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ASBA Green Currency Show

by Akiko Enokido and Deb Shaw

Akiko Enokido and her family attended the opening of the Green Currency show at the New York Botanical Gardens, where Akiko exhibited her Pomegranate, Punica granatum. Although the days were hazy and a little cold, they enjoyed their trip to New York, where the sun came out in the afternoon and the artists were treated to a tram tour of the New York Botanical Garden. Cherry Blossoms and Magnolias were in full bloom, and the daffodils were strikingly beautiful against the green fields.

The opening of the Exhibition was so well attended (and crowded!) it was difficult to even move, let alone see all the artwork! The artwork was all painted to a very high standard, and Akiko reports learning a lot from the exhibited work.

In the first juried show in the United States, the gold medal went to Beverly Allen; the silver to Asuka Hishiki (unfortunately, she could not come to New York), and the bronze went to Ingrid Finnan. Karen Kluglein’s Corn was listed in the Botanical Garden’s collection. Beverly Allen’s coconut was huge, with dyanamic composition and elegant color. Karen and Ingrid got also honorable mention award for their other work in the show.

Dr. Shirley Shirwood and Akiko Enokdo at the NYBG and ASBA "Green Currency" opening.

Dr. Shirley Shirwood and Akiko Enokdo at the NYBG and ASBA "Green Currency" opening.

Dr. Shirley Sherwood attended the opening and Robin Jess introduced her to Akiko! (Thanks, Robin!) She spoke about the exhibition, and how wonderful of all the works are. Carol Woodin and the ASBA would like to bring this exhibition to other cities if the artists agree on a plan.

The Green Currency Exhibition has been so successful, it has been extended through August 21. For updates on the exhibition visit

An audio tour for the show is now available online.  It is very easy to access and use. The audio tours can be accessed from the NYBG Audio Tours page, where you can hear each of the artists talk about the subject of their painting in their own words. (You’ll hear Akiko’s daughter doing a wonderful job reading Akiko’s piece.)  The exhibition was linked to the NYBG; visitors can listen to the artists’ audio from their cell phones, and plants growing in the gardens that appear in the exhibit have been identified with special signage.

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