Interconnected Virtual Artist Spotlight: Celia Leung
Celia Leung was born in Hong Kong and moved to Canada with her family in 1997. She loves painting, calligraphy, and stone-seal engraving. She learnt these three forms of Art through the teaching of Mr. Yukman Lai from year 1998 to 2013. After the passing of her teacher and mentor, she continued to enjoy sharing her artworks with others. She appreciates the beauty of nature crafted by God.
It was a challenging year 2020 to 2021 as we are in the midst of pandemic and many have to cope with different new norms. As a freelance artist I used to demonstrate calligraphy in public settings since 2018, but since the social distancing requirements these events were no possible last year. I am glad my calligraphy demonstration at Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic site turned into a virtual event. Celia demonstrated the following poem.
五言唐詩 A five-character quatrain
「江雪」柳宗元 “River Snow” by Liu Zongyuan Celia
千山鳥飛絕 Mountains, birds all flown,
萬徑人蹤滅 people’s footprints gone,
孤舟簑笠翁 old man in a boat
獨釣寒江雪 fishing snows, alone.
I would love to continue creating art pieces that can connect with others. My brother John Leung and I decided to form the community wellness group and we have invited our parents, my in laws, and Dr. Vivian Lo who were my former students to do painting collaborations with us. It was our family tradition to paint together and this time, we wanted to collaborate with our students.
This idea has been accepted by City of Richmond’s No. 3 Road Art Column. The exhibition theme is “Better Tomorrow” with natural scenes, and freedom in watercolours
From left to right: “Herons at Britannia Shipyard” – Ann Yik and Michael Leung, with John Leung, “Canadian Geese at Terra Nova Park” – Dr. Vivian Lo with Celia Leung, “Embracing Diversities” – Angela, Celia, and John Leung, “Herons at Britannia Shipyard” – Ann Yik and Michael Leung, with John Leung
A hopeful painting to celebrate the New Year and hope the pandemic will be over soon, so we can get back to our norms.
Celia wishes to give back to the community during this difficult time and be part of this project organized by Vancouver Point Grey Lions Club to fundraise for Food Bank, Dog Guide training fund, and Villa Cathay Senior Home. They tallied over $2,000 benefiting these organizations during Christmas time and hope to continue the project till Chinese New Year. Please visit celia.wixsite.com/artwork for more information.