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Akara Gallery beckons art lovers

Date Posted: 2011-04-07

Bokunen Naka has a new passion, and he’s sharing it with local and international communities at his Bokunen Art Museum now open at American Village in Chatan.

The 58-year-old Okinawa contemporary artist, who’s been staging shows and exhibits for well over a decade, designed the odd shaped building in American Village that houses the Bokunen Art Museum, his Akara Gallery, the Janosz café and a Habu Box. Admission to the art museum is ¥500, with special prices offered to groups. Reservations can be made at (098) 926-2784.

The Bokunen Art Museum is open daily 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Naka’s Akara Gallery, featuring a variety of his creations in everything from woodblock to fabric and paintings, is open 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Born on Izena Island in 1953, Bokunen Naka moved to the main island of Okinawa at age 16. His graphic artistry expresses the interweave of the sights, sounds touch and bouquets of the island, in illustrations, silk screens, bas relief, and prints. His recent techniques of background stained wood printing allows heightened vibrancy of color. Bokunen exhibits both throughout Japan and abroad.

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