My name is Sayuri Kobayashi Kelch, aka "Saju", and along with artwork I also do Arts and Crafts. "Saju" is a nickname that I was given during my school years in Japan. I married an American in 2004, and we used to live in California, but then moved to Florida, and now we live in Washington State.

 

I was born in Akita, Japan, and grew up both there and in Tokyo. After graduating highschool, I came to the U.S. where I met my now husband, while attending Butte College in northern California. I finished my degree there before returning to Tokyo, to work in the Magazine and Art Print/Frame industry. I continued to work in this field for approximately 2 years before returning to the U.S. to get married. Being away from Japan, has given me the ability to see the great parts of our traditional culture that I was unable to see before, and this realization has certainly affected my artwork.

 

I love cats, the internet, travel, photography, comics, magazines, movies, museums and all different kinds of art. I also learned and practiced traditional Japanese Archery (Kyu-do, pronounced "Key-you-dough") for 3 years during highschool. That was my first experience of the martial arts.

 

 Saju

 

 

AWARD

 

“Decorated Horse” honorable Mention, @Creatorz 2014 New Years Card Design Contest

“Mother Plant” Gold, Inter Art Museum The 11th Grand Prix Contest

“Imperial Guardian Lion” @Creatorz 2013 New Years Card Design Contest

“Archer” Design Exchange x Creators Bank New Years Card Contest 2009

“Red Gallery” Gold, “Scorpio” Bronz, Inter Art Museum The 10th Grand Prix Contest

 

 

 

 

 

EXHIBITION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Yuletide Fine Arts and Crafts Fair at Northwest Museum, Spokane WA 2015

  • Custer’s Christmas Show at Spokane Fair & Expo Center, WA 2015

  • Artfest Spokane in Coeurd'Alene Park, Spokane WA 2015

  • Custer’s Spring Arts & Crafts Show at Spokane Fair & Expo Center, WA 2015
     

  • Custer’s Christmas Show at Spokane Fair & Expo Center, WA 2014

  • Shadle Park High School Craft Show in Winter at Shadle Park High School, Spokane WA 2014

  • <Pottary Place Plus> in , Spokane  WA 2014 <1 months>

  • Artfest Spokane in Coeurd'Alene Park, Spokane WA 2014

  • Custer’s Spring Arts & Crafts Show at Spokane Fair & Expo Center, WA 2014
     

  • Folk Fall Festtival at Spokane Community College, Spokane WA 2013

  • <Co-op Gift Store> at Market Place in the BX on Fairchild Air Force Base 2013 <1 year>

  • <Art Display> in Vintage Vines Wine & Beer Shop, Spokane Valley WA 2013 <8 months>

  • Shadle Park High School Craft Show in Winter at Shadle Park High School, Spokane WA 2013

  • Ferris High School Fest at Ferris High School, Spokane WA 2013

  • Art on Broadway, Spokane Valley WA 2013

  • Japan week 2013 16th Annual Art Exhibit at The Kress Gallery, Spokane WA 2013

  • Shadle Park High School Craft Show in Spring at Shadle Park High School, Spokane WA 2013
     

  • Yuletide Fine Arts and Crafts Fair at Northwest Museum, Spokane WA 2012

  • KuroNeko Con at Spokane Falls Community College, Spokane WA 2012

  • Sakura Exhibition 2011 at Sakura Gallery, 12G, Tokyo Japan, & Excy Gallery, NY USA 2011
     

  • SAKURA Exhibition NY By Collaboration of ISHI, NY 2009

  • Sketch it out at APW Gallery, NYC 2009

  • SAKURA Exhibition 2009 at Art Forum one's, & Gallery SAKURA, JAPAN 2009

  • New Years Card 1000 Design Exhibition at Tokyo Midtown Galleria B 1F, JAPAN 2009
     

  • en HEAVY&EMOTIONAL Vol.6 on Heavy Rock Night at Shibuya Guilty, JAPAN 2008

  • Fresh gale Vol.1 at A3 Poster Exhibition, JAPAN 2008

  • Pink Exhibition at Cube Space Club AOYAMA, JAPAN 2008

  • Valentain Exhibition at Cube Space Club AOYAMA, JAPAN 2008

  • Group Exhibition at Art Bar Araq, Tokyo, Japan 2007

  • Cafe de Graphix poster exhibition at Gourmand Cafe, CHICAGO, ILLINOIS 2006

  • GEISAI 9 ,Tokyo Japan2006

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