The Confucius Institute at the University of Saskatchewan organized the Chinese Ink Painting “Fly High Canada” Art Exhibition at the U of S Gordon Snelgrove Gallery from September 16 to 19, 2017.
“Fly High Canada” is made up of ten pieces of Chinese ink painting created by the famous Chinese Canadian artist Shawn Zheng. The 150 Canada geese in the ten artworks represent the 150th Anniversary of the establishment of Canada Federation. Mr. Zheng intended to donate these artworks to the Canadian Government as a gift to celebrate the 150th Anniversary.
The unveiling ceremony was held on September 16. Dr. Darcy Marciniuk, the U of S Associate Vice-President, Dr. Tim Nowlin, Head of the Department of Art and Art History, and Dr. Marcus Miller, Director of the Gordon Snelgrove Gallery, gave their opening remarks to this art show. Then Dr. Darcy Marciniuk, on behalf of the Confucius Institute, presented “The 2017 Outstanding Cultural Contribution Award” to Mr. Shawn Zheng
Opening Remark by Associate VP Darcy Marciniuk
Opening Remark by Head of Department of Art and Art History Tim Nowlin
Opening Remark by Director of Gordon Snelgrove Gallery Marcus Miller
Presenting “The 2017 Outstanding Cultural Contribution Award”
After the opening remarks, Mr. Shawn Zheng gave a brief introduction to why he created these artworks and a detailed explanation of what each piece symbolizes. More than 100 audience came to the opening ceremony and enjoyed the marvelous artworks.