Crane-Crow Terry Inokuma and Grace Sanchez Art Exhibit


crane and crow


Terry Inokuma


Grace Sanchez

Painter-Collage Artist


Curated by Richard Rowland

April 4th to May 9th

Reception Thursday, April 4th  6:00 PM

Art Center Gallery

1799 Lexington Ave

Astoria, Oregon  97103


"Drawing Creative Process in Clay"

Ceramic Workshop with Terry Inokuma

Wednesday, April 3rd   1pm to 4pm

CCC Art Center Ceramic Studio

Email Richard Rowland or call 503-338-2449 for information


"Shape and Form: The Visible Language Which Informs Artistic Practice"

Painting Workshop with Grace Sanchez

Thursday, April 4th,  Noon to 3pm 

Email Kristin Shauck or call 503-338-2472 for reservation

Seating is limited

Artist Web Links

Terry Inokuma

Grace Sanchez

Works by Terry Inokuma


"Singing Bowls"

Terry Inokuma Oil and Water Front View

Oil and Water,  front view

Photo courtesy of Terry Inokuma

Oil and Water, side view

Oil and Water, side view

Photo courtesy of Terry Inokuma

Crow swallows sun

Crow Swallows Sun, front view

   Photo courtesy of Terry Inokuma

Crow Swallows sun back view

Crow Swallows Sun, back view

Photo courtesy of Terry Inokuma


Works by Grace Sanchez

Grace Sanchez two


Photo courtesy of Grace Sanchez

Grace Sanchez 1


Photo courtesy of Grace Sanchez

Grace Sanchez 3


Photo courtesy of Grace Sanchez

Terry Inokuma Meditation

Terry Inokuma

Terry Inokuma was raised in the 70’s by Japanese immigrant parents. Her father endured 3 years interned at Tule Lake, during which he learned watch repair, music, cooking and photography.  She grew up spending hours in the attic looking at old photos, jewels and instruments from her father’s past.  Her mother, in Japan during the same war, felt the ground shake from the bombings and spent days on end picking up grains of rice from abandoned rice fields. Terry and her sister’s childhood was very tactile because it revolved around food: growing, harvesting, fishing, gathering and preparing.  Over the years, her parents quietly instilled Japanese aesthetic through everyday pots, food and traditions, which led to her pursuit of working in clay and making pots.
While pursuing her BS in graphic design at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, she found herself in the clay studio late nights until dawn and realized the love affair with clay was begun.  After receiving her degree, she moved to Portland and immediately enrolled in classes at the Oregon College of Arts and Crafts in Portland, OR, studying under Jim Koudelka.
She has traveled Canada, Mexico, Thailand, Japan, across the United States and back, rode a bicycle from Connecticut to Montreal by way of Nova Scotia and spent over 10 years teaching ceramics in remote villages as well as the big cities in the state of Alaska.  She has taught ceramic residencies in over a dozen schools in Linn County.  She has given many presentations and workshops with a special knowledge of atmospheric firing and alternative forms in the field of ceramics.  She has been involved in many aspects of atmospheric firing shows, from jurying, panel discussions, designing catalogs, being the international correspondent to artists and writing articles as well as appearing in ceramic publications.
In her spare time, she has been active in the application of the arts in healthcare facilities as a healing modality. Both wellness and art have been lifelong interests, as she has been part of ArtsCare since the inception of the program, is hospice trained and is certified in energy healing.
Grace and Terry have found a common link of their upbringing in a family navigating two cultures: Japanese and American.  They have found inspiration in sharing how they relate to their experiences and see this show as a “…tribute to our mothers/fathers and what they did or didn’t pass onto us as a cultural experience or memory.”

grace sanchez photo

Grace Sanchez

Grace Sanchez was born and raised in South Arkansas from the 60’s to early 80’s.  Her parents had just relocated there from Seattle and she was born shortly thereafter.  Her father grew up in Fort Meyers Florida, served in the military, and then later worked as an electrician and Baptist minister.  Her mother was of Japanese/American decent from Tokyo, and was raised in Japan by her parents: American mother / Japanese father. Grace grew up hearing fantastical stories of a beautiful, far away, country, and of her mother moving 5 times as a child in Tokyo as each neighborhood was fire-bombed and about her grandmother Grace coming under house arrest and grandfather Taichiro Satow, who was manager of Radio Tokyo.
Grace grew up in Pine Bluff, Arkansas and was the only daughter of 7 children. Their city located in south Arkansas’ delta region surrounded by cotton fields and the Cotton Belt Railroad, had a rich black culture and Black University. Their neighborhood was an interesting mix of ethnicities and cultures including a strong Jewish one.  Her parents invited some very eclectic personalities to their dinner table.  From Baptist ministers, civil rights lawyers to a favorite family friend, Dolph Kastor, a former Jewish vaudevillian actor and singer. Often times her parents would speak Japanese to each other during dinner in order to communicate something the children could not translate. Even though it was used regularly, her mother did not teach Japanese to any of her children. As a child they lived through much turmoil that was part of living in the south at the time, such as civil rights unrest, school integration and bussing.  Throughout her youth, Grace displayed an interest in art and music. Her mother having the greatest influence on her instilled a Japanese sensibility in the way she kept her garden, was a seamstress for her community and in the glorious way she cooked a meal and served it to her children and guests.  She was exposed to many of the Japanese treasures her mother kept hidden away that related to her culture such as kimonos, childhood books and finely crafted art pieces.  Her mother would take them out on occasion and then carefully pack them back up.  Her mother enrolled her in arts and music programs as they could afford.  She studied with various local artists, including a pleine air painter from Hungary and exposure to various African American folk artists in her school and community. Her mother was a classical music and opera fan and it seemed important to her that her daughter had some appreciation of it. They had a large and beautiful collection of classical music, which played around the clock in their home. In fact, no other music was allowed.
Her parents were constantly fixing, inventing and creating things. Her father was a trained taxidermist so their home was filled with various stuffed animals.  A great horned owl with spread wings was one of a couple of raptors she grew up with in her bedroom. Her mother was a seamstress and did Japanese calligraphy, which her father turned into hammered copper wall pieces.  During high school Grace apprenticed with a stained glass artist and began designing and making large glass windows for custom homes in her area.  After high school it became clear she didn’t have access to funds to attend college and limited opportunities in her hometown, so she decided to join the Marine Corps hoping it would take her to Japan, the land she had heard of all her childhood.
This dream was fulfilled when she received orders to Iwakuni Japan where she worked as a graphics specialist and base photographer.  Grace was able to reconnect with her Japanese heritage and visit many of the places where her mother grew up in Tokyo.  She was also able to visit with her uncle Ernest Satow and aunt Toshi in Kyoto. Ernest, a renowned photographer and professor of art history at Kyoto University and Toshi the owner of a famed inn called the Tawaraya.
Upon returning to the U.S., Grace was assigned to 2nd Marine Division and deployed to serve in Desert Storm.  Grace left the Military after serving in the Marines for four years, and held various jobs before finally deciding to utilize her G.I. Bill to once again study fine arts in 1998.
Grace has been painting and making collage works for the last 15 years.  She has participated in many shows over the years and had her first solo show in Portland at Gallery 114 in 2009.  Since then she has shown in several solo shows and many group and invitational shows.  Her work is currently held in many private and public collections, including the Portland city collection.
In recent years Grace’s mother and father have begun to talk more of their experience as a child during the war from an eastern perspective and a western one. Some profound stories have arisen through the last few years of sharing. One of the most profound is how her mother’s school was turned into a paper balloon bomb making facility. They have shared some of the difficulties living in various communities as a mixed race couple. As these stories begin to unravel a sense of empathy and understanding of the tension our parents had to endure in order to fit into a culture not willing to accept an alternative cultural perspective. Grace says, “the results of being raised with this sense of being the outsider, has allowed for an ability to create from a more observational aspect”. She says, “this other perspective, is an ideal vantage point for an artist to observe the world from”.  “In a sense it gives one the feeling of being in the world, but not of the world”. The collaboration with Terry Inokuma began as a series of conversations regarding a shared heritage and the desire to excavate and understand the experience of their parents and its impact on their children and society.


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March 13, 2013, 12:04 pm
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