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Exploring JAPAN STYLE at the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center
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Exploring JAPAN STYLE at the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center

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The Private Japanese Art Collection of Gregory Howell

Introduction • Gregory Howell

Storyteller, curator, and creative economy consultant, Gregory made his way to Pueblo via Tokyo to join a team of innovative physicians in the launch of a network of medical clinics in Colorado and Texas. Gregory's first encounter with Japan as a child changed the way he viewed the world and it later fueled his passion for things Japanese. This was the beginning of Gregory Howell's Japanese art collection which has been a work in progress for over 40 years.

While living in Pueblo, Gregory immediately realized the powerful and yet untold story of the new creative economy in one of America's great industrial landscapes which was once dominated by the Colorado Fuel & Iron Company. Gregory is the owner of Kadoya Gallery and since his arrival in southern Colorado has launched the Shoe Factory, the ARTery, the Underground in the Historic Federal Building, Konverge • Center for Creativity, and Cars & Lettuce. He is a former Board Member of the Steelworks Center of the West. As a branding and marketing specialist in the arts, Gregory is preparing the launch of his new methodology called the Tray of Life to help creatives amplify the narrative of their story. In late 2019 Gregory will be releasing his first major storytelling effort Jackie & the Taj which shares the powerful and compelling story of First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy's historic trip to India in 1962.

Gregory Howell is the 2006 Recipient of the Japan Foreign Minister's Commendation for his lifetime service to the nation of Japan. This honor was bestowed by His Imperial Highness the Crown Prince of Japan in Tokyo. The Foreign Minister's Commendations are awarded to individuals and groups with outstanding achievements in international fields, to acknowledge their contributions to the promotion of friendship between Japan and other countries and areas. The Commendation also aims to promote the understanding and support of the Japanese public for their activities.

Gregory Howell is also the recipient of the California Assembly Certificate of Recognition | 2011 Tohoku Spirit which honors exemplary leadership and dedication towards the fabric of San Francisco through showcasing the richness of Japanese and Japanese American food, art, and culture, thereby benefiting all the people of the City & County of San Francisco & the State of California.


A Word About the Gregory Howell Collection

Through a selection of exquisite objects, this private collection reveals the many techniques and applications developed by artisans over hundreds of years. With a focus on works created during the 18th through 20th centuries, the objects represent the power and influence of form and function in daily life in Japan. Highlights include Hokkaido farmer's clothing which uses textiles woven with natural grasses, ancient bamboo baskets from the mountain communities of Takayama, a circular Edo Period lacquer 'Jubako' stacking lunch box from Kyoto, contemporary ceramics from masters around Japan and other significant objects which were an integral part of life in Japan over the ages.


All guests who register for this event will receive a complimentary one-year individual membership to the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center. If you are already a member, you will receive a special certificate to give to a friend.

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Kadoya Gallery to Launch AFTER HOURS on First Friday Art Walk from 8pm to Midnight
to Oct 7

Kadoya Gallery to Launch AFTER HOURS on First Friday Art Walk from 8pm to Midnight

Join us every First Friday in 2016 for AFTER HOURS from 8pm to Midnight. Kadoya Gallery will feature great exhibitions, music and performance art and refreshments. 

We start the year off on Friday, February 5 with MIDNIGHT EXPOSURE which honors the current show Familiar Convergence which features the photography of Kevin Malella and Bob Benvenuto. 

Come Celebrate. This is Pueblo. Stay for a While.

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Familiar Convergence | Photography by Kevin Malella & Bob Benvenuto
to Feb 7

Familiar Convergence | Photography by Kevin Malella & Bob Benvenuto

Familiar Convergence | Photography by Kevin Malella & Bob Benvenuto

Artists’ Reception | Friday, January 15, 2016 | 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm

First Friday Art Walk | Midnight Exposure | February 5, 2016 | 8:00 pm to Midnight

Refreshments | Wheelchair Accessible | Free Admission

Kadoya Gallery is pleased to present Familiar Convergence featuring the photography of Bob Benvenuto and Kevin Malella from January 15 to February 7, 2016. The Opening Night and Artists’ Reception is on Friday, January 15, 2016 from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm and is open to the general public. This powerful collaboration by Benvenuto and Malella is the first exhibition in the Gallery’s 2016 schedule which promises to be an exciting year filled with experiential installations and shows that offer heightened viewer engagement. Benvenuto and Malella, through their respective works, are both attempting to visually articulate a conversation between our world and their audience. They pay close attention to the subtle details around us that need voice in a fragile tipping point of our culture and relations to the world, be it social or environmental. These works attempt, not in vein, but with hope, to reconcile the disquiet and calmness of our current times.

According to the artists, the vast world around us is full of beauty, harmony, distinctness, dissonance, chaos, creation, destruction, and contradiction. These qualities cannot exist all at the same time in any given place, but many do. It is one of many ways our world remains diverse and can evoke emotions or states of happiness, sorrow, surprise, awe, anger, indifference, and sometimes the sublime. With Human's widespread utilization of the Earth's surface and core, the relationships between natural and unnatural components are becoming more and more complex. Human interspecies interaction has become more electronic and less personal, but also more universal, and our ability to unify across the globe is commonplace; yet one cannot help but feel a level of isolation in this techno-sociological shift.

Bob Benvenuto and Kevin Malella are committed to visualizing the odd, yet entirely familiar, relationships and juxtapositions of converging elements; noting conversations that occur when people, places, the natural, and artificial meet in time. Benvenuto's constructed images are surreal depictions of our world of appearances, seen through a veil of perceptive conjecture and contrivance. By placing environments, objects, and people in an orchestrated context, Benvenuto evokes a personal and reflective narrative. His images are peculiar and often artificial, but they are not illusions. Similarly, yet distinct, Malella's photographs examine the harmony or dissonance of Our relationship to the land. He is interested in the marks we make, physically and psychologically, onto our planet and how those alterations shift geological, ecological, and sociological patterns during our tenure. Malella is not only visualizing the effects of human occupancy of Earth, but also succession of nature, despite the destruction we afflict on the landscape through our careless sense of ownership. He finds solace in nature's ability to adapt and reclaim its boundaries, but warns of the time it may take to do so; it is certainly on a geologic scale, rather than a human one.

A special 34-page hardcover Catalogue has been published for this exhibition which includes all the images represented in the show. It will be available for purchase at the Gallery or directly online from the publisher at Zulu.


Gregory Howell | Kadoya Gallery | Owner, Curator & Storyteller | (719) 320-6315 |

Bob Benvenuto | Artist | Web:

Kevin Malella | Artist | Web:

Kadoya Gallery | 119 Central Plaza, Pueblo, CO, 81003 | (719) 320-6315 |

Hours: Wed - Fri | 11 am to 5 pm, Sat & Sun | Noon to 4 pm, Mon & Tue | Closed

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