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Chinese paintings come to Hingham library

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  June 30, 2011 04:24 PM

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After Snow by Qing-Xiong Ma

The delicate and cloudy brushstrokes from student painters at the Greater Boston Chinese Cultural Association (GBCCA) will be on display at the Hingham Public Library from July 2 til Aug. 4.

The non-profit, volunteer-driven organization is dedicated to promoting the public awareness of Chinese culture and heritage, and has been working toward that mission since 1956.

According to a library release, the brush painting class, started in 1999, has helped further that goal, teaching students the delicacy and intricacy of Chinese painting, and enabling students to display their works and share Chinese heritage.

What’s more, is that the class helps further students’ own abilities at their own pace. According to the website, over a dozen students come to Qing-Xiong Ma’s class on a weekly basis.

“The brush strokes give the painting rhythm and beauty and depict the subject’s outer and inner qualities. At the same time, they reveal the individuality and style of the painter,” library director Dennis Corcoran wrote in the library press release.

Ma has been teaching the class since 1999, and studied under the late Chinese Master Lu Yan-Shao. Prior to traveling to the states in 1988, Ma hosted numerous solo exhibits of his work in China.

He has since blended his Chinese philosophies and painting techniques with the ideas of Western art concepts.

In addition to teaching this class, Ma gives workshops in different museums throughout Boston.

The work will be on display in the Dolphin Gallery during library hours until Aug. 4. More students’ work can be viewed here.

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