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Chasing the Light: From China to California

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The Barn Gallery

512 Gibson Road

Woodland, CA 95695

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Meet the Artists Opening Reception

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Join us for the opening reception of an exciting new YoloArts exhibition, Chasing the Light: From China to California, by artists who have come together with their mentor and internationally acclaimed master artist, Zhiwei Tu, to exhibit at The Barn Gallery in Woodland.

This exhibition marks the first time these artists have shown their work together. The artists, from northern California are: Eric Fei Guan, Lee Rue, Benjamin Wu, Richard Yang and master artist Tu. All are members of Oil Painters of America and Yang and Wu studied under Tu at the Guangzhou Fine Art Institute in China.

From a small mountain village in China, Tu is a well-known artist in his native country and well regarded within the painting community worldwide. He showed artistic promise at a young age, studied painting during the cultural revolution, and eventually taught at the Guangzhou Fine Art Institute. He moved to the U.S. in the 1980s having accepted a scholarship to Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa and began exhibiting his work throughout the Midwest. By the time he completed his MFA he was exhibiting his work throughout the United States.

Artists Yang and Wu reconnected with their teacher in California after they all had moved to the state they now call home.

“Light was a topic all throughout our painting education, but also, America is the light. We all wanted to come here and stay and keep working on our dreams to be artists. The visual arts is kind of like a light we are chasing,” Yang said recently.

The exhibition will feature still life and landscapes by Wu, and landscapes and portraits by Guan, Rue, and Yang.

The artists will be in attendance at the exhibition’s opening, 5;30-8 p.m. Thursday December 9.

Music by the Dolcetto Quartet, with Dotti Egel, and Heather Thomas, violin; Melissa Lyans, viola; and Joanne Wright, cello.

Light refreshments and Yolo County wines will be available.

The Barn Gallery is located at 512 Gibson Road in Woodland. The gallery is open Thursday afternoons 2:30-5 p.m. and two Saturday afternoons monthly. Face coverings and social distancing is required. For more information contact ya@yoloarts.org.

Exhibition Dates: December 9, 2021 - February 26, 2022 Face coverings required inside The Barn Gallery

Above: California Light #1 (detail), Oil on canvas, Zhiwei Tu, 2021

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YoloArts is a non-profit organization, founded in 1981 as a recommendation of the Yolo County Cultural Plan to further the arts and culture of the county.

YoloArts mission is to cultivate and advocate support for all the arts, to participate in advancement of arts education in ours schools and community, and to foster communication among artists, business, education, government, and the residents of Yolo County.

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