Current Lama Library

Jingqiao Zhao

Expressions of the Natural Wonders

June 5th - September 12th, 2014

Jingquao Zhao's work, "Expressions of Natural Wonders" gives new expression to the traditions of Chinese brush work. In the interpretation of the natural world around us Mr. Zhao presents to the viewer an abstract representation of the natural world. With his brush and paint's on rice paper, Zhao demonstrates the poetry and strength of nature and forces which are inherent in creation

Alison Beste & Lisa Hornack

The Light We See, The Light We Are

June 12th - July 16th, 2014

Light We See, Light We Are is a visual conversation between photographers Alison Beste and Lisa Hornak. Beste and Hornak were connected by University of Hawaii’s Pacific New Media program last year and began collaborating in September 2013. While their work differs in content, they quickly found similarities in their aesthetics and core themes. In both artists’ work, light becomes a powerful vehicle in which to document the tenuous space between the organic and artificial. When Hornak relocated from Hauula, Hawaii to Rome, Italy in January 2014, Beste and Hornak initiated a call and response visual exercise via email. One artist sent a photograph and the other responded with a supplemental image similar in theme, content, and emotion. Over the course of six months, the artists created a dialogue of six diptychs or “visual conversations.” In addition to these collaborative conversations, both artists showcase independent work focused on the ability of light to shape and explore our inner and outer landscapes.

Alison Beste is a photographer and educator based in Honolulu, HI. She received a BA in Art from the College of William and Mary and is an MFA candidate at the Art Institute of Boston. For the past nine years, she has taught photography and design classes at Assets School with her students winning numerous community awards and exhibiting in the Honolulu community. Alison is also a faculty member for University of Hawaii’s Outreach College Pacific New Media. Her portfolio can be viewed at

Lisa Hornak is an independent photographer and educator currently based in Rome, Italy. She received a BA in English with a concentration in photojournalism from Boston University. Her photos have won numerous prizes, including first place honors for the New England Associated Press News Association and the Boston Press Photographers Association. Hornak’s photographs have appeared in USA Today, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Time, Le Figaro, The Boston Globe, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Cambodia Daily, and many other publications. Hornak teaches photography for National Geographic and has led their student expedition programs to Costa Rica, Tanzania, Maine, Alaska, India, and Cambodia. Her portfolio can be viewed at

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