Page 6 THE MALDEN ADVOCATE–Friday, May 10, 2019 PAINTING | FROM PAGE 4 United States in 1999 from Vietnam, she attended the Immigrant Learning Center in downtown Malden to hone her artistic talent. Thai, who is selftaught, uses cotton and silk to make the design and an embroidery needle to sew the materials together. She constructs the photo frames herself. “Since I can’t fi x it, I have to be precise and it takes time, but it comes out beautifully,” Thai said. “But art comes naturally and it is calming for me.” Those in attendance were amazed at Thai’s precise skill. The school’s Principal Lisa Cenca called it a hidden talent and thanked the Immigrant Learning Center for unveiling such a beautiful skill. “No one notices the needle points,” Cenca said. “No one can believe it.” School facilities worker Sal DiCato, who fi shes for carp daily, purchased a portrait that Thai made of two carp with a light fl ower as a symbol of his growing family. Thai said it took her two months to assemble the piece. “They’re trying for their second child, so I related this image of these two fi sh as my two grandchildren — seeing into the future,” DiCato said. Are they paintings? Mayor Gary Christenson said he asked Thai how long it took her to paint the portrait, which is actually embroidery. He said these events make him proud to be mayor. “I thank the artist for all she’s Lawnmower Tune-Up and Repairs • We repair all makes & models! • Authorized 1039 Broadway, Revere • (781) 289-6466 www.bikersoutfitter.com SABATINOINSURANCE AGENCY Call for a Quote 617-387-7466 Or email Rocco@sabatino-ins.com We cover: * Auto * Home * Boat * Renter * Condo * Life * Multi-Policy Discounts * Commercial 10% Discounts * Registry Service Also Available Dealer • FREE PICK-UP for all Tune-Ups! Biker’s Outfitter given to the Malden community,” Christenson said. “She needed a partner to display When Malden artist Anna Thai immigrated to the United States in 1999, it was the Immigrant Learning Center that helped her to get discovered. Malden Arts board member, said Thai’s art is very rare and she’s never seen anything like it, adding she hopes to see it at the Museum of Fine Arts someday. Martinez said has character and immerses the viewing audience. “The more you look at the lily pads from far away, you can see them fl oating on the Facilities crew member Sal DiCato bought this portrait of two carp fish for his one-year-old granddaughter, Olivia, since it resembles their growing family. (Advocate Photos by Tara Vocino) her talent and Malden Catholic went above and beyond to help her.” Malden Catholic Brother Thomas Puccio said the school is honored to showcase such a treasure, which will be on display for three months. Thai’s art is also for sale during that time. Naomi Khan, who is also a Malden artist Anna Thai in front of her embroidery artwork, which is currently on display at the Malden Catholic School for Girls. “I’m interested in textiles and it’s exquisite,” Khan said. “Most people wouldn’t have the patience to do this.” Art FortDesign studio owner Elena Martinez said she believes in Thai’s work, adding that one piece of art caught her eye. It was Lotus fl owers, which water,” Martinez said. Thai’s Vietnamese embroidery will be on display through June 20. For information, contact annathaiembroidery@ gmail.com. Tara Vocino may be reached at printjournalist1@gmail.com. Malden Police Patrolmen’s Assoc. donates $1K to MHS Alumni Association http://www.sabatino-ins.com SABATINO 564 Broadway Everett, MA 02149 617-387-7466 Hours of Operation are: Mondays - Fridays 9am to 5pm Saturdays by appointment only COMMUNITY SUPPORT: The Malden Police Patrolmen’s Association has generously donated $1,000 to the Malden High School (MHS) Alumni Association. This money will be used for a $1,000 scholarship that will be given to a deserving MHS Senior pursuing a career in law enforcement and/or criminal justice. Pictured from left to right are Katelyn Murphy, Carol Scally, Anthony Dickinson, Arlene Ceppetelli, Patricia Kelly, Jeff Drees and Scott Mann. (Courtesy photo)

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