Today, October 13th, marks the 48th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Canada and China. Yesterday, I was honoured to attend the opening of a one-week cultural exhibition of contemporary paintings illustrating the famed 300 poems from the Tang Dynasty at the Robarts Library, Uni. of Toronto, thanks to the kind invitation from Justin Poy (The Justin Poy Agency), one of organizers along with the Inst. of Traditional Chinese Painting Creation & Research. ABOVE LtoR: Jack Leong, Andre Schmid, Consul Jingjing Sai, Larry Alford, Justin Poy, Jerry Shi, Binghuang Shi
Justin, along with local dignitaries and visiting Chinese representatives, introduced the special celebratory installation of stunning traditional watercolour and ink illustrations created by 130 of China’s leading contemporary artists including Xiang Li, Hong Biao Liu, Hui Zhong Ren and Dong Fang Wang.The poems of romance, longing & passion were written in an ancient language and are extremely difficult to translate into English, something Justin, along with his Chinese collaborators, is trying to remedy with an upcoming book, perhaps in time for the 49th anniversary next year. The beauty of the scrolls is undeniable and regardless of my lack of understanding of the language, the subjects exuded the thoughts and feelings behind each poem. This delicate painting (below) in the softest of pastels and pinks caught my eye and I returned to it over and over again. I would love to know the meaning of the poem it illustrates as it obviously resonated with me on a subliminal level.So many beautiful scrolls decorated the Richard Charles Lee Canada-Hong Kong Library on the 8th Floor so I hope you can visit over the next week and see for yourself.EXPRESSIONS OF CHINA runs Oct. 12-19 at the Robarts Library (U of Toronto), 130 St George Street. Supported by the Art Committee of Chinese Artists Association. For more information contact: 647-821-7050.
What a fab night – exquisite paintings, beautiful people, friendly gallery hosts…..all in all, a great Friday night! Thanks to Stockyards Gallery owner & curator Lola Livingston, I joined visitors at this month’s exhibition titled “BIHAMINTO, the Co-Show” featuring the work of 2 Hamilton-based artists Lee Munn (top 2 photos) and Clarence A. Porter (bottom 2 photos) that runs until October 21.The gallery was full of family, friends and fans of each artist and the red dots were quickly being applied to the paintings…..including this beautiful small painting (below) by Lee Munn that was purchased by my friends Dan & Drew.Among the collection of “smalls” by Lee, I found several that I would love to hang on my own walls!Clarence was thrilled to welcome friends, many of whom had driven in from Hamilton to support him (below)Gallery owner Lola (below) was thrilled with the turnout – she was smiling all night long: truly the hostess with the mostest!Stockyards Gallery is housed within Lola’s husband’s custom carpentry & woodwork showroom, Rebarn, and Lola & Mark are fast becoming one of Toronto’s newest “power couples”.Lee was happy to pose for photos with local press in front of his paintings……and with new art owner Drew (below)And I was happy to pose with stunning actress Tatum Lee who appears in the current hit horror flick “IT”…thank goodness she didn’t bring that scary clown as her +1 as I would have run screaming out of the gallery…LOL!!So many stunning artworks by Clarence and Lee, so make sure you head out to Stockyards Gallery yourself between now and October 21st. 1611 Dupont Street, Toronto. Website: www.stockyardsgallery.ca