Local artist Priscilla Briggs showcases work in St. Paul

By Anthony James, Staff Writer


Narrow hallways of the were packed on a sweltering Friday evening in the IFP headquarters, a local non-profit that supports local artists. On one of the painted white walls hung a photo of a brassiere billboard within one of China’s largest factory district. While the juxtaposition and tone of the ad signify modernity and life, the streets below it were stained with shoddy shantytowns along a trash-ridden highway.

By Mike Xiong, Staff Writer

It was over fours years before Master Lei, Yixin, commissioned artist for Martin Luther King Jr. sculpture to be installed in National Mall of Washington DC, was able to meet, hug and toast with his artist friends again in the newly remodeled Tea House restaurant during the welcome dinner hosted by Public Art St. Paul on July 18, 2010. 

"Harmonious Hunan" in Painting, Calligraphy and Photography: Art from Saint Paul's Sister City Changsha, China will be July 8-18 at the College of Visual Arts Gallery.  The exhibit will feature the artwork of Master Lei Yixing and other talented and accomplished Hunan artists including He Manzong, Zhu Xunde, Zhang Liping, Chen Feihu, Kuang Xiaojin, Hu Liwei, and Cao Mingqiu. The artists will attend the closing reception Sunday, July 18, 4 to 6 p.m.

By Jennifer Nordin, Staff Writer
Master Lei Yixin’s art will be displayed in "Harmonious Hunan" in Painting, Calligraphy and Photography: Art from Saint Paul's Sister City Changsha, China, an art exhibit July 8-18 at the College of Visual Arts Gallery. 

By Anthony James, Staff Writer
As a child of the 80’s it was difficult to anticipate a remake of a boyhood classic, and perhaps one of the greatest sports films of all time, with much enthusiasm. Re-watching the training montage, Pat Morita, rocking Joe Esposito and the tournament finale bring back a deep sense of nostalgia.  I have to admit that after watching the new Karate Kid trailer I was skeptical that the film, which pits a Detroit 12 year-old in the exotic realm of China’s kung-fu, would live up to the original. I am glad to report that I was quite wrong. The Karate Kid, though retaining much of the plot and even dialogue from the original, was able to take its own spin on the classic coming-of-age film where a bullied youth is able overcome his adversaries after being trained by a wise old teacher. While the fast kicks will sure entertain the whole family, the story’s undertones reflect on a trend of Americans who have moved to the PROC in its economic peak.

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