|Home | Children | Teens | Art in the Library | Friends of the Library | Digital Collection | Board of Trustees | Community Links | Giving|
Currently in the Main Salon. . .
341 Shoal Bay Lane
Patty writes: I have been interested din Chinese characters since I was an infant and played with the Chinese bracelet my mom wore. You can see it in the case. Both of my parents had been to Asia before my birth and dad was back often including working in Shanghai for a year between 1947 - 48. I saw calligraphy in my home.
I tried writing characters as a child. When I was a teenager I read Alan Watts: THE WAY OF ZEN. I copied the characters from the book as well as I could. I also checked out books trying to learn how to write these amazing words. Then life took over and this passion was lost except for collecting wooden boxes with Chinese writing from alleyways behind Chinese restaurants in Seattle, California, and all the way to New York City.
When my children were old enough that they didn't need much attention from me I asked myself what I had always wanted to do that I hadn't done yet. It became instantly clear. I wanted to write characters.
I started studying in 1980 with a friend who had gown up in Taiwan. I learned to speak a little Chinese and how to put the strokes together in the correct way to write words. I found the book CHINESE CALLIGRAPHY by T. C. Lai which was my first instruction to writing with beauty in mind. I began to grind my own ink and practice each character over and over.
I was lucky to find Chong Lusheng next. He was a literature professor from Taiwan who was teaching calligraphy at the UW Experimental College. He not only taught me to write but also how to translate Chinese poems. He was amazed when I was able to find the right words. He felt it was because I lived the reclusive, slow, back to the land lifestyle here on Lopez that I could understand what most Westerners could not.
In 1991 Shumpo Akashi, a Japanese calligraphy master, came to Seattle to teach for a quarter. I traveled there twice a week to study with him. I left the island right after kindergarten was over, drove to Seattle and back, stayed overnight with my folks in Anacortes, caught the first ferry back, and drove right to school. My calligraphy took wings with his instruction.
He established a school that fall in Redmond where I have been studying the Chinese classics ever since with this student, the award winning calligrapher, Yoshi Fujii. He had me enter competitions. Surprisingly, I have won many calligraphy awards. My work has been shown in China, Japan, Seattle, Portland, and L. A.
Calligraphy is a contemplative practice and a literary art form.
~ Patty Ward (March 2014)
The quiet room is a beautiful place to read, study, and reflect. It is a peaceful and now more cozy than ever with these beautiful quilt creations hanging and changed each month. Come visit the "quiet room." Thanks to Anne Dawson who swaps out the quilts every now and then.
Meg Ryan has graciously accepted the task of coordinating artists to exhibit their work in the library's main salon and in the display cabinets that face the entry into the library. With a professional background in art and design, Meg has an exceptional eye for form and color, and has assembled an amazing line up of artists to display their works each month into 2013. Among her volunteer duties are placing the advertising for each art show, offering assistance to the artists when their work goes up or down.
Seeking and selecting the artists for each show is her primary role. We look forward collaborating with her as she keeps the library gallery as one of the premier places for artists to show their work. Meg Ryan is always on the lookout for artists, seasoned or new, that have a connection with Lopez, to show their work. Contact Meg if you have interest in exhibiting your work.
Meg Ryan - 468-4330
We want to thank Carolyn Cameron for her contributions to the library during the last year. She has recently moved off the island.
This recent addition to the library's permanent collection was donated by our local artist, Marc Foster Grant (thank you, Marc!) This acrylic on handmade rag paper can be seen along with many more of his whimsical creations at www.marcfostergrant.com
This Triptych Pastel was painted in 1993 in the upstairs studio space at Shirley Wright's Grayling Gallery at the request of the library. A large image was needed to be displayed over the then existing steep staircase behind the circulation desk.
A makeshift scaffolding was erected and a large plank spanning the stairwell was used to balance on while hanging the three framed pieces. I think because of these difficulties, the paintings hung there for quite some time.
When remodeling of the library was imminent, they were taken down and Robert Hermann purchased them shortly after that and displayed them to great advantage in his Hunter Bay house over the fireplace.
Now here it is*, once more in a perfect setting.
~ Christa Malay, Artist
* The library would like to thank the Friends of Lopez Island Library, for purchasing this triptych for permanent display in the new Reading Room (Quiet Room - Shhh!). It is lovely and very much at peace now that it has returned back home.
|© 2008-2011 Lopez Library. All right reserved. | Feedback | Contact Us | (360) 468-2265|