Current Art on Display

Kristy Kún & Kalina Wilson

with Teawares by Richard Brandt

Kristy Kún

October & November 2017

Kristy Kún uses the word synthesis to describe the irreversible bonding of fibers used in her work, but the description goes well beyond referencing how wool fibers tangle and tighten into dense textiles, as it does when she’s making handmade felt.

Encompassing materials and techniques from cross disciplines; Kún’s sculpted forms challenge traditional notions of construction and tenacity—a synthesis, harnessing the strength of the most delicate fibers in juxtaposition against stronger ‘elemental’ undercurrents.

Lan Su invites donors at the $125 and higher level to a special art exhibition art opening, featuring artists Kristy Kún & Kalina Wilson, and celebration of China’s traditional Autumn Moon Festival. Wednesday, October 4 from 7 – 9 p.m. Learn more »

Related Programming:

Artist Demonstration with Kristy Kún

Kalina Wilson

October & November 2017

Kalina Wilson specializes in on-location urban landscape sketching using ink and watercolors. She works quickly in pocket sketchbooks which enables her to capture fleeting and unexpected moments as they happen. She favors expressive line work accentuated with simple, brilliant colors and touches of narrative context.

Kalina is passionate about sketching as a regular practice of observation and attention. She is a long-time participant in Urban Sketchers, a global nonprofit dedicated to fostering the practice of on-location drawing. She has sketched alongside artists in their home cities around the world and has had works featured in urban sketching instruction books. She also helps organize the Portland branch of Urban Sketchers which meets regularly and welcomes all skill levels. 

Lan Su invites donors at the $125 and higher level to a special art exhibition art opening, featuring artists Kristy Kún & Kalina Wilson, and celebration of China’s traditional Autumn Moon Festival. Wednesday, October 4 from 7 – 9 p.m. Learn more »

Related Programming:

Artist Demonstration with Kalina Wilson

Sketch Crawl

Richard Brandt

October 2017

Richard Brandt has been studying and making art for many years. While studying photography at the School of Visual Arts in New York he discovered his love for making sculpture. After trying many materials such as, steel, bronze, and glass, he found clay. He feels that clay is the perfect material to express his deep connection to nature. Brandt was especially inspired by photographs of older Japanese wabi style pottery associated with Chado (Japanese Tea Ceremony). He knew he had found a valuable source of guidance from these Japanese potters some of whom lived hundreds of years ago. To gain even a deeper understanding he began to study Chado in 2001 in Portland, Oregon. The study of tea continues to deepen his appreciation of Japanese culture and the profound potential for clay to express his sense of nature and beauty.

In 2001 he received a scholarship to study with Ah Leon at Penland School of Crafts. While there he learned the unique Taiwanese style of making tea pots, cups, pitcher, and other utensils used in the “gung fu cha” style of brewing. He appreciates the unglazed clay and how it develops a relationship with its owner and the tea. With proper care, over time, a patina appears which deepens throughout the life of the tea pot.

He shows his work at the Portland Japanese Gardens, the Jasmine Pearl Tea Co. and throughout the Pacific North West and Japan. Currently he teaches ceramics at Portland Community College, Portland Oregon, USA.

Related Programming:

Teaware Demonstration with Richard Brandt


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.


Upcoming

December

2018 Exhibition Schedule:

January

  • Francis Li
  • Dr. Yang

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

  • tbd
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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. 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, any recent and relevant links to your work (website, social media, etc.), 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. The call for submissions for the 2019 calendar year will open January 1, 2018. 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.