Internationally Exhibited Hawaii Artist Cancels ‘Goodwill Tour’ to China

‘Goodwill Tour’ to China as the wave of worldwide protests continue to haunt the upcoming Olympics. The Artist calls for a Boycott of the Olympics, Boycott of travel to China and other countries that suppress freedom and human rights.

HI, United States – With the ever growing international discontent over China’s Human Rights Violations of Tibetans, Ughers, Chi Gung practitioners, and other minorities, Hawaii Artist Aelbert Aehegma has announced the cancellation of his non-political, ‘Goodwill Tour’ to China as the wave of worldwide protests continue to haunt the upcoming Olympics. The Artist calls for a Boycott of the Olympics, Boycott of travel to China and other countries that suppress freedom and human rights, and personal limiting of purchase of goods and services from repressive regimes worldwide. Mr. Aehegma states that the Chinese Government interfered with the ‘Goodwill Tour,’ by completely limiting communication with his sponsor, a Chinese doctor he met as Artist-in-Residence at the Hilton Waikoloa Village Resort on the Big Island of Hawaii.

The Artist’s Cultural Tour was to include outdoor mural paintings of famous Chinese landscapes, meetings with artists, dignitaries, and children, video documentation, and a special series of Olympic sports paintings; along with the cancellation, the Artist will not be donating a proposed mural to the Beijing Museum. His works have been exhibited in over a dozen countries. As well, ‘Our Renaissance: The Next Enlightenment,’ was chosen to be sent aboard the space shuttle to the MIR Space Station for ‘Ars Ad Astra’, the ‘First Art Show in Space’ as an international, goodwill venture. President George W. Bush owns the First Artist Proof of a Commemorative 9-11 Art Giclee Print entitled ‘Enduring Freedom,’ by Mr. Aehegma which features the masonic symbols of America and depicts Miss Liberty riding on an American Eagle.

Although Mr. Aehegma’s post-impressionist landscapes are greatly influenced by Chinese landscape painting, he states, ‘ Celebrating the qualities of a nation’s past culture and its golden ages is all well and good; however, good world citizens should not just be just cultural consumers. Continuing, he states, that,”modern, worldwide media challenges us to be more humane, and compassionate for the whole human family. One by one we must rally against repressive regimes that crush ‘Freedom’, and continue human rights violations not only in China but across the globe.” Finally he feels that sustainable international programs must be urgently implemented, family to family, community to community in environmentally and humane balance to put off rapidly increasing, catastrophic human suffering.”

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