Denny slide talk on thangka painting

Oct 11, 2018
Local artist Kendra Denny will unveil her thangka painting of the Bodhisattva Manjushri during a program at The Dancing Elephant in Rockland.

Rockland — Camden artist Kendra Denny will present a Manjushri Unveiled program Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Dancing Elephant, 16 School St. The event is free and open to the public; donations are appreciated.

Earlier this year, Denny spent 14 weeks studying Tibetan thangka painting at the Center for Living Buddhist Art in Dharamshala, India. Her mentors and guides included Master Locho, his wife Sarika Singh and their long-term student Lobsang Tsaten.

This traditional style of Buddhist painting is considered an endangered art form, with only a handful of master thangka painters still practicing today. Dharamshala and the surrounding area are home to thousands of displaced Tibetans including His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government in exile.

Denny will present a slide show of her experience in Dharamshala, as well as unveil her completed thangka painting of the Bodhisattva Manjushri. All proceeds of the event will benefit Rockland Refuge Recovery, a peer-led Buddhist recovery group for people working with addiction.

A native of Camden, Denny is an artist, teacher and Buddhist practitioner. In 2015, she founded the Rockland chapter of Refuge Recovery. She currently is pursuing a master’s degree in art therapy at Lesley University.

The Dancing Elephant is a community center for yoga, meditation and art. Classes are donation-based and available for all levels. For more information, visit rocklandyoga.com or contact Rachel Nixon at rachel@rocklandyoga.com or 207-594-1694.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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