A charming venue in the hills of the southern Berkshires.

The historic Sandisfield Arts Center is home to a vibrant selection of performances, exhibits and workshops.

Gallery of Artists Michelle Arnot

In the Gallery Sept 3-25: Shodou: Traveling Along the Long Path of Writing Japanese Calligraphy

Opening Reception : 3rd Sep 2016 02:00 PM
Date of Show : 3rd Sep 2016 - 26th Sep 2016

 The opening reception for the exhibit is Saturday, Sept 3 from 2-4PM

The ancient art of Japanese calligraphy (shodou) originated from Chinese characters (kanji) and incorporates the Japanese syllabary (hiragana). It is a form of meditation that requires ‘the four treasures’ --a brush, ink, inkstone and paper. While living in Tokyo with her family, long time Sandisfield home owner Michelle Arnot began her study of the art form. Three years ago she enrolled in Nihon Shuji, the Japanese Calligraphy Society with overseas chapters, under the tutelage of Seikou Sensei.  Members of the school receive monthly assignments that are sent to Tokyo for grading using the martial arts ‘dojo’ system. In 2016 Arnot achieved the first ‘dan’ (master) level of eight in kanji and invites her neighbors to witness the many steps she has taken along her long climb. 

Gallery hours are 2-5 on Saturdays, 1-4 on Sundays, and by appointment with the artist.


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Our programs are supported, in part, by grants from the Sandisfield Cultural Council, Otis Cultural Council, New Marlborough Cultural Council and the Massachusetts Cultural Council,the Monterey Cultural Council.

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