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World-Famous Ceramist Toshiko Takaezu Exhibits at MCC

(Bradenton, Fla., Feb. 21, 2005) - World-famous ceramist Toshiko Takaezu displays some of her best-known styles and dramatic new works  in an exhibit that opens with a free reception from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, March 4, in the Manatee Community College (MCC) Fine Art Gallery, building number 10, at MCC Bradenton, 5840 26th St. West. Refreshments will be served at the reception. The exhibit continues through April 7.

"The works on view were hand selected by Toshiko to represent her closed forms developed on the wheel that produce the signature look long associated with her style. Her newest work represents a possible new point of departure for her use of color and contrast that has produced a dramatic illumination not seen in previous work," said Ted Camp, chair of MCC's fine arts department.

Takaezu is represented in three books and is the subject of Toshiko Takaezu - Four Decades, which was published in 2001. A documentary about her art and philosophy is being shown in the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Born in Hawaii, she is of Japanese descent and incorporates her Zen lifestyle in her ceramic images. She is credited with helping get ceramics recognized as a major fine arts medium in the 1950s. Her work appears in museums worldwide, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Also an influential teacher, Takaezu was head of the ceramics department at Princeton University for 25 years.

Regular gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The gallery will be closed for Spring Break March 28 through April 1. For more information, call (941) 752-5225. 

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