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‘Traditional Japanese Dolls’ exhibition Dec. 9 through Jan. 15

Japanese artist to host wreath-making workshop Dec. 13

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Japanese artist Chikayo Kawagishi is hosting a free wreath-making workshop from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, in conjunction with her art exhibition of Japanese dolls being held at Wofford College from Dec. 9 through Jan. 15.

The wreath-making workshop will be held in The Commons in the Campus Life Building. The exhibition, titled “Chikayo Kawagishi: Traditional Japanese Dolls,” will be on exhibit in the Martha Cloud Chapman Gallery in the Campus Life Building.

All materials for the workshop will be provided, and participants will make small Christmas wreaths to take home.

An artist talk and closing reception, free and open to the public, will be held from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, in the gallery.

Kawagishi studied doll making in Nara, Japan, and has been a craft teacher for more than 20 years. She has exhibited her dolls since 1998 and has received various awards in doll-making festivals, including the grand prize in the Verde Doll Festival in 2009.

The exhibition at Wofford displays the Fox Wedding, a traditional story in the Asian world; dolls representing the animals of the Japanese zodiac; and other traditional dolls, created with the assistance of Fumiko Hanaya, a student of the artist.