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Friday, Feb. 19, 2010

Showcase gallery to bring playtime to art lovers with a toy story

Staff writer

What makes us label toys as unique? It could be their power to tickle our imagination and take us to new worlds.

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Child's play: Frank Trankina's "The Dance" is one of the works featured at Showcase's toy-themed exhibition.

With this in mind, eight artists will pay tribute to the magical powers of toys at the recently renamed Showcase gallery (it was previously known as Megumi Ogita Gallery) from Feb. 23 to March 30.

The eight artists featured in the exhibition are Karin Kamijo, Tomokazu Hiroe, Mitsuru Takeya, Nicolas Buffe, Holly Farrell, Sherri Hay, Frank Trankina, and 3 Three.

Each one of the artists has their own interpretation and vision of the power of playtime, which is sure to delight both toy and art lovers.

The exhibit, titled "Toy Show," plans to display 15 paintings and five sculptures. In addition to the exhibit, the gallery will also display the newest figurine made by Siccaluna Koubou, a toy workshop that reproduces popular characters from old cartoon television shows.

"Toy Show" will be held at Showcase in the Ginza district of Tokyo, from from Feb. 23-March 20. The gallery is open from 11 a.m. till 7 p.m. A reception for the artists will be held Feb. 23rd at 5:30 p.m. Showcase is closed Sundays, Mondays and national holidays. For more information, call (03) 3571-9700 or visit www.megumiogita.com

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