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1st Quarter exhibit at The Commons Gallery: Solo exhibit by Sharlene Cline!

Sunday, January 16, 20226:00 amTuesday, March 29, 20223:00 pm

Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council and the Tongass Federal Credit Union present Sharlene Cline at The Commons Gallery

Sharlene Cline has been practicing and teaching the art of Chinese brushwork for over 30 years. She first studied the art form from master painter Yang O-Shi while in Taiwan for three years in the early 90s. She was immediately drawn and compelled by the practice. The repetitive nature of the technique has been for her a form of meditation. As explained by the eighteenth-century painter Chang Keng “Chi, life-force, is something beyond the feeling of brushwork and the effects of ink, because it is the power of heaven, which is suddenly disclosed. But only those who are quiet can understand it.”

In Chinese brushwork, painting the subject is comprised of well-controlled single stokes loaded each time with a gradation of paint on a mou-bi. The mou-bi is a paintbrush with a special shape, full at the base narrowing to a point. For a flower, each petal is one stroke as is each leaf. This skill takes hours of practicing each brush stroke so that ultimately through repetition the hand, coming from a calm meditative mind, knows intuitively how to paint its subject. Like a musician practicing their scales over and over again so their performance comes from their soul, not just reciting notes.

Sharlene returns again and again to the techniques that are for her, is a meditation and intimate connection to nature. Through practice, she has found her unique style and voice collaging brushwork and decorative paper into simple compositions honoring the natural beauty that surrounds Southeast coastal Alaska.

Sharlene Cline teaches workshops and artists in schools throughout Alaska, curates a range of exhibits, creates and lives in Homer, Alaska with her family.