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Capulet Art Gallery hosts online exhibition

By Hannah Scott, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

Published 11:58 PDT, Wed May 13, 2020

Last Updated: 2:13 PDT, Wed May 12, 2021

While art lovers are unable to visit gallery spaces in person, there are other opportunities for engagement.

Richmond’s Capulet Art Gallery is hosting an online exhibition called Pan-Asian Cultural Connections—a collaboration with explorAsian—until June 30. 

The exhibition celebrates Asian Heritage Month in May, and showcases the work of 11 artists from six countries in Asia: China, Japan, Korea, Indonesia, the Philippines and Iran.

Art by Lauren Brevner

Gallery owner Kevan Seng developed the exhibition after a conversation with friend Leticia Sanchez— who is also the current president of explorAsian. While originally intended to be hosted in Capulet’s physical gallery, COVID-19 restrictions caused the exhibition to move online. 

“At first, I wasn’t sure how to do this, as it would be difficult to mix and mingle without the mix and mingling,” says Seng.

But the artists who had committed to being a part of the exhibition were happy to continue in an online format—so Seng created an online catalogue with information about each piece. 

After the catalogue’s initial launch May 1, he plans to schedule social media posts about some works and arrange talks with some of the artists.

This Friday (May 15), featured artist Chrissy Cheung will be part of a Zoom talk, discussing her five by nine foot painting “Vermilion” in addition to other works.

Art by Taka Sudo

Seng was disappointed when he was forced to move the exhibition online. But with Phase 2 restrictions coming into effect next week, Seng hopes that the gallery will be able to open soon and continue the exhibition in-person.

“Viewing the works will be by appointment and wearing personal protective equipment will be mandatory to keep everyone safe,” he says.

To learn more about Pan-Asian Cultural Connections and view works online, click here or visit the event’s Facebook page.

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