Tibetan Monks demonstrate art in Alamance County

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ALAMANCE COUNTY, N.C. — A group of Tibetan Monks are in the Alamance County community of Saxapahaw creating intricate art out of colored sand.

They are hard at work on the floor of the Saxart Gallery making a “mandala” which, loosely translated, means “circle.”

The sand painting they’re working on is much more complicated than a simple circle. They use special funnel like tools to spread the sand in narrow lines, eventually forming a complex pattern. It will take several days to complete the painting, and the gallery owner says visitors are amazed at how tedious the process can be.

Along with the demonstration, there’s also a Tibetan Bazaar set up with items for sale made by the Tibetan Refugee community.

The Tibetan Monks will be at Saxart Gallery through June 16.

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