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Book Inspired Art

Kite Sky
You are invited to First Friday Gallery Hop this week, Aug. 3, 2018 (7-10pm) in Winston Salem,NC. I'm pleased to say I have work in two galleries, so I hope to see you at one of the locations.

Here is information about one of the shows:

Red Dog Gallery, 630 N. Liberty St (at the end of the Artivity Park at the corner of 7th St.) is hosting Unbound/Unleashed in conjunction with Booksmarks (coming in Sept.). Each work of art chosen for the show must relate to a book or poem or other literary work. I love this kind of challenge. It really gets my creativity flowing. I wanted to do something different from my usual printmaking or painting. I challenge you to think of what you might do. What book have you read recently that could inspire a work of art? It's such fun to think about. I can't wait to see what other artists have created.

Several works sprung to mind, but I settled on these two: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini and Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See.
Kite Runner: When I read this moving novel about two boys in Afghanistan, I was captivated by the consequences of events in everyday life. In the pivotal scene of the annual Kite Fight, Hosseini describes the sky full of kites.
I lived across the street from a park and remember days
when “my” sky was full of kites, albeit less competitive.
Kites figure into the traditions of many cultures and seem magical to me. I created a 3-D collage using glossy, pattern-printed paper and sewing thread on a water color sky. Framed the work is 20"x28".

Snow Flower*: I have read several novels by Lisa See and love discovering the insights they provide for a particular time and culture. In keeping with the essence of this book, I created a fan using traditional Chinese Brush Paintings materials and style. I have assembled it over on actual Chinese fan I purchased years ago in China. I have long loved fans, since I discovered (and wrote about) the Fan museum in Greenwich, England. Since then I have collected fans from many of the places I have visited, including a hand made lace fan from Venice, as hand painted fan with my name in English and Thai from Chang Rai, Thailand, and beautiful silk Balinese fan that was a gift from my son and daughter-in- law. The art assemblage, done in Chinese watercolor on rice paper is framed 21 x21".

*I'm pleased to add that this work received "Honorable Mention" in the exhibit.

Flower Fan

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