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Bud Werner Memorial Library offers community sand painting this week

In summer 2010, the Tibetan Buddhist monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery in India first came to Steamboat Springs to create unique, one-of-a-kind mandala sand paintings. This is a photo of the adjacent community sand painting that gave people of all ages an opportunity to take part in the ancient art form.
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If You Go

What: Community Sand Mandala

When: Noon to 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 28; noon to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29; and noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30

Where: Library Hall, Bud Werner Memorial Library, 1289 Lincoln Ave.

— The Bud Werner Memorial Library is bringing back community sand painting Monday through Wednesday this week.

Although the monks from Drepung Loseling Monastary will not be in town, Jennie Lay, adult programs coordinator for the library, said the tools and colorful sand will be available for the community to use.

From noon to 7 p.m. Monday, the community sand painting will be available in Library Hall and will continue from noon to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and from noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday.

“We thought that this would be a great winter activity — fun for families to share and something warm, colorful and beautiful created together in the midst of a white snowy world,” said Carolyn Peters, administrative support coordinator at the library.

The image will be a page extracted from the bestselling “Inky Adventure” adult coloring book, “Secret Garden,” by artist Johanna Basfod, courtesy of publisher Laurence King.

Earlier this summer, six visiting monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery created an intricately designed “Green Tara” mandala sand painting at the library as part of their Mystical Arts of Tibet world tour. The community was invited to watch and experience their culture and partake in the hands-on community sand painting.

“The library is so excited to bring back such a fun community activity in Library Hall,” Peters said. “We were amazed that hundreds of people from the community participated and awed by our shared creative spirit.”

While the monks worked on the mandala’s intricate design, Peters said, residents from the community came to view their creation and added to a separate sand painting by using similar tools.

“Although the monks aren’t here, we’re excited for the creativity to continue,” Peters said.

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email adwyer@ExploreSteamboat.com or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1

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