Washington, DC: Viewers Impressed with International Truth-Compassion-Forbearance Art Exhibition (Photo)

(Clearwisdom.net) On December 2, 2011, the International Truth-Compassion-Forbearance Art Exhibition opened at the Alex Gallery, the largest gallery in downtown Washington, DC. The opening of the exhibition drew many viewers, some of whom shared their impressions.
'真善忍国际美展作品 - 纯真的呼唤'
Painting: Pure Call
The International Truth-Compassion-Forbearance Art Exhibition draws many viewers
Anastasia Bride, manager of the gallery
Anastasia Bride, the facility manager, has been working at this gallery for dozens of years. She said, “This exhibition is shocking. Viewers stay much longer than for other exhibitions. They ask, 'Why does such a persecution occur? What have they done?' This exhibition spurs people's interest in learning about China.”
Susanna Thornton, a photographer and filmmaker
Susanna Thornton, a photographer and filmmaker, said she liked the painting 'Homeless' the best, because it shows a girl keeping her belief under stressful conditions. She said it reminded her of Langston Hughes's poem “Hold Fast to Your Dreams.”
Rosa Dejesus (right), a medical school student from Puerto Rico
Rosa Dejesus, a medical school student from Puerto Rico, was visiting her boyfriend in DC. She said the paintings moved her, especially “Come Back, Daddy.” Without having seen the painting, she would not have learned about what is occurring in China. As a medical school student, she thought it was inconceivable that doctors were involved in harvesting organs from living Falun Gong practitioners.
Graduate student Beth Leonhardt
Graduate student Beth Leonhardt said, “When I walked in, I was drawn by the shocking paintings. These paintings are beautiful and inspiring. They are shocking and encourage viewers to learn more.”
Robert Donato, an engineer
Robert Donato, an engineer, said, “It is an eye-opening experience. I did not know the issues in China, such as persecution, freedom of speech, and freedom of religion. The principle of truth and compassion is good for everyone.”
There are more than 40 paintings in the exhibition, which will run from December 2 through the 30. The gallery is located at 2106 R Street, NW, Washington, DC.

Bordeaux, France: Visitors to the Falun Dafa Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance Art Exhibition Condemn the Violence Perpetrated by the Chinese Communist Party (Photos)

(Minghui.org) The Falun Dafa Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance Art Exhibition has toured over 200 cities around the world. From March 15 to 26, 2012, with sponsorship from City Hall, the Exhibition was held at Halle Des Chartrons in the center of Bordeaux, the fourth largest city in France. Over 60 paintings by 15 artists gave many people an opportunity to learn about Falun Gong and the persecution in China.

The Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance Art Exhibition 
in Halle Des Chartrons in Bordeaux
Chantal Bourrague (left), Member of National Assembly of France,
attends the opening ceremony of the exhibition.
Chantal Bourrague, Member of National Assembly of France, at the Opening Ceremony
Member of National Assembly Ms. Chantal Bourrague represented the Mayor of Bordeaux, Alain Juppe, at the opening ceremony. She thanked the exhibition organizers for introducing the talented artists to the city of Bordeaux, as well as for exposing the violent and inhumane acts of the Chinese Communist regime. “Every belief needs to be embraced, and people yearn for freedom. It is a universal value to respect the dignity of others. The beautiful and magnificent (Falun Gong practitioners) form a distinct contrast to the brutality and violence (of the persecution). We are honored and proud to host this exhibit in Bordeaux. Again, on behalf of the Mayor, I thank you for coming to the art exhibition.”
Ms. Bourrague also expressed her support for Falun Gong, “My heart is with you, because all of the violence the Falun Gong practitioners suffer is intolerable. I have a wish and that is for all of the government officials who committed crimes to be punished in international courts.”
Report in the Bordeaux Gazette
Report in the Bordeaux Gazette
A reporter from the Bordeaux Gazette attended the opening ceremony. He reported on the exhibition in detail. The article said that the exhibition opened a window for people to understand the sharp social issues in China, especially the issues that the Chinese authorities refuse to mention and are widely ignored. It said that the artists revealed the misery (of the Falun Gong practitioners) as well as the glory of divine beings. “The works in the exhibition reveal the beauty of Falun Gong and how the Chinese authorities brutally persecute Falun Gong practitioners. Most of them are illegally imprisoned, tortured, pressured to give up their belief, and subjected to arbitrary investigation. For some of them, their organs were removed while they were still alive… many have died because of torture and inhuman treatment.”
Feedback from Viewers
Impressed, designer and painter Benoit Cape said, “Seeing the authentic painting inspired me. It is not seen a lot in France because we do a lot of abstract and modern art. These paintings are traditional and realistic. The artists have impressive skills and portray colors and people in a versatile manner. I am drawn to the sadness of the dark world and the beauty of Heavens. I am even more attracted to the people’s spirit and emotions.”
 Patrick Green
One of the visitors to the exhibition, Patrick Green, saw a magnificent truth when he saw the painting “Shocking.” “It reflects an unusual atmosphere. The light focuses on the person being tortured and the rest of the painting is dark. It allows my eyes to see the truth. What is the truth? It’s the moment when I found it. I saw the peace of a person meditating in the air. She endures all the pain peacefully, which panics the people who torture her. This painting conveys a magnificent truth.”
 Danielle Lontoh
Danielle Lontoh said that the paintings were touching and beautiful. She believes that since China has opened up its doors to trade and to doing business with the world at large, it must open the door for other things. “Everyone should be allowed to have his own thoughts, art, and culture. The door for business is opened, and I hope the door for freedom will open as well. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) tortures its people for their belief. I hope that there is a light that can dim the CCP.”
 A man in tears as he views the paintings
A man said in tears, “You see my hands are shaking. I want to cry when I see the paintings… it’s too cruel! I will come to the exhibition every day until the last day.”