Twenty-Five Years of the White Lotus Gallery
Exhibition Dates: May 27 – July 8
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 27, 1:00 – 5:00 pm
The White Lotus Gallery opened in June of 1992, inspired by the founding partners’ shared love of Asian art. Dick Easley’s collection of modern Japanese prints along with Hue-Ping Lin’s passion to introduce the work of contemporary Chinese artists to the West formed the basis of the gallery. Throughout the 1990’s, Easley continued to expand the gallery’s collection of Japanese prints specifically shin hanga and sosaku hanga educating a new class of art collector with a great deal of erudition, humor, and bonhomie while Lin scouted emerging artists in China. Lin and Easley invited and hosted many artists in Eugene including Miao Hui-Xin , Su Xing-Ping, and Wang Gong-Yi and presented their work in a series of solo exhibitions at the White Lotus – artists whose careers have grown to international acclaim. In 1996, Lin co-organized with Gordon Gilkey at the Portland Art Museum the exhibition Contemporary Chinese Prints which included the work of over 50 artists. In the 2000’s, the gallery started showing the work of regional artists including Frank Okada and Morris Graves.
To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the gallery and as a tribute to founding partner Dick Easley, this exhibition will feature work by Miao Hui Xing, Su Xing Ping, Wang Gong Yi, Chen Hai Yan, Wu Jide, Hiroyuki Tajima, Kawase Hasui, Tanaka Ryohei, Frank Okada, and Morris Graves amongst others.