Three Centuries of Japanese Prints

Local gallery and artist studio Atelier 6000 presents a new exhibit this fall celebrating the history of Japanese printmaking. “Opening Japan: Three Centuries of Japanese Prints” will be on exhibit through November at the gallery location in the upper Old Mill District.

The exhibit presents a private collection of antique Japanese woodcut prints by masters such as Kiyonaga, Hiroshige, Yoshitoshi and Hasui. Spanning the late 1700s through the early 1900s, the exhibit traces the effect of the opening of Japan to the West in the 1850s.

In 1853, the United States sent an expedition to Japan, the primary goal of which was to force an end to Japan’s 220-year-old policy of isolation and to open Japanese ports to American trade. This endeavor succeeded; both cultures were influenced over the following decades. The prints in this exhibit examine the opening of Japan, before and after.

The exhibit is free; donations are welcome. Atelier 6000 is open to the public Monday through Friday 10 to 7 p.m., Saturday 10 to 6 p.m., and Sunday 12 to 5 p.m. The exhibit closes November 20. See

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