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Local artist accepted into 'In Search of Hidden Meaning' exhibition


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Just for You offers the coolness of the soft violet grey and neutral off white tones representing the passing of winter months while the two tone gold leaf represents the shifting of cold to the warming of spring. Assorted lettering styles running across and around the other elements are the winds blowing the fallen petals and the unswept path within the poem by Dufu, now swept clean in anticipation of birth of the new season.

Local Tehachapi artist Chris Paschke is one of only twenty-five artists that are being featured in the current online exhibition "In Search of Hidden Meaning", March 12 through June 12, 2018. An artist celebrating her 20th year with Wild Apple Graphics, Woodstock VT, also represented by Studio EL, Emeryville Calif., and Grand Image, Seattle Wash., Paschke is identified by her varied art in calligraphy – the art of the written word; Sumi-e, a traditional form of Japanese ink painting; watercolor, gouache, acrylic; and mixed media featuring familiar subjects often in somewhat abstract expressionistic contemporary interpretations.

Initiated in 2012, Calligraphies in Conversation is a program made possible by the support of Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California (ICCNC) and a grant from Alliance for California Traditional Arts (ACTA). To date they have hosted four live exhibitions with this year's being the first online exhibition. Their goal has been to share exhibitions of traditional artworks from different cultures in an attempt to foster dialogue through that art, and all their exhibitions highlight the power of the written word through spirituality and calligraphy.

This year's international exhibition features calligraphers from around the world with organizers having received over 100 works from U.S., France, Hong Kong, Iran, Spain, Japan, South Africa, Canada, Italy, India, and Pakistan. Anything calligraphically written brings with it energies that connect with people in different ways. All three of Paschke's submissions were accepted into the exhibition: Blue Fate, Just for You, and Kozo Dance that may be viewed at


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