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'Touch wood' at Tohono Chul Park

Special display of Lynne Yamaguchi's bowls part of 'art beyond sight' awareness month

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Posted: Tuesday, September 29, 2009 11:00 pm | Updated: 1:22 pm, Mon Apr 18, 2011.

During October, Tohono Chul Park is featuring the work of Lynne Yamaguchi, whose turned wood bowls are made to be touched.

Residents, and local vision loss organizations, are invited to "Touch Wood: A Hands-on Tour of Lynne Yamaguchi's Turned Bowls," in the Exhibit House through the month.

Guests can meet Yamaguchi on Tuesday, Oct. 13, from 10 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 3 p.m. She'll be in the park's Children's Ramada, informally talking about her art and sharing a number of the bowls.

Tohono Chul Park joins more than 200 partnering institutions around the world who are celebrating October as "Art Beyond Sight Awareness Month," an annual project of Art Education for the Blind designed to provide "unique opportunities for people with vision loss to experience and benefit from the arts," a release said. A listing of Awareness Month programs can be found at www.artbeyondsight.org.

When wood artist Lynne Yamaguchi was a child, her family visited a town in Bavaria known for its woodcarving. As souvenirs, they bought several finely turned wood bowls and a small vase, which Lynne still owns. Her love of wood began with those vessels; she enjoyed cupping them in her hands and stroking their shaped smoothness.

When she took up woodturning herself, Lynne combined that elemental love of the material and form with her Japanese heritage that "emphasizes a philosophy of practice as applied to crafts, a worldview that sees wood as an expression of living energy, and an aesthetic that embraces the humble as well as the elegant.

"For her, perfection in woodturning is an expression of the wood's essential nature, flaws and all," the release said.

For more information about Touch Wood: A Hands-on Tour of Lynne Yamaguchi's Turned Bowls, contact Peggy Hazard after Oct. 5 at peggyhazard@tohonochulpark.org or 520-742-6455 x217.

For more about the art of Lynne Yamaguchi, see her website, www.lynneyamaguchi.com.

Touch Wood is free with park admission ($7 with discounts for seniors, students, children and active military). Group discounts are available; contact Min Johnson to make arrangements: 520-742-6455 x235 or minjohnson@tohonochulpark.org.

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