North Hill Art Gallery opens to visitors with installation by Mike Mei
The North Hill Art Gallery, 865 Central Ave., Needham, is once again open to visitors with a new installation, “Mike Mei and the Rhythm of Chinese Art”, a collection of paintings combining ancient calligraphic arts and the brush with contemporary and traditional techniques.
Running through September, the exhibition features 24 landscape and still life works by Mei, who grew up in a small village in Toishan in southern China.
Mei graduated from Guangzhou Normal University and emigrated in 1985. He now teaches Chinese art and calligraphy at Brandeis and is the president of the Chinese American Fine Arts Society. Fluently speaking three different Chinese dialects, Mandarin, Cantonese and Toishane, his calligraphy demonstrates communication in multiple dialects using the same written characters. Each character or word is pronounced in different ways, but has the same meaning across all ethnicities in China.
Mei was commissioned to create a tablet at the gateway to Chinatown in Boston. He wrote the character of “longevity” 2,000 times in different styles which was carved from marble for a public park in China. He was the only living Chinese artist included in the 100th celebration of the Peabody Essex Museum (now PEM) in 2003 and the only Chinese artist in over a century to appear at Harvard University and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts where he was invited to demonstrate the art of Chinese calligraphy. His works are part of the collections of the former President of Taiwan, Ma Ying Ju and PEM.
North Hill’s Art Gallery was founded in 2013 by resident Helen Meyrowitz. The gallery has organized four annual exhibitions, featuring nationally renowned artists, including sculptor Nancy Schön, known for “Make Way for Ducklings”.
The gallery is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors can check in at reception in the large hall. No mask is required for fully immunized participants.