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Zenga art class begins May 19
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MONROE - Visiting artist and art educator Martha Ekyo Maezumi will offer classes in Zenga, Japanese brush painting, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for part I and from 2 to 4 p.m. for part II May 19 at Great Plains Zen Center, W7762 Falk Road.

The Zenga art form was introduced into Japan in the Edo period, the 17th century. Painting is done in black ink with bold, abstract strokes and often includes calligraphy. Japanese aesthetics used in Zenga paintings include the ancient ideals of wabi, transient and stark beauty; sabi, the beauty of natural aging and inherent imperfection; and yugen, profound grace and subtlety. Typical painting subjects include figures in Zen Buddhism, such as Bodhidharma or Jizo, the famous Zen circle or enso, Mt. Fuji and other nature scenes.

Zenga Part I will include how to hold the brush, warm up exercises of vertical and horizontal lines, personal name and simple compositions, Mt. Fuji, ensos and some calligraphy.

Zengo Part II will be more complicated and will include Jizos, Darumas, ensos, begging monks and maybe some plant work. The first class is an orientation and prerequisite for the second class.

Register online at or call 325-6248. There are suggested donations. All materials are included and a vegetarian luncheon will be served. Experienced artists and interested beginners are welcome. Sessions will be wheelchair-accessible.