가족들이 곁에 있어서 행복합니다

올 5월에 Upper Riccarton Library Korean Book Club 이 두 살이 되었습니다.

hands reaching for Korean books

항상 그렇듯 시작은 미미했으나, 이제는 자리를 잡고 많은 분들이 책을 나누고 서로의 이야기에 귀를 기울이며 세상을 읽고 있습니다. Korean Book Club 은 여러분 모두를 환영합니다. 매 달 Korean Book Club List 가 회원님들에 의해 만들어지고 있습니다. 함께하시고 북 리뷰도 달아보세요.

이달의 소개할 책들입니다.

Korean books and party hats

마지막으로 사랑한다고 말해본 지가 언제인가요? 힘들다며 울어본 지는 얼마나 됐나요? 많은 사람이 자신의 이야기를 하거나 속에 있는 감정을 표현하는 걸 힘들어합니다. 저도 그랬습니다………..감정을 표현하는 일은 생각보다 힘들지 않다고 말하고 싶었습니다. 혹시 힘들더라도 감정과 마주하는 일은 꼭 필요하다고 말하고 싶었습니다. 비밀편지, 저자의 말 중에서.

소소한 일상을 사랑하는 작가 박근호님의 ‘비밀편지’입니다. 이 가을에 잘 어울리는 책이라 소개해 드립니다.

이미경 작가의 ‘택배왔어요’, 공지영 작가의 ‘할머니는 죽지않는다’ 그리고 일본 아사히 신분사에서 주최한 천개의 바람개비 프로젝트에 참가한 편지를 모아 펴낸 책 ‘천개의 바람이 된 당신에게 보내는 편지’ 도 추천합니다.

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Dia de los Muertos at Upper Riccarton Library

On the 1st of November the Mexican community came to Upper Riccarton Library to set up a Dia de los Muertos display. On this day throughout Mexico and, to a lesser extent, in other parts of Latin America, people celebrate Dia de los Muertos: Day of the Dead. That’s right, celebrate – as they understand death not as an ending, but as a pathway.

Dia de Muertos display at Upper Riccarton LibraryIn homes, people create altars to honour and remember their deceased loved ones, and families and friends gather to remember and reminisce by welcoming the opportunity to reflect upon their lives, their heritage and their ancestors. The day is all about love and happiness, not fear and sadness.

This year the display at Upper Riccarton Library was around Frida Kahlo as she is one of the best known Mexican people in the world.  It has been a total success, with heaps of people stopping to look at it and asking questions. We ended up learning that many countries in the world have similar celebrations… it is a small world after all!

Does your culture celebrate a festival similar to Dia de los Muertos?

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Upper Riccarton Library

Where library and art meet…

Upper Riccarton Library continues to be a hub for art lovers…

Following on from the successful exhibition held in October by local Korean painting group Chichi Geureemteo, the library is now privileged to be hosting two more art exhibitions.

The white wall nearest to Main South Road features a  3- Dimensional Chinese Calligraphy and Painting Exhibition by Rev. Canon Gon Loong, QSM. This is a fascinating collection of works blending Chinese and Western sensibilities with the aim to educate the viewer.  The 3-dimensional aspect has nothing to do with the current cinematographical 3-D craze – the 3 dimensions refer to art, wisdom and eternity, to inspire, in the artist’s words, a “deeper understanding of the living wisdom of a harmonious world”.

12TU Art Works In the Young Adult area visitors can admire instead the fantastic works of students  from 12TU and 12WR,  the Special Needs classes at Riccarton High School.  Their pieces include amazing paintings and sculptures, some of which have also been exhibited in the COCA gallery as part of the IHC/Telecom Regional Art competition. The senior class, 12WR, focused first on a sea theme, and then on masks; whereas the junior class, 12TU, used mixed-media and recycled materials to make mobiles, sunflowers and placemats, as well Jackson Pollock-inspired pieces.

In addition to these exhibitions, works by Riccarton High School Year 10 Art students are scattered throughout the library. Year 10 Art Pieces

The 3-Dimensional Chinese Calligraphy and Painting Exhibition finishes on Sunday 28th November,  while the exhibition by 12TU and 12WR continues to the end of the school year – so why not take a break from the Christmas shopping, and  come visit?

In the interim, here’s a taster from the Pulse Te Auaha Flickr photostream. My personal favourite are the iridescent seahorses – what about yours?

Painting a NZ Korean picture

Chichi Greemteo Painting ExhibitionArt exhibitions are not something that many people would immediately associate with libraries,  but then Christchurch City Libraries has always delighted in providing more than you think! 

So this month visitors to the library network are in for a double delight – while New Brighton Library is hosting the Bookish Artists exhibition, Upper Riccarton Library is featuring paintings by Chichi Geureemteo (i.e. Christchurch Art Gallery in Korean), a local Korean painting group.  The group has some 15-20 members who meet weekly at the library to work together.

The exhibition includes over 30 paintings depicting both New Zealand and Korean landscapes, as well as still life subjects, and there is some great talent on show.

But be quick to visit – the exhibition finishes on Sunday 24 October!

And if you are inspired to have a go at painting yourself, why not try some of the following links?