Mary Pal Designs

Outing to the Shenzhen Printmaking Facility

We hopped in our tour bus after breakfast on Thursday morning and headed beyond downtown Shenzhen to a printmaking facility, which hosts artists from around the world in residencies. It was built on the site of a 300-year old Haka village, which we were also able to tour. As we departed, we were each given a large numbered and signed framed print in a protective box - let's see if it can withstand the punishing journey through three airports getting back to Canada.

Playing here with various methods of posting photos. Try clicking on the second and third rows to see more pics from the tour.

Then we drove to a beautiful new art gallery of prints and here I will share with you some of my favourites:

No. 1 Growth Report of Durer Rabbit by Choi Bei

No. 1 Growth Report of Durer Rabbit by Choi Bei

One Hour and Nine Seconds - by Jim Honggang

One Hour and Nine Seconds - by Jim Honggang

Foggy Birds - by Zhong Qianqian

Foggy Birds - by Zhong Qianqian

So what's new in Shenzhen?

Lots is new to me. That is the best part of international travel - exploring a culture so very different from what we are accustomed to: tasting exotic new foods, seeing new ways of doing things, experiencing life through the uncomfortable perspective of the language barrier. But I won't make you wade through long paragraphs of my observations ... I'll use photos with short captions to let you see it for yourself.

I don't mind the step.  I just mind that clearly these were designed by men - efficient, yes, better water conservation, yes, but I am spoiled by North American standards.  However, when in Rome ....

I don't mind the step.  I just mind that clearly these were designed by men - efficient, yes, better water conservation, yes, but I am spoiled by North American standards.  However, when in Rome ....

Gan bei! means Empty your glass!

Gan bei! means Empty your glass!

No idea.  But it was delicious.  :)

No idea.  But it was delicious.  :)

 
Found two of these in my closet. Glad I didn't need to use it, but isn't that a great idea, so you don't succumb to noxious gases? 

Found two of these in my closet. Glad I didn't need to use it, but isn't that a great idea, so you don't succumb to noxious gases? 

Be adventurous when offered new foods ... like duck tongue.

Be adventurous when offered new foods ... like duck tongue.

Again, no idea, but I loved the cucumber garnish with the rose.

Again, no idea, but I loved the cucumber garnish with the rose.

and the rest of the story ...

That was a little mean of me. I know there are loving and concerned friends out there and I left you hanging. Well, as my friends here say, Welcome to China. <G>

I began my first morning unpacking in my hotel room and then joining the group for a feast of a lunch. In the afternoon, we visited the exhibition venue and I saw the empty walls where my quilts should have gone. Lin Hsin-Chen and I agreed we would hang our quilts at the same time, if mine ever arrived. We returned to the hotel to an amazing dinner - yet again, an endless array of incredible dishes and great camaraderie with the CFCA dignitaries, their staff and the artists. Then a bunch of us went back to the venue. People looked nervous as they spoke on their cell phones with staff who had driven the lengthy drive back to the airport to see if my missing bag had turned up.

Hsin-Chen's walls during set-up

Hsin-Chen's walls during set-up

And my walls ....

And my walls ....

I was feeling pretty disheartened. It was now almost midnight, and no baggage in sight. And then whoosh! In walked Li Weh with a triumphant grin and my bag of quilts. We unfurled all ten of them and began hanging. Hsin-Chen and her husband refused to go back to the hotel and insisted on helping me sew sleeves on the last two (a guilty admission I do not make easily) and hanging them. The staff and Mr. Kane were amazing and supportive and in no time at all, the quilts were up! ..

The next day the exhibition opened and I will let some pictures tell the story, because I have a hundred I could post with all the photo ops there were .... but I think you can tell I was one very relieved, very happy camper. And the day was nothing short of a rock-star-status super high.

 

Delivering my speech introducing the guest artists

Delivering my speech introducing the guest artists

All the dignitaries on stage

All the dignitaries on stage

The group ready to deliver our presentations at the Book Bar

The group ready to deliver our presentations at the Book Bar