Fall 2009 Issue

Cultural canvas

Every artist’s canvas is different, and for Marilyn Carter, an adjunct professor in the School of Adult and Continuing Education (ACE) in Melbourne, Florida, her canvas is making its way across the globe.

As an art instructor and a practicing artist, Carter’s creative writing project of the Kanji character for flower, Hana, was recently on display at the Tenri Gallery in Paris, Korea and California. She is a member of Sumi-e Society of America, Inc., and the Ink Writers of America, for which her Hana project was exhibited. Carter is now working with other artists as they prepare for an educational show January 12 featuring creative writing with Asian characters. The exhibit will take place at the Art Gallery on the campus of Palm Beach Community College.

This past October and November, Carter’s painting, The Fiery Fall Slopes of Asia, was on display at the Japanese Cultural Center in Toronto, Canada, as part of her association with the Sumi-e Society of America. The painting was created with ink and watercolor on shirawasa paper, which is similar to those used in the Middle Ages. Carter studied this process under Yukio Kondo, a professor of art from the Tama Art Institute in Tokyo, Japan.

In the fall of 2010, Carter will take a selection of her Christmas card paintings to Japan where she has been invited to exhibit her work in scroll form at a gallery in the Mashiko area, an art colony in the mountains above Tokyo. The gallery is run by Yuko Koto, a former student of Carter’s.