Why You Should Attend One of Reina Okawa’s Origami Folding Parties

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You may remember the waterfall of 1,000 origami cranes greeting you in the spiral staircase of Sioux Falls’ Washington Pavilion. Hung from the towering ceiling, this giant mobile transformed the Pavilion into a whimsical realm of color and texture. The installation was created a few years ago by local artist, Reina Okawa, who worked collaboratively with volunteers to produce the gargantuan work.

You, Me and the Cranes
Public Installation at the Washington Pavilion
2012

Didn’t make it? Not to worry!

Okawa is once again working to create an installation inside the Washington Pavilion using traditional origami folds in unique and contemporary ways. Her installation will coincide with the Pavilions exhibition “Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami,” a show that will feature nine internationally celebrated artists, all of whom use paper-folding to create their work. The selected artists range from the ages of 29 to 71 and are from six different countries. Each artist is creating work specifically for this exhibition, meaning the featured works have never been seen before!

Furthermore, Okawa will be raising the bar for this year’s installation! She will be working to craft three large “murals” formed from different colored papers and origami folds. Okawa is once again looking to share her love of origami with the public, so make sure to attend one of the folding events that will be held prior to the exhibition. Here she will teach you how to make the folds necessary to the murals, meaning your origami pieces will be part of the installation shown at the Washington Pavilion!

There will be an origami folding party held at JAM Art and Supplies on March 25th, from 11am to 1pm. All supplies will be provided!

“Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami” will be held in the Visual Arts Center’s, Everist Gallery from June 24th through September 16th, 2017.

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