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Artists in Action: Mikiko Masterson, Japanese Brush Ink/Mud Painting

Date: Wednesday, May 4
Time: Noon - 1:00 p.m.
Location: New & Popular Reading Area

Join us for our monthly Artists in Action series, this month featuring Mikiko Masterson who will demonstrate Japanese brush ink/mud painting. Japanese ink painting, also called sumi-e, uses black sumi, a charcoal or soot-based solid ink, on silk or paper. Mikiko will show how she makes charcoal ink and demonstrate Japanese brush painting which uses simple brush strokes to capture the essence of the subject. Her demonstration will include a little ‘twist’ on the traditional technique by using backyard dirt and glue. Mikiko studied traditional Japanese brush painting in Tokyo with Master Hiroshi Yasuda. She learned calligraphy at an early age, which is a necessary skill to produce the intricate Japanese kanji characters that form the basis of written Japanese. No registration required.
Sponsored by the Saratoga Springs Public Library and Saratoga Arts. No registration required.

Concert with Harmonica Virtuoso Jiayi He

Date: Wednesday, May 4
Time: 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Location: H. Dutcher Community Room

Welcome back world-renowned harmonica virtuoso, Jiayi He, for a live concert at the library. The last time he was here, the Daily Gazette reported that he "stunned" the crowd with his "virtuosity, passion and commitment," and proclaimed his concert a top ten classical performance for 2012. Jiayi has performed across the world and won prestigious awards in America, Europe, and Asia. He plays many different kinds of harmonicas, including the largest harmonica and the smallest harmonica in the world. His work ranges from Bach to Gershwin. Adults and children are welcome! No registration required.

Jiayi has appeared on ABC, NBC, News 12 Long Island, Queens Public Television, and Sino Television. Jiayi currently is on the faculty of the Turtle Bay Music School in New York City.

Lyme and other Tick-Borne Diseases: What You Need to Know

Date: Thursday, May 5
Time: 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Location: H. Dutcher Community Room

Living in the northeastern United States puts us at risk of becoming infected with Lyme Disease and other tick-borne diseases. Join Lyme Disease expert, Holly Ahern, an Associate Professor of Biology/Microbiology at SUNY Adirondack, to learn the facts about tick-borne diseases and how to protect yourself, including common misconceptions, diagnosis and interesting research underway. Co-sponsored by Wilton Wildlife. No registration required.