#3 – Art Unveiling

My husband Bob and I traveled to Shanghai last year to visit the area where I grew up, and while we were there we met Jane Chang and Jonathan Chan. The husband and wife team were in the process of developing a four star luxury hotel: the Holiday Inn Shanghai West located at 2000 Hu Qing Ping Road.  Telephone 86-21-3973-8888.

Holiday  =  假 jia   


jia ri 

Inn    =  酒  jiu   

店 dian 

jiu dian  

Shanghai  =  上 shang 

海 hai  


West        =    西 xi  

郊 jiao 

xi jiao 

When we showed Jane and Jonathan photographs of Bob’s large abstract painting “Algal Rhythms,” they commissioned him to create a similar work for their hotel lobby.

Bob worked tirelessly for a long time to complete the painting.  The result was “Curvilinear Algal Rhythms,” a spectacular 6ft by 10ft canvas (the largest Bob has ever painted) dotted with graceful forms and flowing lines. The owners of the hotel loved the painting so much that they purchased five other paintings of Bob’s from Marion Meyer Fine Art Gallery in Laguna Beach, where Bob’s paintings are currently represented.

A couple of weeks ago we celebrated the unveiling of Bob’s painting with a party at our home in Laguna Beach. This video footage was taken at that event, and we hope you can sense the festive excitement and that wonderful feeling of kindred spirits coming together to toast my husband’s talent. He has certainly been a constant source of inspiration to me during the 39 years of our marriage.

I hope that you will be enjoying the company of loved ones during the coming Chinese New Year on February 3rd, 2011, Year of the Rabbit.

Chinese Characters

假 jia日 ri =  holiday or vacation day  jia ri 

假  jia (pronounced in the fourth tone

) means holiday or vacation

日   ri  (pronounced in the fourth tone

) means day, sun, or daytime

酒 jiu  店 dian  =  Inn or hotel 

jiu dian

酒 jiu (pronounced in the third tone v 

) means wine, liquor, spirits, alcoholic drink.  Note that the character 酒 has three dots on the left which denotes water or liquid of some kind.

店 dian (pronounced in the fourth tone

) means shop, store or Inn.

The two words酒 店 side-by-side can mean Wine-Shop or Public House or Hotel or Inn.

Thus Holiday Inn is translated as 假 日 酒 店

Jia Ri Jiu Dian

in Mandarin Chinese.

The city of Shanghai 上 海

consists of two characters:

上 shang

(pronounced in the fourth tone \) means to go to, to ascend or to mount

海 hai

(pronounced in the third tone v) means sea or big lake or vast numbers.  Note that the character 海has three dots on the left which denotes water or liquid of some type.

The two words 上 海 side-by-side means Towards the Sea or By the Sea or Go to the Sea.

西 xi (X is pronounced SH in Chinese and XI  pronounced 

in the first tone –) means West.

郊 jiao (pronounced

in the first tone –) means Suburbs or Outskirts or District.

Thus Western Suburbs of Shanghai is translated as 

上 海 西 郊  Shang Hai Xi Jiao 

in Mandarin Chinese.