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Japanese Tradition Arrives in the form of Silk Artistry

By Fritz Elmendorf
photos by Nina Arias

Nosara – Locals and tourists were introduced to the traditional art form of Japanese silk painting known as Rozome at a reception July 25 at the Mandala boutique.

The beautiful silk tapestries were created by Monteverde-based artists Paula Nijamkin and Milagros “Mili” Rodriguez, who each displayed distinct styles but learned together from U.S. based artist Betsy Sterling Benjamin, who studied the technique for years in Japan.

Argentine born Nijamkin used the layering on of colors in an expressionist style that works with the natural elements of water and waves, as well as with the female form. Peru native Rodriguez used more realism while still expressing ideals celebrating feminine spirituality in tapestries titled “Contemplacion” and “Ave Guia”. 

Rozome (pronounced row-zoh-may) is an ancient technique of applying molten wax to a fabric to block out areas that would otherwise absorb dyes. Rozome has a documented history that dates back 2500 years and in ancient Japan, it was used to design intricate patterns of brilliant colors for kimonos.

 
Woman by Paula Nijamkin

If you missed the exhibition, you can still find some of the silk tapestries at the store. Mandala is located in the medical center building in Guiones beach and is open from 10 am to 5 pm.



Paula Nijamkin (left) with local Spaciale Novak (right)


Mili Rodriguez with painting Contemplation


 

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Jacob Story Continues: Five year old scheduled for surgery after second MRI

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The Legends of Nosara

Legends about the origin of the name Nosara are varied. In some of them, the Chorotega princess Sara is a heroine, and in others she is a traitor. Which legend is true, we don't know, but what we do know is that there are two characters common to all the stories: the princess Sara and the chief Nicoa.

A Community Success: $10,000 Raised to Save a Life

On July 16th, residents and visitors to Nosara raised almost $10,000 to assist the family of 5-year-old, Jacob Cameron, who was diagnosed with a tumor in his brain stem.

Funds Will Be Raised to Save a 5-Year-Old's Life

Saturday, July 16th, might be the day that will save the life of a 5-year-old boy who has been diagnosed with a brain tumor. A poker run fundraiser, organized by the local community, will take place at Marlin Bill’s Restaurant, ending with a raffle of a flat-screen TV and a silent auction in an attempt to raise the necessary funds for his treatment.

CREAR Volunteers Create Mural in Samara

Shiny bits of tile in blues, yellows and green now dazzle the wall between the police station and the beach in Samara. The sea-theme mural was created by CREAR and school students from Samara and El Torito.

Samara and El Torito
students learn about energy

CREAR, a nonprofit program that hosts after-school educational programs for Samara and El Torito school students, is adding a new aspect to their activities: monthly in-school assemblies. In June they completed their first round of assemblies, teaching students about non-renewable and renewable energy sources.

Emergency Committee in Need of
Warehouse for Storing Supplies

NOSARA – The Nosara Emergency Committee has taken its first big steps by submitting a report to the Comisión Nacional de Emergencias (CNE), in regards to the risks that Nosara could face as a result of a natural disaster. With this, the local committee is preparing to serve the community based on information provided by the area's residents themselves.

 

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