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New art gallery coming to Millbrae
November 01, 2013, 05:00 AM By Angela Swartz Daily Journal

Angela Swartz/Daily Journal
Construction is underway at NanHai Art, a brand-new art gallery in Millbrae set to open in February.

Alice Zhang

To usher in a brand-new art gallery, the NanHai group in Millbrae is hosting a seminar series on Chinese art, which begins this weekend.

Begun in 1986, NanHai Art, a branch of NanHai, is focused on introducing new audiences to contemporary artwork that highlights unique aesthetic and cultural values of Chinese art and transcends traditional boundaries of East and West. The gallery is opening this February to coincide with Chinese New Year.

“[We] had the idea almost two years ago,” said NanHai Director Edward Gui, who began working for the organization this year. “Since July we’ve put the idea into reality.”

The seminar hall and organization’s headquarters are on the third floor of a building at 510 Broadway in Millbrae. There are currently renovations on the first floor, which once housed NanHai’s bookstore and will be used as the new gallery. Construction began in July and the bookstore is being moved to the organization’s Santa Clara office, which focuses on education. A gift shop will be placed where Bank of the Orient is currently located across from the future gallery.

The seminars are intended to ease the transition between the group running a cultural art center to a commercial gallery. Kuiyi Shen, a professor of art history and director of the Chinese studies program at University of California, San Diego, will open up the series with a talk entitled “Ink as Cultural Identity.”

“There’s a high demand to learn about Eastern arts and the arts exchange,” said Gallery Associate Alice Zhang. “We want to be a platform to help people have a better understanding of this. We want to have a good representation of Chinese ink painting technologies, but also incorporate Western ideas into the paintings.”

The plan is to have exhibitions last for five weeks each and five exhibitions per year. Pieces of art will be sold at the end of each exhibition. Works will come from contemporary Chinese artists who the group recruited.

“It’s a more open, better space,” Zhang said.

Construction should be completed on the gallery in the next couple of weeks. Other speakers are Zaixin Hong, a professor of Chinese art history at University of Puget Sound, and Arthur Mu-sen Kao, an artist and art professor at San Jose State University.

NanHai also has offices in Santa Clara, Millbrae and near Seattle.

The first seminar will be held from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, with two more following on Nov. 9 and 16 at the same times. Admission is free, but you can RSVP online. Contact Zhang at 259-2100 or art@nanhai.com for more information.


(650) 344-5200 ext. 105



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