Press Release

Exhibit: Asian Artifacts and Handworks

BLUE HILL, Maine — Brooksville resident Jeff Kaley will exhibit handicrafts collected from across Asia at the Blue Hill Public Library through November 30th. Over the last 48 years, Jeff has made frequent visits to Asia, and especially Nepal where he served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in rural villages for four years beginning in 1967. The public is invited to a reception for the exhibit on Friday September 27th from 4:00 to 6:00 PM.

About his exhibit, Jeff offers, “This display is an opportunity for me to express my gratitude and appreciation for the wonders of the East. In my travels I have marveled that every Asian country I visit has its own unique richness of cultures, languages, religions, history, and objects. Despite these innumerable differences there are many congruent threads woven into the fabric of life throughout Asia. I have witnessed for myself similar methods yet unique styles for the making of paper, baskets, statues, tools, homes, household objects, unusual foods, ritual art etc. and throughout Asia people make use of many of the same materials.”

Jeff lived in Nepal long enough to be fluent in the language and through later trips came to know generations of families in several rural communities and small towns. He has also traveled through India, Sikkim, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Cambodia, Vietnam, Burma, Japan, and China. Over the years he has been presented with, bought, and sold many Asian objects new and old, and now with gratitude wants to share some of what he has seen and learned,

The exhibit is in the Howard Room cases, available for viewing during Library hours subject to the meeting room schedule. For more information call the Library at 374-5515.