Seal carving has been used in China for over three thousand years as a form of identification and authorization. With names, phrases, and pictures carved into stone and stamped in red ink onto their artwork, this craft is kept alive today by calligraphers, painters, and seal carvers.
Learn more about the history and use of seals, and watch as artist and long-time garden volunteer Dan Lucas demonstrates how to carve a seal.
Included free with Lan Su membership or admission; no registration is required. Chinese New Year is the most popular time to visit the garden. Plan for the best visit by purchasing your tickets ahead of time and arriving early for your favorite activities.
Dan Lucas was born and raised in Oregon. In college he took a course in Asian art history and at first sight was intrigued by Chinese calligraphy. While working at the Portland Art Museum and then later, as a volunteer at Lan Su Chinese Garden, he made connections with the local Chinese community and found a teacher who taught him first calligraphy and painting, and then Chinese style seal carving. In 2011 he continued his study of seal carving at the National Art Academy in Hangzhou, China. Dan creates art using his Chinese name Lu Kesi.
Chinese New Year lasts for 15 days, and each day is packed with things to see and do. Download the full calendar of events here to start planning your visit.
Traditional lantern viewings close out Chinese New Year festivities, when the garden glows with hanging red lanterns and the lake reflects the light of large illuminated lantern sculptures. A dragon procession and special performances are all a part of these special evenings.
239 Northwest Everett Street, Portland, Oregon 97209
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Lan Su Chinese Garden
220 NW 2nd Avenue, Suite 1050, Portland, Oregon 97209
Members, donors and visitors help keep Lan Su healthy and growing. Lan Su is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and all donations and memberships are tax deductible. Lan Su’s Federal Tax ID number (EIN) is 93-1296840.