Keep­ing artis­tic tra­di­tions

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By MAYA LIU in Van­cou­ver For China Daily

The open­ing cer­e­mony of the week­long Har­mony: Chi­nese Paint­ing and Cal­lig­ra­phy Ex­hi­bi­tion was held at Van­cou­ver’s Chi­nese Cul­tural Cen­tre Mu­seum on June 6.

Nearly 100 guests, in­clud­ing some fa­mous names in lo­cal cir­cles of Chi­nese brush paint­ing and cal­lig­ra­phy, at­tended. Harry Yu, pres­i­dent of the Rich­mond Chi­nese Cal­lig­ra­phy and Paint­ing Club, and Wil­liam Chen, for­mer pres­i­dent and a cur­rent com­mit­tee mem­ber of the club were among some of the es­tab­lished Chi­ne­seCana­dian artists who brought their mas­ter­pieces to the ex­hi­bi­tion.

Some of Van­cou­ver’s prom­i­nent po­lit­i­cal and cul­tural fig­ures, such as Burn­aby North MLA Richard Lee and renowned si­nol­o­gist Jan Walls, were also at the oc­ca­sion to sup­port tra­di­tional Chi­nese fine arts.

A to­tal of 66 art­works con­trib­uted by more than 40 artists were put on dis­play at the ex­hi­bi­tion, rang­ing from Chi­nese cal­lig­ra­phy, ink land­scape paint­ings, still lifes and oils. The cal­lig­ra­phy ex­plores var­i­ous artis­tic styles, in­clud­ing or­a­cle-bone script, cler­i­cal, regular, run­ning and cur­sive scripts.

The Har­mony ex­hi­bi­tion is pre­sented by the Rich­mond Chi­nese Cal­lig­ra­phy & Paint­ing Club, a res­i­dent art group founded in 1979.

The club has nur­tured a younger gen­er­a­tion. “The club is now col­lab­o­rat­ing with the Rich­mond Public Li­brary to hold regular Chi­nese cal­lig­ra­phy and paint­ing classes for the res­i­dents,” Harry Yu told China Daily.

“Young chil­dren are able to learn about cul­tures quickly, and the process of cul­tural trans­mis­sion is in­deed ben­e­fi­cial for them — once they start to learn paint­ing and cal­lig­ra­phy, they will even­tu­ally read more about Chi­nese tra­di­tional cul­ture too,” Yu said.

“A lot of the young Chi­nese Cana­di­ans who grew up here may know lit­tle about Chi­nese tra­di­tional arts, and I be­lieve this ex­hi­bi­tion can serve as a great op­por­tu­nity for them to learn about their cul­tural roots and tra­di­tions,” Wil­liam Chen said.

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