9/18/2008 Tibetan artist creates painting at Linfieldâ��s Nicholson library
McMINNVILLE – Sonam Phuntsok, a Tibetan Buddhist artist, is creating a thangka painting in the front lobby of the Jereld R. Nicholson Library at Linfield College. The painting is a religious work with lines and colors dictated by Buddhist scripture. Phuntsok will work on the painting Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Oct. 6. Spectators are welcome. Phuntsok was born and raised in South India, home to the largest Tibetan refugee resettlement community in the world outside of Tibet. He was trained in Tibetan Buddhist practice from a young age under an uncle who is master of many arts such as chanting, butter sculpture, thangka painting, calligraphy, sand mandala and playing traditional Tibetan instruments. He has studied in France, Asia and India. In 2006, Phuntsok created one of the largest thangka paintings in the United States at the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland. It measures 16 by 22 feet. His work in Nicholson is on a smaller canvas. In addition to creating the painting, Phuntsok will meet with Linfield students and faculty in various classes. For more information, contact Susan Barnes Whyte, college librarian, at 503-883-2517.