Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Christmas Concert and Exhibition with artists from Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Japan

Makiko and Tetsuro Karitani with harpsichord player Akiri Sawa

Gallery Opera Labo - Xmas Christmas concert/exhibition  opened on Sunday the 26th of November nine artists from four countries participating they're Shelley Cowper, Melissa Nolan McDougal, Lynn Norton, Sally Douglas, Cynthia Ellis, Chelle Bourne, Connie Petrillo, Jennifer Lim and Chihoko Yamauchi(Glass).

It is interesting to see opera with the fine arts in collaboration for the artworks tend to give a physical dimension to the sound of the event. Opera actually started its history in artists studios by singers performing in front of artworks so the relationship has never been far apart.

For example, the British painter David Hockney has created numerous stage sets, one might suggest that he has a passion for them for it appears he has completed many of them during his life as painter as can be seen on this link below:

Collaborations between artist and performers is important one might suggest for it takes the artists out of there comfort zone, that is always a good thing in the long turn because one learns new things they can include into their praxis and it doesn't matter if the stage set or exhibition is big or small, what matters is that the artist really exhibit the passion that is on show in this collaboration which was from all reports appreciated by the audiences.

Many thanks to all those who came to the concerts and viewed the artworks. Gallery Opera Labo wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year for 2018

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Fan Club Exhibition and Yukata Concert - Gallery Opera Labo

Makiko Karitani and Mariko Komori

Despite the intense heat and the approaching typhoon there was a wonderful day to had at Gallery Opera Labo with many singers performing outstandingly. One of the nice issues from my western art  perspective is how the colour and sound of the occasion very much dazzles the senses.

For example, the range of voices and songs performed was very interesting then there was the unity and diversity of Kimono's worn by the audience and performers was a visual delight to the eyes, so many thanks to all who came and to those who performed it was a very nice day.

Singers learning about the Koto from Mariko Komori

Mariko with Koto

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Koji Mori, Art Historian Iwasaki Nagi Watercolour Artist ,with singers Chika, Kayoko , Aoi

Koji Mori

On Sunday the 9th there was a lecture on paintings that depicted the Life of Jesus by the Art Historian Mr Koji Mori this was in collaboration with three singers Chika, Kayoko, Aoi who in between the talk performed several songs all each that were very different from the other singers,  that the very good crowd in attendance seemed to enjoy.

Iwasaki Nagi

Also during the break in Life of Christ lecture by Koji Mori, Iwasaki presented his ideas within his watercolours to the audience, whilst sipping tea on a hot summers day in Nishi Ku Kobe. 

It is interesting to see how the collaboration between a lecture on the historical fine arts, opera and contemporary watercolour painting works by the reaction of the crowd that went and there support it appear to have been received very well.

Chika Hamamoto 

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Gallery Opera Labo Concert - Yui Haramoto

Yui Haramoto

young singing talent 
Kobe City 

Today at Gallery Opera Labo the very good and youthful singer Yui Haramoto performed in front of a sell out crowd which is a very good outcome, especially for one so young and at the beginning of there arts career, unfortunately one couldn't be there for her concert today which was a shame but lucky for the auidence who went there is no doubt about that in my mind.

Yui often sings in the Opera Labo voice/ piano room and over the past few years when visiting studio to teach art, and listening to her in the next room, it appears she has developed into a competent and  versatile singer,  in both English and Japanese songs. 

Singing in two different languages as Yui does so well is not an easy voice outcome to achieve, it takes years of hard study and studio praxis there is no short cuts, it is just concentrated learning but the results the audience no doubt heard today listening to her in concert.

So to the audience that went to Yui's Gallery Opera Labo show one can only be slightly envious that you were treated to the sounds of a youthful accomplished voice, and this concert it seems may well be the first of many in what looks like to be shaping up as a wonderful singing future.  Well done Yui!

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Peace & Harmony Exhibition between Japan and The Wild swans Art Group from Western Australia

Artwork by Diokno Pasilan

There is many artworks in this peace and harmony exhibition that hopefully will engage and invite curiosity from the audience, some images are below of participating artists as well as details of the exhibition.

Artwork by Connie Petrillo

Harmony and Peace exhibition
by artists from
Japan and Western Australia

Masters Japan
Unknown sumi e wall hanging early 18th Centaury
Ando Hiroshigie 1853 Woodblock Print, title; Famous Places in the Sixty add Provinces - Shimofusa Choishi no Hama (beach of Choshi)*

Masters Australia
Frank Norton (1916 -1983) Marine artist/official war artist*
Mac Betts (1932 – 2010) Landscape artist*

Martin Heine (1957 – 2014) Western Australian/ German*



Chiyu Uemae*
Ryoko Kumakura*
Sadaharu Horio
Shu TakaHashi*

The Wild Swan Art Group
Western Australia

Caspar Fairhall
Chelle Bourne
Cynthia Ellis
Connie Petrillo
Diokno Pasilan
Duncan Mckay
John Cullinane
Kevin Robertson
Lynne Norton
Michael Doherty
Peter Davidson

All works with a * after them are on loan from a private collection for the exhibition

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Shelley Cowper Etchings and Chelle Bourne Hall/Entrance Space

Artist and Audience in Opera Labo Hall Gallery 

Printmaking in Japan is legendary as there have been so many good practitioners of the medium from the Edo period to now, so it was interesting to hear the positive feed back on Shelley Cowper's small but very competent exhibition with Chelle Bourne at Gallery Opera Labo from a very good local painter from Kobe.

Part of a series of etchings from Shelley Cowper's ocean going trip around Australia depicting the night moon and its brilliance in the night sky

These particular prints by Cowper are based on her nautical experiences of sailing a yacht around Australia, along with the demands and the skills that are gleaned from that kind of journey, which would not be an easy thing to do because Australia is well known for its wild oceans and unforseen dangers


Yet, it appears the visual empiricism of Cowper's ocean going journey was an aesthetic gold mine in the way she has articulated and gleaned forensic marine nuances into print from observing the textures in ropes, nets, sea craft, landscape, and sea life, along the weft of colour as one peers into a dark ocean, yet illuminated by the bright Australia night sky as she was on watch and that sensation resonates so well from these etchings, its almost like your on night duty too at times.

The other likeable issue about Shelley's etching is how suited the medium seems to be to marine motifs.  For example, it’s like the etching acid cuts through and into to the metal, like a ship crashing through the waves inevitably leaving its wear and tear on the hull. It’s almost like the ship becomes a metallic dairy on the outside with its rust, peeling paint and broken, cracked equipment from apriori voyages and this is what the metal plate seems to resonate from the dipping into the acid from the etching process and it works so well in this exhibition.

Chelle Bourne's artwork

Chelle Bourne's studio praxis is also focused on shapes, patterns colours and textures like Cowper but hers stems from her grandmothers needle work from old English needle work books, when ladies adorned themselves in wonderfully patterned dresses that took many hours of hand sewing.

Bourne uses acrylic paint on paper with a variety of other painterly systems. For instance, Bourne at times may rub back the dried acrylic on the paper to make some areas almost liminal in texture whilst others more prominent giving the artwork a kind of textural poetry, then at times she will apply more paint to the areas to acquire the fabric like sensation that resonates from her images. 

This is a very interesting exhibition by these two Western Australian Artists so if your in Nishi Ku Kobe do contact the gallery to view the artworks.