Announcing a Special Artist Event at Spirit of Sophia Fundraiser

I would like to invite everyone to come enjoy an afternoon of great Jazz, Art and desserts for a very worthy cause: The Spirit of Sophia. Partake in the festities, all located at a lovely country retreat of Valeterra in Oldham County, Kentucky. Three artists will be exhibiting their work. It will be a beautiful day. Won’t you join us in the Joy and celebration of Life?

Anne Borders




BY I-71
Take I-71N toward Cincinnati, approximately 19 miles from Watterson Expressway/264,
to Exit 18, KY 393 N. Take a left at end of exit ramp and follow 393 North for approximately 3.5 miles,
take a left at Cedar Point Road, after .2 of a mile,
take a right onto Shrader Lane. Stay on for 1.4 miles, at the end of the road you come to Valaterra.
Take HWY 42 toward Cincinnati, approximately 10.5 miles from Prospect,
turn right onto KY 393, stay on for 2.3 miles,
take a right at Cedar Point Road; after .2 of a mile,
take a right on Shrader Lane. Stay on for 1.4 miles, at the end of the road you come to Valaterra.

To get directions or more info, please email me, Jan Kirstein at


Collector’s Choice: Kenzie Okada

Here’s the story of how I discovered this artist. Two fellow artists on The Fine Art America website led me to this gem! Cliff Spohn started it all by making a comment below my newly posted artwork (pictured at the bottom of this feature,) referring me to the artist <strong>Kenzie Okada. Upon professing my ignorance of this artist, fellow artist VIVA Anderson provided me with the link to many of Kenzie’s works. The link is –

Thanks to my fellow Fine Art America America  Cliff Spohn and VIVA Anderson.


After Kenzo Okada relocated from Tokyo to New York in 1950, his work came to represent a melding of Japanese traditions and American abstract trends. Rather than striving for pure abstraction, his work from the 1950s could be called “semi-abstract,” evoking the natural world through carefully composed form and a decidedly muted palette.




These works are subtle, quiet, and poetic—more meditative in nature than the energetic gestural abstractions of some of his American-born counterparts.





The composition of Decision (1956) is also organized to suggest nature.


Blocky, softly defined shapes organically arrange the canvas into rough horizontal registers, creating a panoramic quality reminiscent of landscape painting.








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Meanwhile, small, irregular shapes hover and tumble rhythmically across the stable ground. Okada thus seeks a balance between heavy and delicate, tangible and abstract.


And here is my painting that started the whole discussion

Janis Kirstein



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