LA CROSSE, Wis (WXOW) – Eighteen Chinese artists traveled halfway across the world, and found themselves here in La Crosse.
The visiting artists range from up and coming artists to some of the most respected in China.
They’re in the middle of setting up for a showcase they’re hosting on Friday, but took time to hold a workshop for entry level painting students at UW-L.
Students at today’s workshop learned how to build a portrait out of oil paint from the ground up. They also aimed to teach students that even though there is a language barrier, so much of art can be learned visually.
UW-L Art Professor, Jennifer Williams, was thrilled her students could be a part of an opportunity like this. “Art really is its own language. I mean visual language is so important to what we do and what we communicate,” said Williams.
“That’s one thing that I think transcends the spoken word, so there’s a connection made in just observing them work.”
The artists are ultimately here for their showcase, titled “Walking Together” that aims to show how two cultures can be united by art.
Fifteen of the eighteen artists will have their art displayed at this event. It takes place Friday, September 20th, from 5:00-7:00 PM at the Pump House in Downtown La Crosse.
The Chinese artists are thoroughly enjoying the gorgeous scenery here in La Crosse, and are also amazed by how fresh the air feels.