The Puget Sound Zen Center will host an arts and crafts sale, with works from about 25 local artists, 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 10, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at Vashon Center for the Arts (VCA).
The sale will also include a silent auction for other services and experiences, including kayak tours, gardening help and private yoga classes. Scrolls of calligraphy from China and objects made from Japanese cotton and silk fabrics will add to the sale.
Rounding out the event will be a panel discussion, “Artist’s Mind — Zen Mind,” at 7 p.m. Friday, May 10, in the VCA lobby. Panelists Pam Ingalls, Bruce Morser and Alex Echevarria, with moderator Koshin Christopher Cain, abbot of the zen center, will discuss the artistic process, exploring some eternal questions about the source of creative energy. Each will describe the process by which they create their art as well as their state of mind when they are working on their art. They’ll address whether they focus on technique as they work and whether they’re personally creating their art or simply witnessing its creation.
All three artists’ work will be on exhibit and available for purchase after the panel discussion. Refreshments, including bowls of matcha (green tea served at tea ceremonies and in Japanese Zen temples), will be available for purchase. All proceeds will go toward development of 7 acres of land, adjacent to the Harbor School, purchased by the zen center last spring. The complete catalog of art for sale is up on the zen center’s website at pszc.org.