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December 31, 2008 > Grand opening artists and authors

Grand opening artists and authors

Submitted By Ian McNamara

The new Milpitas Public Library will be opening in a grand fashion on Saturday, January 10. The following artists and authors are scheduled to either appear or exhibit their work.

Chinese leader Mao Zedong once said, "Women hold up half the sky." Jana McBurney-Lin lived over half her adult life in Asia, writing and editing fictional stories and non-fictional articles. During that time she met her husband, a native of China, and she got the idea for her first novel, My Half of the Sky.

Published in 2006, My Half of the Sky received much attention and many literary awards. My Half of the Sky is the story of a contemporary young Chinese woman who tries to hold up her half of the sky. She wants to be modern, but the traditions of her village keep pulling her back. While the story occurs in China and Singapore, the story is universal, "How do we reconcile traditions with the modern momentum of our world?"

Linda L. Seiker became an artist at an early age. She named her mother, an art teacher, as her mentor. Linda graduated from San Jose State College with an art degree and taught 28 years in public schools. She teaches art classes for the East Side High School District. Linda enjoys working in many art media: watercolor, pastel, acrylic, calligraphy and three-dimensional art such as gours and wind chimes. Her watercolor paintings will show at the Milpitas Public Library through April 2009.

Terri Thayer, author, Wild Goose Chase. About Wild Goose Chase: A computer techie by trade, Dewey Pellicano would rather swallow needles than be pinned down to a life of quilting. But when her mother passes away, Dewey must exchange code for calico as the new proprietress of Quilter Paradiso. Wild Goose Chase is the first book in the Quilting Mystery series.

Terri Thayer brings over 20 years of quilting experience. She also taught quilting and is a member of the Santa Clara Valley Quilt Association and the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles. Terri worked in a retail shop and at conventions like the one featured in Wild Goose Chase. Originally from Niagara Falls, NY Terri lived on Long Island and in north east Pennsylvania. Ten years ago she left the ice and snow on the East Coast for the Bay Area.

Yeh Fei Pai left his home in Taiwan for San Francisco in 1977, to understand his family history and spend time with his father General Yeh Tsui Pai. This life changing experience created a bond between the two men and provided the genesis for "Yeh Fei Pai's Celestial Horses" that Fei Pai paints.

Fei Pai studied the Celestial Horse Art under his father for 20 years until the general passed away in 1999. A Chinese saying states "there are wild horses in every one of us." He exemplifies through his art the truth, goodness and beauty of these wild horses as they soar majestically through the sky.

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