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Music and Art Club (MAC)


MAC 2015 Events


Freer Museum 八大山人 tour - November 18, 2015


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Kenilworth Aquatic Garden



MAC charter members

The group was started in December 2005 by several BEINU sisters who
met often at music
and art activities. As of December 2008, MAC has 47 email enlisted members. The founding idea was to discover and experience rich cultural offerings in DC/Baltimore vicinity with like-minded BEINU sisters. Currently, quarterly activities are proposed by members and announced in a tentative program at beginning of the year.
During the year, programmed or impromptu outings are lead by
enthusiastic MAC members and open to all BEINU members via association newsletter announcements.

During year 2006, we attended three Strathmore concerts, visited
National Arboretum in the spring for azalea walk, and Hillwood Garden for fall foliage and museum exhibits. In year 2007, we attended Met Opera live HD in the theater, walked the Great Falls trails on both MD and VA side, and visited Kenilworth Aquatic Garden for lotus blossom in the summer. For year 2008, we enjoyed three cultural outings in DC and a wintry night walk in a fairytale garden setting.

Throughout the years, many impromptu outings of movie and art shows were attended by small groups.

If interested, please inform coordinator
Grace Chang (陳秀男), Jean I-Chen Liu (朱以錚), Julia Liu (涂曼麗).

2010 program

MAC 2010 Events

“Tour of Freer Gallery Exhibition” Masterpieces of Chinese Painting, from Song Dynasty to Early Qing Dynasty - September 28, 2010

Alumna Christine Lee (Feng Man-chun) led tours of the exhibition on Tuesday 9/28/10 and again Saturday 10/2/10. Altogether 23 art
lovers attended the events where some of the finest Chinese paintings in the Free Gallery's collection are on view. Christine shared her
knowledge of the art , as well as the humanistic background behind the creation of these art works. Through her explanation, we had a
glimpse of the lifestyle of yesteryear such as birthday celebration where portraits of the ancient celebrants were drawn; farewell party and
bestowing good wish to a friend leaving town to seek employment elsewhere; retirees wishing for peace and tranquility after govenrment
services; devotional art to God seeking protection for loved ones. The artistic style changes but the human sentiment remains pretty much
the same through the millennium.

The Exhibition will be open till 11/28/2010.


參觀 Freer Gallery 的展出﹕由宋朝至清初的中國傑出畫作


這個展覽是Freer Gallery館藏中一些最好的中國畫。馮曼群與校友們分享了她對藝術的知識及這些創作的人文背景。經由她的講解﹐

我們得以一瞥舊日的生活方式﹐ 比如﹕為過壽的長者而作的肖像畫﹔絕別之宴上﹐為即將離去另求新職的友人所作的祝福之畫﹔




MAC 2009 Events

“Furniture for the Divine” at Towson University - December 13, 2009

On December 13, 2009, the Music and Art Club organized a trip to Towson University in Baltimore to see the “Furniture for the Divine”
Exhibition sponsored by the Asian Arts and Culture Center. 14 alumnae, spouses and relative attended the event. Most items on display
have been acquired by Dr. Foo and his wife Pei-hwa Kung over the past 25 years. Director of the Gallery, alumna Tseng Sue-Whei,
personally conducted the visit with detailed and very interesting explanations of various pieces which included altar tables, incense burner
stands, shrines, screen, and offering accessories. After viewing the exhibit, the group was led to a very nice Indian restaurant nearby for a
buffet lunch and spent a very enjoyable afternoon chatting and getting acquainted with each other.

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Fall Movie/Café (Oct. 16) and Seneca Creek State Park Foliage Walk (Oct. 20)

The original date for foliage walk was set for Oct. 16. Due to the rain, the walk was switched to lunch (eight of us) at an European bakery
café followed by movie "Coco before Chanel" at Bethesda Row movie theater. It was also a great occasion to get acquainted with MAC's
new program coordinators Marnie (Chen Kwan-hwa, '63) and her sounding board Joyce (Wu I-fong, '65).

Oct. 20 turned out to be a crispy fall day. Four determined nature-loving sisters carried out the foliage walk with compass, trail map and
mileage meter . The one mile leisure walk was followed by dim sum, coffee/pastry, and a joyful birthday celebration!

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Special Tour at The Freer Gallery of Art - Thursday, April 16

We were fortunate to have our alumnae, Christine Lee, to arrange a special visit to the Freer Gallery storage. She personally selected
25 pieces of jades, dating from 3,300 BC to the 17th century, from the world-renowned Freer collection of ancient Chinese jades for our
private viewing. Each piece was explained in detail of its historical importance and time was allowed for close-up examination.Christine
has been a volunteer docent at the Freer and Sackler galleries for 22 years, and her special area of interest was in the ancient Chinese

12 alumni and three husbands joined this special tour. What a fascinating way to learn about the ancient Chinese jade-working cultures.
We concluded our tour with a walk through the beautiful Smithsonian gardens and a sumptuous Spanish tapas lunch in downtown DC.

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MAC 2008 Events

Garden of Lights at Brookside Gardens - Wednesday, December 3

Six MAC members and two loyal husbands attended the delightful garden walk under twinkling lights. Nancy and her husband Paul hosted the event by warming us up with treats before carpooling to the garden. After the walk, we had dinner together to conclude
another joyful outing.


Garden of Lights
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Dumbarton Oaks Garden tour - Thursday, March 27

Garden docent leads 14 MAC members for 90 minutes of detail tour of the garden under gentle spring shower.
Afterwards, the group had lunch at French restaurant, Bistrot Le Pic near the garden.


Dumbarton Oaks Garden tour
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Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery - Wednesday, February. 20

group tour guided by docent Christine Lee (BEINU alumnae Feng Man-chun, '62)

We toured three exhibits:

1. "The Golden Graves of Ancient Vani" (gold exhibit photo)

2. Patterned Feathers, Piercing Eyes : "Edo Masters from the Price Collection”

3. "Tales of the Brush: Chinese Paintings with Literary Themes"
(group picture in the exhibit hall)

In the Chinese painting section, we viewed a beautiful calligraphy scroll by Wen Zhengming (1470-1559), in the style of Wang Tingjien. The poem on the scroll is titled 蜀道難 ("The Road to Shu is Hard") by 李白(701-762). More fascinating calligraphy scrolls on view:

琵琶行 ("Song of a Guitar") by 白居易 and poem "Ode to Mulan" 木蘭辭.

Frances Yen summarizes our art tour so well: "Through Christine's introduction and Chinese explanation, 'Tales of the Brush' became so vivid and interesting which piqued my desire to research more Chinese painting with literary themes. It's amazing that within 2 hours we also learned the treasures and cultures of Vani, and Edo's Japanese screens!"

Kirov Ballet: La Bayadère- Friday, January 25 at Kennedy Center Opera House


Rena, In-May, Isabel and Nancy before performance