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A stroke of artistic spirit


October 4, 2017

Hyeh-Yeon Hoffer rinses her paintbrush, made with animal hair, while painting in her living room in Mukilteo on Monday, Oct. 2. Hoffer teaches a class on Asian brush painting at Rosehill Community Center. Work from that class is now on display there through Dec. 20. An artists’ reception is set for 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5.

When Hyeh-Yeon Hoffer became a mother, she took time off from work to care for her children, but found she also needed to do something for herself.

“I was looking for something meaningful for myself, so I took an art class,” she said.

A woman was teaching Asian brush painting at a local community center. Hoffer, who grew up in Korea, had always wanted to study that style of painting. Instead, she had been pushed toward applied art, studying industrial design before moving to the U.S. to study mechanical engineering.

Sitting down to paint, Hoffer found, had a calming effect on her.


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