Area citizens display art at Korean Art Exhibition
By Jan Murray firstname.lastname@example.org
Greg and Lydia Barnes live in Enterprise. She is native Korean. Both of them take classes from the master teacher Hak Hee Baek. For decades, Baek owned The Korean Store in Daleville, but now travels from Atlanta to teach Korean painting in Montgomery and at the Daleville Center.“It’s a meditative style of painting. You pour out your feelings and your soul into your artwork. It’s not representation as much as it is a poetic expression of yourself. That’s why it’s somewhat expressionistic,” said Greg Barnes. “It’s not supposed to be a representation necessarily. It’s supposed to represent your inner spirit through paints and color.”Other participants explained that the themes of Mooninhwa incorporate poetry and painting and the use of four elements—ink brush, ink stick, rice paper and an inkstone. Information given out by the group states that the most popular subjects of Mooninhwa painters are plum blossoms, orchids, chrysanthemums and bamboo.Suji Santos is part of the local group and decided to exhibit her flowers painting on paper lamps. She said, “I like big flowers. It was like an experiment. Flowers bring luck.” She said she painted the lamps for her children.Citizens and visitors to Daleville can always view some of the local Korean community’s artwork. It is on display at the Daleville Cultural and Convention Center, next to City Hall. Mayor Claudia Wigglesworth said the Korean community was the first group to accept the city’s invitation a couple of years ago to local civic groups to set up displays in the center’s showcases and amongst the foyer walls. “We are thrilled and we love the artwork. It is very reflective of the Korean culture that is such a part of our community here in Daleville,” said the mayor.The Korean Community of South Alabama is made up of members from the total Wiregrass area—a majority from Enterprise and Daleville—and multiple members from the Montgomery area. The local association is part of a larger federation located in Georgia, Tennessee, North and South Carolina and Alabama. The group works collectively to provide a forum for interaction with the community, provide support for its members and foster and promote business relationships in associated communities.Art classes are open to anyone, not just those with Korean affiliation. Simply contact the local center at 262 Donnell Blvd., Daleville. The classes are held once each month on a Saturday.The association is part of a larger federation located in Georgia, Tennessee, North and South Carolina and Alabama. The group works to provide a forum for interaction with the community, provide support for its members and foster and promote business relationships within the community.