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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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