Lake Erie College Homecoming events open to the public
Community invited to Chinese cultural program and music concert
To recognize a growing student body and athletic department, Lake Erie will kick off its first ever Homecoming festivities. This year, the College began a new tradition by combining the annual Alumni Weekend with Homecoming on October 3-5.
Students and alumni are not the only groups invited to take part in the weekend’s activities – the community is also invited to many events. The weekend festivities open with a presentation by NBC Presidential Historian Michael Beschloss on Friday, October 3. Many community members are already taking advantage of this free opportunity, as no tickets for the event remain.
The community is also welcome to a free “Celebration of Chinese Folk and Classical Art” on Saturday, October 4 beginning at 1:00 p.m. in the Fine Arts Building. The program will commence with “Ribbon Dance” and “Flowers on a Crimson Mountain,” traditional Chinese fan and scarf dances presented by Lake Erie College dance students choreographed by Cha-Lee Chan. “Listening to Music in a Moonlight Night” will then be performed by Chan.
A presentation of “Chinese Art at the Cleveland Museum of Art” by Marjorie Williams will follow at 1:30 p.m. Guests are invited to stay and view an exhibit of Chen Chi’s artwork which is on loan from The Butler Institute of American Art.
After the Chinese art presentation, a free music concert featuring the Lake Erie Community Chorus will be held from 3:00-4:00 p.m. in the Morley Music Building.
“We look forward to welcoming back our alumni to Lake Erie College. The relationship between the College and community is equally important, and we hope to see a number of local residents at some of the weekend events,” said Andre Calabretta, executive director of development and alumni relations.
All events are free and open to the public. The Fine Arts Building is located on the east side of Lake Erie College on Gillett Street. For general information or to register for Homecoming/Alumni Weekend, call 440.375.7250 or visit www.lec.edu.
Pearl Buck, in speaking of Chen Chi (1912-2005) stated, "Few artists can be transplanted from their own culture and find new inspiration in an environment originally strange to them. Chen Chi is one of the very few. Preserving the essentials of Chinese tradition in technique, he has enriched that technique while he has absorbed and mastered new subject matter. In short, he is a mature and exciting artist and his works are significant in symbolic thought as well as in beauty."
Chi has painted scenes of Washington, D.C., Chicago, New Orleans and San Francisco, but his main source of inspiration has always been New York City. His piece, High Noon, New York isa study in movement. The swirling wind seems to push the hurrying pedestrians and automobiles through the canyon of Manhattan skyscrapers. The flags ripple and snap, further emphasizing the vitality and movement of the busy thoroughfare. High Noon, New York istypical of Chen Chi's highly personalized watercolors that merge Eastern brushstroke technique with the Western conception of color.
Chan began her dance training in Hong Kong. From 1981-1985 she was a member of the Hong Kong Dance Company (a Chinese and modern dance troupe), and toured throughout Australia, England and Japan. She came to New York City in 1985 to study ballet, modern dance and choreography. A popular performer in New York City, she has also toured throughout the United Sates, lecturing, performing and setting traditional and contemporary works.
In addition to her dance choreography, Chan also choreographs for various theatre works including Caucasian Chalk Circle, Fou Lei and Fou T’song, The Winds of Change, 1992. In 1993, she became a resident choreographer of the Yangtze Repertory Theatre of America, a position she still maintains. Additionally, Chan is the founder of eDance Corp. Company.
Williams is the director of the Division of Education and Public Programs at the Cleveland Museum of Art in Cleveland, Ohio. As director, she lectures, develops educational exhibitions, schedules musical and theatrical presentations, coordinates guest lectures and prepares multi-media materials in conjunction with the museum's Asian art collections and special exhibitions. She also serves as adjunct professor of Art History at Case Western Reserve University. Williams received her master's degree in Asian art history and museum studies from the University of Michigan and has published articles, catalogs, audio-visual programs and gallery guides on Asian art. She has traveled to Japan, Korea and China for a variety of educational purposes and has led several tours for Smithsonian Journeys.