Exhibition highlights 'cultural charm' of Kangqiao Town locals

Sketches, water-color paintings and old photos are being displayed at an exhibition retracing stories from the historical Kangqiao Town in the Pudong New Area. 

Sketches, water-color paintings and old photos are being displayed at an exhibition retracing stories from the historical Kangqiao Town in the Pudong New Area. 

The exhibition, being held through Sunday at the Wu Changshuo Memorial, displays 32 photos and 68 paintings by renowned artists and local residents in Kangqiao, which is near the Shanghai Disney Resort.

It features the ancient country yards and waterways of the centuries-old water town of Hengmian, as well as today’s street views such as ecological parks sandwiched between high-rises. 

“It is great to display works not only by renowned painters but also amateur painters," said Chen Qi, vice chairman of Shanghai Artists’ Association. "Their skill level isn't what's important, what matters is whether they can deliver their feelings through their works."

He said the works being exhibited perfectly showcase the local people's diverse cultural charm and the social changes of the country’s 40 years of reform and opening up. 

The exhibition is being held at the Wu Changshuo Memorial, tucked away in a green space in the financial hub of Lujiazui.

Wu was a famous painter, and his memorial was renovated from a historical building, which delivers a rich, cultural ambience. The premium location allows more people to have access to Kangqiao’s history and culture, Chen added.

It was announced in the opening ceremony of the exhibition that painter Sun Jinghao will set up his studio in Kangqiao, in cooperation with the township government.

“It will function as a class for local people to learn the Chinese art of landscape painting and a platform for artists to exchange ideas,” Sun said.

During the rest of the year, the township government will hold more than 70 activities, from theater and music shows to handicraft classes.

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