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April artist is Darishma Alphonse

See her work at the APCC gallery starting in April and please join us for her artist reception on April 6th, 4-6 pm. Light refreshments will be served.

D33Light (born in UK, 1981) is an Indo-British and Canadian multi-disciplinary artist. Raised in Saskatchewan, Canada, her aesthetic is influenced by traditional Indian culture, Asian design, and impressionistic pointillism with bold colors. Her work is characterized as mixed media, with the use of salt and glue to create rough, crystalline textures and paint in a pointillism style with Posca paint pens, along with graphite, charcoal, acrylic and watercolor.

The main themes in D33Light’s art focus on the spiritual aspects of the mind and the ways in which people can reach liberation, or moksha in Sanskrit. Her most recent work in the Yogin Art series depicts the subtle, deeper symbolic meanings behind yoga by depicting silhouette poses that help process life’s emotions and challenges. The backgrounds are created with vivid colorful abstract techniques as a backdrop inspired by gems and crystals from the earth, while others arouse a scenic view such as the moving ocean, the moon in the sky, and the mountain and the sun, engaging a connection to the earth. Some paintings additionally glow in the dark, illustrating an entirely different view of the art at night, displaying how our own consciousness, light, and its emptiness, or space, alters our perception of reality.

D33light is influenced by aspects of her Indian heritage such as concepts of yogic philosophy and spirituality, traditional mehndi design and Bharat Natyam, a classical form of Indian dance. As a third generation Indian artist she draws from various parts of her cultural identity to depict messages of empowerment, sustainability and spiritual sustenance.

She believes “during such uncertain and dispartive times in our communities we need messages that illuminate an avenue to peace, equality and self-love”.

D33Light has shown her work in Seattle at A/NT gallery, and the Mount Baker Neighborhood Center for the Arts.  She currently resides with her family in Olympia, WA.

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March artist is Esther M Smith

See her amazing work at the APCC gallery starting March 3rd. 

Join us for her artist reception on Thursday, March 15, 4-6 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

Esther M Smith (°1954, Wiesbaden, Germany) creates mixed media artworks and drawings. By referencing romanticism, the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and symbolism, Smith seduces the viewer into a world of ongoing romance and the interval that represents the stream of imagined events. Moments are depicted that only exist to punctuate the human drama in order to clarify our existence and to find poetic meaning and beauty in everyday life.

Her mixed media artworks are an investigation of concepts such as authentic beauty and changing cultural norms by using an anthropological approach and quasi-scientific precision and by referencing documentaries, ‘fact-fiction’ and popular scientific equivalents. By using an ever-growing archive of found documents to create autonomous artworks, she reflects on the closely related subjects of history and culture. This often results in an examination of both the human need for ‘happy ending’ stories and the question whether dramas ‘fictionalize’ history.

At times, a disconcerting beauty emerges. The inherent visual seductiveness, along with the conciseness of the works, encourages inspection of their many textured layers of meaning. By emphasizing aesthetics, she makes work that deals with the documentation of mythical events and the question of how they can be presented. The work tries to express this with the help of history and archeology - by telling a story or creating a fleeting vision of beauty.

Her works are often classified as part of the new Romantic Movement because of the desire for the local in the unfolding globalized world especially in her fusion Geisha series. Her works are an investigation into representations of by gone ages and situations as well as depictions of ideas that can only be realized in mixed media art. Esther Smith currently lives and works in Seattle. 

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Artist Show at APCC 
Susan Kim, Gyubang Craftwork (Women’s Quarter Craft Art)
See her beautiful work at the APCC Gallery starting in January.

Please join us at her meet the artist reception on Thursday, February 15th, 4-6pm at APCC.  This event is open to the public.

Gyubang (women’s quarters) are women’s exclusive living space separated from the ‘Sarangchae’ where men lived. Gyubang does not just represent the meaning of room but also represents the contemporary women’s community of that time. Women were restricted in social activities under strict Confucian society norms of the Chosun Dynasty era, therefore, they stayed in ‘Gyubang’ and produced various household items. These activities were called ‘Gyubang Craft Art’.

The production of ‘Gyubang Craft Art’ harmonizes natural dyes, sewing knots, piecing leftover materials, and embroidery to express traditional beauty of Korea.
‘Gyubang Craft Art’ developed during the Chosun Dynasty, which had relatively more suppressed women life compared to the earlier Three-Kingdom period and the Koryo Dynasty. Women who lived in the Chosun Dynasty expressed their creative energy within Gyubangs. These activities provided vitality and companionship to women at that time.

She has shown her works and received many awards in Dallas, TX and other places including Washington State. She taught quilting and Gyubang Craft Art to many students in the past.


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Artist Show at APCC
Larine Chung, solo drawing exhibition "About Love" will be up at Asia Pacific Cultural Center in the coming November thru December. "About Love" will showcase 12 pieces of Chung's drawings on the theme of love. This show is mounted in honor of Chung's beloved father, whom has passed away recently. Opening reception for the show will be on Thursday November 16th from 4-6pm with artist in attendance.

Larine Chung was born in Shanghai, China and raised in Hong Kong. She was a Biochemistry major, but decided to pursue her passion, art, second year in college. After Chung got her bachelor degree in Fine art from The Chinese University of Hong Kong, she moved to Seattle, WA and trained under master artist, Juliette Aristides learning the 19th Century classical French academic art techniques. Upon graduation, Chung was offered a teaching position at Gage Academy. She is also the founder of Eastside Artists Collaborative, an artistic, supportive environment where artists share studio space and model sessions. Chung works in the realism tradition because she finds the notion of reality captivating. Is there differences between everybody's realities? To continue on the quest of finding the complex facets of reality, Chung creates works mostly based on vigorous observation from life, trying to capture the experience and emotional content of a moment in "reality". With her traditional art background, she is interested in creating works that is honest, relevant to now and would evoke an intellectual and emotional response in people.  Chung has held numerous solo exhibitions in Seattle and Hong Kong.  Please visit www.larinechung.com to make contact and view her works.


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Artist Show at APCC -
Steve Hu, our first artist to show from Macau, China.
See his beautiful work at the APCC Gallery in September thru October.

Born in Macau, China, Steve Hu immigrated to Hawaii as a teenager in 1967. After receiving his BFA degree from the University of Hawaii, Hu continued his venture in fine art development to further his knowledge and skill in painting by taking workshops and classes with local and national renowned artists. There was a long pause of two decades of not creating any art until the artist moved to Washington State in the late 1990’s. 

Watercolor was Steve’s painting medium since an early age, in recent years he furthered his study into oil painting focusing on maritime themes and studying under the mentorship of Austin Dwyer.  In Hu’s post impressionistic artwork, the artist is able to combine his dedicated work ethic and skill to create art from the beauty, richness and love of nature through brush and paint.  In his paintings, the viewers can share his feeling, emotion and impression through the heart warming, delicate and colorful blend of impressionistic romance and occasionally with a touch which depicts the artist’s Chinese cultural heritage.

As a frequent participant in juried exhibitions, Hu’s paintings has won various awards and merits of Honor. Steve Hu’s artwork has become private collections of fine art collectors, business professionals and corporations in Hawaii and the Pacific Northwest. 

Currently Hu is a charter and signature member of Pacific Rim Institute of Marine Artists, American Society of Marine Artists and Evergreen Association of Fine Arts.

www.artworkstevehu.com

 

 
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August Artist Show at APCC - View of China Through a Western Lens

JOHN DAVIS JR, PHOTOGRAPHER
Join us for an Artist reception on August 17th, 4:00 to 6:00 pm. Light refreshments will be served.
 
JOHN DAVIS JR. presents an exhibit of photography themed “VIEW OF CHINA THROUGH A WESTERN LENS”. He is a resident of Port Orchard, Washington, USA, where he practiced law for approximately 40 years and with his wife, raised a family. He spent a career in the Army and Army Reserve, and served his community in many ways, including as a director of a public school board for 12 years.

He is PRESIDENT EMERITUS and GOODWILL AMBASSADOR for the PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY OF AMERICA (PSA) www.psa-photo.org . He served as its President from 2011 to 2015, and Executive Vice President from 2009 to 2011. PSA is an international photographic society which has approximately 6000 members including about 500 member photography clubs around the world. Members reside in over 80 countries. He promotes PSA sponsored programs internationally, administers and assists with PSA Photo Adventures, promotes the PSA pictorial print collection, and moderates and organizes PSA Portfolio Assessments for Society members. John has also been active for years in the Northwest Council of Camera Clubs and the f:67 Camera Club in Kitsap County, Washington.

John has been an active exhibitor in international photography exhibitions, earning many awards and recognitions for his work, and has judged exhibitions nationally and internationally. He currently holds the “Master” level distinction for his international exhibition acceptances and for his service to PSA and photography, and has received the Honorary PSA recognition. He has also received the Honorary Fellowship from the Photographic Society of Malaysia, from the Photographic Society of New York, and from PSA China (a multi-province photography club in China).

In his role as a PSA officer and exhibition judge, and in conjunction with personal travel, John has made the time to do some image making internationally, including during three trips to China. This exhibit, “VIEW OF CHINA THROUGH A WESTERN LENS”, is meant to present a very small slice of China and some aspects of its culture and the lives of ordinary people and places of every-day and historical significance. This view of China is essentially a view of Asian culture and while the images show essential differences from the “West”, they also demonstrate cultural similarities. John seeks to capture beauty, a story, and meaning in his photographic work, and enjoys sharing those things with others.

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July Artist Show at APCC

Featuring artist QIN TAN

Please join us in welcoming the artist on Thursday, July 20th 4-6pm. Light refreshments will be served. 

ARTIST STATEMENT: RHYTHM FORMATION

In this series, Qin Tan paints abstract structures and formations that channel energy from memories and environments. She captures the force of external sights and experiences in the form of rhythm to cultivate a spiritually visceral portrait. It is through this rhythm that she seeks to weave her inspirations into an imaginary architecture representative of the instinctual, unrehearsed quality of her creative process that is centered around discovery rather than pre-conception.

Her paintings fuse elemental shapes, linguistic scribbles, and simple gestural marks together to disrupt the abstract space with different variations of cadence and movement. These components interact in an elusive yet active manner to conceive not so much an image, but rather an entity, that exhibits a delicate intensity. By adjusting the speed, pressure, and inclination of her brush, she imbues each stroke with its own distinct spirit; a stroke extending down and to the right expresses release, while a stroke lifting upwards invokes a sense of crescendo. The rhythm formation reaches a conclusion when the spirit embodied by the entity is balanced in harmony and has been fully realized.

BIO: QinTan is a multi‐media artist based in Tacoma, Washington.

She received her Bachelors of Art from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). Her work has shown in group exhibitions in the galleries of MICA as well as Studio Art Centers International (SACI) in Florence, Italy. Most recently she was selected as one of the residency artists at Pantocrator Gallery in Shanghai, China. There she exhibited in a dual show entitled ‘It Started with a Dot of Line’.

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Our featured artist show at APCC.  Now showing at the APCC Gallery.

Noel “Bote” Bautista

Join us for his artist reception, May 18th, Noon to 2 p.m.

Noel was born October 15, 1969 in the beautiful historic town Taal, Batangas, Philippines. One of his earliest fascinations was the Taal Basilica, the largest in Southeast Asia.  His childhood was filled with the magical beauty of nature.  From the very beginning he was influenced by the ocean, specially the fish.  The fish is a passion as you see in his art.

During his early adolescence he was exposed to the greatest example of art in the world at The Vatican.  The Vatican created a passion for history, art appreciation and the exquisite beauty of ancient paintings.

Noel completed his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at the Lyceum of the Philippines in 1993.  After graduation he worked in business for five years.

For many years, Noel was a member of the SIKAT Art Group in Antipolo, Philippines.  Here he was a part of many shows where he developed his arts.  He also was a member of the 29 Stokes Art Group of the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

Noel came to America 2003.  His dream was to have his first solo show in New York City.  During the last five years, Noel has created a portfolio of over 500 works of art.  During this period he also developed a passion for glass sculpture. He envisions that his next solo show will emphasize glass sculptures.

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March through April Artist Show at APCC

Featuring artist Cuong Q. Nguyen from Vietnam

Please join us in welcoming the artist on March 18th at 11 am. 
Light refreshments will be served. 

Passionate photography over fifteen years, mainly on Social documentary, Nature, Flower/Macro

Place of birth: Vietnam, South East Asia

Through device, techniques, and heart I would like show aspects of our lives.

In my art, I take daily live, natural object and express through light, colors, and shapes the feelings it evokes within me.

I am inspired by the sense of peace nature imparts, and hope to convey the tranquil awe and healing I've experienced through the therapeutic power of art.

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APCC January through February Artists Show

 
Soojeong (Crystal) Shin

Art showing from December 26, 2016 through February 24, 2017

Crystal was born and grew up in Seoul, Korea. She moved to Seattle where she found her love for nature and botanical art. Crystal is especially drawn to capturing the intricate details and splendid colors in flowers, and nature, which fills her with an appreciation for the beauty that each subject has, and gratitude to the one who created it. She likes to work on achieving color intensity and fine details with a delicate but vivid touch. Crystal uses Crystal's favorite mediums are color pencil and watercolor, but recently she has been developing her skills of black and white mediums like pen and ink, and graphite as well.

Crystal is now privileged working at the University of Washington Herbarium at Burke Museum for their Flora project, which is revising the well-known plant identification guidebook, “Flora of Pacific Northwest”, as a primary botanical illustrator. It has been three years since she has started working for the project, and it is upon its completion in few months.

She graduated from the Natural Science Illustration certificate course at the University Washington. Also, she has studied botanical watercolor painting with instructor, Kathleen McKeehen at Gage Academy of Art, and with many prestigious botanical artists from other states and countries thru various workshops.

Crystal hopes her work opens people's eyes to a deeper appreciation for the authentic beauty of nature that each creature carries in its form and color. 
 
You can contact Crystal Shin at:  crystal603@gmail.com

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APCC November thru December Artists Show

 
These two months, we are promoting oil, watercolor, and Chinese Gongbi Art painting students at the APCC.

Join us for the artist reception, Thursday, November 17, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM at Asia Pacific Cultural Center.

 
Oil Painting class: Every Monday, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
 
Instructor Chun Myong Suk Sweet graduated University in Korea, and then came to US in 1987. She has been teaching oil painting classes through APCC for the past 3 years.  She now lives in Fife.  If you are interested in taking her class, please
contact: 253-353-5060

Students
Soungeun An
Hae Kyung Kim
Ya Hee Johnson
Jesook Kim
Song Woo Chan
Sam Bong
Myong Suk Sweet

 
Watercolor and Chinese Gongbi Class: Every Wednesday, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
 
Instructor Patsy Surh O'Connell, a signature member of the Northwest Watercolor Society, and Women Painters of WA.  She lived and traveled through Asia Pacific Countries before settling in WA 1985. She is the founder of the Asia Pacific Cultural Center, and has been teaching water media art classes for the past 40 years. She lives in Gig Harbor.  If you would like to take her class, please contact: 253-226-2742

Students
Sidney Zylstra
Linda Walz
Margie Bicknell
Denise MacDonald
Lana Parker

Lara Herrmann
Sun Hee Watkins
Jade Choe
Monique Guzek

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Washington Overseas Chinese Artists Association Art Show. September 9th - October 28th.  Join us for the artists reception September 4th, 1 pm - 4 pm.

Participating Artists:

Kristy Wang

Xue-Zhi Wang

Noriko Fukui

Edward Lee

Jian LI

Bill Chen

Maggie Ho

Ben Ho

Ying-Zhang He

Anita Woo

Karen Yuen

Khung Duong

Amanda Wong

Zoulie Deng

Kenneth Tao

Hong-Duan Yang

Ricky Yip

Wendy Zhai

Shu-Yun Liu

Jin Yun

Ching Ma 

Zhenshing Liu

Shou Zhang

Zhi-Xian Ren

Syvia Hang

Koon-Yui Poon

Amy Sie

Patsy Surh O'Connell

About Washington Overseas Chinese Artists Association

Washington Overseas Chinese Artists Association (WOCAA) was founded in Seattle in February 1994.  It is a non-profit Overseas Chinese Artists organization which was legally registered with the state government.  Currently the association has over sixty members which include professional painters, calligraphers, sculptors, photographers, computer graphic designers, architectures, art teachers and art lovers.

The Association holds all members meeting in conjunction with celebrating Chinese New Year in winter annually.  Artists will give demonstration after the meeting.   All the art works will then be put up for auction.  The generated funds primarily go to community non-profit organizations and secondarily support the day to day expenses of the association.   The members are very active in participating or sponsoring community art and cultural events.   WOCAA members participated in numerous Cultural Exchange events throughout the years.

To provide services according to WOCAA mission, we have been offering ongoing art classes, lectures and presentations to various communities.  The art classes include Chinese painting, calligraphy, western watercolor painting, drawing and photography.  The participants are from all age groups.  Our members are also active in public and environmental art projects.  By utilizing the connection with China, our association has invited several famous artists from China to give lectures in the greater Seattle area.

The birth of the WOCAA and all the activities we have had, reflect the good collective spirit of the Overseas Chinese Artists.  It surely brings to the communities some harmonious energy.  All we have done demonstrates our artists’ willingness to show appreciation and contribution to our communities.

Washington Overseas Chinese Artists Association

515 7th Ave So. Seattle, WA  98104

 

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Yoshiko Yamamoto

At the Arts Crafts Press,  Yoshiko makes note card and limited-edition block prints.  For all their printing, they use antique letterpress printing presses that date back to the early 20th century – anywhere from the 1890s to 1950s.  Using these presses, they hand-mix all the ink and print each color separately, with each layer of the color adding brilliance and vibrant to our simple designs.

Most of the designs are based on Yoshiko Yamamoto’s linoleum block prints.  A native of Tokyo and now living and enjoying operating an active printing studio in Tacoma, WA, Yoshiko first prepares watercolor sketches for her artwork before carving the linoleum blocks for printing.  For durability all of their note cards are printed from photo-polymer blocks.

From recycling to using soy-based inks, non-VOC solvents, biodegradable plastic, FSC-certified paper made with wind power, the possibilities are endless!

Her studio is located 2515B South Tacoma Way, Tacoma, WA 98409

www.artsandcraftspress.com

info@aftsandcraftspress.com

360-871-7707


 

Asia Pacific Cultural Center
4851 South Tacoma Way | Tacoma, WA 98409
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Fax: (253)292-1551
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