Posted on April 7, 2011


Silver City, NM – The Western New Mexico University Museum is proud to announce
the installation of its newest short-term exhibition. Traditional Apparel and Jewelry of
Rural China is open to the public from March 15 through May 31, 2011. The collection,
consisting of a beautiful arrangement of Chinese clothing, jewelry and other artifacts
often used by rural Chinese groups, belongs to Bob and Xinyan Weeks of Silver City.
Xinyan is employed at the WNMU Student Support Center.

The WNMU Museum will host an exhibition preview and reception on Thursday, April 7
from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Mrs. Weeks will facilitate a short presentation in the
University Museum Classroom. Seating is limited. Refreshments will be served at the

Mrs. Weeks was born and raised in the mountainous region of Guangxi Province, China.
After her college experience at Hainan University, she revisited her home.  She
remembered her grandmother and desired to understand her cultural heritage. She
purchased a ceremonial piece to learn about its history and the knowledge it carried. Her
appreciation of her heritage grew and so did her collection. From 1992 to 2005, her
collection expanded to over 100 items, each one representing to her an intriguing part of
Chinese history.  The collected items together tell different stories which Mrs. Weeks
shares in the new exhibition.

Traditional Apparel and Jewelry of Rural China is funded in part by ASWNMU
Student Fees. The WNMU Museum is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to
4:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For questions about the
exhibition, scheduled receptions, or scheduled Artist Talks, please contact Phillip Cave,
Acting Assistant Director, at 538-6386 or cavep@wnmu.edu.


Contact: Abe Villarreal
Phone: 575.538.6336

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