Speaking Japanese: Art Exhibit at the Library

Speaking Japanese: Drawings, Paintings & Calligraphy by Setsuko LeCroix
& Frank Yukio Satogata

On Display at the Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike in Burlington,
through May 31, 2017

Setsuko LeCroix

Trained in both Japanese and Western art styles, Setsuko started her study of Japanese ink painting called sumi-e while living in Kobe, Japan. After studying and creating Japanese art for almost 15 years, she began studying Western art under the direction of David Mueller. According to Setsuko, utilizing different styles is “…like cooking a Japanese dish one day and a French one the next. They are delicious in their own ways.” Setsuko is originally from Kyoto, Japan.

Frank Satogata

Of Japanese descent and raised in Hawaii, Frank enjoys finding ways to integrate both cultures into his artwork. Understanding the relationship between Zen Calligraphy and Abstract Expressionism is at the core of his work. Spontaneity of brush strokes and evidence of process are essential components of his painting.


Meet the artists at a reception on Wednesday, May 17, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Main Library, and stay to hear Gordon Yoshikawa speak about his experience in a Japanese Internment Camp during WWII.

Celebrate with music, crafts, stories, art, and food at Carnival of Cultures

Every day we welcome people from different cultures through the doors of our Florence Branch, 7425 US 42, and every year at our Carnival of Cultures event, we showcase the vibrant multicultural community that makes Boone County special. This year’s Carnival of Cultures will be held on Saturday, May 20, from 2-4 p.m. 

Each year, a variety of cultures and countries are celebrated through music, dance,
crafts, stories, art, and food. In previous years, we have filled the library with the music of African drums, steel drums, Native American flutes and even an accordion.


We’ve had dancers perform Flamenco, Salsa, and hula dancing, and we’ve enjoyed the color of drawings from the Artistry Art Studio, origami, paper crafts, and flags from different countries.

Every year, we invite different cultural organizations and community members to share their stories and cultures through various stations set up throughout the Library at this event. Some of the countries that have been represented are: India, France, Italy, Mexico, Colombia, Nepal and Tonga (from the Polynesian Islands). Children enjoy “visiting” the different countries and getting their “passports” stamped.

This year the Japan America Society of Greater Cincinnati will be bringing Japanese activities for families to try. Be sure to stop by the United Italian Society’s table; they always create a festive display and share goodies and surprises for families that visit. Enjoy music provided by the Irish Heritage Center and continue “traveling” through Latin America, Africa and many more places at Carnival of Cultures.

There will also be balloon twisting and face painting with Entertainment & Events by Tuesday, Honey Hill Farm Petting Zoo, free popcorn, and free chips and salsa, provided by Chipotle.

This event wouldn’t be possible without the partnership and support from City of Florence and Boone County Adult Education.

Don’t miss Carnival of Cultures at the Florence Branch, 7425 US 42 in Florence, on Saturday, May 20, from 2-4 p.m. We hope to see you there!

–Adriana and Pamela

Adriana Silva has been working in the Youth Services Department at the Florence Branch since 2008. She also enjoys doing library outreach and family programs for the Hispanic community in Boone County.

Pamela Jayne is the Youth Services Librarian at the Florence Branch. She has been with Boone County Public Library since 2007, working with children and teens. She enjoys reading and watching random TV shows no one else really knows about.