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Glass Artist Nancy Gong Traces A War Bride's Historical Life

More on the design: Searches of ship manifests, consulate records, service records, in depth conversations with her father, a new connection to an uncle never met, photos from her sister's travels, weeks of internet research blended with the artist's personal connection to the culture helped pieced together facets of the war brides life. The glass artist has collected many stories along the way to generate a vivid picture of her experiences. The artist noted: "There were so many detailed questions that needed to be answered to helped create the visual story. The curiosity was like that of a child. I have so much information. I could probably go on for while telling the war bride's story." The art unveils mysterious colors and multiple layers of images painstakingly sorted out to capture a sense of time. Meanwhile, informing aspects of the bride's life in the east, a young armed forces member and his war bride being carried in a sedan chair to the groom's village, a wedding in a small village, life in the rural villages, rice fields and more rice fields and the progression of the journey to the Golden Mountain in the US are charted. Gong hopes the art will help to bring an awareness and significance of the War Brides' time in US history as the beginning of a greater presence and the beginning of Chinese and other Asian families and their experiences to people of all walks of life, of multiple generations.

War Bride in the Art Reflected Centennial Exhibit and fundraiser at the Memorial Art Gallery will be on display February 9 thru March 9.

About the artist: Nancy Gong, is an architectural glass artist and owner of the award winning studio of Gong Glass Works with installations throughout the U.S. and abroad. Since 1979, her work has been published in dozens of trade and design magazines. She is an active member of the American Glass Guild, Glass Art Society, Society of American Mosaic Artists and the StaiNed Glass Association of America. Gong is an affiliate member of American Institute of Architects - AIA Rochester.

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