Monday, August 18, 2008

Tai Chi at LaFayette Library

The topic of the next Lunch and Learn program at LaFayette Library will be the ancient art of Tai Chi as adapted for arthritis and stress relief. Originating in ancient China, Tai Chi is an eminent form of martial art. Millions of people world-wide now practice it as an effective exercise for healthy mind and body. Jan Stewart will share information and give a demonstration.

Tai Chi is gentle, focusing on fluid, circular movements that are relaxed and slow in tempo. If you have difficulty standing, Tai Chi can be done sitting in a chair. The basics are safe and easy to learn, and many have found relief from symptoms of arthritis and other chronic ailments within a short time.

Health Benefits associated with Tai Chi include: increased flexibility and muscle strength, improved body posture and balance, integration of body, mind, and spirit, increased flow of energy, and an improved quality of life

Jan Rose Stewart, M.S. in Wellness Management & Exercise Science, has been teaching mind/body disciplines for over thirty years. She is certified in Yoga, Tai Chi, and personal training.

Anyone, regardless of age or physical ability, can practice Tai Chi.

For more information, come to Lunch and Learn on Thursday, August 28, at 12:00 noon. Lunch will be served. Please call LaFayette Library at 864-0012 to register.

From Monet to Van Gogh: A History of Impressionism

An 11 week brownbag course, "From Monet to Van Gogh: A History of Impressionism", will be held in the H. Grady Bradshaw Library each Wednesday beginning September 3 at noon . Professor Richard Brettell, of the University of Texas at Dallas, an internationally recognized authority on impressionism, will be the featured presenter on a 2 set DVD series provided by the Teaching Company's, The Great Courses..

A major focus of the course will be on the key painters of the Impressionist Movement: Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissarro, Paul Cezanne, Berthe Morisot, Gustave Caillebotte, Mary Cassat and Edgar Degas. Participants will also look at those artists whose work came out of the Movement: Paul Gaugin, Vincent van Gogh, Henri de Toulouse-Latrec and the Nabis.

The careers of many of the artist will be discussed from their early exposure to art, their teachers, travels and later stylistic influences.

Two of the prominent Impressionist painters were women: Berthe Morisot and Maray Cassatt. Both will be discussed in their own right, first as artists and also as women - a fact which affected their approach to painting. Their presence in the Impressionist group added much to its reputation as a thoroughly modern movement.

Those who wish to register for the course may call the library at 768-2161. There is no charge.