Merlee’s Moods, an art exhibit opening this week at the Chester Library, will give the viewer insight on the Haida and Tlingit people of...

Merlee’s Moods, an art exhibit opening this week at the Chester Library, will give the viewer insight on the Haida and Tlingit people of the Pacific Northwest and their Native-style art.

The original brush and India ink drawings of the complex spiritual and animal art is highly stylized and symbolic that is fun and very meaningful. The artist, Merlee Bos, uses a combination of multiple animals merlee-bo ARTand symbols integrated into a stylized design that is elegant and complex yet simple and powerful.

“I have been drawing since I was old enough to pick up a pencil,” said Bos. “As a child, I drew incessantly, but as I grew into adulthood I put it aside for the most part, getting sidetracked with ‘real life.’”

Bos lost her job last September and returned to the drawing board with a “vengeance.” She has been drawing “non-stop” since, she says, and adds, [I] am having the time of my life doing so.”

Bos was born in Victoria, Britsh Columbia, Canada, and grew up in the Yukon Territory. She currently resides in Richmond.

You can meet the artist during an opening reception at the Chester Library Saturday, Oct. 8 from 3 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. Her exhibit will run through November 30.