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Press Contact: Mary Ann Merker, Civic Arts Coordinator, (510) 981-7533

"The Way Things Were" reflects the cultural heritage of eight of Bay Area Chinese American artists

Berkeley, California (Monday, August 24, 2009) - "The Way Things Were," an exhibition reflecting the cultural heritage of eight of Bay Area Chinese American artists, is being shown at the Addison Street Windows Gallery. The work of these artists can be seen at the Windows Gallery from September 8-October 18. The Windows Gallery can be viewed 24 hours a day from the sidewalk, is free and is wheelchair accessible.

These artists, all from the Three Eight Art Studio, share the same background and found they enjoy similar childhood memories. They use a range of media-- ink, acrylic, oil, wood and clay-- to express their deep appreciation of their heritage. 

  • Doris Chen remembers visits to NW China and the Buddhist Grottoes in her paintings;
  • Wanghai Chen's landscape paintings are inspired by Tang Dynasty poetry;
  • Shunghwa Chow experiments with different media to capture images of Chinese opera;
  • Paul Fan carves wood figures of Kung Fu martial artists. Fan's figures reflect "Kung Fu as a field of learning in which humans imitate nature through controlled physical movements;
  • Mei-Rung Huang creates art as a form of meditation, observing "When shaping a pot, the clay takes a life of its own."
  • Beichen Li creates an intimate Tea Set series with a contemporary approach. She says "With cup of tea in hand, we will relax and our minds will cross the boundaries of time and space. To have a good cup of tea, a tea set is very important beside the tea and water."
  • Mei-Yu Lo is a landscape painter using traditional techniques of broad, loose brush strokes and ink washes;
  • Lucia Tsang uses clay and primitive fire methods to create Tang Dynasty figures and vessels to show her deep respect for her ancestors and her insights into history along the ancient Silk Road.

The Addison Street Windows Gallery is a project of the Civic Arts Program of the City of Berkeley in cooperation with the Civic Arts Commission. For information about the Windows Gallery, please contact the curator of the Addison Street Windows Gallery at (510) 981-7546 or Mary Ann Merker, Civic Arts Coordinator at (510) 981-7533, mmerker@CityofBerkeley.info. For further information about the art works in this exhibition, please contact Mei-Yu Lo at (510) 237-0112.


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