Artist Master Lei Yixin Comes to Saint Paul

Yixin is part of an exhibit featuring six artists from Saint Paul Sister City Changsha, China

SAINT PAUL – Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman will welcome Chinese artist Master Lei Yixin this weekend. Yixin will be part of an exhibit highlighting work by artists from Changsha, China, a Saint Paul Sister City. The event, titled, “Harmonious Hunan,” will be led by Master Lei, who is commissioned to sculpt the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial in the National Mall of Washington DC. Master Lei will show his latest artwork as well as fellow artists He Manzong; Zhu Xunde: Zhang Liping; Hu Liwei and Cao Mingqiu. The event is a joint effort between Mayor Coleman’s office, the College of Visual Arts, Public Art Saint Paul and US-China Peoples Friendship Association of Minnesota. “This event is an example of how Saint Paul’s Sister City relationships continuously enrich the lives of our residents,” Mayor Coleman said. “It is an honor to have an artist like Master Lei come to Saint Paul to showcase his work, and I know the residents of Saint Paul will welcome him with open arms.” Initiated by Mayors George Latimer and Wang Keying, Saint Paul’s Sister City relationship with Changsha, China began in 1988. Master Lei’s relationship with Saint Paul extends beyond the Sister City connection, having taken part in Public Art Saint Paul’s 2006 Minnesota Rocks: Stone Carving Symposium. His sculpture, “Meditation,” is currently on display in Phalen Park. What: "Harmonious Hunan" in Painting, Calligraphy and Photography - Art from Saint Paul's Sister City Changsha, China Who: Master Lei Yixin, He Manzong; Zhu Xunde: Zhang Liping; Hu Liwei and Cao Mingqiu. Where: College of Visual Arts Gallery, 173 Western Avenue North, Saint Paul, MN When: Sunday, July 18 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. ###