Hosting the event on Friday evening was Roger Nakazawa, the major sponsor, for whom the reception was named. Other sponsors were the embassy and Summit Connection, LLC. Andreas Pawlitschek, the embassy's counselor for cultural affairs, welcomed guests. Bruce McBarnette was the producer.
Seven artists brought their paintings, drawings, watercolors, photographs, and sculpture to describe, sell, and discuss with attendees. One, Myra Maslowsky, the curator for the show and a University of Maryland graduate, focuses her sci-fi influenced designs on global warming, the Earth, and what appeared to be Utopia.
She exhibits at Washington galleries and her Party Animal Project was selected by the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum for display there.
Other artists who participated and whose names are familiar to Washington art enthusiasts were:
Eloy Areu, a self-taught sculptor from Cuba and the U.S., formerly an aerospace engineer
Phil Bolles, a D.C. photographer and filmmaker who trained at the NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, the BBC, and Duke University
Stephanie Glover, a photographer from Hagerstown Maryland who began her career taking pictures of her four children. She is a full-time student at Frostburg State University.
Katie Ikeler, a Washington, D.C. artist and recent graduate of William and Mary whose president has three of Ms. Ikeler's works in his private collection. Ms. Ikeler uses handmade box dioramas for her pastels, and for her oils, a palette knife.
Donna L. Shields, a portrait artist and graduate of the University of Maryland, draws people and animals.
Norman Strike, a Washington self-taught printer and picture framer whose prints are in the collections of the Library of Congress, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and the Baltimore Museum of Art. In 2007 the National Museum of American History bought Ben's Chili Bowl by Mr. Strike.
Also on hand was Gail Romiti, face reader.
Click here for the schedule of events on May 10 at the Embassy of Austria.