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Recent Translations by Edwin Shelton

  • Rising Phoenix Gallery 283 S. Franklin Street Michigan City, IN 46360 United States (map)

Art can reflect. Art can transform. Art can reveal. The Rising Phoenix Gallery will be featuring the recent exceptional artworks by Edwin Shelton. These mix material artworks share several themes. He investigates creating layers. Shelton combines new and recycled materials.The artworks shows his enthusiasm for China. He has utilized Google translate for the Chinese characters which prove not to be absolutely accurate.

“Recent Translations” exhibition originates from a four week teaching experience a little over a year ago in Zibo, China. Edwin Shelton discovered a welcoming new world as a Western art teacher. He observed for the first week. Shelton created art lesson plans that supported English instruction when he taught art classes to about sixty students in a middle school of over three thousand students. The school has about two hundred teachers. He had teachers who served as translators in the classroom while he performed for the very focused and disciplined middle school students. Edwin Shelton could only say “hello” and “thank you” in Chinese. 

The “Recent Translations” artworks at The Rising Phoenix Gallery are the visual outcome from this positive life changing experience for Edwin Shelton. The trip concluded with two days in Beijing. He and Laurel Izard, his wife enjoyed learning about jade, silk, and the Forbidden City. The tour also included the Great Wall.

This amazing opportunity was made possible through the international teacher exchange program at Marquette Catholic High School in Michigan City, Indiana. For over five years, international students have been attending Marquette with one to two support teachers also living on the campus. The school also hosts “campers” from other countries, who visit for about ten days to two weeks. Marquette Catholic High School also encourages other multi-cultural educational opportunities with Marquette student trips to other foreign countries.

Edwin Shelton says, “The biggest gift from teaching in Zibo, China was the friendships that developed with the teachers and principal.” He still uses WeChat (similar to Facebook on the phone) to stay in touch. He hopes to return to China not as a tourist, but as an art teacher again at Zhangdian Experimental Middle School.

“Recent Translations” Exhibition can be viewed at The Rising Phoenix Gallery. The address is located at 2803 Franklin Street, Michigan City, Indiana. 
Opening reception is Friday, July 6 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. 

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