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Last Week at GAFA

all seasons in one day

As the weather becomes characteristically Guangzhou in the summertime, we are being reminded of our first days here in September. One minute the sun is so bright, everyone has their umbrellas out to block it, the next minute it is pouring rain and thunder and lightning are directly overhead. We also know that our time here is almost over. One year! Time goes by quickly! So our last couple of weeks have been spent finishing what we can in the studio, spending time with our friends here, and packing. Oh and of course we had a little going away party!

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Pirates of the Caribbean 4 with Dream and Yan Yan!

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3D glasses

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Day out with Fay :)

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Marco, a guy studying at the old campus from Austria, his last night in Guangzhou!

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Loft 345

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One of my favorite views at school

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Nothing cools you down like a watermelon from the fridge!

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7 11? No wait

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Xiaozhoucun

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Steph and Javier

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Cherry's Ipad is fun

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Nearby Daniel's studio in Xiaouzhou

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Studio pics! Javier at work

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Steph painting

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Chinese painting time

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The roof of our studio building

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Steph

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Steph painting

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Javier at work

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Sunset

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Love our school!

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The Guangzhou TV tower all lit up at night

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Friends :)

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So thats all, back in California soon!

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Some June Adventures

in Guangzhou

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June is sadly our last month here in China. Lately we have been beginning to pack, finishing our last few paintings and spending time with our friends. The weather has become Gunagzhou hot! Also, the Dragon Boat Festival was last weekend which is a really interesting holiday!

The holiday is based on the story of a famous Chinese poet who was so distraught over the future of China, he threw himself into the ocean and drowned. To keep the fish from eating him, the people threw zhongzi(traditional rice cakes wrapped in bamboo leaves) in the sea. Every year zhongzi are eaten in memory of him, and beautiful Dragon Boats are decorated and raced. We got so see dragon boats in Nanting and in Shamian Island.

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The temple nearby Nanting

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Javier painting

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Steph and Dragon Boats

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Dragon Face

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Also, there were graduation photos being taken here at GAFA! So exciting! Many of our frinds are graduating.

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Javier and Hai Bo with flowers for our Studio 1 graduates

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Steph and Cherry

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Oil Painting Department

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Javier and Regina

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Steph and Yan Yan

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The Beach Crew :)

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Then we visited our professor, Daniel Krause at his studio.

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Dinner with Edward and the Foreign Affairs office friends, Javier Marco and Edward

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Lunch with the families of the children that Steph tutors

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Zhongzi

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Zhongzi everywhere!

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Gafa old campus, lovely sky

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Dragon Boat race at Shamian Island

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Tea

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Dumpling dinner! Steph and Jo Jo with the greatest veggie dumplings!

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Back to school

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GAFA

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Frank working on a sculpture of Javier

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boats on the river

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A cool sculpture installation on campus

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Preparing canvases for our last works here

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latest Steph painting

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The view in the evening from Studio 1

Well that is all for now, happy Dragon Boat Festival to everyone and we will see you soon!

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Goodbye May

you will be missed

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Hey interested readers!

We are now finished with our show and back to the usual. It was in the gallery for one week. We started a Chinese Painting class with a wonderful teacher. We are studying traditional ink techniques with a focus on landscape. Today we went out to Xiaozhou, the artist's village, to paint.

Also I wanted to update today on the other things we have been doing this month, Nanting of course and some fun studio pictures. Enjoy!

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It's getting hot again! Javier and a popsicle

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another view of Nanting

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Lovely view from our studio in the evening.

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Steph

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Javier

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Painting Frank :)

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landscape painting

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Nanting

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Cherry in her studio! Everyone is preparing for the graduation show

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Painting Yan Yan in the studio

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yay!

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Chinese painting class

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Setting up in the museum for the 2011 graduation show!

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Javier and Soar checking out the fashion design works in the library

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The fashion show of the graduating senior works, impressive designs

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Graduation show opening! Many visitors!

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Soar and her painting

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Juan and his amazing animation

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Cherry and her chairs "Beautiful Legs" collection

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Javier experiencing one of the design works

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Frank's birthday! He made this life size Iron Man!

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Sculpture department

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Frank and Bobo

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Battle of the Bands show at the biggest university on our island

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Steph and Daxy

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This is Elaine, a talented young fashion design major, her and Steph worked together on her project.

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Xiaozhou villae painting

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Lovely lunch!

See you in June!

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Opening Night!

photos from the big event

all seasons in one day

So the show went off pretty well! Of course we were rushing to get everything done on time, but I think it turned out great. We spent a long time organizing and hanging it, and trying to make it professional. The president of the college stopped by and many of our friends and professors. Everyone had a great time!

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The Xin Song Yuan Gallery from outside, actually a nice space!

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Us with the President of GAFA

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Our good friend Yan Yan had the idea to print stickers with some of our paintings on them, we also bought a few litle books to give out to our friends. Here we are giving one to the president.

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A little book featuring Javier's little watercolor landscape

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Javier and Soar

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Frank sports a sticker with our show poster and the adress for this blog!

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The designer with his wonderful posters.

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Flowers!

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Steph and Soar with Steph's tiny painting

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Cherry and Alvin!

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Professor He and Edward came to show their love!

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Cherry and Javier

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Writing on our commemorative piece of canvas

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Our guestbook :)

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So that is it for our opening! It was a fun time, we are so grateful for the opportunity to be here at GAFA and the putting together the show and spending time showing our work from this year and with the wonderful friends we made here really puts things into perspective. Sadly, our time here is almost up, but we are glad we made it to China.

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"Those Americans" Show Tomorrow!

Everything is almost done..

all seasons in one day

This past couple of weeks have been full of things to do preparing for our show titled "Those Americans". Today is the last day, we need to install everything in the gallery and make sure we have everything we need. Thanks to all our friends here at GAFA I think the show will be great! We have lots of support and fun plans for opening night! I wish everyone from home could be here too, but I hope I can have lots of great pictures to show soon.

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See you soon!!

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