Current Art on Display

Shu-Ju Wang & M.C. Reardon

Shu-Ju Wang

The work of Portland artist Shu-Ju Wang will be on display at Lan Su Chinese Garden this June through July, 2017. Her exhibition features a variety of media that is personal, intimate, small scale, and draws from a variety of inspiration. Her work combines abstract and representational images in lush jewel-like colors and is influenced by traditional Chinese Gongbi style paintings, illuminated manuscripts and Islamic miniatures.

Also on display in June, an exhibit of silk art from King Silk Art. Nearly 2200 years ago, the first Emperor of China placed eleven families in Suzhou, China to create hand embroidery Silk Art for the imperial families. A descendant of one of the original families, Forest Qing Zhang, continues the tradition today. See examples of this traditional Chinese art form from King Silk Art on display at Lan Su Chinese Garden through June, 2017.

From the Artist

The collection of work in this exhibit is a reflection of my own Silk Road experience of sorts, both metaphorically and literally – I immigrated from Taiwan to the US the long way around—through SE Asia, Middle East, Europe, before landing in San Francisco. I then crisscrossed Continental US twice before settling in Portland in 1984.

In the paintings are my immigration stories told through the changes in the food I eat, in the flora & fauna I experience, in the landscape, and in the stories & myths that we tell. In more recent years, Portland has developed a close relationship with East Asia, some of that is reflected in these paintings as well. At their core, these are the quintessential “East meets West” stories that we find irresistible and can trace their roots back to the fabled Silk Road.

In the silkscreen prints on the walls and in the print bin, you will find images inspired by my own travels to Xian, Dunhuang, Urumqi, Turpan, and Kashgar, all stops along the trading routes collectively known as "The Silk Road."

- Shu-Ju Wang, 2017

M.C. Reardon

M.C. Reardon is a photographer, painter and poet; a native of Portland. Her artwork is an expression of how important it is to feel connected with the elements, to understand her holistic place in the environment and to satisfy her need for soulful connection to Nature. Taoist traditions deeply resonate with her, guiding her vision in her creative work; where practicing mindfulness, peaceful solitude and natural flow offers inspiration a clearer voice.

Her work has been published, exhibited and collected worldwide; including the Elmhurst Art Museum in Chicago, Linus Gallery in Los Angeles and Fulton Street Gallery in New York.

Join artist M.C. Reardon for an opening reception of her exhibition, July 1, 5 - 7 pm. Learn more »

From the Artist

‘Possible Moments of Consciousness’

When synchronicity happens, being in the right place at exactly the right time, one can experience inexplicable joy, inspiration and understanding. To M.C. Reardon, as a visual artist, her moments of experiencing Consciousness may take place when she is walking urban and rural landscapes, meditating, or working in her studio; The din of civilization and the framework of consensual reality fade away, creating a highly acute awareness of Nature. Her photographs and paintings reflect upon the beauty of wild nature simply enduring; going about its daily business, living in the present moment, at peace… and yet…still influenced by our presence.


Art on display is available for purchase through the Garden Shop. Lan Su members receive 10% off art purchases. For more information or assistance please email or call 503.228.8131 ext. 1028.


2017 Exhibition Schedule:

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

  • Inspirations of Classical China

October

November

December



Art on display is available for purchase through the Garden Shop. Lan Su members receive 10% off art purchases.

For more information or assistance please email or call 503.228.8131 ext. 1028.


Art exhibitions at Lan Su Chinese Garden are supported in part by

James F. & Marion L. Miller Foundation

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Artist Addendum

Lan Su Chinese Garden is pleased to offer an Artist Membership Addendum for photographers and artists—professional and amateur alike. This yearly membership provides benefits created specifically for artists including additional access to Lan Su, the ability to sell photos and paintings of the garden and invitations to events tailored for an artist.

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Call for Artists

Lan Su Chinese Garden invites artists working in all mediums to submit images for review for public exhibition in the garden in the 2018 calendar year. Exhibitions run generally one-to-two months in one or more of the enclosed pavilions within the garden. Of particular interest are works from Portland-area artists with botanical and Chinese cultural themes although all manner of subjects will be considered. Please include a brief biography stating work mediums and inspirations, as well as details about size, format, and, if possible, retail gallery price ranges of the bulk of your work. If selected, agreements will be entered into for exhibition sales on a commission basis. Review of images begins immediately upon receipt.

The call for submissions is currently closed for the 2018 calendar year but we are accepting rolling submissions for future consideration. Email submissions to harris@lansugarden.org; no calls or drop-ins please. 


Lan Su Chinese Garden, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, serves approximately 150,000 visitors annually. The Mission of Lan Su Chinese Garden is to cultivate an oasis of tranquil beauty and harmony, to inspire, engage and educate our global community in the appreciation of a richly authentic Chinese culture.