This show of paintings on canvas and mirror remains at Fox Optical, 28 E. 3rd Street, Bethlehem, until July 28th. Mike has done a beautiful job of hanging the pieces throughout the store, and visitors are welcome not only during “First Friday” events, but whenever the store is open. Closed Sundays and Mondays ( We are born with eyes, but […]

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When I was a little kid I counted on my brother to make sense of the world. Because he remembered details and knew big ideas. Because he saw the forest for the trees, found the needle in the haystack. Ten years older, somewhat removed, he was my anchor, maybe even my god. He remains one of the smartest people I […]

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Seeing the film Between the Folds got me thinking again of origami. In childhood, my paper-folding phase happened sometime between pot holders and macrame. Years later, I returned to the hobby as a way to keep little kids quiet during concerts and church. You don’t have to say anything: just start folding. Even a two year old will suck in […]

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“One could say that the whole of life lies in seeing…” (Pierre Teilhard de Chardin: The Human Phenomenon, trans. Sarah Appleton-Weber, p. 3) We 21st century humans do a lot of looking—through telescopes, microscopes and endoscopes, and don’t forget gunscopes. We’ve figured out how to reduce image to formula, a bunch of 0’s and 1’s, digitized points of black or […]

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For My Father April 25, 1921 to April 12, 2011 All the years you would not look at me Now here in fullness fixed on my face this gaze unblinking brimming with silent love And I the one who cannot gather you in Familiar infant eyes mesmerize the nursing Mother. milk flows. baby sucks and grows within the circling arms. […]

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  • About Anna Kodama

    Pennsylvania Painter and Artist. Since 2008, I have been painting more deeply, with joy, and as if it really matters.

  • The Waking

    I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.
    I feel my fate in what I cannot fear.
    I learn by going where I have to go.
    We think by feeling, What is there to know?

    – by Theodore Roethke

  • What Others Have To Say…

    "Her paintings are dramatic and full of life and color."

    -- Jennie Parsons

  • Contact

    Anna Kodama

    Phone: (610) 349-6092