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Japanese art master speaks at library

Kimi Kodani Hill, author of “Topaz Moon: Chiura Obata’s Art of the Internment,” will discuss her book at 7 p.m. Friday in the Madelyn Helling Library’s Community Room. Chiura Obata (1885-1975) was born in Japan and came to California in 1903. A master in the traditional Japanese sumi ink and brush technique, he also excelled in art education and taught at the University of California, Berkeley from 1932 until 1954, except for his years of internment. His works also appear in the book “Obata’s Yosemite.”

Kimi Kodani Hill is the granddaughter of Chiura Obata and the Obata family historian. A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and the California College of Arts and Crafts, she has served as the consultant for numerous Obata projects and exhibits. She lives in Berkeley.

The library is located at 980 Helling Way in Nevada City. The event is free. Call 265-7050 for more information.

Autographed copies of “Topaz Moon” will be available at $20 to benefit The Friends of the Library.

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