The St. Pete art exhibit celebrates the contribution of the Chinese to American culture

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 The St.  Pete art exhibit celebrates the contribution of the Chinese to American culture during the California gold rush

A new art exhibit in St. Petersburg shows the Chinese American frontier.

A new art exhibit in St. Petersburg provides a new perspective on the settlement of the American West.

From Far East to West: The Chinese American Frontier features art from the California gold rush era.

“The Chinese called America the Golden Mountain, and it was supposed to be a wonderful place where the streets were paved with gold,” explained Emily Kapes, curator of art at The James Museum. “Many of them did not find success in the gold rush, but they came and found another job. They worked hard, and they were able to settle here.”

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The St. Pete Art Exhibit Celebrates The Contribution Of The Chinese To American Culture

Many found work in the Transcontinental Railroad Project.

“They’re part of the American story and it’s something special that a lot of people don’t know about, so we’re here to share some of those stories through the art of Chinese American painters,” Kapes said.

The exhibition has 30 paintings and about 50 historical objects that accompany the paintings.

The St. Pete Art Exhibit Celebrates The Contribution Of The Chinese To American Culture

“Things found in Chinese cities, things found in camps for railroads or mines,” Kapes shared. “There are many things that help to communicate certain images in paintings.”

This exhibit shows a valuable part of American history because immigrants from all over contributed to the growth of this country.

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“Everyone can find a story that might speak to them,” Kapes said.

The St. Pete Art Exhibit Celebrates The Contribution Of The Chinese To American Culture

The exhibition will be on display until January 28 at The James Museum.