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A Brush With Beauty: Painting in the Chinese Tradition
July 1-Sept. 18, 2016

The beauty and philosophy of an ancient civilization spring forth as this art exhibit engages the soul and mind. Five artists, trained in the Asian brush style, convey beauty, energy and form--a wonderful prelude to the emerging Chinese Garden at the Arboretum, with Phase 1 opening in late summer.

The Artists

Kairong Liu

Peace and Content

KAIRONG LIU

As artist and teacher, Liu enjoys painting outdoors and finds beauty in unexpected places. A native of China, his art combines the disciplined training of the Asian brush with Minnesota scenes and landscapes. Liu's work is in such public places as the Mayo Clinic, the Governor's Residence in St. Paul as well as galleries nationally. kairongart.com

HONG ZHANG

Artist, published author and teacher, Zhang displays a passion for the cultural and poetic aspect of Asian art. Inspired by nature, this master creates works of Chinese calligraphy and Chinese landscape paintings in traditional and contemporary styles. He was honored to serve as the calligraphy judge for the 49th annual Sumi-e Society of America Calligraphy Exhibition. zhanghongmn.com

Golden Fish and Lotus
Bob Schmitt Hiding Lotus

LEI YANG

Yang considers himself as a
"naturalism" artist, fascinated
by Mother Nature, with
themes including humans,
landscapes, flowers and
animals. Capturing the
natural "rhythm" is his
constant pursuit, inspired by
the lakes, woods and grass
landscapes of Minnesota.
He loves to paint the lotus,
a holy Buddhist symbol and
icon of noble character in
Chinese culture. Yang's art
has been featured in the 2016
Canada juried competition
and won first prize at the
2011 Minnesota State Fair.

BOB SCHMITT

Using ink and the Asian
brush for more than 50
years, Schmitt often
integrates familiar
Minnesota scenes into
his art. "Whether I am
painting Minnehaha
Falls, Lake Superior
or the inner thresholds
of the Nine Gates series,
these are landscapes
of the spirit which
invite the viewer in." shopatlaughingwaters
studio.com

YUDONG SHEN

Shen, an artist and teacher, creates Chinese ink paintings and also has a degree in oil painting from China's prestigious Luxun Academy of Fine Arts. His work is featured in shows and the permanent collection at Beijing National Museum. Shen's distinctive style uses rich color in tradional ink paintings. yudonggallery.com


Meet the Artists Events

Tuesday, Aug. 23
"Explore the Exhibition" Tours, Talks and Treats
6 to 8:30 p.m., MacMillan Auditorium
Enjoy a free evening of fun and learning with the artists of "A Brush With Beauty". Take a guided tour of the exhibition, meet the artists and listen to a talk by Chinese garden/culture expert Dr. Carol Brash of College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University.

Thursday, Sept. 15
"Appreciating a Chinese Garden"
6:30-8:30 p.m., MacMillan Auditorium
Lecture by artist and University of Minnesota instructor Hong Zhang.

Classes

  Introduction to Chinese Painting and Calligraphy (125-07-28-16) 
Thursday, July 28, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 

Bob Schmitt, owner of Laughing Waters Studio; professionally trained in the study and practice of traditional Chinese landscape painting and calligraphy with 50 years of experience as an Asian brush painter and teacher 
LEVEL: All levels, great for beginners!

Learn how to grind ink, and load a brush in the proper Chinese style. Then put brush and ink to paper and begin with basic techniques! Bob's teaching style includes plenty of demonstration, encouragement and assistance as he guides participants in the beautiful techniques used to create Chinese characters and important Chinese landscape features such as rocks and trees. Take home your own Chinese-style painted treasure as a memory of this fun, sociable class, created to honor the Arboretum's upcoming Chinese Garden and 'A Brush with Beauty: Painting in the Chinese Tradition' exhibition running from July - September 2016. 
Limit 20, Visitor Center 

OPTIONAL: Make it an evening! Arrive early and bring your own picnic or pre-order a boxed dinner to enjoy in the gardens before class begins. $12 pre-ordered boxed dinner includes sandwich (turkey or vegetable), chips, whole fruit, salad and cookie; available for pickup beginning at 5:30 p.m. in classroom. Deadline for registration to order a box lunch is July 20.
register

$64 member/$76 non-memberincludes all art materials and Arboretum admission
or
$76 member with box dinner/$88 non-member with box dinner


  Chinese One-Stroke Painting Workshop (125-08-20-16)
Saturday, August 20, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 

Bob Schmitt, owner of Laughing Waters Studio; professionally trained in the study and practice of traditional Chinese landscape painting and calligraphy with 50 years of experience as an Asian brush painter and teacher
LEVEL: All levels

Strength, elegance, beauty and spontaneity can all be characterized in the creation of one-stroke paintings. Working with traditional Chinese painting materials, participants will discover the enlightening process of making an entire painting from one single brush stroke: Create a simple circle, a Chinese character, a season or maybe an entire year in one mindful stroke. Learn the techniques and care that it takes to specially load a brush for a one-stroke painting in a way that achieves several tones of ink or different color inks expressed together in one fluid brush stroke. Allow the accomplished instructor to guide you to the present moment when the mind and the hand come together to create your Chinese masterpiece, then experience the sweep of pure and energized expression as you artistically communicate in a way you've never done before. You will leave with an intensely personal work of art as a memory of this fun, sociable class, created to honor the Arboretum's upcoming Chinese Garden and the 'A Brush with Beauty: Painting in the Chinese Tradition' exhibition running from July - September 2016. All supplies are included. 
Limit 20, Visitor Center

OPTIONAL: During the lunch break, bring your own picnic, dine in the Arboretum Cafe, or skip the line and pre-order a boxed lunch to enjoy in the gardens. $12 pre-ordered boxed lunch includes sandwich (turkey or vegetable), chips, whole fruit, salad and cookie. Deadline to register and order a box lunch is August 12.

  register $99 member/$112 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all art materials
or
$111 member with box lunch/ $124 non-member with box lunch


Coming Soon:

Mind Your Beeswax: The Intersection of Bees and Art
Sept. 21-Nov. 13, 2016

It's become increasingly apparent that bees are essential for the survival of man particularly regarding the food chain. This exhibition demonstrates the importance of bees in the creative realm and the survival of an ancient art form using beeswax. Mind Your Beeswax , explores the work of regional artists using a variety of techniques who have a passion for the bees and their survival as they produce these fascinating artworks.


Immediate Past Exhibit:

Nourishing Life Through Art
April 9-June 29, 2016

This juried exhibit of the Minnesota Watercolor Society showcases talented local artists and interpretations of landscapes, scenes and life. A reception and awards night, open to Arboretum members and visitors, is Thursday, April 14, from 6-8 p.m.


Reedy Gallery

Peking Spring Peking Spring by Yudong Shen.

Reedy Gallery offers eclectic interpretations of nature's beauty, outdoor landscapes and scenes by talented, award-winning artists with roots in Minnesota. Works in oil, pastel, watercolor, acrylic and other media add nature-inspired artistry to engage visitors in exploring the beauty and wonders of the outdoors at the Arboretum.

Subscribe to info on art exhibit openings, Meet the Artist and gallery events from curator Wendy DePaolis at depao008@umn.edu.

Typically, four to five fine art exhibits are presented each year, touching on seasonal themes and explorations. Informal tours are offered weekly by trained volunteer docents and staff. Often, artists talks and painting demonstrations are scheduled in the Great Hall or in the gardens to round out the exhibit. Reedy Gallery exhibits are open year-round during Visitor Center hours and are free with Arboretum admission. 

Art in the Reedy Gallery is for sale, with a portion of the proceeds from each sale directly benefitting the Arboretum as well as helping to support the local arts community.  Purchases can be made through the Arboretum Gift Store

The Arboretum is pleased to work with the local arts community in curating and organizing exhibits  Please contact arts curator, Wendy DePaolis at  depao008@umn.edu if you are interested in showing your work as part of a future exhibit.