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1402 Fifth Street
Berkeley, CA 94710
November 2nd, 2013 - December 31st, 2013
Opening: November 2nd, 2013 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

East Bay
Sat 12-6; Sun 12-5 and by appointment


Shibumi Gallery, in collaboration with the Cecile Moochneck Gallery, is pleased to announce the exhibition, Michi.

Michi (Japanese for ‘path’ or ‘journey’) will showcase new works by artists April Higashi and Seiko Tachibana.

April Higashi

Jewelry artist, April Higashi, is known for her organic yet refined aesthetic.  With a conscious manipulation of time, nature and material, her pieces create striking allusions to the agrestal world. 

In the exhibition, Michi, Higashi takes a new path using white gold and bronze along side high-karat golds to abstract the patterns and iridescence found on the wings of butterflies and moths.  Her process focuses on minimal settings and textures to showcase the beauty of stones and enamel, leaving a timeless imprint for contemplative reflection on the hallowed subtleties of nature.

Higashi has worked as a jeweler for over twenty years and is the owner and visionary of Shibumi Gallery.  Her work can be found in private collections and select galleries across the country.  She has exhibited both nationally and internationally.  


 Seiko Tachibana

“The ways in which many small pieces come together to make up a larger whole is a central theme in my artwork.” 

Born in Japan and now living in the San Francisco Bay Area, master printmaker Seiko Tachibana explores the abstracted world of science and nature.  Her imagery balances Asian tradition with minimalist modernity.  Beautifully sparse and poetic, Tachiban’s prints create an unassuming and quiet response to the connections between ourselves and the universe in which we live. 

Tachibana’s work can be found in the Los Angeles County Museum, the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco, and the Portland Art Museum.

Higashi and Tachibansa intentionally journey through the randomness of the natural world and human experience to find inspiration for their works in this exhibition. Both artists respond and create to this journey using their unique medium and style while instilling an evocative and quiet beauty.