Later this summer, she'll spend a month in Lake Kawaguchi, at the foothills of Mt. Fuji, Japan, for an artist-in-residency program. Lutz, the former director of the GumTree Museum of Art, is one in a select group of international artists and educators chosen to master the art of Japanese Mokuhanga woodblock printing skills.
"I've been doing Gyotaku, Japanese fish printing, for over 25 years, so I had a real familiarity with rice paper and inks and was introduced to this particular woodcarving technique last fall at Ole Miss," said Lutz, who is in her second year at the University of Mississippi's graduate program. "I just fell in love with it. I love carving wood by hand; I never knew how much I'd love that, but I do. I was just so excited to get to go to Japan with the masters of the technique."
The art form dates back to the eighth century in Japan. The most famous example of the technique is Hokusai's "The Great Wave off Kanagawa." Artists from around the world applied for this program, and Lutz is one of only six chosen.
The trip to Japan is costly, so Lutz created a Kickstarter to help pay for it. She met her Kickstarter goal earlier this week, but she'll also host a portfolio show and art sale today at the Main Attraction.
Another perk of the trip: her son is in the Navy and is currently stationed in Japan, so she hopes to visit him while she's there.
"I'll be about three hours from him," she said. "We're trying to work it out so I can go with his unit to climb Mt. Fuji."
Lutz is thankful to anyone who can help make the residency happen.
"There aren't enough words to express my gratitude," she said. "I can't say thank you enough."
TINA FISH LUTZ will have a portfolio sale and art show today at the Main
Attraction between 11 a.m.-7 p.m.