Wow, some time has passed since I last posted. Things have been pretty busy, I just returned from Japan where we were for a week for the 2011 Greenroom Surf Art Music Festival in Yokohama Japan. This is the fourth time that I have attended the Greenroom Festival and I love to go back each year to check out the great artists from around the world, cool movies, fun music and best of all, sharing fun times with great old friends and tons of new ones that I meet each visit.
I was originally supposed to be in Japan for the second anniversary of the Heather Brown Gallery in Tokyo on March 27, but due to the events on March 11, we had figured that it was not the best time for me to be going to Japan for an art show so the decision was made to cancel. I felt so horrible cancelling for that week that I really wanted to make sure that I could continue to show my support to the people of Japan, so I released an original each week for donations to the recovery effort as well as many other donations for auctions , etc to help out but I still felt a bit empty as i wanted to have the personal connections with the people. When the time to make the choice of whether or not to go to Japan for the 2011 Greenroom Festival came up, I was positive that I would go, I missed the people of Japan so much, my friends, fans, collectors and everyone else that we seem to meet on each trip, it was time. Well we went out and flew into Haneda Airport and were greeted by the warmest friendliest most excited faces one could ever imagine, and that continued every minute of the rest of the week.
I am so lucky to have the greatest girls ever to work at my gallery in Tokyo and without the help of Rie, Yuko and Toyo I could never have pulled off such a huge feat. Big mahalo's to the girls and if you are in Tokyo, go in and tell them how great they are doing!
The show itself was a huge success with all of my originals selling out within the first few hours on the first day! I was so thrilled that everyone felt the love and aloha that i put into every piece for this very special event. The next few days were filled with heart touching meetings, lots of laughs and tons of smiles on the strong faces of the Japanese people. For 3 days, everyone could push the pause button on the devastation and news to enjoy time with each other. The best compliment i have ever received ever ever ever, was from the many people who had told me that times were so tough recently, with the deaths, the fears, the continued earthquakes, lack of news..... but when they would take a minute to look at my art they could bring their smiles back, their laughter, their life, even for just a quick moment. I am truly touched. I love you all and you all make me smile everyday of my life when i think about how lucky i am that people not only in Japan but all over the world have an interest in my art and that to some of you my happiness can come out of the picture and make you feel the same happiness on a daily basis. Smiles can cure all the ails of humanity, i hope i can continue to help and i know you will too!
Below are some pictures from the event that I liked.
|Heather Brown at Greenroom Festival 2011|
|Surf Artist Heather Brown at Greenroom Festival 2011|
|Heather Brown getting interviewed for Japanese Media at the 2011 Greenroom Surf Art Music Festival Yokohama Japan|