‘Camp Days’ Exhibition Closes Dec. 30

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"Being locked up behind barbed wire, with armed guards, made me feel sad — like maybe I wasn't really a good American," writes artist Chizuko Judy Sugita de Queiroz.

SAN JOSE — The Japanese American Museum of San Jose (JAMsj) announced that its featured exhibition, “Camp Days” by artist Chizuko Judy Sugita de Queiroz, has been extended until Dec. 30.

Sugita de Queiroz, who recently retired from teaching in Southern California, was 9 years old when she and her family were uprooted from their home and incarcerated at Poston, Ariz. Haunted by her past, she began to reconstruct her childhood camp experience through interviews with older siblings, relatives and friends. She expressed her feelings and insights in a series of vivid watercolors.

In 2004, she published “Camp Days 1942-1945,” a popular book now available at the Museum Store along with reproductions of her paintings and “Camp Days” note cards.

“Chizuko’s art is a powerful narrative of a shameful event in our history. It is also an evocative personal chronicle of the survival of a loving and resilient family,” said actor/activist George Takei.

The artist gave a slide show presentation and watercolor demonstration at JAMsj in October 2010, after the grand reopening of the remodeled museum.

JAMsj is located at 535 N. 5th St. in San Jose Japantown. Hours are Thursday through Sunday, 12 to 4 p.m. (closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day). Admission is $5 general, $3 for seniors and students with valid ID, free for members and children under 12.

For more information, call (408) 294-3138 or visit www.jamsj.org.

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