Art Exhibits

The Rotary Centre for the Arts offers individuals and community art groups the opportunity to display work in a variety of spaces throughout the centre. Those interested are encouraged to apply! Application to Exhibit


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Spring Salon

South Atrium & Alex Fong Galleria
May 4 - 29, 2015

Impressions is a group of professional and emerging artists who paint together one day a week at the Rotary Art Centre for the Arts, many of them since 2003. The venue and their commitment to working together on a regular basis, provide stimulus and support for experimentation and growth. An eclectic range of mediums and subject matter are represented.

Opening Reception
Please join the artists in the RCA atrium on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 from 5:00 to 8:30 PM.
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Meet the Artists
Lizann Allan, Suzanne Anderton, Jesse Johnson, Debra Martin, Jane Ritchie, Carol Rohrlack, Laura Salisbury, Cindy Smith, Brenda Thomson Monique Tonogai, Liz VanGolen Vincent

Above image: New Growth by Brenda Thomson (2014, acrylic on canvas)



Cross stitching image
Above: Cross stitching at an art show in Zhejiang province

Okanagan Chinese Canadian Association: OCCA

in the Display Cases & Upper Mezzanine | May 2015

Chinese Handmade 'Su' embroidery (su xiu 苏绣)
Su embroidery is characterized by distinct stitching techniques, use of split silk threads and a breadth of art themes. It is the most celebrated silk embroidery in China and has evolved over 2,500 years from 10 basic stiches to over 40.

Su Embroidery Threads
The use of varying thread thickness is another important characteristic of Su embroidery. Silk is predominantly used, and the threads usually are as fine as human hair. Su embroiderers usually split each silk strand into thinner threads -- in half, in quarters, eighths, sixteenths and so on.

Finer threads allow for more delicate embroideries, and require greater mastery of stitching techniques. Of the Suzhou embroidery masters, Jinzhen Gu was known to split a single silk strand into 96 finer threads within 3 minutes; her unique ability was recognized by the Guinness Book of Records.

Different thread thicknesses are used to embroider different subjects. A thinner thread is used for tails of goldfishes, to capture its swift dexterity. Thicker threads may be used for the gold fish body, stones of trunks of trees however.

"Su" silk embroidery comes from Suzhou the 'Silk Capital' of the world.

Su Embroidery Themes
Su embroidery art traditionally feature birds and flowers, scenes from nature and ancient Chinese paintings. Over the various dynasties the themes of Suzhou embroidery have developed to suit the tastes of the time.

From the Tang dynasty (618-907 AD) to the Qing dynasty (1644-1912), birds such as peacocks, ducks and the mythical phoenix were popular embroidery motifs. Flowers paired with butterflies, dragonflies and bees were popular, as were swimming koi fish, galloping horses and tigers.

With increasing contact to the West and their artistic styles, Su embroidery adopted many of their portraiture and oil painting techniques.
Today, it is not uncommon to see Suzhou embroidery of impressionist paintings, lifelike portraits or contemporary oriental art.

Chinese Cross-stitching
• Cross-stitching flourished in China during the Tang Dynasty 618-907 AD.
• A strong rural tradition of cross stitching still existed in the north of China during the early 20th century.
• Cross-stitching was usually done on linen or cotton decorating commonly used items - table cloths & handkerchiefs.

Opera Masks & Role Types

mask1 imageThe Jing (净) is a painted face male role. Depending on the repertoire of the particular troupe, he will play either primary or secondary roles. This role will entail a forceful character, so a Jing must have a strong voice and be able to exaggerate gestures.

Peking opera has 15 basic facial patterns, with 1000 variations. Each design is unique to a specific character. The patterns and coloring are derived from traditional Chinese colour symbolism and divination on the lines of a person's face, which is said to reveal personality.

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Color Symbolism Peking Opera Masks

Red: loyalty, courage
Purple: wisdom, bravery, steadfastness
Black: loyalty, integrity
Watery white: cruelty, treachery
Oily white: inflated, domineering
Blue: valor, resolution
Green: chivalry
Yellow: brutality
Gray: an old scoundrel
Gold & Silver: supernatural (Gods Demons, Buddha, Spirits)
Dark red: loyal, time-tested warrior
Pink: humor

Types of Jing (painted face) roles

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Involves abundant


Less singing, more physical


Martial Arts &