Impressions of China: Exhibition and Fundraiser

Opening Reception March 21st , 2015, 2:00 to 5:00 PM

Impressions of China, an Art Show Reception and Fundraiser for Art Ambassador for a Colorful World, will take place at the Raymond Restaurant in Pasadena, California on Saturday, March 21, 2015 from 2:00 PM until 5:00 PM. World-renowned artists, Kevin Macpherson and Jove Wang, accompanied by six accomplished women artists, traveled to Jilin, China and Outer Mongolia in late 2014, to document a portion of China less traveled by Westerners. Painting from dawn to dusk for almost three weeks, the artists put their impressions of China on canvas. Back home in the U.S. they completed their paintings and created new works based on the thousands of photos they took.

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These colorful and insightful paintings, including those by Peggy Chang, Wendy Cordin, Laurie Hendricks, Christina Kuo, Julie Rogers, and Janine Salzman will be on display at the Raymond Restaurant during the event.  After the opening, the show will move to the Laurie Hendricks Gallery, down the street in South Pasadena, where the works will be on display for a month. 

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 Art Ambassador for a Colorful World, led by Kevin Macpherson, is based on the idea that art has the power to change the world.  The non-profit helps children and adults in countries like China and Guatemala express their vision of the world through art.  Kevin and the other art ambassadors provide individualized art instruction and lectures in conjunction with national governments, local museums and institutions of higher learning to build local capacity of art instruction and appreciation.  A percentage of each painting sale will go towards funding this exciting program.  

Jove Wang was born in China, and at age 7 he apprenticed with Master Painter Gang Gu, before studying at the Jilin School of Art and graduating from Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts with honors.   In 1990 he immigrated to the United States where he soon met with success, and was commissioned to paint portraits of Cardinal Roger Mahony, and Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich.  Mr. Wang has won numerous awards including Best of Show in the California Art Club’s 88th Gold Medal Show and in the 8th National Oil Painters of America Show.   His work has been exhibited in the Pasadena Museum of California Art, the Pasadena Historical Museum, the Laguna Beach Art Museum, the Carnegie Art Museum, the Bowers Museum, as well as the Museum of Jilin, China.  Jove Wang is a Signature Member of the California Art Club. 

Kevin Macpherson is recognized as one of America's most accomplished Impressionistic Plein Air painters.  He is a member of many top organizations including: Master Oil Painters of America, Master 


American Impressionists Society, Signature Member of the California Art Club, member of the Salmagundi Club and founding member and first president of the Plein Air Painters of America.  He has been recognized for his accomplishments and influence by numerous organizations.  His work has been featured in more than 75 publications, books, television series and videos and he has written three popular books on landscape painting, that are published in the U.S. and China.  Kevin visits and paints in China several times a year, and also founded the Art Ambassador for a Colorful World foundation.

The Raymond Restaurant is located at 250 South Fair Oaks Avenue in Pasadena, and features an innovative, contemporary menu in a casual-fine dining setting.  Executive Chef Tim Guiltinan creates classic American cuisine with global influences like Gambas y Papas Bravas, wild shrimp paired with fried potatoes, spicy tomato sauce and garlic aioli. Utilizing a mix of modern and classic cooking techniques, Guiltinan combines familiar ingredients with an exotic flair to produce a truly singular style.  Hidden in the back, the world-renowned cocktail bar, 1886, shakes craft cocktails with hand-cut ice, freshly-squeezed juices, and a hand-selected arsenal of quality spirits. The wine list features a varied selection of domestic and international wines from both premier and boutique wineries.  Join them for brunch, lunch, dinner, cocktails, or reserve space for a special occasion.

Impressions of China will move to the Laurie Hendricks Gallery and be on display from March 26th until April 18th.  The Gallery is located at 1504 Mission Street in South Pasadena, California and is open Thursday through Saturday from 11:00 AM until 5:00 PM and also by appointment.  The gallery shows Plein Air paintings and The Burgess Collection which features paintings, watercolors and limited edition prints from the 18th Century to the present.  

Please call (626) 664-1427 for more information, or larger photo files.