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Kwong Yem Han

Chinese painting and calligraphy
Pepin, WI

Yem Han practicing with two double-edged swords.Kwong Yem Han is an accomplished watercolorist and calligrapher of traditional Chinese art. Yem Han, whose American name is Edna Hovde, is experienced in sharing her art with others, having worked as an artist-in-residence in numerous schools and given demonstrations in art museums & centers for over seventeen years. Yem Han’s presentations feature demonstrations and discussion of Chinese calligraphy and watercolor painting, specifically the drawing of Chinese characters, Chinese watercolor techniques, and her use of “The Four Treasures of the Studio” (ink stick, ink stone, rice paper and brush). Her love of working with young people comes out in her presentations. Upon request, Yem Han will bring her “big brush” and double-edged sword for demonstration. (The brush is as big as she is and to develop the strength to use it, Yem Han practices sword dancing.)

Program Formats

A general presentation

An introductory workshop

A performance

Best for Ages

Mixed audiences of any age


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Spring, summer, fall, weekdays.

Program Needs:
For demonstration: flat table, chair, running water and paper towels.
For lecture: slide projector, VCR, cassette tape player with TV and projector screen. 

Past Venues:

  • Bergstrom Mahler Museum, Neenah 2008
  • Lake Pepin Art and Design Center 2008
  • Rahr-West Art Museum, Manitowoc, 2007
  • Eau Claire Regional Arts Council, 2004, one woman show, "The Asian Aesthetic"
  • Northern Lakes Center for the Arts, Amery, 2003
  • School of the Arts, Rhinelander, 2002
  • Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, 2000

Kwong Yem Han (Edna Hovde)
P.O. Box 407
Pepin, WI  54759
715/442-4003 (phone)

Best to contact by email or call between 8am and noon.

last updated: 12/22/2011   


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