Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Hong Kong Arts Center



This was an unexpected treat. While walking through Hong Kong Park I came across the arts center. I didn't know beforehand that it was even there. I walked up to the door and saw a guard there with no one else around so I thought it was closed. He then opened the door and motioned for me to go inside which I did. I'm so glad I went inside. There was a poet/artist, K.C. Chow who was exhibiting his artwork in the gallery. We were the only two there and though I speak only a couple of words in Chinese and he a little more in English we were able to carry on a conversation. His art pieces were so creative and he welcomed my taking photos of some of the pieces. He was such a kind and gentle soul and I so enjoyed meeting him. He gave me his book of essays which I didn't realize until I left was completely in Chinese. The only thing I could read was the ISBN number. I'll have to have it translated.

K. C. and the Arts Center

We greet

with a reverent bow

and warm handshake.

Reverent – irreverent

artifacts decorate

desolate walls.


Haunting, amusing

eccentric mediums,

creative illusions

brought to life

upon canvas and paper.


Panoramic calligraphy

vertical poetry

spotlights stories

of rivers and ponds

as K.C. explains

in broken English,

my reply

a reverent bow

and broken Cantonese.


We relate, communicate

in poetic harmony

both poets and artists

from different lands

together as fate

would dictate

the creative connection.














9 comments:

Icy BC said...

Beautiful art pieces! How wonderful to meet the real artist in person..

WillOaks Studio said...

I've learned that crossing cultures and other "divides" with artwork is one of the most thrilling gifts to be offered and experienced!! What a lovely tale, lovely paintings and a delightful narrative to remember it by!! Thanks so much for sharing it.

rainfield61 said...

I can undertstand your feeling on meeting a person of same frequency. Though from diffent world, yet the art pieces and limited words held both of you together.

betchai said...

wonderful work of art Jo, the beautiful art pieces is what helped you both communicate.

Roms said...

Great pieces of arts.. Nice photography too!

RNSANE said...

Such a wonderful experience, and it happened just by chance...karma! Those are truly mystical experiences, I believe, Jo, ones to treasure and you are are wonderful for sharing this one with us.

Glynis said...

Wow, such beautiful art. What a lovely treat for you.

bessye said...

Joanne,
I loved it! you wrote that experience exceptionally well.
how little it takes to communicate, especially when the bond is common.

bessye

Poetic Shutterbug said...

Icy, it was so cool to meet the artist.

Wild Oaks, that is what made it so special. Thanks.

rainfield, so very well stated, thank you.

betchai, you are so right.

Roms, thank you.

Carmen, karma it is.

Glynis, thank you,

bessye, no true words said. Thanks.