Master Tak Wah Eng moved to New York City as a teenager in the early 1960s. A well-known and revered Kung Fu master for almost 50 years, he is also a highly skilled artist. With the encouragement of his high school art teacher, Eng honed his drawing and painting techniques. He later worked as a graphic designer before dedicating himself to practicing and teaching Kung Fu, but his love of artistic expression always stayed with him.
The 1970s and ’80s were a time of gang violence and crime in Chinatown. As a young man, Eng could have easily been lured into this lifestyle, but he credits his dedication to art and his Kung Fu practice for helping him get through difficult times and keeping him focused on the right path.
Annette Shapiro has been making glass beads for over 25 years. She was first introduced to this art at UrbanGlass in downtown Brooklyn, where she worked as the Publisher and Managing Editor of GLASS Quarterly. Shapiro studied with several top glass artists at UrbanGlass and in Venice. She also founded The Bead Project in 1997, a program for economically challenged women to learn the skill of beadmaking and jewelry making as a means of earning income. Shapiro’s practice as a glass beadmaker continues a tradition of torch work that originated in 13th century Venice.
Shapiro joined Bo Law Kung Fu in 2001 and continues to study with Sifu Paul Koh. Kung Fu has greatly influenced her art and aids in concentration and focus in glass beadmaking.