New Mexico journey: Paintings by Mi Ra Won

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South Korean artist will do a solo show at Mesa Public Library in January

By Special to the Monitor

Mi Ra Won, born in Seoul, South Korea, said she wanted to be an artist since she was five years old, and her dream has never changed.
In January, others will see the result of that dream as Won has a solo show of her impressionist oil and watercolor paintings in the Mesa Public Library Art Gallery. A public reception will be from 4-5:30 p.m. Jan. 7 in the Mesa Public Library’s upstairs gallery.
Won, who holds a masters degree in painting and was a middle school art teacher in Korea for several years, credits her commitment to art to her high school art teacher who became her mentor. She began using charcoal and pastel, finding the soft lines and color appealing, but switched as a university student to very large-scale, vibrantly colored paintings to  boldly express her newly found Christian faith.
Two children kept Won very busy for 20 years until three years ago when, because of her husband’s job, her family moved to Los Alamos and she began painting once more. “When I started painting again, I felt a strong creative energy that needed to be expressed,” Won said. “Sometimes I went to Santa Fe to see the works in galleries. The landscape and adobe houses of Santa Fe were very attractive to me. I was surprised by the way the curved lines of the adobe houses were accented by the snow.”

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