Chinese Painting and Calligraphy
(Chinese painting and calligraphy exhibitions and live performances @ MAS)
Chinese painting and Chinese calligraphy are two different but related traditional visual art forms: in many Chinese paintings, calligraphy is an integrated part of the work, along with ownership stamp and verse.
According to Britannica, Chinese calligraphy, the stylized, artistic writing of Chinese characters, is the written form of Chinese that unites the languages spoken in China. For thousands of years, until the 1970s, practicing Chinese calligraphy was mandatory in elementary schools in China, and every student was required to use a brush to practice on a daily basis. Chinese calligraphy also had great influence among its Asian neighbours, including Japan, Korea and Vietnam. Many old generations in these countries were able to read and even write Chinese characters.
According to its website, the Ontario Chinese Artists Association (OCAA) was established in 1979, in order to provide a platform for artists' communication and to promote local and international artistic events. At the present, OCAA has over 400 members.
From early May to early June 2017, Maria A. Shchuka branch hosted an exhibit of 10 items loaned from OCAA; they included Chinese paintings and calligraphy and were displayed in the art gallery area, as well as inside the quiet study room. One item, a roll of calligraphy, was displayed inside the third floor staff lounge area, due to safety concerns.
On June 3, an eleven-artist delegate from OCAA, lead by its Director, Mr. Wu Chuanyu, arrived at Maria A. Shchuka and delivered a marvelous demonstration, with more than 40 customers participating; many of them were seniors, as well as kids accompanied by their parents. These live demos helped customers to better understand these unique art forms, which are deeply rooted in Chinese culture and history.
TPL staff Zoe practiced with the brush.
Artists demonstrated their skills.
Talented and future artists start from a young age.
TPL staff Guikang (second from right) with part of the artist delegate from OCAA.
Mom wanted to help with her kids.