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Morning Fragrance

Updated: Aug 22, 2023

September 10, 2022 - October 21, 2022

Exhibition Artwork

The Artists

Nellie Chao

Nellie Chao was born in Shanghai, China and educated in Hong Kong, Singapore, and the United States. Her pursuit of Chinese crush painting and calligraphy, and Po Mo, technique of splashing watercolor and ink on shikishi gold boards, began in the late 1900s. For the last two decades she continued her study of Chinese painting and calligraphy under Dr. Kit-Keung Kan.

Throughout the years, she has won many prestigious awards. She has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibits. Nellie is a member of Sumi-e Society of America, Potomac Valley Watercolorists, and others. Her artworks are in private collections both nationally and abroad.

Frances Luk

After spending her formative years in Hong Kong, Frances Luk studied history at National Taiwan University and went on to receive her master's degree from St. John's University in New York. She stayed in the United States, married, raised a family, and continues to enjoy a career in communications. Frances has been passionate about drawing and painting ever since she was a child, and about 15 years ago she joined Dr. Kit-Keung Kan's Art Club at the CCACC for specialized guidance in the area of traditional Chinese painting and calligraphy. Frances resides in Darnestown, Maryland, with her husband Lawrence.

Chanwei Jian

He was born in China and worked in The Institute of Rock and Soil Mechanics, The Chinese Academy of Science for thirty years, after graduating from the Civil Engineering Department, Hunan University.

After moving to the US, he joined the Harmonious Art Group directed by Mr. Bertrand Mao and Mr. John Shun-Chieh Wang and began learning Chinese painting and calligraphy. Later, he joined the CCACC Art Club of Chinese Painting and Calligraphy and continued to study under Dr. Kit-Keung Kan and Mrs. Freda Lee-McCann.

However, he is not a student that makes teachers satisfied. He liked to scribble in his childhood. How, he is learning Chinese painting and calligraphy, completely as a hobby. He presented four paintings and two pieces of calligraphy in this exhibition. He knows his art level is low and hopes his teachers and visitors will understand.

Wendy Wu

She has taken classes in two and three dimensional art at the California College of Arts and Crafts, the San Francisco Art Institute, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore Clayworks, and with Dr. Kit-Keung Kan and Mrs. Freda Lee-McCann at CCACC. She as an MFA in painting from Pratt Institute.

Wei Xiao

Wei Xiao is a member of the Sumi-e Society of America, Inc., and the Chinese Culture and Art League.

Xiao has been learning and practicing calligraphy and painting since childhood. She started learning Chinese calligraphy and brush painting more serious in 1997. For the past 15 or so years, she studied under Dr. Kit-Keung Kan and Mrs. Freda Lee-McCann in the CCACC Art Club of Chinese Painting and Calligraphy. Recently, she also learned western watercolor from Ms. Ming Ming Zheng in the Chinese Culture and Art League. Her work has been selected for a number of exhibitions organized by the Sumi-e Society of America in Maryland and Canada, and for other shows in the US.

Richard Kaufman

Richard Kaufman is a nationally known artist whose works have been shown in exhibitoins here and abroad. His paintings combine the techniques of Asian and Western art. He depicts scenes from the natural world to capture the mood, energy, and life force of his subjects. In addition to their uniqueness and personality, he strives to show the harmony and beauty of all things in nature. He is the Vice President of the Sumi-e Society of America and past president of the society's local chapter in the DC area.

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