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SOHO Gallery Cafe Seeks to Create Inclusive, Welcoming Community for NYC, International Artists

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- A new art-inspired cafe is taking residence in New York City's SoHo neighborhood. By Name, a multi-purpose space located at 324 Bowery, is opening on June 5, 2019 with the goal of creating a contemporary art space for the community of local and international emerging artists contributing to the vibrancy of New York and beyond.

The space promotes dialogue with fresh artists and supports the introduction of dynamic and culturally relevant work to the existing art world.

"We aim to stand out from your typical cafe. By Name will incorporate different concepts - art, food, drink - to break the norm of viewing art in traditional venues such as a museum or formal gallery," said owner and artist Junyan Hou. We want to blend that experience with the other senses like touch, taste, sight, scent, allowing our customers to be refreshed and inspired upon every visit."

Hou is a native of China whose path to creative fulfillment led him to New York. Now, he, along with co-owners Shuyu Niu and Linna Wang, want guests at By Name to have a memorable experience that connects them to the artists featured in the space.

"By Name is for all ages and all backgrounds," Hou continued. This is a place for people to relax and take in art the way it was intended to be seen, all while cultivating an environment for creation, collaboration, and performance. We will be happy to offer a wide variety of tea products and select sandwich items to our guests."

"A visitor to By Name is immediately struck by the quality of the interior architecture and fine craftsmanship of the new counters, incidental furniture and displays. And just look at the floor!" said Grahame Weinbren, a pioneer of interactive cinema, who currently serves as the senior editor of the Millennium Film Journal and teaches at the School of Visual Arts in New York. "This is a classy little gallery and coffee shop, very welcome on the Bowery where new spaces often seem to be carelessly assembled from discarded office scraps found on the street. By Name, in contrast, is here to stay. The art in the first show is unique, tasteful, and beautifully hung. Visitors to the nearby New Museum and ICP will be charmed."

Equally important, the unique fusion of gallery space and tea house is dedicated to offering a fresh way to enjoy the visual experience. The minimalist-style cafe will officially debut with a Grand Opening on Wednesday, June 5, featuring an art show called "The Present," with five artists - Yi Chen, Hao Chen, Junyan Hou, Brett Henrikson, and Jonathan Ellis showcasing their work from photography, multi-media art, and sculpturing. This exhibition will run at By Name until Sunday, June 16.

Ken Kobland, a Bronx native who has produced independent film, video, and art works since the early 1970's, agreed with Weinbren's assessment of By Name.

"I really enjoyed my first glimpse of the cafe and gallery. It's a small lovely space with a grand idea for looking at art and having a cup of tea," Kobland said. "I must say, my being a long-time resident of the Bowery and having watched it lose much of its individual creativity, I really welcome a place like this which has its own unique character. May it prosper."

For more information as By Name prepares to open its doors for the first time, visit the cafe at https://www.byname.nyc/.

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Nashville-based Otherworld Encounter returns for an encore exhibit at the Nashville Fairgrounds

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Otherworld Encounter will bring their 10,000 square foot immersive art experience back to the Nashville Fairgrounds for a limited engagement July 5-21, 2019. A team of 13 Nashville-based artists designed, developed and operated the exhibit for its debut this past winter. The team recently concluded a four-week run of the experience in Atlanta.

Parent company Otherworld Entertainment LLC plans to use revenues earned from the three pop-up shows to establish a permanent location in Nashville. With this permanent location, Otherworld Encounter hopes to continue on their mission of providing sustainable income for artists through commissions, grants and job opportunities through growth and expansion of the experience.

By incorporating new installations and technologies, performance art, a music venue and arts education programs, Otherworld Encounter will ultimately have a major impact on Nashville's creative economy, as well as provide a new and exciting attraction for both local residents and visitors.

"Before Otherworld Encounter, Nashville has never seen an immersive art experience of this scale." says Jamie Whitlow, Co-founder and COO of Otherworld Encounter. "We have an exceptional Arts community here, and we want to enhance that with a unique kind of visual arts presentation, one that people of all ages and backgrounds can enjoy and interact with."

About Otherworld Encounter:

Designed to appeal to all ages, Otherworld Encounter is a science fiction themed immersive art experience featuring new creative technologies such as virtual reality, interactive projection mapping and other digital art forms. Most every art installation included in the exhibit is hands-on, with visitors creating their own experiences through the discovery of the interactive elements and a sci-fi storyline.

A futuristic tech company has created a new brain scanning device that amasses people's thoughts to form a dream sequence. Otherworld Encounter is the resulting fantasy world...but there are messages and clues that appear throughout the exhibit. What are the meanings of these clues? And who is Circuitman, the unpresumptuous guide who steers you to the answers?

Ready to be transported to a collective dream world? For more information, or to get tickets, visit: https://www.otherworldencounter.com/

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Art and Antiques Lovers Find Bonanza at Event in Pendleton

PENDLETON, Ore. -- The Bonanza Art Antiques & Gourmet Expo is coming to the Pendleton Convention Center on June 7 and 8, 2019. This inaugural event will feature an eclectic mix of artists, antique and vintage dealers, small gourmet food producers, and offer tastes from several Oregon wineries, breweries and other craft beverage houses.

"We are bringing a unique group of antique and vintage dealers, artists and makers to Pendleton, most of them for the first time," says event organizer, Val Anctil. "We have dealers coming from Portland with great Western memorabilia and even vintage Round-Up collectibles."

To round out the event experience for attendees and ensure that everyone has a good time, the organizers have included specialty food and adult beverage tastings as well as over two dozen regional commercial artists. Painters, jewelry makers, wood sculptors, metal and leather workers, and other artisans will be featured.

"It's fun that we mixed in the artists, food tastes and drinks; we even have a car show!"

The Bonanza Retro Rides Car Show, formerly Pendleton's June Cruisin' Car Show, was adopted by Bonanza and will feature vintage cars, retro campers, and even a vintage Bell helicopter. The Retro Rides will be on display in front of the Pendleton Convention Center on Saturday only, and will depart for a downtown cruise at 3 p.m.

Visitors coming to Bonanza from out of town will find there is lots to do in Pendleton.

The city has been dubbed Oregon's True Western Town, and is home to the world-famous Pendleton Round-Up. Visitors can observe Pendleton Woolen Mills' blanket weaving process, tour the Pendleton Underground, use a phone app to follow the Bronze Trail, and discover the town's colorful history.

The 16th Annual Old Iron Show will be taking place in Roy Raley Park next to the Pendleton Convention Center on the same weekend as Bonanza. Wildhorse Resort & Casino and the Tamastslikt Cultural Institute are both just 10 minutes away.

Proceeds from Bonanza will support Impact Pendleton, a local mentoring program that pairs trained and caring adults with kids who could benefit from their positive influence.

Bonanza hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both Friday and Saturday, and food concessions and refreshments will be available.

Admission is $7 for a two-day general pass and $12 for a craft beverage tasting pass, that provides the opportunity to taste over a dozen Oregon brands.

Event Sponsors: Travel Pendleton, Hill Meats, Pendleton Tire and Lube, Hodgen Distributing and 92.1 Party FM Radio.

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US-based Artist Dr. Yuhua Shouzhi Wang Art Exhibition in Shanghai Exhibition Center Sends Shock Waves Through the Art World

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- The art of Dr. Yuhua Shouzhi Wang is sending shockwaves through the art world. Over the past few decades, Dr. Yuhua Shouzhi Wang has worked quietly and diligently on her art with determination and dedication. Suddenly, she rises to the pinnacle of the art world, and become a preeminent international maestro in the art. She is an American citizen. Her art exhibition opened ceremoniously in the Shanghai Exhibition Center. The exhibition is organized by the Shanghai International Cultural Exchange Association Gallery, and co-organized by Shanghai Xu Beihong Art Research Club, Shanghai University International Exchange Art Center, and Rare Art Inc. of U.S.A.

The opening ceremony was a grand occasion attended by government officials, renowned artists, critics, and distinguished members of society. The exhibition is overwhelmingly well received by art lovers and popularly visited by the public. During his remarks, Lu Ximing, Vice President of Shanghai International Culture and Art Exchange Association expressed his best wishes for the perfect success of the Dr. Yuhua Shouzhi Wang Art Exhibition.

The China Review News reported on May 20 about the opening of Dr. Yuhua Shouzhi Wang Art Exhibition on May 18. The review stated: "Dr. Yuhua Shouzhi Wang's artistic achievement is at the highest level of the Class of Ease. Her paintings are both super-realistic and of abstract, surrealistic style. The physical forms emanate a spiritual dimension. Dr. Wang's skills are exquisite and profound, and her works carry a strong scholarly spirit. She is a preeminent international maestro in the arts.

Early 2019, the New York Academy of Art formally recognized the outstanding artistic accomplishment of Dr. Yuhua Shouzhi Wang and determined that she is a preeminent international artist of first class standing. The Academy presented Dr. Wang with a certificate jointly signed by the President and the Provost. In the same year, a small painting Pomegranates in a Bamboo Basket of the size 18 by 27 inches was auctioned at the highest price of US$1.27 million during the Spring Auction at the Gianguan Auction House in New York.

Seventy of Dr. Yuhua Shouzhi Wang's artworks of first class international standing are presented in this exhibition, including ink paintings of distinguished style, super-realistic paintings, and surrealistic paintings of abstract colors. These artworks reflect how Dr. Wang is recognized with the status of a preeminent international artist of first class standing. Her substantial and exquisite skills are the reason she has attained such an accomplishment."

Professor Gu Xingyi of Guangzhou University School of Humanities, who is a master student supervisor, a member of the Guangdong Writers Association, and Director of the Guangdong Province Collectors Association, remarked: "Each of Dr. Wang's artworks carries the likeness of 'form' and the likeness of 'spirit.' She arrives at natural ease by using simple brushstrokes that fully capture the forms. Each of her works is refreshing, memorable, and leaves the viewers with a wonderful aftertaste. These artworks are exceptionally rare and precious, and extremely collectible. The artworks in this exhibition are of the highest quality of the Class of Ease...Ancient scholars were of the opinion that the quality of a person's art reflects the quality of their personality...The excellence of the Class of Ease that Dr. Yuhua Shouzhi Wang's paintings have attained is precisely a reflection of her noble character."

The art review in Lang Mo states: "With the suspending strokes of the brush, ink splashes in a dancing rhythm, merging with the white space in the composition. In the Qing Dynasty, a poem of the philosopher Wang Chuanshan says: 'A piece of cloud takes on the color of the sun. The light comes neither from within nor without, has no shape and no details. It gives the impression of infinite passion, yet once the passion is dissipated, one does not retain any recollections.'

Mr. Zhong Baihua once said that the ultimate ideal and the highest accomplishment in Chinese art is when an artist can use the swiftness of brushstrokes to capture the imagery while manifesting the essence of the universe from within one's heart. In Dr. Yuhua Shouzhi Wang's landscape, flower and bird paintings, not only can we experience such a state, we can also experience the candor of the modern art of painting, and the spiritual impact when art connects directly with our inner mind.

The paintings of Dr. Yuhua Shouzhi Wang radiate brightness. This is not the brightness from light, or from the perception of light in Western oil paintings. This brightness is all-encompassing. Dr. Yuhua Shouzi Wang's paintings are rooted in the vigorousness of Eastern philosophy while incorporating the modern elements of Western painting. Her art emanates the inner beauty of her spirit and a greatly generous state of mind.

Dr. Yuhua Shouzhi Wang's inscriptions are penned in a graceful manner and an elegant style. Her penmanship is delightful and profound, emanating the radiance of nobility. Her calligraphy marvelously blends in with the painting composition, transcending the form to manifest the essence. Dr. Wang is highly achieved in manifesting the deeply meditative quality of Chinese art. The painterly charm of the calligraphy is condensed in the boundless white space upon which a flower, a bird, a tree, a stone, a mountain, or a river illusively appear to deliver the message of boundless deep passion and the immensity of meditative contemplation. The art reflects the greatly universal love of this maestro of fine culture who treats all beings and all matters in the universe with the great love of equal-mindedness. Every detail of the grass, the trees, the mountains and the rocks are created by wondrous brushstrokes. The rendition of the brushstrokes in the style of ease emanates marvelous subtleties and nuances."

Cheng Lanmei, Chairperson of the World Council of Women Artists said: "I am deeply touched after viewing several paintings consecutively. Initially, I thought that the works were painted by a male artist because of the power, the bold spirit, the way the artist uses dry brush and wet brush, and the superb control over light and dark ink colors. Truly speaking, as an oil painter, I paint as if I am creating ink painting in a very clean cut and precise manner. But truly, the difficulties in creating oil paintings cannot be compared to the difficulties in creating ink paintings. It is tremendously difficult to create ink paintings. That's why I deeply admire Dr. Wang's accomplishment in these paintings."

Vincent Robbins, Tenure Professor at the renowned Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles and the Artistic Director of Rare Art Inc. U.S.A., said in his opening speech: "Dr. Yuhua Shouzhi Wang's paintings are sought after by insightful people in the West. Dr. Wang has lived and worked in the West for a long time, she is familiar with the creative characteristics of Western paintings. Dr. Wang applies Chinese ink-wash painting techniques with ease, adopting their strengths in her own creations. Dr. Wang has skillfully integrated the detailed fine brushwork in Western oil paintings and the freehand brushwork in Chinese paintings, as well as the colors of Western oil paintings and the lines of Chinese paintings. Both the Chinese and the Western cultures are blended in her paintings. They are bold and innovative. Dr. Wang's paintings give the viewers a refreshing feeling."

Other distinguished guests who attended the opening ceremony include:

* Gong Xinhan, Former Minister of the Propaganda Department, Central Committee of the Communist Party of China;
* Virginia Robbins, formerly interior designer for Raymond Fernand Loew who was one of the most renowned industrial designers in the 20th Century;
* Wang Guofu, Vice President of Shanghai International Culture and Art Exchange Association;
* Hong Yongqing, Director of the Shanghai Office of South-South Cooperation Promotion Association, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, China, and Chinese Science and Technology Diplomatic Counselor to Hungary, Finland, and Canada;
* Wang Yun, Office Director of Shanghai Office of China-Europe Technical and Economic Cooperation Association;
* Wu Shufang, Director and Legal Representative of the Shanghai International Cultural Exchange Association Gallery;
* Hu Shengliang, writer, Member of the Editorial Committee of the Labor Newspaper;
* Pan Zhiqiang, Deputy Secretary of Shanghai International Culture and Art Exchange, and Representative to the 13th National People's Congress of Zhejiang Province;
* Chen Jialing, first researcher of the National Painting Institute, Member of China Artists Association, and Professor of the School of Fine Arts of the ShanghaiUniversity;
* Chen Yiming, contract artist of the Hammers Galleries, New York;
* Xu Maoping, Member of the China Artists Association and a famous artist living in Japan;
* Zhang Hao, International Horse Culture Scholar, artist and Co-chair of the China-Canada Cultural Exchange Promotion Association;
* Wang Xiyin, Vice President and Secretary of China Traditional Craft Research Association;
* Chen Ketao, Vice President of Shanghai Collection Association, Expert and Consultant of Shanghai Famous Art Appraisal and Evaluation Center, General Manager of Shanghai International Collection Company, and Deputy Secretary of the Shanghai International Cultural Exchange Association;
* Wu Wanrong, Chief Editor of the Delightful China Magazine;
* Qi Tiekai, Deputy Dean of Shanghai Painting and Calligraphy Academy;
* Lin Baoguo, owner of the Baoguo Parlour at Da Ke Tang;
* Yan Kangwen, famous painter;
* Wang Sheng, Deputy Director of Wenzhou Calligraphers Association; Former Commissar of Lucheng District Public Security Bureau in Wenzhou.
* Zhu Laikou, renowned art critic, senior media personality;
* Lu Yongliang, Art Director of the Outlets Museum in the United Kingdom;
* Zhao Yinghua, former Party Secretary of the Shanghai Municipal Sports Bureau;
* Chen Ping, Vice President of the Wenzhou Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai, and Researcher of the Wuyuan Culture Research Institute;
* Wang Fusong, President of the Bang Calligraphy Academy;
* Ye Daoming, Former and first Director of the Shanghai Yushi Sculpture Factory;
* Shen Xueqin, Chairman of the Board of Shanghai Huaxia Modern International Communication Center;
* Liu Yongbo, actor, special portrayer of Chiang Kai-shek;
* Wang Rongxiang, Director of Shanghai University Art Exchange; among others.

In 2013, President George On. Christophides of the World Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centers, and Associations (WFUCA) led a group of experts to visit the International Art Museum of America. Upon examining the 77 artworks of Dr. Yuhua Shouzhi Wang that were on view at that time, they highly commended Dr. Wang's art and immediately named the artworks "2013WFUCA."

Professor Stephen Farthing, an art scholar of world authority-Royal Academician of the Royal Academy of Arts in the United Kingdom, and the former Rootstein Hopkins Research Chair of Drawing at the University of the Arts in London-once commented that "Dr. Yuhua Wang's paintings may draw heavily on the traditions of Eastern art but today they present themselves as extraordinarily Western ideas and images. Free of perspective, Dr. Wang's paintings reach across cultures to celebrate the space that exists intellectually and emotionally between representation and abstraction, between a fact and an idea."

In 2008, the artworks of Dr. Yuhua Shouzhi Wang were exhibited in the Gold Room at the United States Capitol. The United States Congress recognized her as "a great artist and sculptor" for her outstanding accomplishments, and officially chronicled such recognition in the Congressional Record. The same record also mentioned that Dr. Wang "takes great pleasure in helping others, is a selfless person whose moral character is noble, and has made great contributions to the development of cultural exchange between the East and the West."

The artworks of Dr. Yuhua Shouzhi Wang exhibited this time are of the highest level of artistry as described in the saying: "The time when one abandons all skills is the time when one is perfectly skilled. As an experienced artist, one returns to a childlike state of mind, bringing a sense of comfort to the art." Dr. Wang's paintings are filled with vivaciousness. This exhibition offers art lovers and the general public the opportunity to comprehend art through the experience of appreciating, viewing and emulating the exhibited works of Dr. Yuhua Shouzhi Wang.

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Dr. Yuhua Shouzhi Wang Art Exhibition Opens at the Shanghai Exhibition Center

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — On May 18, 2019, Dr. Yuhua Shouzhi Wang Art Exhibition opened ceremoniously in Shanghai Exhibition Center. The exhibition is organized by the Shanghai International Cultural Exchange Association Gallery, and co-organized by Shanghai Xu Beihong Art Research Club, Shanghai University International Exchange Art Center, and Rare Art Inc. of U.S.A., Rare Art, Inc. announced today.

Dr. Yuhua Shouzhi Wang is an international virtuoso living in the United States. She has attained the highest artistic achievement of the Class of Ease. Her paintings are both super-realistic and abstracted in a surrealistic style. The physical forms in her art emanate a spiritual dimension. Dr. Wang’s skills are exquisite and profound. Her paintings also carry a strong sense of scholarly essence. The quality of Dr. Wang’s art sends shock waves throughout the art world.

The opening ceremony was a grand occasion attended by government officials, renowned artists, critics, and distinguished members of society. The exhibition overwhelmingly well received in Shanghai, and is popularly visited by a large number of audiences. During his remarks, Lu Ximing, the Vice President of Shanghai International Culture and Art Exchange Association sent his best wishes for the perfect success of the exhibition. Professor Gu Xingyi of Guangzhou University, who is also a member of the Guangdong Writers Association and Director of the Guangdong Province Collectors Association, remarked that Dr. Wang’s art has achieved the likeness both in form and in spirit, and each of her works is refreshing and unforgettable.

Vincent Robbins, Tenure Professor at the Art Center College of Design and the Artistic Director of Rare Art Inc. U.S.A., said in his opening speech “that there is a timeless quality with the work of Dr. Wang that is shown with the brush strokes, blending color as form with a natural expression.” Other distinguished guests who attended the opening ceremony include:
* Gong Xinhan, Former Minister of the Propaganda Department, Central Committee of the Communist Party of China;
* Bei Zhaojian, Deputy Director of the Foreign Affairs Office of the Shanghai Municipal People’s Government and Former Deputy Director of the Shanghai Municipal Bureau of Culture and Broadcasting;
* Hu Yanzhao, Former Deputy Mayor of Shanghai;
* Virginia Robbins, formerly interior designer for Raymond Fernand Loew who was one of the most renowned industrial designer in the 20th Century;
* Wang Guofu, Vice President of Shanghai International Culture and Art Exchange Association;
* Hong Yongqing, Director, Shanghai Office, South-South Cooperation Promotion Association, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, China and Chinese Science and Technology Diplomatic Counselor to Hungary, Finland, and Canada;
* Wang Yun, Office Director, Shanghai Office of China-Europe Technical and Economic Cooperation Association;
* Zheng Lanmei, Chair, World Council of Women Artists;
* Wu Shufang, Director and Legal Representative of the Shanghai International Cultural Exchange Association Gallery;
* Hu Shengliang, writer, Member of the Editorial Committee, Labor Newspaper;
* Pan Zhiqiang, Deputy Secretary of Shanghai International Culture and Art Exchange, and Representative to the 13th National People’s Congress of Zhejiang Province;
* Chen Jialing, first fellow of the National Painting Institute, Member of China Artists Association, and Professor of the School of Fine Arts of the Shanghai University;
* Chen Yiming, contract artist of the Hammers Galleries, New York;
* Xu Mouping, Member of the China Artists Association and famous artist living in Japan;
* Zhang Hao, international horse culture scholar, artist and Co-chair of the China-Canada Cultural Exchange Promotion Association;
* Wang Xiyin, Vice President and Secretary of China Traditional Craft Research Association;
* Chen Ketao, Vice President of Shanghai Collection Association, Expert and Consultant of Shanghai Famous Art Appraisal and Evaluation Center, General Manager of Shanghai International Collections Company, and Deputy Secretary of the Shanghai International Cultural Exchange Association;
* Wu Wanrong, Chief Editor of the Delightful China Magazine;
* Qi Tiekai, Deputy Dean of Shanghai Painting and Calligraphy Academy;
* Lin Baoguo, owner of the Baoguo Parlour at Da Ke Tang;
* Yan Kangwen, famous painter;
* Wang Sheng, Executive Director of Wenzhou Calligraphers Association, and Former Commissar of Lucheng District Public Security Bureau in Wenzhou;
* Zhu Laikou, renowned art critic, senior media personality;
* Lu Yongliang, Art Director of the Outlets Museum (Greater China Region,) United Kingdom
* Zhao Yinghua, former Party Secretary of the Shanghai Municipal Sports Bureau;
* Wang Yang, President of the Cultural Professional Committee, China Cultural and Economic Exchange Association;
* Liang Hang, Dean of the Institute of Public Art at Wenzhou University;
* Chen Ping, Deputy President of the Wenzhou Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai, and Researcher of the Wuyuan Culture Research Institute;
* Wang Fusong, President of the Bang Academy;
* Ye Daoming, Former and First Jade Factory Director;
* Shen Xueqin, Chairman of the Board of Shanghai Huaxia Modern International Communication Center; among others.

In 2013, President George On Christophides of the World Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centers, and Associations (WFUCA) led a group of experts to visit the International Art Museum of America. They highly commended Dr. Yuhua Wang’s artworks on view at that time, and immediately named one of the artworks “2013WFUCA.”

Professor Stephen Farthing, an art scholar of world authority-Royal Academician of the Royal Academy of Arts in the United Kingdom, and the former Rootstein Hopkins Research Chair of Drawing at the University of the Arts in London-commented that “Dr. Wang’s paintings may draw heavily on the traditions of Eastern art but they present themselves as extraordinarily Western ideas and images…Dr. Wang’s paintings very elegantly bring two forces together-the force that rejects perspective and the force of Photorealism…Professor Wang’s paintings reach across cultures to celebrate the space that exists intellectually and emotionally between representation and abstraction, between a fact and an idea.”

In 2008, the artworks of Dr. Yuhua Shouzhi Wang were exhibited in the Gold Room at the United States Capitol. The United States Congress recognized Dr. Yuhua Wang as a “great artist and sculptor” and officially chronicled such recognition in the Congressional Record. The same record also mentioned that she “takes great pleasure in helping others, is a selfless person whose moral character is noble, and has made great contributions to the development of cultural exchange between the East and the West.”

Early 2019, the New York Academy of Art formally recognized the outstanding talent of Dr. Yuhua Wang and determined that she is a preeminent international artist of first class standing. The Academy presented Dr. Wang with a recognition certificate jointly signed by the President and the Provost. In the same year, a small painting Pomegranates in a Basket of the size 18 by 27 inches, was auctioned for the highest price of US$1.27 million during the Spring Auction of the Gianguan Auction House in New York.

Dr. Wang’s profoundly exquisite skills brought her the preeminence status in the art world. The distinguished artworks of international standing presented in this exhibition include a total of seventy of Dr. Wang’s ink paintings of distinguished style, super-realistic paintings, and surrealistic paintings of abstract colors.

Exhibition Venue: Shanghai International Cultural Exchange Association Gallery
Address: Floor B, East Hall, 1333 Nanjing West Road, Shanghai Exhibition Center
Hours: May 18-22 daily between 10AM and 5PM
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Ceres Gallery is pleased to present ‘Tipping Point: Art at the Edge’ by Ruth Bauer Neustadter

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Ceres Gallery is pleased to present "Tipping Point: Art at the Edge" by Ruth Bauer Neustadter, from May 28 to June 22, 2019 with an opening reception on Thursday, May 30 from 6-8 p.m.

This solo exhibition of new paintings, constructions and assemblage mix with the artist's environmental and political activism, calling attention to crucial, ongoing natural erosions.

The works on view throughout "Tipping Point" consist of metal, glass, fiber and found objects. A new series of paintings titled "Turn the Tide" will also debut, rendering surfaces in high-relief with brittle textures that highlight the fragile nature of ephemeral forms.

Neustadter's depictions of unpretentious ruptures encourage discussions of the many environmental issues that we face. This highly colorful, tactile show engages viewers and asks for participation by carefully looking at each piece. Writing materials will be provided, so that visitors can comment on each of the paintings.

Ruth Bauer Neustadter was born into a highly creative family of artists, designers and sculptors. Although her first love was dance, classes in pottery and textiles led her to painting. While in her studio, Neustadter repurposes found objects for inclusion in her highly-textured, kinesthetic works that seem to dance away from the picture plane.

The Nicky Manx Dance Company will perform at the reception on May 30, 2019, 6-8 p.m.

Ceres Gallery is located at 547 West 27th Street, Suite 201, New York, NY 10001 and open Tuesday, Friday and Saturday from 12 to 6 p.m.; Thursday, from 12 to 8 p.m. More information: http://ceresgallery.org/

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Celebrating Culture in Annual South Bronx Festival

BRONX, N.Y. -- Casita Maria Center For Arts & Education, and Council Member Rafael Salamanca, Jr., are proud to present the South Bronx Culture Trail Festival 2019: retroACTIVO. The festival will last from May 24 to June 29, and will include multiple family-friendly events throughout the South Bronx, presented in partnership with community-based organizations, art institutions, health providers, and city agencies.

Learn more: https://www.casitamaria.org/festival

Check out the full calendar of multidisciplinary artists, including drumming by the Native American Silvercloud Singers, protest songs from the Resistance Revival Chorus, West Side Story Reimagined by Grammy(R) nominated Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Big Band, and a new mural by the First Lady of Graffiti, Lady Pink.

In line with the Festival theme, these artists, and many more will present work that references the past in a reinterpretation of traditions, artworks, and genres as a form of resistance and way to create a future filled with resiliency, inclusion and cultural pride. The artists gathered for this annual event are a testament to the transformative power of the arts, illustrating how the arts can help change dominant narratives.

Events will be held in or nearby historic Bronx cultural sites. We encourage Festival-goers to learn more about their place in the rich history of the South Bronx through guided and self-guided walking tours.

All events free unless otherwise noted. For rain locations, visit: https://www.casitamaria.org/festival

The South Bronx Culture Trail Festival (SBCT) is a community arts and education initiative, established in 2011 by Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education and Dancing in the Streets to celebrate and capture key moments in the cultural life of the South Bronx. Each year new artists and partners are invited by Casita Maria to contribute to this ever-evolving and robust history, establishing a Cultural Trail through the South Bronx.

This year Casita Maria partnered with: Banana Kelly, BronxCare, Bronx Music Heritage Center, Catholic Charities, CityLore, Digital Bodega, 52 People for Progress, Garifuna Coalition, Greater Hunts Point Economic Development Corporation, Kelly Street Garden, The Laundromat Project, Lincoln Center, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Bronx Neighborhood Health Action Center, New York Restoration Project, Pregones / Puerto Rican Traveling Theater, Theater Development Fund, Southern Boulevard BID, Urban Health Plan, the Whitney Museum and SBCT host Rhina Valentin.

In addition to a cultural celebration, the festival serves as an economic engine for the community, hiring local artists and promoting local businesses and tourism. As project lead, Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education presents a vibrant visual and performing arts program at indoor and outdoor locations in the community.

"Every year, Casita Maria partners with other community-based organizations and city agencies to create a free month-long festival for people of the South Bronx. The festival brings arts and culture for everyone to enjoy. There's something for everybody. The Dept. of Cultural Affairs, the City Council, and I are proud to support this event for the community. I am very excited to see this year's festival!" says Council Member Rafael Salamanca, Jr.

"Casita Maria is incredibly proud to lead the development of the South Bronx Culture Trail Festival 2019, in partnership with Council Member Salamanca, which celebrates the borough's rich and diverse culture with Latin jazz, mariachi, Afro-Brazilian percussion, and Garifuna music and so much more. The Festival is a testament to the rich and plentiful talent in the Bronx, as well as an appreciation to the resilient community that continues to give birth to emerging cultural movements," says Haydee Morales, Executive Director, Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education

About Casita Maria Center For Arts & Education:
Casita Maria Center For Arts & Education is the first and oldest Latino 501(c)(3) charity in NYC, founded in 1934. The South Bronx-based organization presents diverse, contemporary visual and performing arts and education programming for all ages. Learn more: https://www.casitamaria.org/

The South Bronx Culture Trail is supported by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and Council Members Rafael Salamanca, Jr. and Ruben Diaz, Sr., Con Edison, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, New York City Department of Youth & Community Development, Southern Blvd. Business Improvement District, Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc., Bronx Music Heritage Center and Metro Optics Eyewear.

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Lady Pink and Casita Maria Create Mural Celebrating Hunts Point Pride

BRONX, N.Y. -- Casita Maria Center For Arts & Education and Council Member Rafael Salamanca, Jr. are proud to present a new mural by The First Lady of Graffiti, Lady Pink. We are excited to announce that she will paint the next mural on the facade of Casita Maria, located at 928 Simpson Street, Bronx, NY! She'll be painting May 11, 12, and 19, from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. (contact Luis Pagan directly for rain dates).

Together, we will unveil the finished mural at the Block Party on June 21, 4:15 p.m., as part of the South Bronx Culture Trail Festival 2019: retroACTIVO. Learn more: https://www.casitamaria.org/festival

Lady Pink's original mural design was inspired by feedback following a workshop with high school participants from Casita Maria's after-school program. It illustrates a young girl blowing bubbles, filled with memories and joy, that flow through the mural. The colorful imagery references migration and reflects on scenes of daily life and Afro-Latino culture. The viewer will see the words HUNTS POINT spelled out, celebrating the community and cultural groups that comprise it. We hope that this mural will fill community members with pride, happiness and positivity about the neighborhood.

This is the third year that the Casita Maria Mural Project has been supported by the Cultural Immigrant Initiative Fund. These murals are meant to welcome all to Casita Maria, the Hunts Point and Bronx community and to introduce the organization as an anchor that promotes unity, education, and advancement of knowledge for young people and the community.

Lady Pink Bio:

Lady Pink was born in Ecuador, raised in NYC and currently resides in the countryside north of the city. In 1979, she started writing graffiti and soon was well known as the only female artist capable of competing with the mostly male-dominated graffiti subculture. Pink painted subway trains from 1979-1985. In 1982, she had a starring role in the motion picture "Wild Style". That role and her other significant contributions to graffiti have made her a cult figure in the hip-hop community.

While still in high school she was already exhibiting paintings in art galleries, and at the age of 21 had her first solo show at the Moore College of Art. As a leading participant in the rise of graffiti-based art, Lady Pink's canvases have entered important art collections such as those of the Whitney Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum and the Groningen Museum of Holland. She has established herself in the fine arts world, and her paintings are highly prized by collectors.

Today, Lady Pink continues to create new paintings on canvas that express her unique personal vision. She also shares her 30 years of experience with teens by holding mural workshops and actively lecturing to college students throughout the world.

Learn more: http://www.ladypinknyc.com/

This mural is made possible by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and Council Members Rafael Salamanca, Jr. and Ruben Diaz, Sr., Con Edison and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, New York City Department of Youth & Community Development.

About Casita Maria Center For Arts & Education:

Casita Maria Center For Arts & Education is the first and oldest Latino 501(c)(3) charity in NYC, founded in 1934. The South Bronx-based community arts and educational organization presents diverse, contemporary visual and performing arts and education programming for all ages. Learn more: https://www.casitamaria.org/.

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Music and Art Come to Life! Asia America Symphony Association and Ryman Arts Present ‘Music On Canvas’ Performed to Gershwin’s ‘An American In Paris’

TORRANCE, Calif. -- The ASIA AMERICA YOUTH SYMPHONY (AAYS) will premiere its first ever, "Music On Canvas". DAVID BENOIT, Music Director and Conductor, will lead the prestigious AAYS in a performance of Gershwin's classic "An American In Paris" while young artists from RYMAN ARTS create inspired artworks live on stage to the music.

"We are so excited to partner with Ryman Arts for our season opener with this unique blending of live music and art. In our quest to reach out to organizations with a similar mission, youth and the arts, the marriage of music and visual arts intertwine perfectly for this performance," says Alison Jamele, AASA President.

Diane Brigham, Executive Director of Ryman Arts continues, "In collaboration with the Asia America Youth Symphony, we are delighted to celebrate the talents of artistic youth in Southern California in both music and art. As guests listen to the beautiful musical performance, they will see the visual art inspired by it take shape on canvas. Alumni artists from Ryman Arts, like the young musicians of AAYS, represent the passion, hard work, skill and creativity that are hallmarks of both our programs."

To further entertain you, Maestro Benoit will debut his brand new composition, "The Great Wall," inspired by his travels in Beijing China. Benoit will lead the orchestra in an array of music contours from Gershwin to Borodin's "The Steppes of Central Asia" to a surfin' medley arranged by Benoit himself. Go no further to hear and experience the Symphony's musical palette stretching from the classics, to pop and new genres.

Concert: Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 7 p.m., James Armstrong Theater, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. Ticket prices: Preferred - $40 | General - $25 | Students with ID - $15. Tickets can be purchased online at http://aasymphony.org/ or call 310-377-8977.

About Ryman Arts:

Ryman Arts is a nationally recognized 501(c)(3) organization established in 1990 to honor legendary Disney artist and mentor Herbert D. Ryman. Ryman Arts creates access and opportunity for young artists through free studio art skills training and mentoring. Ryman Arts has educated thousands of Southern California teens from over 190 communities and provided outreach to over 20,000 underserved students.

These students choose to attend Saturdays at California State University, Fullerton or Sundays at Otis College of Art & Design. Almost all Ryman Arts graduates go on to college, many alumni work in the creative industries, and all are poised for personal success. Information: https://rymanarts.org/ .

About David Benoit:

David Benoit's career spans over three decades as a contemporary jazz pianist and composer, including over 30 solo recordings that have garnered him five Grammy nominations. Benoit's talents expand into symphonic orchestral music endeavors that include his ongoing role as Music Director & Conductor of the Asia America Symphony Orchestra and Youth Symphony as well as the on-air radio host weekday mornings on KKJZ 88.1 FM. Information: http://benoit.com/.

About Asia America Symphony Association (AASA):

The Asia America Symphony Association is dedicated to developing and mentoring young musicians, exposing and promoting music appreciation as well as supporting and partnering with similar organizations by providing educational and performing opportunities in a professional environment featuring classical and jazz concerts and integrating a wide array of music influences and styles from around the world. Information: http://aasymphony.org/.

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Bank of Southern California NA Extends Loan Facility to NTC Foundation

SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- Bank of Southern California, N.A. (OTC Pink: BCAL / OTCMKTS:BCA), a community business bank headquartered in San Diego, Calif., announced today that it has extended a loan facility to the NTC Foundation, a San Diego-based non-profit organization focused on creating a destination for arts and culture at the former Naval Training Center in San Diego. The new loan facility provided funds for the rehabilitation and refinancing of commercial real estate located in ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station.

Over a decade ago, the NTC Foundation created an unprecedented opportunity for the San Diego community by introducing ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station. The historical district for arts, culture and creativity serves as a dynamic hub for both nonprofits and artists, showcasing the hallmarks of the San Diego region and helping fuel the local economy.

"It was important for us to work with a bank that understands our goals and supports our mission to enrich the lives of San Diegans through arts and culture," said Christopher Kiefer, Chief Financial Officer of NTC Foundation.

"We appreciate our relationship with Bank of Southern California. Our tenant mix of community serving and arts related non-profit organizations mixed with visual artists, museums, galleries and creative retail is different than what is found in most real estate projects. Bank of Southern California was able to quickly understand the nuances of our specific business mission and offered a banking package that exceeded the criteria set up by our Finance Committee. We greatly value their support and guidance," added Kiefer.

"Bank of Southern California has been serving the San Diego community for over 18 years and continues its strong commitment to businesses and organizations focused on contributing to the local economy, enriching our community, and preserving the city's culture and history," said Marie Crivello, Senior Managing Director at Bank of Southern California.

"We are excited to support the NTC Foundation in their continued efforts to create a special place that was once a shuttered Naval base," Crivello concluded.

About Bank of Southern California:

A growing community bank, established in 2001, Bank of Southern California, N.A., with headquarters in San Diego, Calif., is locally owned and managed, and offers a range of financial products to individuals, professionals and small-to-medium sized businesses. The Bank's solution-driven, relationship-based approach to banking provides accessibility to decision makers and enhances value through strong partnerships with its clients.

The Bank currently operates ten branches in San Diego County, Los Angeles County, the Coachella Valley in Riverside County, as well as production offices in West Los Angeles and Orange County.

For more information, please visit https://www.banksocal.com/ or call (858) 847-4780.

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