Prof. Wenxuan Li standing next to his proclaimed masterpiece. Li will be at SMU until Thursday showcasing his artwork. (Photo: Ryan Hemsworth)

SMU hosts art gallery for China Week

The Confucius Institute helps bring Chinese culture to Halifax.

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Art exhibition held by the Confucius Institute at SMU on Nov. 22. Interview with Maria Pan, Chinese director of the Institute. (Photos: Ryan Hemsworth and Jonathan Briggins)

Saint Mary's University is hosting China Week featuring an art and calligraphy exhibition, workshops, music and lectures. The week is being hosted by the Confucius Institute at the school.

The Institute, which opened in 2011, is a non-profit organization that has partnered with the Office of Chinese Language Council International, Xiaman University in Fujian, China and Saint Mary's University.

This is the first time the Institute has hosted an event for the general public to showcase Chinese culture and the goals of the institute.

"We wanted to show the people the art, the Chinese music and things related to China," Maria Pan, Chinese director of the institute, says.

The Art & Calligraphy Exhibition has paintings by Wenxuan Li, a well-known Chinese painter and professor at the School of Art Education at Xiamen University.

Pan says the institute acts as a bridge between Xiaman University and SMU. They provide information to Canadian and Chinese students who may be interested in visiting China or Canada for the first time.

"If there are St. Mary's students who want to go to China, we want them to know they can talk to us."

You can view the slideshow (above) for the sights and sounds of the events this week. 

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