About the CRS Gallery

CRS exhibits visual art in its second floor lobby in order to create a more inspiring and serene space in which to welcome its clients as well as to spark thoughtful conversations and provide emerging and established artists with opportunities to share their work with our community. Since opening in 2004, CRS has presented paintings, photography, fiber arts, ceramics, and, on occasion, diminutive sculpture by dozens of artists.

Our first responsibility in exhibiting art works in the lobby is to uplift and inspire (and not disturb) the many psychotherapy patients and healing clients who come to the Center seeking respite. Most work we select for exhibition addresses themes of miracles & spirituality, nature, women’s/human rights, parenting, or the creative process. We work closely with each artist to select the works to be exhibited and design the installation to create an environment in our lobby that we think will best speak to these themes and support our patrons.

Most of the artists we select are already participants in our global spiritual/creative community, including artists who have never exhibited anywhere before as well as with artists who have gallery representation and have been collected by museums.

For artists who would like to share work with our community that fits this profile, we also offer a Curated Rental Program. Details are available further down this page.

Past exhibitions have included works from the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and by painters Lex Braes (Felix Ringel Galerie, Düesseldorf, Germany) and Eric Holzman (NEA & Guggenheim grantee), photographers Satomi Shirai (Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography permanent collection) and Annie Ling (The National Museum of Iceland permanent collection), and mixed-media artists Chris de Boschnek (C24 Gallery, NYC) and Keiko Nelson (Epcot Center, Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco), among many others.

CRS does not attempt to sell art work on exhibit; however, exhibited artists are free to sell directly to patrons. For shows organized by us, we ask that the artist donate 30% of sales proceeds to CRS.

Pictured: installation in the CRS lobby by Clouds AO and live calligraphy by Setsuhi Shiraishi.

Christopher Pelham — CRS Director
Etsuko Sakamoto — CRS Assistant Director
Rie Nishimura — CRS Gallery Director

Curated Gallery Rental Program

If you are interested in having your work exhibited at CRS, please start by emailing us a link to your portfolio, or jpgs of several images, as well as your bio, resume, and artist statement. Please make sure to make clear what kind of work you want to show in this exhibition and why. If we are interested, we will get in touch to discuss the possible show in more detail. We reserve the right to approve or reject each work to be displayed.

Our lobby is small with limited wall space, and our ceiling height in the lobby is only 7’9″ so art work cannot be more than about 30 – 36 inches tall). Smaller art works are most practical.

The fee for renting the exhibition space is $600. Exhibitions typically last one – two months.

CRS does not attempt to sell art work on exhibit; however, exhibited artists are free to sell directly to patrons.

CRS offers participating artists the opportunity to rent the CRS 2nd FL to hold an opening reception, usually on a Saturday from 6 – 8 pm, depending on availability. The cost is $128/hr. The artist is responsible for providing any beverages or snacks he/she wishes to serve at the opening reception.

Artists are responsible for hanging their show by themselves and must provide before the opening a catalog/price list, bio, and artist statement for display during the exhibition.

CRS (Center for Remembering & Sharing) accepts no responsibility for any damages that may befall any art works on display and will not purchase or reimburse the artist for any damage. The artist is wholely responsible for installing the art works securetly and accepts all risk. It is important to understand that the CRS lobby is sometimes extremely full of people. They may be wearing coats and backpacks. They may brush up against a work on the wall. We do our best to watch out for the work but accidents can happen.

At the end of the exhibition, the artist is responsible for taking down and removing the art works. The artist is also required to spackle and paint any places on the walls that were discolored or damaged.

Artist Statements

There are many online guides to writing artist statements. We consider the essentials of the artist statement to be:

  1. An explanation of the materials and media – What tools do you use? Why these and not others? Be as specific as you can.
  2. An explanation of the subject matter and concepts explored – What are you communicating? Again, be specific – What sets your work apart from other work?
  3. How these two aspects reinforce or contradict one another – What does your work DO?
  4. A short and specific personal narrative – no longer than 2 sentences
  5. Historical context – explaining one or two influences on the work and placing it into an art historical continuum
  6. NOTHING ELSE – save your feelings for your diary

Avoid vague or general statements that could be true for many other artists as well. Avoid personal details unless they relate specifically to your art or development as an artists.

Here are a couple of good web resources: http://www.artbusiness.com/artstate.html

http://makingamark.blogspot.com/2009/02/marketing-art-how-to-write-artists.html

Past Exhibitions