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Around the House

Noriko Hasegawa's Watercolors
December 17, 2004
- January 30, 2005

The Quicksilver Mine Co. in downtown Forestville presents a solo exhibition of recent watercolors by west Sonoma County artist Noriko Hasegawa beginning December 17th. Titled "Around the House," this show will continue through January 30th.

Hasegawa, born in a small village in Japan called Toyama-ken, moved to New York with her husband in 1971. Trained as a pharmaceutical researcher, she also studied Ikebana (Japanese flower arrangement), and has always been an ardent gardener. While raising her family in New York, she began painting flowers in her garden in watercolor. In the 1980s she began serious study of the medium with Tom Holland and Ed Brohel of SUNY Plattsburg.

In 1987, the Hasegawas moved to Sebastopol, California, and Noriko began to focus more on painting (home) interiors. Everyday objects, and "things found around the house" are her subjects in her show at Quicksilver. "The effect of light on flowers, interiors, and everyday objects has been a consistent theme in my work," says Hasegawa. "I use the effects of light to create a new dynamic, which makes ordinary things become special." Working close-up, or looking down and into a subject, results in paintings which Robert Johnson of the Achenback Foundation has described as "abstract (painting) with a realistic manner."

Noriko Hasegawa's art is in the permanent collection of The California Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco, The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington D.C., and others. Selected exhibitions include solo shows at the Chattahoochee Valley Art Museum (Georgia), SUNY Plattsburg Art Museum (New York), and at the Ren Brown Collection in Bodega Bay.

Noriko Hasegawa in the Studio
Noriko Hasegawa in the Studio


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"Brown White" Watercolor by Noriko Hasegawa
"Brown & White"
Watercolor 22" x 30" 2004
"Untitled" Watercolor by Noriko Hasegawa
"Untitled" Watercolor 22" x 30" 2004
"Circle of Bags" Watercolor by Noriko Hasegawa
"Circle of Bags" Watercolor 22" x 30" 2004

A Reception for the Artist will be held on Saturday, December 18th, from 4—6 p.m.