Local Library to Highlight Traditional Asian Block Printing and Origami this March
(Somerset County, NJ: February 15, 2017) During the month of March, Somerset County Library System of New Jersey’s Hillsborough Library branch, located at 379 S. Branch Rd. in Hillsborough, will feature artwork from “Welcome Neighbor: Sharing Cultural Art Traditions II,” a touring biennial art exhibition displaying different indigenous-art traditions by diverse artists.
The display will include artwork by Shanti Jain and Joy Ann Cabanos, among others.
Shanti Jain is an Asian Indian folk artist who specializes in traditional Indian arts & crafts, Indian cooking, and teaching Indian languages. She grew up in a family with a very long tradition, of many generations, involved in block printing and she learned this traditional craft through association with them. The two traditional Batik pieces, as well as the thirteen hand-printed traditional sanganeri prints are her personal creations and contributions to the Welcome Neighbor exhibition.
Joy Ann Cabanos is a Philippine American professional artist and experienced art instructor. She paints and works in origami. She has taught workshops and school programs for adults and children in NJ since 2010. She had a solo exhibit at Galeria West in Westfield as well as three solo exhibits internationally. The traditional Philippine Parol and the colorful origami wreath are her personal traditional creations and contributions to the Welcome Neighbor exhibition.
Discover Traditional Asian Block Printing
March 11, 10 a.m. – noon (children ages 8-12) & 1-3 p.m. (teens and adults)
Shanti Jain will teach participants about sanganeri, a traditional form of Asian block printing. Enjoy a hands-on experience and take away a piece of this traditional art form that you create.
Discover Traditional Origami
March 18, 10-11:30 a.m. (children ages 8-12) & noon-1:30 p.m. (teens and adults)
Joy Ann Cabanos will teach participants about origami, the Asian art of paper folding. Enjoy a hands-on experience and take away a piece of this traditional art form that you create.
These indigenous art exhibition and public arts outreach workshops are made possible, in part, by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Dept. of State, through the State/County Local Arts Program Grant administered for Somerset County by the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission, and Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders.
About Somerset County Library System of New Jersey
Somerset County Library System of New Jersey (SCLSNJ) partners with you to connect, to explore, to share and to discover. Together we enrich lives, expand knowledge and strengthen communities. SCLSNJ branches can be found in Bridgewater, Bound Brook, Hillsborough, Manville, North Plainfield, Peapack & Gladstone, Rocky Hill at Mary Jacobs Memorial Library, Somerville, Warren Township, and Watchung. Additionally, there are two SCLSNJ reading stations in Branchburg and Washington Valley. Visit SCLSNJ.org for further information about library services offered at SCLSNJ.