Westborough – The Westborough Public Library and the Art and Frame Emporium will welcome internationally known artists Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas, inventors of the art form Zentangle, Thursday, Aug. 22, from 6:30-9 p.m. at the Mill Pond School, 6 Olde Hickory Path.
Zentangle is an easy, relaxing way to create beautiful drawings using structured patterns, inspired by objects in the artist's environment. Many people who do Zentangle use the practice as a way to relieve stress, increase focus, and foster an approach of mindfulness.
Zentangle was created in Whitinsville, and within a few years has grown to hundreds of thousands of practitioners worldwide, who claim benefits beyond its original expectations.
Roberts, who lived for years as a monk, and Thomas, a lifelong artist, combined relaxed attention with drawing to create the Zentangle Method and wanted to share the benefits of their discovery with others. They have taught Zentangle artists to recognize patterns in their surroundings and “tangle” them into an enjoyable creative experience.
Roberts will discuss their creative moments and how they started this worldwide phenomenon. Following his presentation, Thomas will present a “Live Tangle”, where she will demonstrate how a piece of Zentangle art is created. Copies of their new book, “The Book of Zentangle,” will be available for purchase and signing at the event. There is no charge for admission, and the public is welcome.
Two exhibits of the duo's original Zentangle work are currently on display: at the Westborough Public Library, 55 W. Main St., and at the Art and Frame Emporium in the Westborough Shopping Center, 18 Lyman St. Copies of the book may be purchased in advance at the store, and can also be checked out at the library.