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Media Contact Laurie Maker
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Printmakers from the Wuqiang New Year Pictures Museum of China visit Massasoit
February 18, 2011
On February 17th Professors Linda Dunn, Liang-shu Han and Karen Hays welcomed Wang Yupeng, Director of the Wuqiang Museum, Liu Guosheng, Museum Artist in Residence, and his color assistant, Ms. Liu to the printmaking studio at the Canton Campus for a cultural exchange of methods and materials used in relief printmaking. Master printer Guosheng demonstrated the traditional method of Chinese woodblock printing used in New Year prints since the Song and Yuan dynasties.

New Year prints traditionally depict auspicious images for good luck and are often hung on doors and throughout the home as decoration during New Year celebrations. The prints are all handmade by artists in Wuqiang and are sold throughout China. Wuqiang, located in the Hebei province of Northern China, has been named the “Hometown of Chinese Woodblock New Year Pictures” by the ministry of Culture.

Following Master Guosheng’s demonstration of cutting, coloring and registering an eight-color wood block print of a Rabbit  (2011 according to the Chinese Astrological calendar is the Year of the Rabbit), Professors Dunn and Hays demonstrated relief printing western style. Tools for cutting and inking were compared. Visiting printmakers had an opportunity to print western style using etching, book and type proofing presses. It was agreed that although our tools and materials are different our methods and love of the relief image are the same.

Each of the visiting printmakers were presented with a sample gift bag of printmaking materials and Ink Monkey T-shirts. Professors Dunn, Han and Hays each received a print of their astrological animal sign. The meeting ended with a most gracious invitation to visit Wuqiang in the future.

Mike Mei, President of the Chinese American Fine Arts Society, arranged this exciting cultural exchange event. Mr. Mei, Master Calligrapher and author of Forty-five Hours-3 Steps to Master The Clerical Script will offer a ten week Community Service course in the Art of Chinese Calligraphy in the Fall 2011 semester. An introductory workshop to this exciting new course will be held at the 3rd Annual Arts Festival on Sunday, May 22nd at the Canton Campus.

Contact: Ellyn Moller, 781-821-2222 ext. 2124
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