California State University Long Beach
2016 Chinese Culture Festival - Art and Music

October 24 - 28

Long Beach, CA

California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) is proud to once again host the 2016 Chinese Culture Festival from Monday, October 24 through Friday, October 28. This year’s free, week-long series of events will focus on traditional Chinese art and music. Presented in collaboration with International Daily News, a Chinese-language newspaper published in Southern California, the festival aims to improve understanding between China and the U.S. through a variety of cultural and artistic exchanges.

All events are free and open to the public

Schedule

The Paintings of Chen Xiaoqi

Chen Xiaoqi paints from memory, depicting places like the ancient street of Yaowan in Xiangtan, a modern Chinese city with an ancient past. Yaowan’s traditional way of life is disappearing, but Xiaoqi’s paintings give you a glimpse of it. Xiaoqi’s style of painting offers a unique perspective of everyday elements, enlarging them so our focus can shift. The viewer immediately connects with what the painter wants to show, the memories he wants to lay bare.

“Mastering perception and depth is what separates true artists from painters and Xiaoqi’s work is a perfect example of this,” said scholar Chu He. “While there is a nod to the ancient paintings, careful observation reveals that he has not usurped any ancient style. His paintings are stories, rife with emotion – anger, sorrow, joy, and pleasure – in the lives of the rural Chinese. They in fact reveal to us the basic attitudes and lifestyles of Chinese people since ancient times. While on the outset it appears that Xiaoqi is greatly influenced by Western painting techniques, in his heart, the spirit is entirely Chinese.”

“I think Xiaoqi’s work is characterized by his love of life, a respect for tradition, and courage to innovate particularly in his artistic practice,” said Lu Yushun, Vice Director of the China National Academy of Painting and Doctoral Supervisor of the Chinese National Academy of Arts. “His work speaks to us with a truth that reveals his profound understanding and research of national culture and tradition.”

Ma Mingren Plaster

Ma Mingren Plaster

The plaster production process is very complex, and was traditionally passed down by word-of-mouth, making its master practitioners quite rare in today’s Western-influenced medical field. However, the Ma Mingren brand of plaster was approved in 2004 by the Food and Drug Administration of China’s Shaanxi province, and the company has continued to improve this medical technology according to strict modern scientific standards.

Paper Cutting

Paper Cutting

Paper cutting is a popular and familiar folk art across China, symbolizing festivity, happiness and new beginnings. Traditionally celebrated in the springtime, Chinese families paste poems on their door frames and decorate windows, walls and other areas with exquisite paper cut into a variety of decorative patterns.

Popularized in the Han and Tang dynasties, the art form originally utilized women's silver and gold silk flowers as decorations for temples. It later evolved into the use of multi-colored paper cut into flower shapes that were displayed on people’s homes.

Snuff-Bottle with Inside Painting

Snuff-Bottle with Inside Painting

Snuff-bottle with Inside Painting is the art of decorating glass bottles with pictures and often calligraphy that are painted on the inside surface of the glass. Artistic scenes—usually only an inch or two high—are painstakingly painted while manipulating the brush through the neck of the bottle, which is only about a quarter-inch across. In order to make the image appear correctly from the outside of the bottle, the artist must also paint the image in reverse. A skilled artist may complete a simple bottle in a week, while something more intensive may take a month or more. The very best craftsmen will produce only a few bottles in a year.

The earliest inside painted bottles are thought to have been made in the period between 1820 and 1830, when these bottles—originally used to hold snuff, or fine-ground smokeless tobacco—were prized for their aesthetic qualities. Inside painted bottles are still made today, with expensive versions available for collectors and inexpensive models used as souvenirs.

The range of subject matter used on inside painted bottles is without limit. There are scenes, fish, birds, poems, even portraits. They are testament to the skill and inventiveness of Chinese craftsmen.

Yangliuqing Folk Painting

Yangliuqing Folk Painting

One of the three most famous forms of folk painting in China, the Yangliuqing style first appeared in Yangliuqing Town, a western suburb of the city of Tianjin in the 17th century. Yangliuqing folk painting combines the methods of woodcarving and hand-drawn characters to depict daily life, folk customs and historical stories. These artworks are characterized by their combination of block prints and colored drawing techniques. The tradition was passed down from the Song (960-1279) and Yuan (1271-1368) dynasties, with the later integration of techniques from Gongbi figure paintings, a traditional Chinese style known for fine brushwork and close attention to detail. Yangliuqing Folk Painting was recognized as a prize winner on the first China Cultural Heritage Day, hosted by the Ministry of Culture in China on June 8th, 2007.

Tai Chi Tea & Traditional Arts Class

Su Wenming

Traditional arts and culture teacher Su Wenming will teach classes that cover topics including Tai Chi martial arts and Chen Tai Chi shadow boxing, as well as the etiquette and lifestyle associated with the traditional Chinese tea ceremony.

Su Wenming, born in Hunan, China in 1969, has loved literature and the arts since he was a child. Since 2006, he has used his role as a media professional to spread his love of Chinese traditional culture. He has studied with many famous teachers to learn aspects of Chinese traditional culture including Tai Chi, the Chinese tea ceremony, Chinese aromatherapy, and Chinese medicine. Since 2013, he has taught classes across China. He created the Tai Chi Tea Ceremony to integrate Tai Chi with the art of the tea ceremony, which demonstrates traditional cultural values in a unique way.

If you’d like to sign up for this class, please email idnchina@gmail.com.

Tai Chi Tea Ceremony

Su Wenming

Arts and culture teacher Su Wenming created the Tai Chi Tea Ceremony to integrate Tai Chi martial arts with the tea ceremony, which demonstrates traditional cultural values in a unique way.

Chinese Arts & Western Arts - Panel Discussion

Chinese watercolor painting

Panelists Chen Xiaoqi, Helen Cox, Yingying Fu, and Domenic Cretara will host a discussion to compare and contrast the aesthetics of both Chinese and Western art.

Chen Xiaoqi

Chen Xiaoqi paints from memory, depicting places like the ancient street of Yaowan in Xiangtan, a modern Chinese city with an ancient past. Yaowan’s traditional way of life is disappearing, but Xiaoqi’s paintings give you a glimpse of it. Xiaoqi’s style of painting offers a unique perspective of everyday elements, enlarging them so our focus can shift. The viewer immediately connects with what the painter wants to show, the memories he wants to lay bare.

Helen Cox

Born and raised in central New York state, Helen Werner Cox used a life-long passion for art to gain entrance into Boston University’s prestigious School of Fine Arts in 1973. Trained as a classical painter and thoroughly grounded in visual arts and education, she chose to pursue her second great passion in life―the affirmation of multiculturalism and access to quality education for those born into poverty. She taught art for eleven years in several different environments, public and private, and through these experiences developed an interest in literacy. Wanting to join an artistic community to advance her skills and reach the level of professionalism necessary for the creation of high quality art, she joined the masters’ program at CSULB’s College of the Arts, from which she graduated in May 2016.

Yingying Fu

Artist Yingying Fu states that his “previous work dealt with both the environment and architectural landscapes, ranging from jungle environments and winter scenes to full-scale city skylines. My theme focused on tranquility and peace. I have experienced a new beginning in my most recent paintings, exploring life in Southern California. In this new series, colors are brighter and brushwork is free. My previous search for tranquility in nature has led me to examine the relationships people have to their environments and to each other. My aim in painting has always been the most exact transcription possible of my most intimate impressions of nature.”

Domenic Cretara

Domenic Cretara is a contemporary realist artist who teaches as a professor at the Arts College of CSULB. He received his BFA magna cum laude and MFA from Boston University, School for the Arts. Among the artists who have influenced him are Pontormo, Caravaggio, Goya, Balthus, and Antonio Lopez Garcia. Mr. Cretara’s solo exhibits include shows at the Schomburg Gallery, Santa Monica; the Frye Art Museum, Seattle; the Las Vegas Art Museum; the Alon Gallery, Boston; the Brenda Taylor Gallery, Segal Gallery, and Victor McNeil Gallery, New York; and the Koplin Gallery, Los Angeles. His group exhibitions include shows in the U.S., Spain, France and Italy. He was awarded a Fulbright Grant in Italy; an artist residency at the Camargo Foundation, Cassis, France; a grant from the Public Corporation for the Arts; and the Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award and Distinguished Scholarly and Creative Achievement Award from CSULB.

Opening Ceremony

11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Hulusi musician

Chinese Music & Art Performances

Traditional Chinese Arts Demonstration

Chinese Traditional Costume Show

Closing Ceremony

10:00 am – 10:15 am

Hulusi musician

Brief Remarks and Certificate Presentations

10:15 am – 11:30 am

Music and Art Performances

Where Is It?

CSULB - Central Quad

(opening ceremony)

CSULB - Student Union Ballroom

(most events)

&
Gerald R. Daniel Recital Hall

(Closing Ceremony)

Organizers

California State University, Long Beach

International Daily News

Sponsors

Sino-American Friendship Association

Tianjin JIN WAN media Group

Beijing Huayuan Guoyi Culture Co., Ltd

Contact

For more information regarding the festival, please contact:

Siyu Tang
(562) 985-5059
siyu.tang@csulb.edu