Fall scene through tree line

A Vermont landscape by
Cai Xi Silver

Window character

A papercut based on the Chinese
character for "Window"

Painting by Hua Xi

A traditional painting by Hua Xi

Asian Cultural Center and Gallery Open
in West Brattleboro

West Brattleboro, Vt. -- C.X. Silver Gallery opens this week at 814 Western Ave., home of teacher and painter Cai Xi Silver. The gallery is currently showing landscape paintings and cut-paper collages by Silver and traditional Chinese bird-and-flower paintings by her father, Hua Xi. Future exhibits will include local, regional and international artists, emphasizing artwork and artifacts that foster increased cross-cultural understanding. The gallery shares this core goal with the Asian Cultural Center of Vermont -- the newly founded organization with which it shares space.

Cai demonstrates T'ai chi with sword

Cai Silver models a T'ai chi sword movement

Cai Xi Silver (pronounced "tsai shee") has been teaching art, languages and t'ai chi in schools and in her home for many years; these activities will now be coordinated through the cultural center. "My goal," she says, "is to bring art with language and culture to children and adults. I also see the arts as the common ground for people to gain better understanding of other cultures and themselves." The center will offer courses and workshops in Chinese language, calligraphy, cooking and martial arts for people of all ages, and coordinate performances and events that celebrate different cultures of the world.

The cultural center will be initially located at the gallery but is an independent nonprofit organization directed by Silver and her husband, Adam. While the gallery and the cultural center have a great deal in common, the Silvers hope the center will eventually grow into a space that will accommodate its other goals: coordinating larger-scale cultural events; presenting forums on cross-cultural topics; training teachers, leaders and caregivers in Asian arts, language and physical activities; and coordinating exchange programs for artists, educators and students from Asia and for artists influenced by Asian culture.

Calligraphy class

A class practices Chinese calligraphy forms

For now, most classes and events will take place among the window banners, collages and landscape paintings of Silver herself. About her landscape series of the past six years, Cai says: "Since 2001, I am living with the beauty of the Vermont landscape. In this present decade, my play with abstraction has turned to a focus on the wide sky and the land. My latest landscapes are the result of a process that draws me into each picture. What draws me in is the abstract expanses of air and earth. I feel myself melting into each picture. There is a feeling of the oneness of vast Nature. It is an ongoing prayer for peace on Earth."

For more information on the Asian Cultural Center of Vermont, including the events schedule, see www.asianculturalcentervt.org. Watch for more information on Silver and her paintings in this publication.

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