Upstairs at Wah Lee

photo by Chow Shong Wing

photo by Chow Shong Wing

The Nanaimo Art Gallery presents “Upstairs at Wah Lee’s”, a Quesnel Museum Travelling Exhibition from November 20 to December 19, 2009. Chow Shong Wing was born in Quesnel into the merchant family that ran the Wah Lee Store. As a young man he established a photographic studio on the upper floor and was the first professional photographer in Quesnel. His early 20th century portraits of local residents, Chinese, First Nation, and Caucasian, speak profoundly of the economic, religious, and social forces of acculturation at work in this young frontier town, but also reflect a casual intimacy that existed between individuals of diverse cultural background. The opening reception will be at 900 Fifth Street location, building 330, Nanaimo, on November 20, 2009, from 5 to 7 pm. For more information call Chris Kuderle at 250-740-6350.