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Archive of past events: 2004 through 2014

Yeh Fei Pai Celestial Horse Art Exhibit

Opening Reception: Friday, July 4 at 5:00 p.m.
Live Art Performance: Friday, July 4 at 6:00 p.m.
Exhibit remains through August 3, 2014
Burnett Gallery
Gualala Arts Center

The Five, painting by Yeh Fei Pai

Celestial Horse Art Exhibition

Fei Pai, through his close encounters with nature, grows to appreciate the philosophy of "Harmony between Humanity and Nature." This philosophy has become the spirit of his Celestial Horse Art, in which all aspects of the universe resonate in harmony with each other.

His most recent creation is a 5-panel, 12-foot wide painting entitled "Sky Shore," which will be displayed in the Burnett Gallery. "Sky Shore" describes the freedom of the horse as like the sky that has no boundary. As the Celestial Horses gallop through the sky, their energy explodes in all directions. Blue highlights expand the dimensions of the painting.

His paintings are a tribute to the Celestial Horses' nobility and auspicious power, and to their virtue. When his horses soar through the clouds, walk through the paths, or stumble against strong winds, "they are I, as I am them."

Sandstorm, painting by Yeh Fei Pai

Live Art Performance

A live art performance for celebrating the Year of the Horse will be performed on Friday, July 4 at 6:00 p.m. in the Coleman Auditorium as part of the exhibit opening.

Fei Pai will create a 15-foot long painting, entitled "Eight Fairies Crossing the Sea of Clouds" starting from a blank canvas, accompanied by renowned local musician Harrison Goldberg (see below). Horses will leap from the brush to the paper, propelled by crescendos of notes like thundering hooves. Watch Yeh Fei Pai's horses soar with Goldberg's melodic saxophone in this rare collaboration of East meets West, of ink and sound, of brush and brass.

Fei Pai uses the softest long tipped goat hair brush to paint on the most delicate single Shuen paper to achieve a dynamic art form. This special paper mercilessly captures every detail of the brush stroke and leaves no room for error, which presents the greatest challenges to a live art performer.

Fei Pai thrives on using this unique form of communication with his viewers. It is honest, vulnerable, and sincere!

Yeh Fei Pai in his studio

Yeh Fei Pai

An accomplished artist, Yeh Fei Pai was born in 1950 in Taiwan. He now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Looking into the year of the horse, painting by Yeh Fei Pai Fei Pai graduated from National Cheng-Chi University, Taiwan, in 1974 with a major in journalism, then moved to San Francisco to be with his father, the legendary artist General Yeh Tsui Pai, providing the genesis for "Yeh Fei Pai's Celestial Horses."

He studied TV production, film and music at San Francisco State University, and then became a TV producer and songwriter in Taiwan.

Fei Pai harmonizes various distinct calligraphic strokes to generate a sense of great energy, movement and radiant power. He introduces modern, cinematographic principles to bring bold and dynamic angles and vantages to his paintings. Interweaving all these elements allows Fei Pai to create unique and unpredictable compositions for his "Expressive Splash Ink Celestial Horses."

Fei Pai's paintings can be found in the collection of Republic of China (ROC) President Ma Ying-Jeou, as well as in public and private collections in United States, China, Taiwan and Switzerland.

As a philanthropic artist, he has donated paintings to help raise funds for disaster recovery and medical research.

He provides seminars and grand scale live art performances to the general public and art association members in the U.S. and China as continuing efforts and dedication to educate communities through arts.

Yeh Fei Pai and his son, Eric Kevin Yeh, will present a workshop entitled Express the Mind of Paintings through Expressive Splash Ink at Gualala Arts Center on Saturday, July 5, 2014.

Exhibiting experience - 2006 to current (selected highlights)

  • Schneider Museum of Art, Ashland, Oregon
  • World Journal Art Gallery, Millbrae, CA
  • "The Third China International Cultural Industries Fair Exhibit", at BoAn Gallery, GuangDong, China
  • "Chinese American Art Exhibit", Silicon Valley Asian Art Center, Santa Clara, CA
  • "Splash Ink - Three Generations" Exhibit and live art performance at Arts Alliance Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
  • "China, Past and Present Exhibit", Gualala Arts, Gualala, CA
  • Exhibit at the Past and Present Treasures Art Gallery, shanghai, China
  • Featured Artist for New Milpitas Library Grand Opening. (6 months)

Fei Pai received commendations from California State Senators and City Mayors, and Southern Oregon Chinese Cultural Association, etc. for outstanding contributions in sharing his artistic talents to enrich the lives of the citizens.

A Conversation with Artist, Yeh Fei Pai - Jacksonville Review, February, 2014
A Conversation with Artist, Yeh Fei Pai
Jacksonville Review, February, 2014

For more on Yeh Fei Pai, please visit his website at

Harrison Goldberg

Harrison Goldberg

Gualala, California, resident Harrison Goldberg is a familiar face along the Mendonoma coast. With his trademark tools of musical expression and his three saxophones -- tenor, alto and soprano -- Harrison can be seen and heard in several local venues as well as on a variety of CD recordings.

He changes these three instruments as easily as one might change hats, which brings something to mind: As the grandson of a Russian immigrant hat maker in New Bedford, Massachusetts, Harrison has "worn a few hats of his own making," including that of an abstract artist in the Dadaist tradition, a wine label designer, a writer of music education workshops, and a mentor for young musicians.

He has his share of awards for his visual art pieces, which have found their way into some corporate and private collections worldwide. Harrison is an alumnus of the famed Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, and he has been playing saxophone professionally since the age of 17.

For more on Harrison Goldberg, please visit his website at

The Listener, painting by Yeh Fei Pai

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