Press Release

Library Arts Series: “Creating Haiga”

This month’s “Art Adventures” program at the Blue Hill Public Library will explore Japanese “haiga” on Thursday, March 28, at 7 p.m. Haiga is the Japanese word for the combination on paper of “hai” (haiku poetry) and “ga” (illustration of the poem). Haiga is always about nature, and the poem is composed of 3 lines with 5, 7, and 5 syllables, respectively, and is then illustrated by the painting.

“Creating Haiga” will be presented by well-known Deer Isle artist Frederica Marshall, who lived in Japan for 28 years where she studied painting, pottery, poetry and calligraphy. Frederica will discuss the origins of haiga, demonstrate the process and lead audience members in creating their own haiga.

The “Art Adventures” series will continue on the 4th Thursday of each month through September, spotlighting an array of visual and performing arts from photography and western swing to portraiture and tattoo art. No registration is required for any of these programs. For more information, contact the library, 374-5515.