Saturday, December 29, 2012

Shijun Art 2012 Year in Review

Shijun Art has had an exciting year in the 2012. Here are a few of the highlights from 2012 that I would like to share with friends and fellow art lovers.
   My oil painting "River of Memory" won Honorable Mention at the Festival of Arts, Cumming, GA April 2012

I took a trip to China. I returned for a cultural visit to my hometown and ancestral village in Guangdong Province in southern China in May 2012. A hometown is the place we feel the safest and most peaceful. It is where our deepest longings reside; it is where we come from. These are the people we remember from childhood, filling in the blanks.  These are moments of lives you might have lived. We speak a language intimate, silent and with nearly imperceptible interchanges. My paintings are very often inspired by the beautiful hometown.
I was honored to received 2nd Place Overall art award at the Peachtree Hills Festival of Arts. June 2012. My husband Charlie accepted the award for me. 
Shijun Art Studio had 4 student winners for the River of Words 2012 international art and poetry contest. May 2012
Link to  River of Words Student Contest Winners
 Shijun Art Studio art student Ziche Wang was the State Fish Art Contest National Award Winner 2012! Grades 4-6. July 2012
link to State Fish Art Contest Winners 2012
My oil paintings were chosen for publication in the "Best of Worldwide Portrait & Figurative Artists Vol. II" 
Several of my art pieces were chosen for display at the 2 Rules Gallery Art Show September 2012

 My painting "Love Birds" was selected for the 
 “Georgia Small Works” Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation, Watkinsville, GA 2012
 Shijun Art Studio Students Exhibition 2012 in Suwanee, Ga Collins Hill library and Lilburn library. October & November
 My Solo Exhibition "A Radiant Glow: The Artwork of Shijun Munns" at The Gallery in Decatur, Ga November
link to  A radiant Glow, The artwork of Shijun
My artwork with a brief bio was selected for publication in Atlanta Arts Guide Magazine November through December 2012 issue  
Congratulations to Alex Zhong, Shijun Art Studio student, for being a top ten winner in the Celebrating Art contest Fall 2012 grades K-3. I was honored to receive a Teacher Award for 2012.

Also, congratulations to all 20 of my art students who were chosen for inclusion in the Celebrating Art book for 2012 Fall printing
Above Painting: "Magical Moment" by Alex Zhong, pastel 2012, grade 3
  Shijun Art Studio student Iris Liu painting "Magical Moments" 
won Gwinnett county 1st place in Reflections Contest for grade 9 
and also was a Georgia State finalist.
Congratulations to Nancy Wang, State level finalist Kindergarten. Also, 
11 of my students were county finalists in the Reflections 2012-13 art contest November.


Thursday, December 27, 2012

Christmas Party 2012

  My painting "Garden 2" is a perfect match for my sister-in-law's Victorian style home.
Party Time. The eggnog is my favorite and a true American Christmas holiday tradition
 One of my hand painted angel ornaments from 2004 hanging on the tree.
 The Tree
 A portrait of my sister-in-law's 3 daughters painted in 2006
  Nadia, Elizabeth and Sveta. My 3 beautiful nieces in 2012
 A family shot from Christmas 2009
 The Schenck Family 2012
 My husband Charlie with his sister and her family
Nadia and Kiya
 Charlie and my mother-in-law Jan
 Elizabeth during Christmas party 2012 visiting from her home in NYC.
My paintings are very often inspired by the beautiful girls.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Shijun Art Published in "Best of Worldwide Portrait & Figurative Artists Vol. II"

  "Spring" Oil on linen 1997. In private collection

I would like to share that my artwork has been selected to be published in "Best of Worldwide Portrait & Figurative Artists Vol. II"! Link to a preview of the book here, my oil paintings are featured on pages 158-159 or hit the yellow bookmark: 
"Image of Tibet" oil on linen 16x20" 2008. In private collection

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Shijun Munns artwork published in Arts Magazine

I would like to share that my artwork was selected to be published in "Atlanta Show Guide---Holiday 2012 edition! Link to my art page in the magazine:
  A Joy of Art: 
Shijun Munns art journey
Shijun cares about everything that could touch off an old days feeling: ancient poetry with implied meaning, ancient pottery with rough and simple design, flying faeries on the ancient Silk Road. Indeed, Shijun seems to look back into space-time while her paintings spring forward into our time to bring us images of deep and profound souls glimmering in soft, golden light. In Shijun's art it is impossible to discern the real from the imagined or the ancient from what is now.
It may be that Shijun's quiet life and gentle heart have enabled her to express dreams and emotions lost or hidden to the rest of mankind. She brings forth vivid images of life that draw us deep into thought and wonder and into a realm where we ourselves become lost in worlds full of bright color and soft light.
Shijun is blessed with an artist's eye and a poet's heart. Whether painting in oil or traditional Chinese painting, she is forever delighted by the results which seem to spring from a deep and ancient well that forms her artist's palette. Her muse gives her a love for oriental simplicity of form.
Shijun was born and raised in Foshan, an old town in the south of China full of history and famous for an active aesthetic nature. She is a graduate of the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts 1987. Shijun is a recipient of numerous awards for her artistic achievements in both painting and art instruction. Shijun has lived in the Atlanta area since early 2003 with her husband and numerous pets. She teaches art classes at Callanwolde Arts Center in Atlanta and at her studio located in Lilburn.
 Shijun's friend and art collector Patty Hutton says, "Thank you for your beautiful images. This world of ours needs people like you who create inspiring art that lifts us up. Your paintings will bring me much joy for years and years to come."

Written by Charles Munns

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Solo Exhibition "A Radiant Glow: The Artwork of Shijun Munns"

My solo exhibition "A Radiant Glow: Artwork of Shijun Munns" reception was a great success. I would like to thank everyone for stopping by and helping make this a special occasion for me! This Exhibition runs from Nov. 2-30, 2012
The Gallery @ Limetree, 2840 La Vista Rd. Decatur, Ga 30030
Exhibit of new work: "Eve's Orchard" 30x30 oil on canvas 2012.
Exhibit of new work: "Celebration VI" 24x24 oil on canvas 2012.
Good friends together
It was a beautiful moment in the Limetree Gallery on November 2. A special thank you to gallery manager Laura for supporting my art!
My artwork in the gallery
My artwork in the gallery
My artwork in the gallery
My artwork in the gallery
Friends Javonn and Tom
Friends Javonn and Tom
My sister in law Carole Moore Schenck and one of my best art collectors.

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