Library Winter  Arts Crawl Events Present “Spring Melody” Chinese- American Art  Exhibition in Community Room  and Lissa Reynolds in “Woman of Independent Means” on Main Floor.

The Library will present 2 separate, simultaneous free events(on different floors) for the Winter South Pasadena Arts Crawl  on Saturday, February 24 at 6 p.m. The Library Community Room (entrance at 1115 El Centro) will open at 6:00 p.m. for an  Art Exhibit entitled “Spring Melody” showcasing the wonderful paintings of Chinese-American artists, Marian Wu and Chris Ho. Also at 6:00 p.m. the 1st floor of the Library (main entrance at 1100 Oxley Street) will open for Lissa Layng Reynolds’ riveting concert reading of  “A Woman of Independent Means.” After the reading, Lissa will be joined by Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey, the author of both the play and the novel of the same name, for a lively discussion about the critically-praised work.  The events are sponsored by South Pasadena Public Library, SPARC (South Pasadena Arts Council),  and the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library.

Born in Taipei, Taiwan, Marian Wu majored in Chinese Brush Painting while attending Chinese Culture University and taught art in high schools for several years. Marian later obtained an MFA in oil painting at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Marian has participated in many prestigious art competitions and won numerous prizes, including Second Prize in the National Prize Show in Massachusetts. She has also been awarded First Place and Best of Show in various competitions of the San Gabriel Fine Arts Association and the North Valley Art League. In addition to teachi9ng art for Alhambra Adult School and at Confucius Chinese Language School, Marian has exhibited regularly throughout Southern California and in Taiwan. 15 of her beautiful watercolors of florae will be exhibited in the “Spring Melody” show.

Chris Ho was also born in Taiwan and he moved to LA in 1984. His credits include posts as Vice President of the Chinese Calligraphy and Painting Association, Instructor of Chinese Brush Painting at North Orange Chinese School and Irvine Fine Arts Center, Founder-CEO of the Wildlife Art Fund, and guest artist at  Cal Lutheran and Irvine Universities. Chris has shown his artworks in more than 50 exhibitions in Beijing, Taipei, LA, San Francisco and Sacramento.  In 1998, 2000 and 2010, Mr. Ho displayed over a hundred of his signature tiger and eagle subjects in the National Gallery, Taiwan.  One of Mr. Ho’s tiger paintings was chosen for the 1998 California Lottery Bureau calendar. and in a nationwide contest, the U.S. Postal Service selected one of Mr. Ho’s  works for their “Stamp by Mail” program. Chris Ho’s monkey paintings have appeared on the front page of the Chinese New Year’s edition of the Los Angeles Times-Chinese Daily News. In addition, Chrishas also has been teaching Chinese Brush Painting at Saddleback College since 1997 and his show on the traditional art form is beamed on satellite for Chinese TV.

A special 30-minute concert reading of  Lissa LayngReynolds’ acclaimed “A Woman of Independent Means” will be performed.  Lissa Layng Reynolds previously performed the play for a 6 month run at the Fremont Centre Theatre in South Pasadena, before touring the show on the road across the US and Canada. Lissa has noted that she is looking forward to bringing the extraordinary piece to a new generation daughters with the hope they will be inspired to read the novel. After Lissa’s reading, a talk will be presented that will include Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey, who wrote the novel and the play.

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