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Upcoming in Montreal
Un atelier de créativité : Esprit libre, pinceau spontané

Atelier #1 : Samedi 13 avril 2024, 10h – 15h

Centre Loisirs St-Louis

3555 rue St Urbain, Montréal (map)


* L'atelier #2 du samedi le 27 avril est annulé

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Two Contemplative Mind, Spontaneous Brush Workshops

Wednesday April 24, 2024 10:30 am–1:30 pm (FULL!) and 2:30-5:30 pm.

Women's Art Studio of Montréal - in the Studio at the Unitarian Church of Montréal

5035 de Maisonneuve West, Montréal (map)
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Then and Now
Solo show featuring Japanese Washi, mixed media banners and canvases

August 1-6, 2023

Gage Gallery Arts Collective

19 Bastion Square, Victoria, BC (map)

See the works exhibited

Installation of Japanese Washi Banners and Ikebana
By Heather Midori Yamada and Alain Carrière

October  10-22, 2023

Galerie Erga

6394 Blvd St-Laurent, Montréal (map)

Vernissage: Thursday October 12th 5-8pm

Demonstrations: 3pm daily

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Montreal Contemplative Mind/Spontaneous Brush

Workshop full! Waiting list only

Sunday October  15, 2023, 10-4pm

Centre de Loisirs Multiethnique St- Louis

3555 St Urbain, Montréal (map)

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Upcoming in Victoria BC 
Contemplative Approaches to Art-Making

November 12 or November 26, 2023 (NOTE Date change)

Heather’s Studio

Annex Building of St Matthais Church, 600 Richmond Ave at Richardson St, Victoria, BC (map)

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Early bird registration extended to October 1st!

Upcoming in Montreal
Heather Midori Art Workshops

Sundays June 4 or 11, 10am-1pm

Centre de Loisirs Multiethnique St- Louis

3555 St Urbain, Montréal (map)
Cost: $125 


*both workshops are full, write Heather to get on the waiting list

Art sur papier
Galerie ERGA Annual Group Show

June 7-18, 2023 (vernissage June 8, 6pm-9pm)

Galerie ERGA

6394 boul. St.Laurent, Montréal (map)

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*Heather will have works for sale other than those in the exhibition, please contact her if interested

Floral Expressions

I would like to share an ongoing series of large format watercolors of floral compositions inspired by Japanese Ikebana flower arranging. They are made with the same techniques used in my abstract works.

Recent Exhibitions

May 26 - June 6, 2022

Montréal, Québec

A two person show with artist, chemist and gardener, Stephen H. Kawai. Heather will be showing mostly Washi paper works and a collaborative work with Stephen. The works relate to space, as one of the 5 elements.

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Upcoming Exhibitions
Contemplative Approaches to Spontaneous Brush Series
Sparking the “Good” Eye: Nature as Subject

Metchosin International Summer School or Arts (MISSA) , Shawnigan Lake, BC
August 6 & 7, 2022 - 10am-4pm

more info & registration
Learn watercolour painting and colour and composition
"Watercolour Studio"

The Montréal Museum of Fine Art's School of Art, Montréal, QC
Tuesday to Friday, August 23 - 26, 2022 - 10:30am-1pm daily

*sorry, workshop is full

more info

April 23-24, 2022

Victoria, BC

A show and sale of florals, abstracts, banners on Japanese Washi and other papers. Cards and prints available.

(Cash, cheques and e-transfers)

Download the brochure.

Turquoise Enzo Rising, 2021 (24x48 inches) - Mixed media and Japanese Washi on canvas
Rondall Series II., 2021 (16x16 inches) Collection: J. Nasu - Mixed media and Japanese Washi on wood
Enso Series II, 2021 (29x40 inches) - Mixed media and Japanese Washi on Washi paper
Emerging Lotus, 2021 (24x48 inches) - Mixed media and Japanese Washi on canvas
Pano, 2020 (18x72 inches) - Mixed media and Japanese Washi on canvas
Water World I, 2020 (29x40 inches) - Mixed media and Japanese Washi on Washi paper
Water World II, 2020 (29x40 inches) - Mixed media and Japanese Washi on Washi paper
Summer Before II, 2020 (20x16 inches) - Mixed media and Japanese Washi on canvas
Summer Before III, 2020 (20x16 inches) - Mixed media and Japanese Washi on canvas
Round I, 2020 (20x20 inches) - Mixed media and Japanese Washi on wood
Under Current IV, 2020 - Mixed media and Japanese Washi on canvas
Group Show at The Gage Gallery

January 4 - 23, 2022

Heather Midori Yamada is showing her latest work in a group show with seven other Gage Gallery members. Opening reception is Jan. 6, 4-7pm, please check ahead to confirm in case of health restrictions.


Download the exhibition invitation.

Contemplative Practices
"Get On Board" - Finding Stillness in Movement 
Oak Bay Marina, Victoria, BC
45-60 minute on-water yoga on stand-up paddle board classes 
Thursdays (New time!)
*weather permitting
more info
On Hold until Dec. 7th due to Covid lockdown
Calm Abiding - Weekly Meditation Open House 
Victoria Shambhala Meditation Centre, Victoria, BC
Heather and John offer a three-class introductory instruction. 
Tuesdays 6:30-8:30pm
more info
On Hold until Dec. 7th due to Covid lockdown
Ikebana- The Art of Japanese Floral Arrangement Practice
Victoria Shambhala Meditation Centre, Victoria, BC
Join Heather for a three-class introductory instruction. 
Fridays 10am-12pm
more info
Contemplative Arts Workshops
Contemplative Approaches to Spontaneous Brush Series
"Finding Our Ground"

Annex of St Matthais Church, Victoria, BC
Wed. April 20 OR Sat. April 30, 2022 - 10am-4pm

*registration required no later than 3 days in advance of workshop

more info
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Floating Enzo - 2019 acrylic and ink on handmade Japanese washi paper (26 x 40 inches)

Photo: Dan Quinton, ArtInk                   

Group Show at Gage Gallery

January 21 - February 8, 2020
Opening Sunday January 26, 1-4 pm.

Artists' poetry and talk Sunday February 2, 1-4 pm.

Heather Midori Yamada with artists Anita Boyd, Aengus MacIntosh and Jo-Anne Silverman

Special Contemplative Art Workshop in Victoria


Stillness, Imagination and Spontaneous Brush II

Sunday March 29, 2020


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Contemplative Approaches to Artmaking

Classes in Victoria, BC

Monthly 4-week sessions January - April 2020

Artist and educator Heather Midori Yamada offers an atmosphere of calm abiding as a training ground for deep personal artistic experience. Open to all with curiosity and a desire for expression.



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Spontaneous Brush on Japanese Washi Papers Workshops in Halifax
September 29-30 & October 1, 2018
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Solo Show at Gage Gallery

August 28 - September 8, 2018
Opening Wednesday August 29, 5-7 pm.

Opposites collide and reform in these dynamic paintings. We see grinding and mixing, expansion and contraction, restless cycles of life and rebirth.

- Kate Cino, Art Openings Blog


Click the image to view a new series of small mixed-media paintings incorporating acrylic paint, hand-painted Japanese washi papers and pumice. As well as more images like the one above in the New Directions gallery

NEW! MIDORI Fine Design Site

A new focus for me based around the essence of the language of flowers: the flash of colour, lingering scents, budding beautiful shapes...

Midori Fine Design is born! Contemporary design, enhancing and accentuating the natural beauty of flowers through Japanese Ikebana floral arrangements, paintings and prints. Offering workshops, demonstrations and works for sale.

Check out the new site.

Créativité dans la nature/Creativity in nature 
Lotbinière, Québec
New dates TBD 
September 26-29, 2019
Spontaneous Brush on Japanese Washi Papers Workshops
Halifax, Nova Scotia
New dates TBD
October 4-7, 2019

Stay Tuned for these Local Classes


Victoria, BC

Will be rescheduled Fall 2020

In-person workshops are also available.

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