Moraga Art Gallery presents “Precision Beauty”, “cabochon” jewelry by Kuniko Kay Nitta and contemporary Chinese calligraphy by Bing-Jib Huang

MORAGA: The Moraga Art Gallery presents “Precision Beauty” a new show featuring works created in the artistic traditions of Japan and China. The show runs from June 17th to August 22th. The Opening Reception, which is open to the public, will take place on Saturday, June 20th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Kiy Nitta Beaded pendantJewelry artist Kuniko Kay Nitta of Walnut Creek draws inspiration from the simple aesthetic beauty of Japanese nature. She specializes in “cabochons,” semi-precious stones that are cut, shaped, and ground to reveal their embedded colors and unique patterns. Her carefully-chosen stones, some enhanced with beads, are adorned or expertly wrapped with delicate silver and gold wire to make one-of-a-kind pendants, pins, and earrings.

Kay NittaHorse Success 200pxAlso featured are paintings by Taiwan-born artist Bing-Jib Huang, internationally-renowned master of an innovative, contemporary style of Chinese calligraphy. He enriches the meaning of his Chinese characters by adding colorful symbols and graphics, many containing hidden messages that engage viewers’ imagination and increase their enjoyment. A resident of the Washington, D.C. area, he has exhibited his work, among other places, in Beijing, Cairo, Florence, and London, and now—Moraga.

Topaz cabachon by Kay NittaThe show, which includes the gallery’s 15 resident artists and several guest artists, runs from June 17th to August 22th. An opening reception, to which the public is invited, will take place on Saturday, June 20th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Come to see the new exhibit, meet the artists, sip a glass of wine and enjoy conversation with other local art lovers.

The gallery is located in the Rheem Shopping Center, at 522 Center Street, Moraga. Its hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 12 noon to 5:00 p.m . For more information, visit www.moragaartgallery.com or call 925-376-5407.