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Saturday, May 23, 2009

Western Artists and the Contemporary Asian Art Scene

Panel discussion at Hamiltonian Gallery
Saturday May 30, 6-8pm

There will be a reception immediately following the panel discussion.

Cost: $10 general public, $5 Millennium Art Salon members, and FREE for Millennium Art Salon Patron level members.

Hamiltonian Gallery and Millennium Art Salon announce Western Artists and the Contemporary Asian Art Scene, a collaborative panel discussion with three artists who share the commonality of living and/or working in China. The discussion is part of Millennium Art Salon's continuing series, Between East and West. This series of exhibitions, artist talks, and discussions address issues in contemporary art not only within the east and west borders of the continental US, but extending further east and west to Europe and Asia. The Panel Discussion will be led by Sheila Crider, Bryan McFarlane, and Paul So.

Sheila Crider is an abstract painter based in Washington, DC. She is interested in texture, pattern, line, color, form and sequence, and uses these ideas as a foundation for her work. With these ideas in mind, she uses western concepts to explore the role of "art" and "aesthetics" as referenced in traditional African and Asian societies in our contemporary society.

Bryan McFarlane, born and raised in Jamaica, is a professor of painting and drawing at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. He has been a visiting artist at over 35 universities and museums throughout the United States, Europe, Latin America, and the Caribbean. He draws from his Jamaican roots and ancestry, to create work that celebrates culture and diversity.

Paul So is the owner and founder of Hamiltonian Artists, a new artist-centric fellowship program for aspiring innovative artists in Washington DC. Additionally, he is as physicist and an abstract painter, with strong interest in the interplay between colors and forms as expressed through nature. He is a Chinese American with a strong linkage to both his hometown in Hong Kong and his adopted home in Washington DC. While his art does not have an overt eastern aesthetic, his dual dialogue with nature through science and art embodies the eastern harmonious approach in appreciating nature.

The Hamiltonian Gallery
1353 U St. NW
Washington, DC.

For further information please contact Millennium Art Salon at 202-319-8988 or Hamiltonian Gallery at 202-332-1116.

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