Tuesday, February 25, 2014
What a blessing to be invited to speak about our China Minorities-American Perceptions Art Exhibition at the US-China Peoples Friendship Association 2014 Chinese New Year Celebration Dinner. This is a non-profit, non-political organization whose purpose is friendship between individuals of each country.
This is Consul Wang, the Consul for Cultural Affairs at the Chinese Consulate in Houston with Qiang Zeng the President of the local chapter of the US-China Peoples Friendship Association.
Consul Wang is explaining that he lived in the area of the Short Skirt Miao people who are represented by the young lady in my painting “Tea For You”. It was quite an honor for me to have him point out the various parts of the costume that he remembered from living there. “Is she a real person?” I was asked. Absolutely. When she was finished serving, she could be found outside on her cell phone!
Alice Shen and Fidelis Ngang are board members of the USCPFA in Houston.
You won’t see me with a microphone very often! I'm saying that we can’t help but bring our personal history with us when we look at the world. This is why we wanted to have “American Perceptions” in the name of our show. It’s the way we see things. That’s the real beauty of art. It comes through another person’s eyes and mind before it becomes a work of art.
I’d like to thank these two special men for being there in the audience. My husband, Jerry has always been there for me. He did a great job as photographer. Willy Wang is my friend and art mentor. He offers advice on drawing in his weekly drawing workshop and leads workshop members on travel tours. I treasure his guidance.
And a big xie xie (thank you!) to the very friendly folks in the US-China Peoples Friendship Association for inviting me to share our plans with them!
Monday, February 17, 2014
In the early morning sunshine, a farmer from the area brings his wares into the city market on eight hundred year old streets paved with slabs of fine-grained red breccia. No cars are allowed – only bicycles. The ebb and flow of the people in the old town of Lijiang has been going on since the thirteenth century. In America, we go to ‘antique stores’ and look at things that are one hundred years old. When people comment that ‘seeing the world’ will open up your eyes, open your horizons; this is what they are talking about.
By Mary Frankel
12" X 16" Oil on Linen