During the late Yuan and early Ming dynasty, Chinese scholars gathered in gardens to enjoy food and wine, guqin music, compose poems, create paintings, and appreciate antiques. These “elegant gatherings” were formally named “yaji.” Yaji typically lasted for days and were sometimes documented in Chinese paintings.
On Saturday April 6, join us and experience the gathering of scholars who will inspire each other with Chinese brush painting, calligraphy and poetry, guqin music and a special Chinese seal carving “zhuanke” demonstration.
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.
Tien-chu (Tim) Loh grew up in a small flat with walls adorned with simple prints from Qi Baishi and images of Dunhuang grotto art. His father had unknowingly planted a seed of art appreciation in him.
Tim toyed with drawing when in high school, as a member of the biology club, was asked to sketch animal skulls. He was intrigued by the use of shading and lines to depict the 3-dimensional aspects of orbital and orifices. He later studied the Xieyi style of Guo Hua (Chinese Brush Painting) and Chinese Brush Calligraphy. His fondness of shading and light effects often puts him at odds with the norms, in a style that is neither Chinese nor western; perhaps a reflection of having grown up in Hong Kong but spending all of his adult life in Oregon.
Tim considered Chinese Xieyi painting as a perfect adjunct for the monotonous life of a pharmacist. He used to display his works at his pharmacy and engaged in dialogue about painting with his customers. In fact it was through their urging and technical assistance that he started his blog Tim Loh’s Paintings. Now that he has retired from being a pharmacist he can devote more time to his avocation. His works have been shown at Verum Ultimum Art Gallery, art centers and various juried events locally.
Dr. Jiyu Yang received his doctorate degree of education from the University of Northern Iowa. Currently he teaches music and leads the Orchids and Bamboo Ensemble in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Yang also serves as Head of the Wisdom Arts Academy and is one of the standing directors of the Oregon Chinese Art Association. He teaches and is frequently invited to lecture on Chinese art, music, calligraphy and poetry at the universities and colleges in Portland and South Washington State. He is a much-talented Chinese scholar in the United States and is an excellent Chinese musician, calligrapher and brush painter.
Jim Binkley started playing the guqin around 1975 in Taiwan. His first teacher was named Wang Zhenhua who was from Shanghai and he later studied with Tao Zhusheng at the University of Washington. When Jim lived in Taipei he started studying making guqin with the painter Ye Shi-chiang. More recently Jim took a master class at the Royal Academy from Zeng Chengwei, a qin maker and master from Chengdu. Jim has played in various concerts including a concert in Beijing in 2002, and at Willamette University in 2010. He also has taken part in various guqin "yaji" (a meeting of players) including yaji in Beijing, San Francisco, and London.
Jim published a book "Abiding With Antiquity" which is a translation of a 19th century guqin handbook on qin making. Jim also makes guqin and is particularly interested in making guqin from woods found in the Pacific Northwest including western red cedar and redwood (Sequoia).
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