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Ema Tanigaki wins Award in International Contest for her Folded Copper Sculpture

“Movement 24” a sculpture by Ema Tanigaki wins Honorable Mention in the Lewton Brain International Foldform Competition. For each of her 3 submissions to since 2018 to the Foldform Competition, Ema has been awarded recognition. Please see the winners Gallery by clicking on the award image. Please click on the sculpture image to see more works from this series.

“Movement 24” 2 views – folded copper sculpture created in 2023 – dimensions (18 x 21 x 10 in) photo by John L Healey

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Museum Opening

Event Announcement: Museum Exhibition with John Healey’s Optical Glass Sculpture

Burchfield Penney Art Center –  Buffalo New York.
Opening: May 12, 2023

Optical Glass Sculpture - title Revolutions Rise by John Healey
Optical Glass Sculpture – title Revolutions Rise by John Healey – Burchfield Penney Art Center Collection – Stanford Lipsey Collection

Museum Exhibition Opening:  John Healey’s work, “Revolutions Rise” year created 1999, will be exhibited as part of the Exhibition of Stanford Lipsey’s Glass Collection at the Burchfield Penney Art Center from May 12 to December 31, 2023.  We will unfortunately not be able to attend the opening due to our current project, but hope to be able to see the collection while still on exhibit.

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Ema Tanigaki’s work published in Museum Collection Book

Book Cover - "Common Ground - Albuquerque Museum Art Collection"
Book Cover – “Common Ground – Albuquerque Museum Art Collection”

Announcement! Museum Collection Catalog Publication: 

Ema Tanigaki’s work, “golden eagle necklace” year created 2003 is included in the publication “Common Ground” of selected works from the Albuquerque Museum’s permanent Collection. For those that might be interested the book is available for sale on the Museum Foundations website, and we assume at the Gift Store in the Albuquerque Museum.

the posted image is a screenshot from the Albuquerque Museum Foundation.  Please click on the image to be taken to the website.

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Ema Tanigaki Awarded Third Place in International Foldforming Contest

The folded aluminum perforated sculpture by Ema Tanigaki titled: “One View of Mt Fuji and Great Wave” has won third place in the Lewton-Brain Foldform Competition. Please follow this link to for more information on the contest and to see the other winners. We are proud to be included with these other beautiful works. The quality of the winning entries seems very high to us this year. Maybe it is the three years that everyone has had since the last competition in 2018, where Ema received the honor of Juror’s Choice.

One View of Mount Fuji and Great Wave _ 15
One View of Mount Fuji and Great Wave _ 10

We thank Sue Lacy and Charles Lewton-Brain for making this most enjoyable contest possible and the gift certificate we were awarded.

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Works for Auction/Sale at Albuquerque Museum’s Arts Thrive

Hello All. Please take three minutes to view the video I created to introduce the works I have for sale at the Albuquerque Museum’s Arts Thrive fundraising exhibition, sale and opening auction.

The Exhibition opens on October 9, 2021 starting with an online 3 day auction with bidding beginning on October 7. Although the in person gala has been canceled to ensure our arts patrons remain safe, there is a Saturday Morning Auction preview of the exhibition with limited capacity and safety measurements in place. For those locals who would like to see the works in person before bidding, please take advantage of this opportunity. Those who would like to try on the jewelry before purchase will be assisted by the Museum Staff. If a gold plated version of these jewelry designs are desired, I will take commissions but at a much higher price as material prices are rising at a rapid rate.

For those living more distantly, here is a video we created in studio to give you a better 360 degree view of the new sculptures, and a view of the replacement pieces that will be available. I have also created a slideshow of the works with more detailed information on the individual works. Please see:

The auction catalog is available to viwew the works on sale now! Please visit: I think you will enjoy the many works that will be available.

Visit for more information more artists videos. Also please register for the free “unGala” event on the evening of October 9.

Please remember that the Albuquerque Museum is open and the exhibition will be available for view from October 9 to December 5. 2021.

Please forward this information to your friends and acquaintances that might be interested in this fun event and to support arts and culture in Albuquerque. Thank you!

Ema Tanigaki and John Healey

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New Fine Wire Jewelry By Ema Tanigaki

We are excited to announce that we have discovered a new resource for ultra fine gold plated stainless steel wire. This wire is 0.0005 inches thicker than the previous wire we had custom drawn to our specifications. The new work will be lean more towards sculptural designs than in the past, however some will still be functional jewelry.

Introducing “Protea”

Dimensions: approximately 2 x 2 x 1.375 inches

Media: hand crochet gold plated stainless steel wire with glass and rose quartz spheres.

Shown on removable 14K solid gold broach pin.  Pin attachment is not included in the price.

Suggested gallery retail price $990

Please note that with the material cost increase for all metals future prices may increase significantly.

Note: this design can be converted from a sculptural object to a broach, necklace or bolo using gold filled wire custom attachments.