A little girl brings art to America

Sep 23, 2011

This story starts with a little aspiring artist. A seven-year old girl from China named Crystal.

In this story, Crystal meets a famous Chinese artist named Guanzhong - an artist whose paintings are so esteemed, they have been used by the Chinese State Department as a gift to heads of state.

Guanzhong says that Crystal has talent, and takes her on as a student.

Fast forward one and a half years. Crystal’s mom, an Amway China employee, is sent to the United States on a six-month work assignment.

During that time, Crystal and her dad visit her mother in the US for a few weeks over the summer. It is her first time with the country, the language and the culture. She is overwhelmed and excited.

While there, the family learns that the largest art competition in the world, ArtPrize, is held in the same community as Amway headquarters: Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Fast forward four months. A famous Chinese artist named Guanzhong arrives in Grand Rapids on the invitation of his young student, to be a part of the famous ArtPrize art competition.

During his stay, he takes time to help build a playground and beautify a park, painting one of his signature dragons on the sidewalk that kids would soon run and skip across.

While Crystal has returned to China and will only see photos of the artist’s painting, Goddess of the River, her mother will be there to translate the meaning of Guanzhong’s art for all to understand and appreciate, and to introduce this famous Chinese artist to the people of America.

Thanks to Rowley Luo for sharing this personal story with us.

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