The Artists’ Studio in the Foothills invites the public to celebrate the Art of Tea from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. The event will feature tea-themed art, tea tastings and educational presentations on tea and its ancient traditions and rituals. The gallery will feature functional and sculptural teapots and tea-themed artworks by more than 30 local artists.
Tea and tea-themed art is celebrated around the world every day. It has inspired ritual in the daily lives of humans for centuries. The ritual speaks of our innate need to commune and create meaningful tradition in ways that no other single food or beverage has. Artists everywhere are inspired by it, creating works that convey its true magic and importance.
A special guest presentation on teas, will be given by Elixart, a new downtown Nevada City — Tea and Elixir Bar that appropriately refers to itself in full as, “Elixart … the alchemy of art and tea!”
Elixart’s tea expert will present three 30-minute mini-module presentations and question-and-answer sessions at Friday’s event:
The presentation schedule is:
6 p.m. Cast of Characters: Intro to the various types of teas, how they differ in taste, production method and other nuances.
6:45 p.m. Health Properties: The Health Benefits of Tea — highlighting different elements, tea types and how they improve health and well-being.
7:30 Ancient Tea Traditions: Ancient traditions and rituals and how they relate to the Elixart tea tasting experience!
In addition to the Elixart’s educational presentations for this event, the Elixart team will set up shop for the evening to share its exquisite collection of world-class teas, including white, green, black and aged puer cakes — all loose leaf.
Elixart was co-created by husband and wife team Sharon and Colter Merrick out of a passion for sharing tea and natural beauty. What began as a landscape photography gallery quickly evolved into an art collective highlighting local artists works. The couple soon coined their combined passions as “The Alchemy of Art and Tea,” making real the natural complementary relationship between the art environment and the soothing ritual of the tea-tasting tradition.
Elixart will re-open this May in downtown Nevada City at 408 Broad St. after a month of construction to undergo an uplifting expansion that includes the launch of its state of the art elixir bar featuring a raw food pairing menu!
ASiF’s 2013 Art of Tea Show will be on display through June 15. ASiF Gallery and Gift store is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
Be sure to check it out, as past shows garnered national attention. In 2009, ASiF’s Art of Teat show caught the attention of the Kamm Teapot Foundation. The foundation purchased 10 of ASiF’s sculptural teapots and a teapot-themed charcoal drawing for its world-class museum collection. The Kamm Teapot Foundation, founded by collectors Gloria and Sonny Kamm of Los Angeles, is the largest and most comprehensive collection of teapots in the world, presently consisting of approximately 10,000 teapots and tea sets. An exhibition of 250 of the foundation’s mostly contemporary artists’ teapots toured to nine museums during a four-year period under the name of the “Artful Teapot,” setting attendance records at six of the nine museums! While the collection includes antique teapots from virtually every time period and country, one of its greatest strengths is its sculptural teapot collection, most of which was created by world-famous contemporary artists, including Peter Voulkos, Richard Shaw, Beatrice Wood, David Gilhooly, Viola Frey, Arman, Cindy Sherman, Keith Haring, Roy Lichtenstein and many more.
For information, visit the ASiF website at http://asifstudios.com.