East-Meets-West International Art Exhibition opens in U.S. city

Source: Xinhua| 2019-06-03 18:07:34|Editor: Xiaoxia
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SAN FRANCISCO, June 2 (Xinhua) -- Chinese artists are bringing an exciting art exhibition featuring a thousands-year-old Chinese tradition to help American people learn more about the ancient Asian civilization, said a U.S. city mayor in East San Francisco Bay Area on Sunday.

The delegation of the World Tour Chinese Painting and Calligraphy Federation (WTCPCF) has brought a show by talented artists from all over China to Livermore, which focused on the artistic works demonstrating China's diversified landscapes, wildlife and even the pottery techniques, said Mayor John Marchand of Livermore city in East Bay Area, California, about 75 km southeast of San Francisco.

The 12th annual East-Meets-West International Art Exhibition is open at the Livermore Library Civic Center from June 1-30. It is "really a remarkable show reflecting the depth and breadth of the artistic talent, where there's a variety of different artistic techniques that we can learn from one another," Marchand said.

He went on to say that the Chinese artists came to Livermore on a special tour trying to combine art with technology because Livermore is "a city that is on the cutting edge of technology."

Livermore is home to two U.S. major national laboratories, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the California site of Sandia National Laboratories.

Apart from technology, Marchand said, "we have a very vibrant art culture and a very rich performing art, visual art and the art of music."

Fuhai Gu, executive vice chairman of the WTCPCF, said he had attended a forum on smart cities two days ago in Silicon Valley and the main topic of the forum was about science and technology.

"It's a very good topic and I found there are not only a lot of scientists in Silicon Valley, but also a great deal of people who have true love for art, including Mayor Marchand, who himself is a chemist," he said.

"This has laid a good foundation for people of the United States and China to cooperate in the future, and with more exchanges and communication, we will launch even more activities to promote the development of science and thrive art," Gu said.

Lily Xu, chair of the World Tour Chinese Painting and Calligraphy Federation Silicon Valley Committee (TWTCPCFSVC), said the delegation of the Chinese artists aims to deepen art exchanges between China and the United States.

"This year, it's the first time for us to bring international artists to the Smart Cities Forum in Silicon Valley, which is a great success," she said.

"We want to set up a platform for both Chinese and American artists, whether they are good at classical art or contemporary art, to meet face to face for deeper communication," Xu said.

"We hope not only the Chinese artists come to America, but also we can help more American artists to go to China to explore with their own eyes," she added.

The WTCPCF aimed to promote the Chinese painting and calligraphy art to countries around the world.

Since 2010, it has visited more than 20 countries across the globe and more than 10,000 Chinese painters have participated in the exchange program, according to the event's official website.