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The Art of Zhen, Shan, Ren Exhibition on display at the Marianne van Silfhout Gallery

2014-01-09, 11:07 AM

BROCKVILLE – St. Lawrence College is pleased to present The Art of Zhen, Shan, Ren Exhibition at the Marianne van Silfhout from January 10 to March 1, 2014. The opening reception will be held on Saturday, January 11 from 1:00 to 3:00pm.

The Art of Zhen, Shan, Ren (Truth, Compassion, Tolerance) Exhibition is an extraordinarily moving, intimate and inspiring exhibition detailing both an inner spiritual life and an outer human rights tragedy. Realistic oil paintings and Chinese watercolours give a unique insight into the spiritual discipline Falun Dafa, also called Falun Gong.

The artists who create these extraordinary works are well accomplished Chinese artists/sculptor living abroad, plus one Canadian artist. As practitioners of Falun Dafa, an ancient spiritual practice winning growing followers throughout the world, these artists build their art on the solid bedrock of their faith. And their adherence to the universal principles of Truthfulness (Zhen), Compassion (Shan) and Tolerance (Ren) brings an inner light to their works.

This inner light comes from the serenity and spiritual awakening experienced by Falun Dafa practitioners. Together with the unbending will of the Falun Dafa practitioners facing calamities, these visionary experiences constitute the central themes of the exhibition. As a peaceful spiritual cultivation under persecution by the Chinese Communist authority for the past fifteen years, Falun Dafa holds a worldwide non-violent movement calling out for people’s conscience.

Some of the art works present scenes from the labor camps that are experienced first-hand by four of these artists. Through the alchemy of art, insufferable plight is transformed into glorious manifestations of the strength of human spirits.

Behind The Art of Zhen, Shan, Ren is an urgent human right tragedy. The paintings of The Art of Zhen, Shan, Ren Exhibition look China straight in the face, exposing its darkest secrets and dearest hopes.

Since its debut in 2004, it has had over 800 showings in more than 50 countries. The Exhibition encompasses four main themes: harmony, adversity, courage, and justice.

On loan for display during the Opening Reception is The Call of Innocence by Xiaoping Chen. The girl pictured and many others braved New York City’s elements in a remarkable year-long campaign to raise awareness of the torture and murder of China’s Falun Gong practitioners.


Gallery Hours
Tuesday to Friday 10 am to 8 pm
Monday and Saturday 10 am to 4 pm

About the Art Gallery
The Marianne van Silfhout Gallery is a state-of-the-art community art gallery located at the front atrium of the Brockville campus of St. Lawrence College and is a focus for the visual arts for Brockville and the larger Eastern Ontario area. Creation of the gallery was made possible by the generous bequest from the Estate of Marianne van Silfhout, a graduate of the Fine Arts program at St. Lawrence College, and other contributors to the St. Lawrence College Foundation.

About St. Lawrence College
With three friendly campuses in Brockville, Cornwall, and Kingston, St. Lawrence College is an integral part of the economic vibrancy of Eastern Ontario. St. Lawrence College is a close-knit community of 6,700 full-time students from Canada and from more than 40 countries worldwide, with more than 70,000 alumni. As part of ongoing sustainability initiatives, the College recently completed the installation of more than 1,600 solar modules on the roofs of our Kingston and Brockville campuses, the largest solar roof-top installation of any post-secondary institution in Canada. In addition to this investment in our campus infrastructure we have recently completed a multi-million dollar revitalization of our Cornwall campus. The college has many exciting Applied Research projects in progress, as well, our Corporate Learning and Performance Improvement group has helped more than 200 organizations grow and prosper. Hundreds enroll in our part-time and distance education courses each year. We work with thousands of clients annually at our Employment Service locations in Kingston, Sharbot Lake, Sydenham, and Ottawa.

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