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China painting on display at library

Keizer artist Kathe Mash's work is on display at the Keizer Community Library through Sept. 2.
Keizer artist Kathe Mash’s work is on display at the Keizer Community Library through Sept. 2.


The Keizer Community Library is currently showcasing the porcelain art and china painting works of nationally recognized local artist Kathe Leigh Mash.

The exhibit, being shown through Sept. 2, details 40 years of Kathe’s work, from traditional styles to more progressive modern styles.

Mash began China Painting in 1974, when she attended an adult education class in Cerritos, Calif. Mash earned an AA degree in Art and then began teaching china painting classes in her home studio. Mash also began attending several clubs in Southern California, doing demonstrations at trade shows and selling merchandise in trade show booths.

Eventually Mash would take to the road, traveling across the country, teaching seminars and holding weekly trade show booths at China Painting shows. Her work began to appear in china painting magazines such as The China Decorator, considered to be the premiere china painting magazine.

In competition Mash has received more than 50 ribbon awards for her porcelain art, watercolors, oil painting and other media.

A Keizer resident, Mash moved to the Salem/Keizer area in 1995 and is a member of the Willamette Valley China Painters Club locally. Nationally, Mash is a member of the WOCP (World Organization for China Painters) and IPAT (International Porcelain Artists and Teachers). She has been the president of the Valley Porcelain Artists club for two terms and vice president of the CCPAA (California China Painters Art Association) CAPA (California Association of Porcelain Artist) and has held several other positions at various organizations.

Mash has taught in national china painting schools in Colorado, Michigan, Louisiana and New York and will be returning to teach next year at Oregon’s premiere school, the OPAR School in Seaside Oregon, May 5 to 8.

The exhibit can be seen when the library is open: 1 to 7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, Fridays 1 to 4 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays 1 to 4 p.m.

The library is located at 980 Chemawa Road NE in the Keizer Heritage Center.