Millenniums ago, Goddess culture was on this earth. We women were the sun and truly the creators. With the progress of civilization, God became stronger and Goddesses were suppressed to the level of society’s unconscious. Goddesses have had to sleep for thousands of years……Until now.

A Goddess is Coming to Town

Mayumi Oda will be on hand at the Iwasawa Gallery during this exhibition. Mayumi Oda, an internationally recognized artist whose work embodies traditional Eastern iconography and bold Western influence. Liberation is the theme of Mayumi Oda’s life, standing strong for the rights and liberation of women. This theme is carried over to her art work. Drawing her images from old Japanese woodblock prints, she transforms the traditional masculine Buddhist Gods into their joyous female counterparts.

Oct. 12 – Nov. 14, 1998

Opening Reception Oct. 12, 6:00 pm with a lecture by Karyn Young, a featured artist in Michael Verne’s new book, Quiet Elegance, published by Charles Tuttle and Featuring the work of women artists working in traditional and contemporary directions


  • Sadae Walters


  • Takako Atsumi
  • Valerie Baber
  • Kinuyo Hariya
  • Janel Jacobson
  • Tami Nakamura
  • Yakou Ohta
  • Koen Oshita
  • Kim Robinson
  • Ikumi Saito
  • Masami Sakai
  • Sumi Sata
  • Susan Wright
  • Sachiko Yuge


  • Gretchen Schneider
  • Michiko Shimoda

Print Maker

  • Gyokusei
  • Helen Hyde
  • Elizabeth Keith
  • Bertha Lum
  • Naoko Matsubura
  • Lilian Miller
  • Osawa Nanpo
  • Mayumi Oda
  • Katsushika Oi
  • Tamami Shimia
  • Toko Shinoda
  • Karyn Young