Rae Yano has been coming to Place des Arts for many years. Silver-smithing, illustration, Chinese brush painting, painting with acrylics, watercolour and pastels are among the classes she has attended, a couple of which were held in the old building. In fact, over the years she thinks she has paid enough in fees to own a small part of the new structure!
As well as attending classes, Yano has also participated in several shows. She has missed only a couple of the annual Positively Petite exhibitions since they began. She has also shown in the annual student show and, a few years back, a show with Laurie Thompson and her students.
Years ago, when Yano was teaching in District 43, she was invited to exhibit some of her class’s work in the showcase of the old Place des Arts building. It was exciting for her students to have their amazing “apple people” on show for so many people to see.
Yano has also participated in Place des Arts’ Artisan Shop, showing, selling and purchasing.
The classes and shows work together to provide creative stimulation, enthusiasm and friendship with like-minded individuals. The teachers and staff have always been encouraging and accommodating. This place really is a part of her life!
For many years I have enjoyed doing pen, brush and ink calligraphy.
Inspired by the many beautiful examples of illuminated letters in reference books and online, I decided to try some of my own more simplified examples.