Dear Friends, Patrons, and Lan Su Chinese Garden aficionados,

I am very excited to be exhibiting at the Lan Su Chinese Garden in Portland, and am very honored to be giving a short presentation about my work at the Donor Evening. The theme of the Garden's June program is The Silk Road, and you can find the complete list of related programs on their website lansugarden.org. Details about my part of the program is below.

Image: Her Love of Green Vegetables Reaches Mythical Proportions, diptych, gouache & acrylic on paper mounted on panel, 12in x 24in

The collection of my work in this exhibit is a reflection of my own Silk Road experience of sorts, both metaphorically and literally — I immigrated from Taiwan to the US the long way around, through SE Asia, Middle East, Europe, before landing in San Francisco. I then crisscrossed Continental US twice before settling in Portland in 1984.

In the paintings are my immigration stories told through the changes in the food I eat, in the flora & fauna I experience, in the landscape, and in the stories & myths that we tell. In more recent years, Portland has developed a close relationship with East Asia, some of that is reflected in these paintings as well. At their core, these are the quintessential “East meets West” stories that we find irresistible and can trace their roots back to the fabled Silk Road.

In the silkscreen prints on the walls and in the print bin, you will find images inspired by my own travels to Xian, Dunhuang, Urumqi, Turpan, and Kashgar, all stops along the trading routes collectively known as The Silk Road.

I will be at the Garden for the following events:

Donor Night, June 1, 7-9pm, nibbles & wine, plus live music...I believe this is a Members event, so if you're a member, I hope you can attend.

Meet & Greet, June 25 and July 23, 2-4pm, for casual discussions and Q&A about my work. I have free passes to the Garden, so let me know if you would like to join me for either of these events.

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