(Article in The Chronicle News by Art Correspondent Cynthia Berresse Ploski. Photos by Cynthia Berresse Ploski)
Exciting artistic collaboration brings new life to the A.R. Mitchell Museum’s former Gift Shop and becomes a prime location for art lovers to experience the unique creations of artist Fumio Sawa and the rare collection of antique glassware Sawa and partner Walt Boulden have collected from around the world.
Anyone might think that Trinidad’s downtown Creative District is small enough that anywhere from end to end would be a good place to start an art gallery; nevertheless, Sawa and Boulden’s first gallery did not get enough foot traffic to thrive. Undaunted, this super-talented duo did not give up on Trinidad. “We love it here, and we intend to stay!”
Now located in the newly refurbished gift shop of the historic former Jamieson Department Store, this is not just a gallery for wall art. Fumio and Walter are both avid collectors of antique glass and porcelain and serve as walking history books about each piece’s background and provenance. Their antique display cases hold priceless work from famous artisans throughout Europe and Asia.
Not to be overshadowed, Fumio’s unique paintings are born through a process incomprehensible to most people. They start with meditation; where a concept materializes in his consciousness. In the next step, Sawa translates the concept into a mathematical matrix, which he draws on a computer device and prints on archival paper. The resulting abstracts are full of life and color with images that seem to move and dance as the viewer softens focus and lets imagination loose.