I want to share with everyone a most wonderful experience I had in San Francisco last month. A friend recommended a gallery called Rena Bransten Gallery. I arrived just as they were opening an exhibition of Hung Lui – an incredible young Chinese artist based in the Bay area. The owner, Rena, and I started to talk and quickly discovered a Friends CUHK connection. The previous exhibition had featured Bovey Lee, a CUHK graduate who had taken part in our 35th Anniversary Art show, Nurturing Creativity. The Bovey Lee exhibition had been very successful. Ms. Bransten put me in touch with Bovey, who is currently living and working in LA. It was one of the highlights of my trip. I felt very proud that a CUHK graduate was exhibited in an established gallery and showcasing the creativity, skills, and knowledge of their CUHK education.
The Friends had a very busy Spring with many varied and interesting events, studio visits, and lectures. In March, we had a lively panel discussion followed by cocktails at the home of the Dutch Consul General. The speakers shared their insights on the art market and trends, and our members and guests also enjoyed the beautiful colonial residence and garden of the Consul General – quite a treat for most of us.
Soon after that we had a day trip to Macau. Konstantin Bessmertny gave us a guided tour of his exhibition, sharing details about the process, execution, and installation. We also visited his studio and saw works in progress and special commissions. The day was divided by a wonderful lunch at Club Militar– a magnificent colonial military building that now serves as a restaurant.
Dr. Sylvia Lee, the curator of the exhibition, Her distinguished Brushworks: paintings by artist Li Yin at the Art Museum CUHK, led a special tour for the Friends providing details that made it come to life.
Our event - Tea at Sothebys - Diamonds and other beautiful things was very popular, as was Farewell to Honeychurch: Antiques Roadshow. It was a great way to bid farewell to a loved and respected antique destination on Hollywood Road. Many of our members have been going there for decades and were glad of the opportunity to engage with John and Laurie one last time.
At the end of May, the Friends were, once again, one of the chief sponsors of the CUHK 2017 Graduation Exhibition – Nothing’s gonna change my love for you. The students exhibited their graduating projects at the museum. It was an amazing collection of work and we wish all of them the very best in their future endeavours.
The Gallery tour visited three galleries in Wong Chuk Hang. Despite the very wet day, we viewed three exhibitions, ending with lunch at the Sin Sin Atelier. Our studio visit to Latitude 22N Ceramics Arts was a great introduction to ceramics and extremely interesting for those who will travel with us to Jingdezhen in September.
The Young Friends had a full day tour to the unique Hi! Heritage Houses. They were joined by artists Wilson Shieh and Lam Tung Pang, who are part of the project to re-think the use of these houses. The event was well attended by Young Friends members and young art professionals.
We have some very interesting events lined up for the Summer schedule, including a revival of the Corporate Art Collection Series. Please check the newsletter or website for full details of the events.
I would like to wish everyone a fun and happy summer. If you are travelling to visit friends and family have a wonderful time. If you are off to explore new places – enjoy the experience. Safe travels!