Japan has a rich and venerable art history that predates Western art by centuries, beginning with ancient ceramics and sculptures to today's anime and manga, genres Japanese artists gave to the world in the 20th century.
Two new exhibitions celebrate another great artistic tradition from the Land of the Rising Sun, Japanese textiles.
"Japanese Textiles and Prints" opens Friday at the Polk Museum of Art, 800 E Palmetto St., Lakeland. It features a collection that was given to the museum and includes a hand-painted silk bridal kimono dating from the 1940s and 1950s, shown at far left. Also opening at the museum is "Functional Ceramics." Both continue through June 27. A reception is from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday with a talk by Jason Steuber, curator of Asian art at the Harn Museum. Light refreshments and cash bar, $10. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Adults $5, seniors $4, students with ID free. polkmuseumofart.org or (863) 688-7743.
At Salt Creek Artworks, 1600 Fourth St. S, St. Petersburg, painter Misao Adachi explores his Japanese heritage in realist works that celebrate tradition in the contemporary world as in the acrylic painting at left titled Seijin, named for the Coming of Age holiday held in the country in January. A free opening reception is from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday. The show continues through May 1. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Free. saltcreekartworks.com.
Lennie Bennett, Times art critic