…lacquer is back on the walls, this time at Bottega art gallery.  The opening reception will be March 1, and will also be part of the “fourth Friday” art walk on March 22…come on down to either one or both!

if you are new to this site be sure to check out my recent works blog to keep up with all events lacquer and otherwise



In order to keep up with all of the work I have done since returning home from Vietnam, I created the new blog christopher alexander art.  I will still post all things pertaining to the lacquer hut here, but be sure to check out the new site to keep up with my most recent projects.  Thanks for looking!

Encore, our guide to all things local here in Wilmington, gave our show at UNCW a lovely write-up in this weeks edition.  Read all about it!

…the lacquer lectures have been going great, each time the amount of folks in the audience has increased, first it was 25 people, then 40, and yesterday i talked to 80 art history students at UNCW…the response from the faculty and fellow students has been great…everyone enjoys getting close to the paintings and touching them…they are always a bit nervous about touching them at first…hovering around them until i remind them that its perfectly OK to paw at them, so long as their hands are clean…hope to keep the lectures coming…will definitely be having a closing lecture, will keep everyone posted on when that will be exactly…thank you to professor Kirschke for the photos!

after years of waiting our time has come!  first official lacquer show is now underway in the mezzanine gallery at UNCW.  nineteen of our paintings are hung at the gallery and i am giving a lecture on lacquer painting wednesday, october 5th.  it is such a relief to see our work finally hung on a wall.  if you are in the area, please come by and check out our show…hopefully it is the first of many

Well…its been quite awhile since the ol’ lacquer hut has seen any new action…i guess the champion of  slowness (watching lacquer dry) has found a formidable rival in my length of time between new posts…however, good news is on the horizon…after talking with faculty at UNCW, Oanh and I are on the eve of our first legitimate showing!  I have been asked to give a one hour lecture about my time in Hue, and some basics of lacquer painting, which will be followed by a reception at the mezzanine gallery at the art building.  We will be showing 8 to 10 pieces depending on which ones i choose.  Its a great opportunity to share our paintings with the community here, and i hope it will lead to more shows…

this week marks my first year away from vietnam, oanh and the studio.  there have been times when i havn’t thought much in retrospect about my time there…and times when i find the studio pulling at my heart like i’m longing for a lost lover.  most of the time i  keep my feelings in check, as it can be very easy to romanticize over it too much.  today i un-abashedly miss it.  working with oanh, pushing, motivating and helping each other make our pictures the best they could be, day after day, for almost three years…sounds cheesy enough, but even then i knew i would most likely not find that kind of relationship again.

i finally have internet at my house so oanh and i have had frequent skype chats lately.  hue is  now in the height of their annual rainy season, but ‘the floods arn’t so big this year’.  she says she hasn’t been painting much since last spring, but that some new pictures are on the way…i’ve been slowly opening some of my boxes of lacquer paintings, and took one by the university last week to show a few of my professors, they gave me a lot of encouraging feedback which was exciting, but also made me feel worse for not making more time to pursue galleries here…but school work, house work, and travels about the country re-connecting with friends and family have taken up all of my excess energies.  i wish someone could put a show together for me…that’d be grand.

actually, i’m a day late on oanh’s birthday…the time/date difference can be a bit tricky sometimes…that, and i am horrible at remembering birthdays…send her an email b-day card at xuanoanh.vn@gmail.com

...how could you deny a face like this?? send her some birthday love!

sorry about the delay folks…this summer has really come and gone, and i’m looking back a bit saddened that the lacquer hut went on such an extended hiatus.  various house projects, weddings, mini-travels, work, music festivals and my long-touted return to university have all taken the foreground as  i get re-situated with my life in wilmington (its been four years since i last ‘lived’ here!)…while all these things have been quite lovely, and it has been a grand summer, i am disappointed that i have done nothing to get a show for our lacquer art here (all the paintings are still wrapped in their boxes, stacked on top of eachother, in the corner of my house).  it seems with each new summer endeavor i take on the mindset that ‘…after this…i’ll start making frames for my lacquer paintings…’  i can’t tell you how many times i’ve heard myself say this aloud and each time a bit of me cringes.

co-inciding with my lack of lacquer time has been oanh’s lack of presence at the studio.  the internet has not worked there for months, and even if it did, she was trekking the central highland mountains for a month and a half, getting her annual fix of village life, and field work (as in drawings…not actually working in fields).  i am hoping she gets internet back  soon, and we can have our cyber cafe chats on the reg once again.

not all of us have put lacquer on the back-burner for the summer…ai has officially finished her first two lacquer paintings!

congrats ai, and don’t worry on them taking so long…extreme delay is the essence of all things lacquer!

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