Thursday, July 13, 2017

Checking Out the Space in Kansas City

     I went to Kansas City the other day to check out the space where I am going to exhibit my work in August and September.  It is at Mid-America Arts Alliance, M-AAA, on Baltimore Avenue, which is in the Crossroads Art District.  M-AAA is a non-profit organization and they do invitation shows only.

     M-AAA is located within a walking distance from the Union Station.  

     Here is the space that I am going to show my work. It is like a atrium at the entrance of the building, facing the Baltimore Avenue.  It has two levels and staircases on the both flanks.  The facade has big glass windows and doors.   

      I am very excited to be invited to exhibit my work in this beautiful space.  Their invitation was totally unexpected to me. This is going to be my first show in Kansas City!

August 16, 2017 - September 20th, 2017
First Friday Opening:  September 1st, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Place:  Mid-America Arts Alliance
2018 Baltimore Ave, Kansas City, MO, 64108

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Photos from "Movements of Threads" Show at CityArts (2)

      My solo exhibition "Movements of Threads" ended last week.  The show was visited by many people in City of Wichita.  Here are some more photos from the show.

     These are the photos taken right after the opening reception.  The collaboration with the musicians was an exciting adventure to me.  A classical chamber music piece "Sojourning Threads" was composed based on my installations.  I feel totally humbled.   We are hoping this piece will be performed in future exhibitions and recitals.  Oboe: Cindy Crawford Thompson  Viola: Kay Neal Buskirk  Double bass: Daniel Racer  Composer: Daniel Racer  Photo credit: Miles Thompson



My ongoing interactive installation piece "A Thread X A Thread"




More threads were added.

     "A Thread X A Thread" in the front and "Akari" in the back.  I made "Akari" in 2010 originally, and revised it for this show.  





I am excited that several paintings found their new home.  

     It was a magical space creating depth with the gray walls and reflections and shadows on dark floors.  It was sad to take down the show, but hopefully, I will do similar shows at different places in near future.  For now, good-bye to "Movements of Threads," and thank you to everybody who made this show happen.  

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Photos from "Movements of Threads" Show at CityArts (1)

     Thank you to those of you who have already visited my show at CityArts!  I have been enjoying reading your comments on my guest book.  I hope all my friends in this area can visit this show before it is going to disappear forever.  I am going to share more photos from the show here.  

One of the installations "Gift."


So happy to be surrounded by my paintings in this spacious gallery.


I will post more photos later.
This exhibition was introduced and reviewed at these sites.

KMUW An Artist's Perspective  by Curt Clonts
WE ARE WICHITA - Parker's Picks  by Dustin Parker

Movements of Threads
Place:  Main Gallery, CityArts, Wichita, KS
334 N. Mead St., Wichita, KS, 67202
(316) 350-3245

Date:  May 26 - June 24, 2017
Mon - Th. 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri. 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat. 9:00 am - 3:00pm

Symphony in the Flint Hills 2017

     A couple of days ago, my husband and I went to Symphony in the Flint Hills.  This year, it was held at Deer Horn Ranch near Junction City, Kansas.  This year's event was commemorating the 150th anniversary of Chisholm Trail.  

     This is the second time we were able to go there because of free tickets, thanks to the opportunity of submitting my works to be printed in their annual Field Journal. This year, I am excited that my work was included to the event's program brochure as well, which was handed out to 7,000 people.  I am glad to be a small part of this beautiful event!   

     We enjoyed the music, nature, and the people who look so natural in this open prairie land.  Beautiful evening.  Love calling ourselves Kansans.  

A panorama view

     I couldn't resist taking this photo with the Flint Hills Field Journal (front right), the Commemorative Program (front center and left), and my actual painting (back) together.  I am so thankful for this rare opportunity.  

Monday, May 29, 2017

The Opening Reception of "Movements of Threads" at City Arts

     Thank you so much to those of you who came to the opening reception of my show at CityArts!  I had  the most wonderful time meeting a lot of you and receiving many positive comments.  Thank you to CityArts for having my show!  Special thanks go to CityArts artistic director Emily Brookover who worked hard for this demanding show as well as three other shows, Michael Jensen who helped me exclusively with installing the works with the most gentle and patient spirit, and Jan Taylor who helped me with many details of the works and lifted my heart.  I also want to thank Marilyn Grisham and Mike Miller for always giving me helpful advice, and Lindsay Benacka, the former CityArts artistic director who invited me to do this show about two years ago.

     I am glad the music performance by Daniel Racer, Kay Buskirk, and Cindy Thompson went well, too.  They said they were going to be a part of the arts..., and they were indeed with their graceful sound and presence!  I am so humbled that and original classical music was composed and performed based on my art, this is still beyond surreal.  If you missed it, they are going to provide a CD to listen to at the gallery, which will be ready sometime next week. They are also thinking about performing it at formal recitals in the future.

The musicians rehearsing in the morning of the opening reception.  

"Gift" and me with a big name tag

The reception was only two hours, but I heard about 800 people came.  Many more threads were added to my piece.  Thank you, Wichita!

I still think painting is my main discipline.

"Bloom" and the musicians

From the second floor balcony

"Akari" and "A Thread X A Thread"

"Gift" and "A Thread X A Thread"

     I often feel I don't have much talent, but I can do things like putting paint on canvases, braiding strands and tying knots.  I thank God who can use such small things and make a bigger picture.  This show will be on view through June 24th.  Hope you can visit the show if you haven't, while it's still there!

Movements of Threads
Place:  Main Gallery, CityArts
Date:  May 26 - June 24, 2017

Friday, May 26, 2017

Installing the Show at CityArts

Installing of my CityArts show went well with massive help from CityArts staff.  I am so glad that they prepared a scaffolding lift!  14 feet is pretty high!

He did a lot for me.  I would say he is one of the most patient persons I have ever known.

My new installation "Gifts" being installed by the artistic director.  It looks really nice.  The red color is powerful!

Four installations and the paintings are up now.  Tomorrow is the opening reception.  Music is performed twice during the reception.   Hope I will see you there!


This show is supported by an Artist Grant from Wichita Arts Council.
Movements of Threads
Place:  Main Gallery, CityArts
Date:  May 26 - June 24, 2017
Opening Reception:  May 26, 6:00 - 8:00 pm