeritus Kimiko Gunji has received numerous awards for her teaching, promoting Japanese arts and culture and for her efforts to promote and strengthen ties of friendship between the United States and Japan. Among those awards are the Champaign-Urbana International Humanitarian Award for her contribution to building a better world in 2006 and the distinguished Order of the Rising Sun award from the Japanese government, bestowed by Japan’s emperor in 2012.
The other remaining class in the annual summer series, dedicated this year to Japanese aesthetics and art forms related to papermaking, writing and book arts, is Japanese Stab Binding Bookbinding, taught by Minocqua book artist Kathleen Kimball on Saturday, Aug. 3.
For registration (which may be completed online) or more information, visit www.themillbookarts.org.