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Center of Vietnamese Arts and Culture in Garden Grove, CA, USA

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I. Art, Culture, Charity


1. Santa Ana, CA - Art Exhibition: Richard Turner - Contempt Mandala 

2. Houston, TX – Art Exhibition: Doan Quoc Vinh – The Falling Leaves 

3. Westminster, CA – PhuongLan Music Class – Annual Charitable Concert for Vietnam

4. Newport Beach, CA – OC Museum of Art - Cultural Family Art Day 

II. Press Release of Interests: Art, Economics, Politics, et “all things considered”  

1. LA Times – Will confusion cause Prop. 8 problems? 

III. Viet Art Center’s 2009 Exhibition at the Rose Gallery, Westminster Rose Center, CA 

1. Jan-Feb, 2009  - Call for Submission - Photo Exhibition: 

Theme – Tet (Vietnamese New Year) 

2. Apr-May, 2009 – Call for Submission – Photo Competition & Exhibition: 

Theme – Beauty of Nature  

3. May-Jul, 2009 – Call for Submission - Photo Competition & Exhibition: 

Theme – Memories of Vietnam 1955-1975

IV. Viet Art Center’s Music Radio Show: A Rose For Life 

Theme on 11/12/08: 

Autumn Soul with Human Heart (Hồn Thu Với Lòng Người)  

A Note From Viet Art 


Dear Friends of Viet Art: 

Viet Art Center is very happy to announce that with the generous sponsorship of Mayor Margie Rice and the City of Westminster, California, VAC will organize our 2009 art exhibitions at the beautiful Rose Gallery of the State-of-The-Art Westminster Rose Center located on All American Way, right in the heart of Little Saigon, the capital city of the Vietnamese-American. 

Please review and pass on to your friends VAC’s upcoming art and photo competitions and exhibitions. We look forward to your contribution and participation of our art and cultural projects at the Rose Gallery. 

The long awaiting national election day is coming soon next week. Whether Obama-Biden or McCain-Palin will win, the American people will once again make great history and prove to the world the true power of democracy. 

On a special note, PhuongLan Music Class is ready for its charitable concert on Saturday, November 8, Viet Art Center and PhuongLan Music Class  would like to thank Radio VNCR to broadcast our final rehearsal last week, if you would like to have a peak of our program with the young Vietnamese performers and me (as MC for the show), please check out - Phuong Lan Music – Trai Tim Nhan Loai. 



(Must accompanying by adults) 

Peace and love,

Michelle Phương Thảo - Quế Nghi  

Executive Director, VAC  


I. Events: Art, Culture, and Charity


1. Saturday, November 1, 2008

Art Exhibition: Richard Turner - Contempt Mandala 

Opening Reception: 

Saturday November 1 

Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm 


Grand Central Art Center

125 North Broadway

Santa Ana, CA

Exhibition Period: November 1 through December 21

About Professor Richard Turner: 

Professor Richard Turner teaches Studio Art and Art History at Chapman University,

currently a Co-Chair of the Department of Arts and Co-Director of the Guggenheim

Gallery, Chapman University (Orange, CA). He is also on the Juror Panel of Viet Art

Center’s “2008 Memories of Vietnam 1955-1975” photo competition for the Vietnam


Richard Turner completed his high school education in Saigon, Viet Nam .  He studied Chinese painting in Taipei , Taiwan as an undergraduate.  He studied Indian miniature painting and classical music in Jaipur India while on a Fulbright scholarship. His studio work references his experiences in India, Vietnam and Taiwan as well as his interest in film, architecture and gardens.  His work has been exhibited in west coast galleries and, in 2005, in Bangkok, Thailand. In 2008 his installation Contempt Mandala will be shown in Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana. Working as a public artist since 1980, his work can be seen in Houston, Oakland, Los Angeles, San Diego, Phoenix, Seattle, and Portland, where his design team’s art for light rail stations earned a Presidential Award in 2001. He developed an art master plan for the city of San Pedro in 2005 and recently completed artwork for a wetlands park in Chino.  Locally, he has designed pieces for the Arrowhead Pond, the Anaheim Community Center, the Stadium Gateway building and the Fullerton and Long Beach campuses of California State University.  On Chapman’s campus he designed Liberty Plaza, a landscape setting for a section of the Berlin Wall. His sculpture, Equinox Sunrise, of anodized aluminum is a prominent feature of the main worship space of the Wallace All Faiths Chapel completed in 2004. Please view Professor Turner's website at

2. Saturday, November 15, 2008 

Art Exhibition: The Falling Leaves - Lá Rụng Về Cội  

Presenting the artworks of Doan Quoc Vinh 

Opening Reception 

Time: 10:00AM-12:00PM  

Place: Viet Art Gallery  

12924 Bellaire Blvd

Houston, Texas 77072 

About Artist Doan Quoc Vinh: 

Doan Quoc Vinh is the fifth son of Doan Quoc Sy, a well-known and respected

Vietnamese writer. Doan Quoc Vinh possesses many talents as an artist, an interior

designer, and a poet. His exhibition “Shimmering Pond From Home” in 2006 at Nguoi

Viet Daily News’s Community Center was a great success. We invite you to visit his

beautiful exhibition at Viet Art Gallery in Houston this coming November. 

3. Saturday, November 8, 2008 

Annual Charitable Concert for Vietnam

PhuongLan Music Class 

More than 50 students (mostly children) of PhuongLan Music Class will perform for

charity projects in Vietnam.  Last year, the net proceed of $5000 were donated to

several projects in Vietnam: 1. Built two small houses for two poor families having

disable children; 2. Donated medicines and necessities to the “House of the Elders”

managed by Catholic sisters in Lam Dong 3. Donated to some disabled and homeless

adults living in South Vietnam. 

Please support and cheer our children for their meaningful effort to help the unfortunates

of our homeland. 

Ticket Price: $15

Time: 7pm-10pm 

Place: VienDong Daily News

14891 Moran Street

Westminster, CA 92683


Light food and refreshments will be served sponsoring by Uyen Thy Restaurant. 

Contact Information: 

Michelle Phuong Thao - Viet Art Center – 714-658-6650 

Phuong Lan -  Phuonglan Music Class –   714-277-7375

4. Sunday, November 23, 2008

Cultural Holiday Art Day

Organized and sponsored by Orange County Museum of Art 

Time: 12pm-4pm

Location: 850 San Clemente Drive

Newport Beach, CA 


Live Entertainment Performance by

Viet Art Children’s Folk Music Group and Dragon Dancing Team 

Ballet Folklorico Dancers, Jewish Performances, Native American Dancers, and more. 


Come to cheer our all children folk music performers and dragon dancers from Viet Art

Center and the other cultural groups. 

II. Press Release of Interests: Art, Economics, Politics, et “all things considered”  

1. LA Times – Jessica Garrison: Will confusion cause Prop. 8 problems? 

For Californian voters, I would like to call your attention to today’s article:

To the supporters and opponents, Prop. 8 is about Love, Hate, Right, Discrimination, Education, Religion, …Vocation... To me, Prop. 8 is just about a legal “Definition of Marriage”. Per my understanding (I was confused as well):  

Vote YES – means that legally, “Marriage is between a Man and a Woman” 

Vote NO – means that legally, “Marriage is between two Human Beings” 

You can find thousands of opinions regarding Proposition 8. I am quoting this opinion since I read …between the lines … that this person is “neutral” about the issue. In another word, I can’t tell his vote is “YES” or “NO”: 

 “Gay couples deserve the same right to be just as miserable as heterosexual couples!” 

So VOTE as you mean it!

III. VAC’s 2009 Exhibitions at the Rose Gallery, Westminster Rose Center, CA 

All photo competitions and exhibitions are organized by Viet Art Center and hosted by

the Rose Gallery of Westminster Rose Center, Ca. 

1. Call for Submission - Photo Exhibition’s Theme: Tet (Vietnamese New Year)  

Theme and Mission: TET is Vietnamese New Year. The upcoming Tet date is January 26, 2009, the year of the Buffalo. Since the exodus of 1975, nowadays, the Vietnamese descendents are living globally in almost every single country. Viet Art Center would like to call for your submission of photography of Tet celebration in Vietnam and around the world (past and present): decorations, food, dance, festivals, ceremonies, anything, and everything about the Vietnamese most important celebration of the year. 


Open call for our un-juried show featuring digital art and photography “Tet”.  All entries will be printed (8.5"x11" on heavyweight paper) and shown in our gallery arranged in a grid. Entrants submit JPEG files of original work. Multiple entries are permitted. Separate registration required for each image. Exhibit is limited to space available, early entry is advised.


All styles of artwork and photography where digital processes of any kind were integral to the creation of the images are acceptable. Digital video stills and screen shots of web/new media are acceptable. Documentation shots of digital installation and digital sculpture are acceptable.


This call is international, open to everyone 

Every work submitted is exhibited on a first-come-first-serve basis. 

Your work will contribute to a one-of-a-kind beautiful photographic illustration of Vietnamese rich culture and heritage. We look forward to your precious contribution. 

Show Dates:

January 17 through February 27, 2009  

Deadline for entries:

December 29, 2008

Opening Reception:

Saturday, October 17, 10am-Noon 

Entry Fee:

Registration fee is $25US per entry. 

Submission Rules:

File uploads are the only accepted submissions maximum of 3MB each. Please do not send materials to VAC. All materials sent to VAC will not be viewed and cannot be returned.

Participants: Open to everyone internationally 

Registration and submission information: 

Email for application (we will upload our application online


2. Apr-May, 2009 – Call for Submission – Photo Competition & Exhibition: 

Theme – Beauty of Nature  

More details to come soon 

3. May-Jul, 2009 – Call for Submission - Photo Competition & Exhibition: 

Theme – Memories of Vietnam 1955-1975

More details to come soon 

II. Viet Art Center – Music Radio Show: A Rose For Life 

Wednesday, September 24, 2008 

A Rose for Life – Hoa Hồng Cho Nhân Gian  

A Radio Show produced by Viet Art Center 

Sponsored by: 

- The employees of Boeing Company and Boeing Company

- US Metro Bank, 9866 Garden Grove Boulevard, Garden Grove, California 92844
Phone: 714-620-8888

- Tears of Orphans Foundation 

All music selections of the radio shows are sponsored by BUOM DEM PRODUCTIONS 


Live Broadcast:  Channel 1190AM - Radio Bolsa 

Live Broadcast:  Internet Worldwide or

Time: Every other Wednesday - 8:30pm-9:00pm (Pacific Time – US) 

  10:30am-11:00am (Vietnam Time) 

Hosts: Quyen Di and Que Nghi 

Language: Vietnamese 


A Rose For Life – Hoa Hồng Cho Nhân Gian  

Dear Friends!

Let’s go together on a voyage and bring with us a basket of Roses. Our voyage will be

soaked with the sweetness of literature and music. Remember to bring Roses, many

Roses, and chanting along the joyful songs.  Let’s smile and give a rose to everyone. 

This is the most beautiful act since you give to life the color, the scent, the beauty, and

your loving heart.  

Program Content: 

Wednesday, October 22, 2008 – The Musical Voyage 

…Our music is love. It whispers into our ears, to us, and to those who lost in the first love, the amorous words. It tempts us, and the lovers, to seek for an ardent passion. It walks side by side, together with us, and with the couples that are lovers and friends, for life, for eternity, forever. 

And I, while together with you scattering the musical notes into the human land, I whispered into your ears this sweetest secret: “During this musical voyage, I knew of love. My Love, I love you in every single musical note (translated by Que Nghi) 

Song Selection: 

1. The Voyager’s Wheels  by Trong Khuong 

2. The Musical Voyage by Do Nhuan 

3. The Voyager’s Dream by Van Phung 

3. Ending the Voyage  by Hoang Trong 

Upcoming Program on Wednesday 11/5/08: Autumn Soul with Human Heart  

For donations/sponsorship of our radio show or to purchase CD “A Rose For Life I”,

please email Your donations will be tax-deductible accordingly to

the U.S. tax law. 

Hoa Hồng Cho Nhân Gian  

Bạn yêu dấu, 

Hãy cất bước lên đường mang theo một lẵng hoa hồng. Đó là hành trang duy nhất cho

một cuộc viễn du bước vào thế giới của nghệ thuật và yêu thương. Tặng cho bất cứ ai bạn

gặp trên đường đi một bông hoa hồng tươi thắm. Đó là cử chỉ đẹp nhất vì bạn tặng cho

đời người vẻ đẹp, mầu sắc, hương thơm cùng với một trái tim chan chứa yêu thương. 

Thứ Tư,  10/22/08 -  Khúc Nhạc Lãng Du  

…Nhạc của chúng ta là nhạc tình yêu. Chúng thì thào bên tai những người  vừa mới biết

yêu những lời dịu ngọt. Chúng rủ rê những  kẻ yêu nhau tìm đến chốn đam mê. Chúng

dập dìu bên cạnh những đôi lứa đã xem nhau là bạn tình, bạn đường, bạn thiên thu vĩnh


Còn ta, đang khi cùng em thả tung những nốt nhạc vào cõi nhân gian, ta thì thầm bên tai

em những lời mật ngọt. “Trong chuyến lữ hành này ta đã biết yêu Em yêu dấu, ta yêu em

trong từng nốt nhạc (Quyen Di) 

Các nhạc phẩm chọn lọc cho chương trình: 

1. Bánh Xe Lãng Tử - Trọng Khương - Trình bày: AC&M Band 

2. Đoàn Lữ Nhạc - Đỗ Nhuận – Trình bày: Hoài Nam và Tam Ca Áo Trắng 

3. Giấc Mộng Viễn Du - Văn Phụng - Trình bày: Belcato Band 

4. Dừng Bước Giang Hồ - Hoàng Trọng - Trình Bày: Đoan Trang 

Thứ Tư,  10/22/08 -  Hồn Thu Với Lòng Người 

Tất cả nhạc phẩm chọn lọc cho chương trình Hoa Hồng Cho Nhân Gian được sự ưu ái

bảo trợ của trung tâm “Bướm Đêm Productions” 

Các bạn ở Vietnam và trên toàn thế giới có thể nghe chương trình Hoa Hồng Cho Nhân

Gian của Viet Art Center trực tiếp qua mạng lưới toàn cầu hay vào lúc 8:30 tối (giờ California) hay 10:30 sáng (giờ Vietnam). 

CD “Hoa Hồng Cho Nhân Gian I” với các bài viết “Hương Hoa và Hương Đêm”,

“Chuyện Một Dòng Sông”, “Suối Mơ R ừng Vắng”, và “Khúc Nhạc Lãng Du” cùng các

nhạc phẩm chọn lọc đã phát hành. Tất cả lợi nhuận từ CD sẽ được đưa vào quỹ cứu trợ

các trẻ em mồ côi và tàn tật tại Vietnam qua Hội Nước Mắt Cô Nhi (Tears of Orphans


Các bạn có thể liên lạc với chúng tôi qua địa chỉ email hay điện

thoại 714-658-6650 nêu bạn muốn tìm hiểu, bảo trợ, hay mua CD cho chương trình Hoa

Hồng Cho Nhân Gian. 


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