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Something Vibrant

Exhibit gives glimpse of rural China

A colorful and insightful look at people a world away through their folk art is offered in the exhibit Vibrant Bounty: Chinese Folk Art from the Shaanxi Region at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts April 7-Aug. 12.

The exhibition’s 25 paintings and 14 artifacts offer a journey through the Shaanxi Province, one of the cradles of Chinese civilization. Festivals, parades, harvests, music, village traditions, farm animals, winter, kitchen work and children are all celebrated in the paintings, while the artifacts show traditional Shaanxi customs and range from children's clothing and toys to New Year's prints and decorative household items.

A docent will lead public tours of the exhibit at 2 p.m. April 22 and May 20.

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