Steamboat library to host sand painting

Community project part of 5-day monk residency in August

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Guidelines

For community sand painting design:

■ The design will not exceed 4-feet-by-4 feet. Submitted designs should be on a smaller scale, about 1-foot-by-1-foot.

■ The design should be simple, meaningful and easily recognized by the community.

■ The design should be able to be viewed from all angles.

■ Shapes and edges should be well defined.

■ All designs must be submitted in color.

■ Designs are due by 5 p.m. May 15. Submit designs to the library front desk, or mail them to 1289 Lincoln Ave., Steamboat Springs, CO 80487. Address designs to Community Sand Painting Design Committee. Include your name, phone number and e-mail address.

Contact library Adult Programs Coordinator Jennie Lay, at 970-367-4917 or jlay@steamboatlib..., for more information.

Source: Jennie Lay, library adult programs coordinator

— Bud Werner Memorial Library is collecting designs for a five-day community sand painting project planned for August.

Based on mandala sand painting, an art form designed to heal an environment and the people in it, the project in Library Hall at Bud Werner Memorial Library is part of a cultural program featuring a group of Tibetan Buddhist monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery in India. The monks will create their own mandala during their residency from Aug. 14 to 18 at the library, library Adult Programs Co­­­­­­­­­o­­rdinator Jennie Lay said.

The idea to have community members create a sand painting alongside the monks’ came from the monks, Lay said.

“What they told me is that they would like to see us create an image that means something to us as a community, and it should be something that everybody young and old can sit down and try a hand at,” Lay said.

Designs are due to the library front desk by 5 p.m. May 15. Lay urges designers to consider the medium in coming up with their submissions — the painting will be created with sand, so bright colors, well-defined lines and borders between colors are encouraged, she said.

Members of the library’s public art committee will help select a final design. That design will be on hand near the sand painting, which will be on a low platform no more than 4-feet-by-4-feet. Design sub­­missions must be in color, should be viewable from all angles and should not have intricate details, according to the guidelines Lay created.

At the end of the monks’ residency, they will gather the sand used to create the mandala and send it down the Yampa River, Lay said.

“At the end of the week, we should hopefully have something that we have all created across the room from what the monks have created, and we’ll squish ours up, as well,” Lay said.

The monks’ visit has been coming together since November, soon after Lay took her job as adult programs coordinator at the library, she said. Also during the monks’ residency in Steamboat Springs, they will perform a narrated concert of sacred music and dance at Strings Music Pavilion, said Jennifer Shea, Strings marketing and development director.

“It’s a great way to bring the community together in this programming promoting healing,” Shea said. The concert is at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 17. Tickets are $28 for adults or $14 for children ages 6 to 18.

The Buddhist Center of Ste­amboat Springs will host a talk with the visiting monks Aug. 16, and the Steamboat Springs Arts Council is planning a related visual art exhibit during the monks’ residency, Lay said.

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