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Joy and Peace

As win­ter gets un­der­way in Chicago, Lot­ton Gallery hosts its an­nual Hol­i­day Show fea­tur­ing new works by its in­ter­na­tional ros­ter of artists. The pieces in­clude still lifes, fig­ures and cityscapes that high­light each in­di­vid­ual’s worldly points of view. In­cluded will be works from Yana Movchan, Dmitri Dan­ish and Tang Wei Min, to name a few.

“This is the busiest time of year in Chicago,” says gallery di­rec­tor Christina Fran­zoso. “Lot­ton Gallery’s Hol­i­day Show is an an­tic­i­pated event, bring­ing col­lec­tors from all over the Mid­west.” Dan­ish will present his new­est paint­ing Walk in the Rain, a 20-by-12 inch can­vas that de­picts an um­brella-hold­ing fig­ure strolling through a quaint Ital­ian city. For the artist, the scene in­cited peace and tran­quil­ity, re­lax­ation and leisure. “Quiet au­tumn rain al­ways brings me to the lyri­cal mood,” shares the artist. “The state of the city af­ter the rain in­spires sat­u­ra­tion of color and hu­mid­ity. The city breathes in a dif­fer­ent way.”

In his most re­cent se­ries of paint­ings, Chi­nese artist Wei Min fo­cuses on the Long­shan girls, who

live in “Dragon Moun­tain,” which is part of the Hu­nan Prov­ince in China. “It is one of the old­est re­gions of the Yel­low River pop­u­la­tion, known from the third cen­tury for its won­der­ful pot­tery,” he ex­plains. “It is also known for smart and re­source­ful women, and young, brave and hand­some Chi­nese men loved to choose brides in this re­gion.”

Among Wei Min’s paint­ings from the se­ries are the por­traits Long­shan Girls: Betrothed and Long­shan Girls: Vil­lage Beauty. Of the lat­ter paint­ing, he says, “When I saw this young woman, al­most a girl, in her teen years, I felt fas­ci­nated by the wis­dom in her eyes. Her in­ner beauty com­bined with her wis­dom—passed prob­a­bly from many pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tions—is what drew me to her.”

In all, the Hol­i­day Show, which runs through­out the month of De­cem­ber, will fea­ture around two dozen paint­ings.

Lot­ton Gallery 900 N. Michi­gan Av­enue, Level 6 • Chicago, IL 60661 • (312) 664-6203 • www.lot­ton­gallery.com

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