A historic moment in Chicago history was celebrated October 16, 2015 at the Zhou B Art Center in Bridgeport. The Rich Central High School Marching band led Mayor Rahm Emmanuel and dignitaries including Commissioner John Daley, Alderman Patrick Thompson 11th Ward, former Alderman James Balcer and Chinese Consul general Zhao Weiping to the stage. After remarks from the Mayor the Zhou Brothers were handed their Honorary Zhou Brothers Way signs and resolutions from the City and the County to commemorate the economic and cultural impact the Zhou Brothers have made on Bridgeport during their 30 years in Chicago.
To the rousing strains of “Uptown Funk” the Rich High school band led everyone to the front where the installed Honorary Zhou Brothers Way sign was revealed. Inside the building the Zhou Brothers exhibition of new work “Water Lily Pond of Life” opened to the VIP’s for a preview of the show. You entered a unique and private world, where the impression of swirling water and mythical creatures surround you. The bold colors and layered composition of these powerful paintings will stay with you long after leaving the room.
At 7:00 PM the City of Big Dreams Fest, a fundraiser to support organization that bring art to at-risk youth, with diverse performances from talented Chicago artists. Mayor Emmanuel enthusiastically applauds the efforts of these organizations that benefit at-risk youth. The Homer Bryant Youth Professionals started off with a dynamic repertoire that included classical ballet on point, powerful African dance with remarks from the founder Homer Bryant, a brilliant dancer in his own right.
The Simple Good, Homer Bryant Youth Professionals, Rich High School Marching Band and Project Art were all beneficiaries of this special evening. The supporting sponsors: Schulze Burch Baking Company, Bombay Sapphire, Zhou B Art Center, Art of Imagination, Juliet Tan Floral Design, and M&M Rental Company.
DJ Moz spun his own mix of eclectic tunes to Kid Jungle and his B-Boys whose breath taking leaps and flips drew gasps of admiration. The Chinatown Lion Dancers with their dynamic drummers bowed to the Zhou Brothers then led guests up to the 2nd floor.
Jazz artist Lili K, touted as the best Jazz musician in Chicago by the Reader, entranced the crowd with her vocal magic. The poetic and lyrical back-drop was the solo show by Injung Oh, “Volossom: the First Decade.
As part of Oh’s solo exhibition, the Thousand Wish Project will be an important element in the ongoing development of Volossom as an element of personal expression. Her visionary idea for a wishful world has transcended from the artist’s studio into the local community. The Thousand Wish Project is an ongoing interactive visual workshop, which encourages participants to explore, articulate and give shape to a latent wish or desire using creative art mediums.
Oh’s artistic practice reflects a personal journey of self-discovery. Oh received her MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2009 and has had solo exhibitions at Ed Paschke Art Center and Zhou B Art Center in Chicago, MIIT Museum in Turin, Italy and Bluerider Art Gallery in Taipei, Taiwan. Reviews of her work have been featured in Italia Arte Magazine, China Times and China Post and her work is in numerous private collections. She is a resident artist of the Zhou B Art Center.
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