The Clark Center for Japanese Art & Culture

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15770 Tenth Avenue, Hanford, CA, USA - 559-582-4915

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nice place for those interested in Japanese arts... Aug 24, 2013
My daughter is very interested in Japanese Arts so we made plans to visit The Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture Museum one lazy afternoon. It took us a bit to find the art center. It is located about 6 miles south of the main town. Once we were headed in the correct direction, it was easy to spot the Japanese style building as we were driving along 10th Avenue. Its location might be “out in the country” but the surrounding is beautiful, serene and it is a cultural oasis. The Clark’s property is situated in the middle of fruit orchards, and nut plantations.

The Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture was founded in 1995 by Hanford citizens, Elizabeth and Bill Clark. They opened a center to showcase their collections through exhibits. Their aim also is to educate the public about works of fine art from Japan. The center is also open for students to study and use the library for research. Within the compound is also the Clark's home which looks amazingly authentic in its Japanese architecture and style. The house is surrounded by lush gardens and a beautiful pond.

The Japanese Art collections are original artworks from the 12th into 21st century.

Clark Center showcases three to four thematic exhibitions per year. The Center has exhibited Japanese artworks like samurai weapons and armors, bamboo arts, modern Japanese ceramics & clays, and latest exhibition theme is the Genji’s world in Japanese woodblock prints. In September, they will start

There is also a bonsai garden right next to the art center where you can walk around. It is amazing to know some of the trees are already 50 to 100 years old! There are about 20-30 bonsai trees on permanent display.

The volunteer docents at Clark Center are very nice, accommodating and well-informed.

On Sep. 3 to Dec, 14, 2013 the theme of the exhibit is: “Simplicity and Surprise: The Utilitarian Beauty of Japanese Lacquer ware”. This will be an interesting sampling of works from private collectors and friends of the Clark Center. Simplicity and Surprise will explore and showcase the production of traditional Japanese lacquer ware from the 16th to 21th century.

A minimal admission fee of $5.00 per adult and 3.00 per child.
the welcome signage from 11th Ave
the center is in the middle of nut…
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cotton_foam says:
Bill: thank you! she's really into anything about Japan! She even dreams of going to that country as an exchange student!
Posted on: Aug 27, 2013
cotton_foam says:
Vik: actually were supposed to get free entrance coz were military family but we just paid anyway... :)
Posted on: Aug 24, 2013
Zagnut66 says:
Your daughter has good taste in art.
Posted on: Aug 24, 2013
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