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Minnesota Bridge ….. a Cultural Bridge Between East and West

Come Early And Stay Late To The 56th Annual SSA Exhibition



Mark your calendar for September 6th for the Exhibition Welcome Reception, September 6,7 & 8 for the 3 day workshop and September 7 for the Awards Banquet at the Artistry at the Bloomington Center for the Arts in Minnesota. Special group rate is available at the Hilton Minneapolis/Bloomington Hotel with free transportation to events. Find the on-line link for registration go to www.mingchiaosumie.org or www.sumiesociety.org


Come early… for September 5th Tour of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA) to check out world renown collections with docent guided the tours. Transportation will be provided. No cost for this early bird event hosted by the Ming Chiao Chapter!


The East Asian section of the MIA contains sculptures,ceramics, furniture, artifacts, recreated rooms such as Japanese tea house, tapestries and clothing, along with paintings, scrolls and screens. The MIA has a huge permanent collection of Asian art which they rotate for display.  The tour will include a Chinese scholar studio and collection of ink stones, plus select works of painting and calligraphy from China, Japan, and Korea. We will also explore a special exhibit “An Art as Lyrical as Poetry” which the MIA describes as follows:
“The history of Chinese art is chiefly a history of painting. That’s because in China, painting has always been regarded as supreme—the only visual art form pure and lyrical
enough to stand on an equal footing with poetry and contemplative thought. In traditional Chinese culture, paintings provided pleasure for the eye and, more significantly, an opportunity for learning and spiritual cultivation. The viewing of paintings was considered a participatory activity, a “noble pursuit” to be shared in the company of others. Such an approach—possible here, in a public art museum—suggests that the value and meaning of these artworks do not derive from their material worth alone, but from contemplation and discussion among viewers.”
Please join members of Ming Chiao for a time to contemplate East Asian paintings at the MIA and find inspiration for the painting and calligraphy workshops over the following days.

Stay late….Check out other possibilities to experience while in Minnesota …

Como Park Zoo & Conservatory Garden: enjoy the award-winning neo-tropical Orchid Conservation Collection, the largest public Bonsai collection in the upper Midwest and  The Charlotte Partridge Ordway Japanese Garden. 



Minnesota Landscape Arboretum: was once again voted the best botanical garden by USA Today for 2019. Some of the many beautiful gardens include the Japanese Garden “Seisui Tei” or Garden of Pure Water which reflects a style of Japanese Garden from the Edo Period (1603-1869) and the Chinese Garden where you can take a moment and immerse yourself in the beauty of the garden’s natural setting and stroll the garden path to view a pace of cultural tradition. 



Normandale Japanese Garden: the beauty and serenity of this garden makes it ideal for contemplation and renewal of the spirit.


The Walker Art Center: internationally recognized as a leading arts venue, the Walker Art Center presents contemporary visual arts and design exhibitions; dance, theater, and music performances; and film screenings. While you are there remember to visit the outdoor sculpture garden that houses more than 40 works including the iconic Spoonbridge and Cherry and maybe play a round of miniature golf.


United Noodles: Minnesota’s largest Asian Grocery Store (est. 1972). Enjoy a delicious bowl of ramen at the Unideli, featured on the Food Network.


Explore Minnesota: find your true North with Minnesotan experts helping you with places to stay, things to do, eat & drink, festivals & events, ideas & resources.



Mall of America: with over 520 stores, there’s something for everyone at MOA. From fashion and food to the nation’s largest indoor theme park and swimming with sharks they have what you’re looking for — and then some.



Grand Rounds Scenic Byway System: one of the country’s longest continuous systems of public urban parkways and has been the preeminent urban parkway system for more than a century. It encompasses natural features, including lakes, creeks, woodlands, riverbanks, and wetlands, as well as constructed  features, like canals, lagoons, greenways and parks, playgrounds, parkways, trails, golf courses, athletic fields, picnic grounds, gardens, and  bridges.

Target Field: check out the spectacular Target Field while watching the Twins vs. the Indians Sept. 6th, 7th &/or 8th



And much more to see……that is only limited by the amount of the time you spend in Minnesota. On behalf of the Ming Chiao Chapter we are  looking forward to hosting you in September!


Safe Travels,


Patricia Gustafson, Ming Chiao President