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Calligraphy, dolls to be exhibited at FMU, Feb. 24-April 8

FLORENCE, S.C. – “When East Meets West,” Eastern calligraphy by Kichung Lizee, and “The Women of Inspiration,” dolls by Zenobia Washington, will be on display at Francis Marion University as part of the university’s Art Gallery Series, Feb. 24 through April 8.

 Both exhibits are open to the public, free of charge, and may be viewed between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday in the Hyman Fine Arts Center galleries.

Lizee’s exhibit is a unique blend of Eastern calligraphy and Western thematic material. The energy and pulse of calligraphy offer insight into many aspects of the living world. In Lizee’s work, the living spirit of this Eastern art form comes together with Western forms such as Abstract Expressionism. This fusion aims for a more universal expression than may be possible through working in the individual traditions.

Lizee recently traveled and studied in Korea. She was a featured artist at the San Francisco Asian Art Museum in October. She lives in Butler, Tenn.

Lizee will discuss her work and give an interactive “Big Brush” demonstration on Tuesday, Feb. 24 at 11:30 a.m. in the fine arts center.

Washington currently creates her art in Georgetown, S.C. She’s an artist-in-residence with the South Carolina Arts Commission and teaches a quarterly doll-making workshop at Art Works in Pawleys Island.

The “amazing women” in her family inspired Washington to create her dolls. Initially, Washington’s dolls helped her grieve the loss of her brother. Now, they have become a celebration of life. Each one is named – “Bold Woman,” “The Healer,” “Finder of Lost Souls” – to represent the spirit she senses in a completed work.

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Last Published: March 10, 2004 10:28 AM
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