Learn about Ancient & New Paper Arts
Santa Paula News
Published: November 14, 2012
Join kinetic artist BiJian Fan of Camarillo on Sunday, November 18 at 2:00 p.m., for a journey through the history of paper and paper arts in China, as well as an introduction to the modern techniques and cutting edge materials he uses in his kinetic sculptures. During his talk at the Museum of Ventura County Fan also discusses how his art helped him find his voice and connect with people when he came to this country as an immigrant. His kinetic dragon sculptures are currently on display at the museum.
The talk is $5 for the general public, museum members free, and includes admission to all exhibitions, including Hidden Voices: The Chinese of Ventura County. To RSVP call 805-653-0323 x 7.
Fan was born in Beijing, China where he learned the ancient and intricate art of paper folding and cutting from his grandmother. A biotechnical engineer as well as an artist, Fan creates kinetic sculptures that carry on the paper art traditions but also incorporate modern techniques and cutting edge materials such as metal, polymer, wood, and recycled materials. His work has been exhibited at the 2008 Olympic Cultural Festival in Beijing, the Museum of Ventura County, the Ventura County Courthouse, the Thousand Oaks Art Festival, and the Moorpark Festival. He was the featured artist for the 2009 Ventura ArtWalk.
The Museum of Ventura County is located at 100 East Main Street in downtown Ventura. Hours are 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Admission to the exhibitions is $4 adults, $3 seniors, $1 children 6-17, members and children under 6 are free. Paid events include free admission to galleries. The first Sundays of every month are free general admission for the public. For more museum information go to www.venturamuseum.org or call 805-653-0323.