New Exhibit at BU Features Alumnus Art

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BRANDON, MB – Acclaimed artist Weiming Zhao is returning to his alma mater with a public exhibition of paintings at Brandon University (BU). The showing opened September 6 and will continue through mid-December.

Weiming Zhao paintings at BU (web)More than 40 of Zhao’s oils will be displayed in the Tommy McLeod Curve Gallery on the second floor of John E. Robbins Library at BU, including recent paintings from Riding Mountain, Brandon University campus, and other local landmarks. “It is my sincere hope that these images will conjure up a sense of home and a sense of home away from home,” says Zhao, who graduated from BU in the mid-1990s.

Nearly every day for the past 10 years, regardless of temperature, the Brandon resident has painted ‘en plein air’ (in the open air). “I travel with easel, painting wherever I happen to be,” says Zhao. “Nothing can stop me from trying to capture that fleeting moment that somehow touches me.”

Zhao, with 15 solo exhibitions to his credit, has created a portfolio of almost 4,000 paintings, in addition to teaching at the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba and workshops. Art collectors across Canada, China, the United States, and Russia own his work, and six of his paintings recently have been purchased by Manitoba Culture, Heritage and Tourism for the provincial art collection.

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