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Japanese artwork returns to art center

The delicate brush and ink artwork was so popular that the Pasco Art Center revisits the intriguing work starting today.

By BARBARA L. FREDRICKSEN

© St. Petersburg Times, published March 9, 2001


Five years ago, Citrus Springs artists Yolanda and Ted Mayhall brought their intriguing brush and ink, Japanese-style artwork to the Pasco Art Center for a show. It was so well received that the center's director, Marj Golub, asked them to bring the delicate ink paintings (sumi-e) and Japanese calligraphy (shodo) back for another exhibit.

This exhibit, "The Brush Dances, the Ink Sings -- Revisited" opens today and continues until March 30.

A reception for the couple is from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the center, with a demonstration of the artists' techniques from 3 to 5 p.m. in the main gallery.

In addition, Ms. Mayhall will debut her new videocassette on sumi-e, "A Sumi-e Dream Journey." Copies of her book, The Sumi-e Book, will be available for purchase.

The Mayhalls lived in Japan several years ago when Mayhall worked for the federal government. While there, they became interested in Japanese art. Ms. Mayhall, who had been a water colorist, was drawn to the delicate, sophisticated art form of ink painting and studied under several famous modern Japanese artists.

Mayhall, who was already involved with calligraphy and typography, was attracted to Japanese calligraphy. His hobby of linguistics helped him advance as a shoka until he earned the honor of the Japanese pen name of Te Do Hidari.

The Mayhalls' works also have been exhibited at Pasco-Hernando Community College.

At a glance

WHAT: Art exhibition, "The Brush Dances, the Ink Sings -- Revisited"

WHERE: Pasco Art Center, 5744 Moog Road, Holiday

WHEN: Exhibit is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays through March 30; reception is 3 to 6 p.m. today

TICKETS: Admission is free

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