'Beauty of Wood Fire, Vol. 3'
The carved, wood-fired ceramic work of Berkeley artist Misako Kambe will be on display for the month of April at Portola Art Gallery at Allied Arts (75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park). Kambe uses a variety of carving techniques on her wheel-thrown ceramics, which then accumulate natural wood-fire ashes during the firing process, giving the work a unique look, dependent on the individual environmental conditions around each piece's creation. The gallery is open Monday-Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. An artist reception will be held Saturday, April 7, 1-4 p.m. Go to portolaartgallery.com and misakokambearts.com.
Digital art by Yanling He
The digital photography and video work of artist Yanling He will be on display at the Community School of Music and Arts' Mohr Gallery (230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View) through May 6. She was born in China and came to the U.S. to work as a computer scientist. Her interest in art developed out of a love for computer graphics and her photographic and video projects (in this exhibition:"Part I: Computational Motion Graphics," "Part II: Computational Static Visual Art" and "Part III: Photography") explore the boundary between the physical and virtual worlds. There will be an artist's reception on Friday, April 6, 6-8 p.m. Go to http://arts4all.org/events/yanling-he.
'Religion in Manga and Anime'
Stanford University's department of religious studies presents its poster exhibit, "Religion in Manga and Anime," which depicts religious influences in Japanese pop-culture. The exhibit is open to the public until April 15, Mondays-Fridays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the second floor of Stanford's East Asia Library on 518 Memorial Way. According to the exhibit, "Japan is often characterized as a highly secularized society with most Japanese describing themselves as non-religious. Nonetheless, we find many religious images and themes in manga and anime, attesting to continuing influence of Buddhism and Shinto, the two main religions in Japan." Several colorful posters present findings and in-depth analysis of religious themes in many renowned animations such as Hayao Miyazaki's Ghibli films, underscoring the prevalence of religion not only in Japanese entertainment, but its society at large. The exhibition is free. Go to Stanford events.
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