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14 August 2006 Newsletter

For the first Washington Oriental Ceramic Group event of the autumn, Ed and Allene Masters invite you to a "crab fest" at their home on Tilghman Island on the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake, on Saturday, September 16, starting at noonish. This event will have no cultural importance whatsoever except to thank David for his untiring efforts and accomplishments with the WOCG, not least of which was to organize the excellent Towson show.

Please answer to our email: or leave a phone message at 202 966-4525 or 410 886-2537, letting us know if you will attend and whether you like (or don't like/can't eat) crabs. The program will be to arrive around noonish for snacks and drinks, with steamed crabs to be served around 1:30-2 p.m. Dress is casual of course.

We are about two hours from most points in the DC area, or one hour beyond the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. We advise getting across the bridge by 11 a.m. to avoid the heavy midday traffic on Saturday (although it might not be so bad after Labor Day). We'll send detailed directions to those who plan to come. We hope to see you!

For those who want to car pool for the drive to Tilghman Island call David Rehfuss who will coordinate these arrangements. Contact him at 703 503 3195 or

Summary of the last meeting’s talk: The WOCG co-sponsored the May 11 meeting with the Asia Society and Gallerie Brigitte of Reston. Professor Nora Taylor, Fellow of the Freer and Sackler, discussed trends in 20th century Vietnamese painting. Western-style Vietnamese painting goes back to the establishment in Hanoi of the Ecole des Beaux Arts in 1925. The most common objects painted are rural landscapes and women, who embody national values. After economic restrictions were lifted by the Hanoi government in 1986 Vietnamese painters gained international recognition and a number began to make a good living selling their works to international buyers. Vietnamese painting is male-dominated, few women painters have gained the recognition that their male colleagues have attained.

Dr. Taylor is curating an exhibition of ten Vietnamese women painters that opens this autumn at the Dallas Crow Collection of Asian Art and will travel to a number of cities in 2006 and 2007.

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