Daruma Art

Nikkei National Museum 6th annual BLOOM Art Auction

Silent Auction + Party: Saturday, May 24, 2014
7:00pm – 9:30pm
Tickets: $20 + tax (members), $25 + tax (non-members)

Exhibit: May 10-24, 2014 admission by donation

Fundraiser Showcases Traditional Japanese Folk Art with a Contemporary Twist

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Absentee Bid Form 2014

Daruma Art @ Nikkei National Museum


From folk art to custom creations – the Nikkei National Museum is pleased to present 100 artist-designed daruma for a special show and silent auction.

This is the Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre’s 6th annual Bloom Art Auction. Visitors have the opportunity to bid on these beautifully creative daruma, with all the proceeds supporting quality museum exhibits, programs, education and special events related to Japanese Canadian history, culture and art.  Hosted by CBC’s Margaret Gallagher, the event will be held on Saturday, May 24 from 7:00pm to 9:30pm at the Nikkei Centre.

Daruma, a popular talisman of good luck in Japan, traces back to the origin of Zen in the 5th century.  These simple tumbling dolls are armless, legless, and are made out of papier maché with a weighted bottom to always stand upright even if pushed down, symbolic of perseverance and fortitude. Classic daruma are eyeless and are considered to be good luck in achieving goals. One eye is painted in upon setting the goal, and the second eye is painted in once the goal has been accomplished.

The museum has invited artists  to design creative daruma using whatever colours and mediums they choose. This is an opportunity for artists to showcase their style and work to the community. The results are sure to be stunning and will cast a fresh eye on this traditional Japanese doll!

The daruma will be on display in the gallery from May 10 to May 24, as well as can be previewed online here soon.

In addition to the daruma dolls, the event will feature canapés by Butter on the Endive and Open Sesame, a cash bar, live entertainment, and a raffle draw. Tickets are only $25 plus tax, or $20 plus tax for NNMCC members.

For tickets, more information on the event or how to donate to the centre, please call 604.777.7000 or  purchase your ticket online – use the paypal button above.


7:00 pm Silent Auction begins!
7:25 pm MC remarks
7:30 pm Sawagi Taiko & Chika Buston
8:00 pm Tables A, B close
8:15 pm Turn Around Tango by 605 Collective
8:45 pm Tables C, D, E close
9:00 pm A Foreigner, by Maki Yi
9:15 pm Raffle Draw
9:30 pm Tables F, G,H,I close

MC: Margaret Gallagher

DJ: Jean Okada

Food Stations by Open Sesame

Canapés by Butter on the Endive

Participating artists (updated May 14)

Mariko Ando | Sonny Assu | Indy Astete | Judson Beaumont | Jonny Boscht | Mandy Boursicot | Jenn Brisson | Clem Chen | Taiga Chiba | Jason de Couto | Leanne Dunic | Foster Eastman | Cindy Fang | John Ferrie | Gabriel Frizzera | Hitomi Fukui | Zoe Garred | Robert Genn | Sara Genn | Yoriko Gillard | Lori Goldberg | Madoka Hara | Kimiko Hawkes | Francis Heng | Yang Hong | Masako Hori | Sally Hutcheon | Tomoyo Ihaya | Shima Itabashi, Him Creations | Junichiro Iwase | Sonya Iwasiuk | Jessica Jang | Kiyoshi Kadota | Joyce Kamikura | Emi Kanomata | Sean Karemaker | Kaori Kasai – sleepless kao | Mary Kim | Jace Junggyu Kim | Katsumi Kimoto | Jinhan Ko – Instant Coffee | Allison Koberstein | Sonja Kobrehel | Gayle Koyanagi | Jody Kramer | Emma Lehto | David Lemon | Linda Lewis | Catrina Megumi Longmuir | JG Mair | Jennifer Jean Tazewell Mawby | Hitomi McKenzie | Merry Meredith | Shinsuke Minegishi | Lotus Miyashita | Cindy Mochizuki | David Morgan | Asa Mori | Judy Nakagawa | Raymond Nakamura | Audrey Nishi | Vivien Nishi | Christina Norberg | Sally Reesman | Derek Root | Terry Sasaki | Jay Senetchko | Kathy Shimizu | Miyuki Shinkai | Robert Shiozaki | Michele Smith | Claire Sower | Jeremy Isao Speier | Mirosav Sponja | Jeff Chiba Stearns | Taka Sudo | Bob Suzuki | Mary Anne Tateishi | Tony Velocity | Alison Woodward | Joseph Wu | Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas | Sachi Yamabe | Kazuho Yamamoto | Saori Yamamoto – twinkets | Moze Yamashita | Sascha Yamashita | Maki Yi | Teodora Zamfirescu | Tasha Zimich


Many thanks to our donors!

Basho Cafe
Burnaby Art Gallery
Canadian Fishing Company
Canadian Music Centre
Estate of Roy Kiyooka
Harrison Restorations
Hapa Izakaya
It’s About Thyme Nursery
Mas Yano
Monaghan Golf Inc.
Museum of Anthropology
Opus Art Supplies
Pacific Theatre
The Eatery
Vancouver Art Gallery
NNMCC Board Members