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Zen Brush

Zen Brush is a form of Shodo - the Way of  the brush.  Moving with the breath cultivates mindful energy. One's spirit leaves its trace as the ink dances across the paper as a brush stroke.  Brushwork, because of this nature, slows a person down; helping us to relax no matter what.  
     The Founder of Aikido - Morihei Ueshiba O-sensei (who was declared by Japan a sacred national treasure) - was a calligrapher of dynamic  proportions. He is a good example of why Shodo is viewed not only  as a martial art but as one of the most difficult. O-sensei was able to  produce tremendous power in his calligraphy yet his brushstrokes reveal a gentle dynamism.   
    It is not easy to control the soft hairs of a brush with the loading and unloading of ink to produce something clean and bright.  A  Zen Brush piece may be finished with one stroke done in one breath. To  practice in this way is to cultivate one's clarity and brightness by connecting one's entire being with the energy of nature. This is the Way  of Zen Brush. 

    Susan Perry has practiced Zen Brush for over 35 years and holds rank in Shodo through a Japanese organization. She displays her work through the Pomona Valley Artists Association's  Soho Gallery. Also, each year she participates in two judged annual exhibits through different artists associations. She has taught the Zen Brush class in Claremont for many years. 


See Suzan's Zen Brush site at http://www.brightmoon.studio


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2019 Events

April 27 & 28

City of Monterey Park Cherry Blossom Festival, 2019

11am - 6pm

City of Monterey Park, Cherry Blossom Festival

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April 27 & 28

City of Monterey Park Cherry Blossom Festival, 2019

In addition to a information table inside the exhibition hall, there will be an Aikido demonstration on the outside stage on Saturday 11:30am-12noon. Also, a Zen Brush demonstration on the inside stage on Sunday at 12 noon. Please come and visit us.

For more information on parking and location, see the City of Monterey Park's Web page

11am - 6pm

City of Monterey Park, Cherry Blossom Festival

May 3

Opening reception for Suzan's exhibit in art show

6pm - 7pm

Pomona Valley Art Association, 2031 Montclair Plaza Lane, Montclair (next to Nordstrom's on 2nd floor)

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May 3

Opening reception for Suzan's exhibit in art show

Suzan invites you to attend this event and see her exhibited artwork.

6pm - 7pm

Pomona Valley Art Association, 2031 Montclair Plaza Lane, Montclair (next to Nordstrom's on 2nd floor)

MAY 19

Japanese Calligraphy exhibit

All day

Miyako Hybrid Hotel 21381 S Western Ave Torrance, CA

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MAY 19

Japanese Calligraphy exhibit

Himawarishuji is hosting this Japanese exhibition which is free. Starts at 10am, ends 4pm

Suzan will do a big brush demonstration at 11am. Her Take Musu Scroll will be exhibited as well.

For more information, call 310 999 8305 or email himawarishuji@gmail.com!

All day

Miyako Hybrid Hotel 21381 S Western Ave Torrance, CA

Sept 8 Zen Brush Workshop

Zen Brush Workshop with Suzan

4pm - 6pm

641 Ridgefield St. Claremont, CA

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Sept 8 Zen Brush Workshop

Zen Brush Workshop with Suzan

Enjoy a 2 hour brush workshop with Suzan.  $25


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4pm - 6pm

641 Ridgefield St. Claremont, CA