April 19, 2018

Global Artist Movement Exhibition at the Toyota Municipal Museum of Art

From May 16-20 the Artist Abroad, Denise Buisman Pilger, will exhibit a brand new artwork at the 18th Global Artist Movement (GAM) group exhibition at the Toyota Municipal Museum of Art in Toyota, Japan. 

The Global Artist Movement is an organization aiming to promote international exchange rich in creativity and to encourage artistic activities as an international movement.

From Wednesday - Saturday the exhibition will be open from 10am - 5pm and on Sunday from 10 am - 3pm. If you wish to meet the artist, she will be in attendance on Saturday morning and Sunday. 

Toyota Municipal Art Museum
Address 8 - 5 Kozakamoto cho, Toyota City,  Prefecture 471 - 0034 1Tel: 0565-34-6610

March 28, 2018



Spring has truly arrived in Nagoya, the Sakura are in full bloom and in Japan that means it's time for Hanami (flower viewing). Everywhere you go you will see people sitting on blankets, tatami mats and tarps under the blooming Sakura trees, having pick nicks and sipping tea or sake. In the evenings the parks around Nagoya have lanterns scattered throughout the trees bathing the sea of flowers in a beautiful pink glow, it is like this city has turned into this magical fairytale land! 

I have mostly been out and about enjoying the beauty of Japanese spring, the Sakura are only here for a short while so we enjoy it while we can :) But there has also been some precious studio time where I got to experiment with some beautiful Japanese Washi paper! I am loving the process so far, although working with paper brings a unique set of challenges but I think I'm getting to a point where I'm starting to figure out how to get the results I am looking for so keep an eye on this blog, I will be posting some pictures soon! But, because you're special, here's a little sneak peek at the stuff I'm working with ;)

I also finished the five pieces I was working on at the beginning of the year. Last week I took them out into the garden for their glamour shots. Some of these will be at the Women's Showcase at the Plastic Factory on Saturday April 14t so if you're in the Nagoya area please come out to see them in person! , Doors open at 7pm and the music starts at 8pm, tickets are ¥1500 at the door and include one drink! 

March 21, 2018

Womens Showcase at the Plastic Factory!

On Saturday April 14th you will have a chance to show your support for women in the arts here in Nagoya! Come see some amazing performances and awesome artwork by female artists at the Plastic Factory, doors open at 7pm and the music starts at 8pm, tickets are ¥1500 at the door and include one drink!

This is the event you've been waiting for! - the second ever Nagoya Women's Showcase! 
An entertaining evening of Music & Art from your favourite fully functioning female faction.

Featuring... musical performances by:
Denise Hewitt
......May Chu Chu's Cabaret of Chaos!
.........DJ Divalicious Christiahn
Special Guest: Olivia
and our very own backing band, Don't Wrestle Ron!
(Darian Gore, Yuki Angel, Coleen Wickdahl and Lesley Bartlett).

along with art exhibited by:
Gwyn Wilson
...Louise Corry
......Saddle Kobayashi
.........Denise Buisman Pilger, the Artist Abroad. Hand layered photo based mixed media paintings.

Come support some awesome female artists!
We hope to see you there!

February 25, 2018

About paints, clay and more paints!

In between classes and outings I was able to spend some quality time in the studio last week. I finished a piece and started work on another one, at the start of the year I was working on 5 Japan themed pieces and I just started work on the final one!

After that piece is finished I am going to take a little time to experiment with some Japanese paper and try something exiting that involves our 3D printer, I also bought a couple of gorgeous,, chunky live edge, Japanese Cedar blocks that deserve some love. I will probable start some new compositions while working on these experiments as well, I have a coupe of exhibitions coming up and I know Latitude 44 Gallery in Toronto has been eagerly awaiting some new work. Also, I have a bunch of empty panels in my storage room that are begging me for some love every time I open the door :)

I did't get to spend as much time in the studio as I might have wanted but there was a good reason! On Thursday I went to Kato Sensei's studio to try my hand at Japanese pottery making again. Kato Hiroshige san is a very talented pottery maker and working at his studio is an absolute joy! 

This time around I was a little more confident so I was able to be a little more daring. I created 2 small cups and 2 matcha blows, which all came out perfectly Wabi Sabi, mostly on purpose ;)

On Friday it was time for more paints at Yamato-E class. I continue to be fascinated by these vibrant paints! 

This week sensei showed me the secrets of adding little gold flakes to your painting.I was really excited to learn about this technique as it is something I might want to incorporate in future pieces. 

It is always a joy to come to Kodera san's house to paint and learn about Japanese culture together with a group of wonderful ladies!

February 13, 2018

Kites and flights and snow!

Last week I had the opportunity to join a lovely group of ladies for some Japanese kite making. When we arrived at this tiny kite shop located in the old main street near Nagoya castle, we were led through a curtain to the back and up the stairs to a large room. Boxes and boxes of kites lined the walls and some tables with supplies were set up in the center of the room.

Sensei kindly showed us hot to spread out the dollop of glue on the wooden board and how to assemble the kite and apply the glue. We had to pay close attention to the order of placement of the bamboo supports and of course it all needed to be done きちんと(neatly).

Next came the tough part, attaching the wires, getting down the knots was particularly difficult but we all managed in the end. When they were finished they still needed to dry over night so unfortunately we didn't get to fly them yet.

In Japan this past weekend was a holiday weekend, which meant hubby had some time off! So we packed up our skis and hoped on a plane to Sapporo, Hokkaido for the annual snow festival.

The snow sculptures on Odori were awe inspiring, not just because of their sheer size but also because the level of detail was out of this world! We first viewed al of them by daylight but made sure to come back in the evening to see them all lit up, they even had some with 3D mapping which was wonderful!

On Saturday we went to Niseko to do some skiing, unfortunately there was a lot of snow and fog so the visibility was quite minimal, the snow however, was amazing and the onsen afterwards felt heavenly. On our way back we stopped in Otaru where they had a beautiful snow lantern festival where hundreds of candles were floating on the canal and lining the street. It was absolutely stunning and an amazing seafood dinner in the tiniest of restaurants was definitely the perfect way to end the day!

On Sunday we explored Sapporo visiting the two additional sites of the snow festival as wel as some temples, an awesome fish market and of course the Sapporo beer museum.

In the evening we visited the Chocolate factory which actually looked like how you would want a chocolate factory to look and the beautiful light displays definitely added to there magic!

We ended the evening with an awesomely Japanese 3d projection show on a snowy field. Awesomeness!

January 28, 2018

A wonderful art filled week

Aaah, what a wonderful art filled week that was! Since my Japanese class was rescheduled to Thursday last week, I had a chance to join some friends on a trip to a local museum and tea house on Tuesday. We visited the Furukawa Art Museum where they had a beautiful exhibition about the jour seasons of Japan. I particularly enjoyed the vibrant colors and beautiful lines and was fascinated by the painting techniques used. It was very interesting to see the different traditional ways of presenting the artworks, instead of a frame the paintings are mounted using a combination of fabrics to create hanging scrolls or room divider screens.

At about three minutes walk from the museum there is a traditional Japanese tea house, which is part of the museum. The tea house is huge for Japanese standards and includes several exhibition rooms as well as a beautiful hidden garden. We enjoyed walking around the garden and exhibition rooms before settling down for the traditional matcha and sweets which was served in beautiful matcha bowls which were created by different pottery artists.

Pictured were not allowed inside the museum and tea house but I will share some pics from the beautiful garden below.

On Friday we had our first Yamato-e class of the year! As my painting was almost finished I was very eager to get back to it. I managed to finish it most of the way, except for some very special gold dust techniques which sensei will teach me about in the next class. I did already pick my next painting, which will include more of the gold dust, just so I can get a bit of extra practice with this new technique!

At the end of the week we were surprised by a beautiful blanket of snow here in Nagoya, which made for some nice views from my studio window! It also made snuggling up in my warm, cozy little studio extra enticing, I managed to finish one of the pieces I was working on and get a second one most of the way there. I expect this week I will be able to finish that second one and hopefully get a good start on the third!