Earlier this year several members of the Minoh Art Association visited the Hutt Art Society and their president Minoru Kugo and his team have been hosting several members of the Hutt City Arts and Culture Advisory Group. While in Minoh they have soaked up local art having visited a few museums, galleries and indulged in quite a bit of Japanese culture including a tea ceremony or three.
Hutt Art Society and the Minoh Art Association are now talking details for a future art exchange.
With a long term outlook - the two art organisations have agreed to collaborate on a two-way art exchange involving a significant number of works. Plus I'm sure there will be other ways they can exchange ideas and talent.
On a visit to Katsuo-ji Temple in the hills behind MInoh we got to test out the talent within our group as we followed the customer of illustrating facial patterns on our "daruma" good luck doll. Hutt Art Society president David Balm did well with his calligraphy pen and kept his reputation intact!
Thanks to Minoru Kugo and your association members for your very generous hospitality for members of the arts group within the Mayoral delegation and allowing them to have a concurrent itinerary. Very very much appreciated!
BY JAMES LAMB, HMHFT SECRETARY