Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Chinese art at the Hingham Library

chinese-inside.jpg The Greater Boston Chinese Cultural Association's Chinese Brush Painting Group will display about a dozen works by Massachusetts-based student painters and their master teacher, Qing-Xiong Ma, at the Clemens gallery at the Hingham Public Library. “I think it’s going to be very pretty,” said library Director Dennis R. Corcoran.
Traditional Chinese painting, according to a press release from the Hingham library, dates to the fourth century. The brushes are usually made of goat or fox hair, according to the site, and used to be done on silk but now are commonly done on rice paper.
Corcoran said the larger gallery at the library, the Dolphin gallery, is booked through 2013, so the smaller Clemens library sometimes enables the library to showcase the work of some artists years earlier than if it had waited to host the show in the larger gallery.
Corcoran also said he hopes to bring more diverse types of art to attract even more visitors. “We’d love to show more non-American art in our galleries because I think there’s a lot of curiosity about it,” Corcoran said.
The exhibit is scheduled to run from Feb. 6 to March 4 during normal library hours. The public is invited to a reception for the participating artists on this Saturday, Feb, 6, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in the library’s gallery.

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