ART: Nikki Hoke Prayer Flag Oil Paintings
Inspired by her travels to northern India this past spring, local artist Nikki Hoke produced a series of prayer flag oil paintings, which are featured this month at Thump Coffee in downtown Bend.
Hoke says that while spending the majority of her time traveling in the mountainous areas of Dharamsala and Manali, she became fascinated by the Tibetan influence in India, especially in the village of McLeod Ganj.
“Being home to the Dalai Lama, many Tibetan refugees leave their homeland and hike dangerous mountain passes to cross into India and make a life in McLeod Ganj. They are displaced and living in a country very different than their own, and yet are incredibly resilient and proud. As a result, beautiful prayer flags hang from nearly every tree in this area. They are a symbol of the faith of the Tibetan people, as well as a very important reminder of their homeland.”
“I was moved by seeing this, and compelled to in my own way recreate the feeling I had when I first looked up into the trees, and saw the prayer flags gently blowing. This series is an interpretation of my personal feelings about my experience in this small part of India.”
Hoke recently graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Read her weblog at nikkihoke.blogspot.com.
featured coffee: El Salvador Kilimanjaro – Direct Trade, Organic
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Seasonal Hot Drinks
· Pumpkin Spice Latte
· Maple Spice Latte
· Peppermint Mocha
· Hot Apple Cider