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Ocean beauty captured in multi-tone oils

Date Posted: 2008-09-05

A young Okinawan surfer, diver and aspiring artist is readying her first-ever exhibition, a breathtaking perspective of the ocean waters she knows so very well.

Misaki Yanagi knows all about Okinawa’s crystal clear waters and red sunsets, her artistic senses nurtured both by personal contact and by serving as an assistant to her photographer, himself a renowned underwater photographer. The budding artist has always maintained close contact with the waters surrounding Okinawa’s coastline, becoming almost one with both the waves and the sea creatures that inhabit the waters.

The 20-year-old Yanagi will be presenting her artwork September 9th through 15th at the Urasoe Art Museum. She majored in design during high school, obtaining certification as a color coordinator even as she learned the fundamentals of oil painting. Yanagi’s brush is fluent in capturing the colors, most noticeably the ocean blues and the warmth of the sun.

Yanagi introduces the beauty of the seas around Okinawa while at the same time expressing her desire to preserve nature. With this year designated as International Year of the Reef, a worldwide campaign to raise awareness of the value and importance of coral reefs, the Urasoe native says she wants to speak out against recent environmental destruction around the world.

The Urasoe Art Museum is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, except Friday when it’s open until 7 p.m. Miss Yanagi will have postcard-size art cards of her works on sale, purchasable in yen only, during the exhibition. She’s committed a portion of the profits to coral reef conservation organizations.

Visiting the Urasoe Art Museum is easy. Exit from the Okinawa Expressway at Nishihara IC, then go 10minutes on Route #330 toward Naha. It’s on your left.

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