Biography
  

Mary E. Rodning . . .
                                A trail has
                                               been left in my
                                                                     heart by painting

with wet soot on
                mulberry pulp through
                                        two years in Japan
                                                       and two months in China

which will follow me
                              my entire life,
                                                  which is not one
                                                                           of an oriental

recluse,
          but one of mothering
                                           three sons; being the wife
                                                                                   of a poet

and surgeon,
                upkeep supervisor of
                                                 our small Alabama
                                                                              farm and its

critters,
        dreamer of canoeing
                                      in the north woods;
                                                               personally knowing

all the birds
                   in our woods,
                                        staying in touch
                                                                  with our Creator

and His people,
                    washing more
                                       clothes and dishes
                                                                than paint brushes,

practicing
                and painting
                                     the art of life
                                                           while living it . . .


                                       
Favorite recognitions

~~~being with the first American group to study at the
'Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts,' Hangzhou, Peoples' Republic of China in 1984

~~~ first and sixth president of the
Shibui Chapter of the Sumi-e Society of America

~~~1987 'Calligraphy Show of Master
Takyu' in Fukushima Ken, Japan

~~~honorable mention 1988, 1997, merit award 1999, and first place in 1989,1992, 1994, in the 'Fall Juried Show of the Mobile Art Assocaition'

~~~illustrator of
Elan Vital and Papering Dreams, poetry books by my husband

~~~honorable mention in the 1993, and 1999, 'Dauphin Way Biennial Religious Show'

~~~have shown in the annual 'Juried Sumi-e Society of America' 1985 through the present, awarded the
Daniel Smith Merchandise prize at the 1997 exhibition, the Non-traditional Calligraphy Award, 1998 exhibition, Tesshin Sasake award for ink painting, 2000 exhibition

~~~invited to show in the 1989 - 1999, 'Best of Mobile Show' at the
Mobile Museum of Art, awarded second place 1998

~~~invited to perform at the 'Mobile First Night' 1992 - 1999, and 2001 chairperson for the 'Hands-on-Art', 'Mobile International Festival', 1996, theme-calligraphy; 2000, theme-masks, and 2002, theme-printing

~~~invited to show in the 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2002 'International Contemporary Calligraphy Exhibition' in New Jersey, California, Connecticut and Seoul, South Korea, Newark and Taipei, Los Angeles and Portland, Oregon

~~~Director's Award at the 1998 'Southern Drawl Show' at the
University of Mobile

~~~invited with Chuck to show in the 'Two x Two', 2002 show at the Downtown Mobile Museum of Art Gallery

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