Top California Artists to Converge on Chinatown to Capture Its Distinctive Architecture and Colorful Street Scenes
Plein Air Painters to Create Works of Art in First Chinatown Art Festival
To Celebrate 63rd Anniversary of This Historic Area's Founding
LOS ANGELES, May 2 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 100 of California's foremost artists will set up their easels on the streets of Chinatown and participate in the first Chinatown Art Festival, by painting the historic structures and colorful byways of this culturally rich area of Los Angeles. Their creative efforts began in April and will culminate in June with two focused weeks of painting, June 11 to June 23, when the majority of the artists will gather to create plein air paintings of the city scene. All participating artists are juried members of the prestigious California Art Club, one of the nation's largest fine arts organizations dedicated to the support of contemporary, traditional art. The finest of the paintings will be exhibited June 23 to July 22 at the Hong Gallery, 951 North Broadway, which is adjacent to the Gate of Maternal Virtue, an icon widely photographed as a civic symbol of Chinatown. This art extravaganza coincides with the 63rd anniversary of the founding of Chinatown's current site and launches a decade-long effort to revitalize this multicultural region of the city. The event is sponsored by the Los Angeles Chinatown Business Council (LACBC) and the California Art Club. "These artists will capture images of Chinatown during a period that one day will be considered a turning point in the history of the area," said Roger Hong, an LACBC board member whose father funded the design and construction of the Gate of Maternal Virtue. "We hope that this Art Festival will become an annual event for Chinatown and chronicle the positive changes that will take place in the next 10 years and beyond." Gayle Garner Roski, event co-chair and artist member of the California Art Club, announced that a gala reception to preview the Chinatown Art Festival exhibition will be held on the evening of Thursday, June 21. The exhibit opens to the public on the following Saturday. Proceeds from the sale of the paintings on view will benefit a Chinatown building restoration fund and educational programs of the California Art Club. For more information on the Chinatown Art Festival, call (213) 680-0243 or visit www.chinatownla.com. MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT - Click Here http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X94879143
SOURCE Los Angeles Chinatown Business Council
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