The Crops of Love Art Club, a group based in Orange County, is extending to an international location: the Hyundai Department Store in Pangyo, Korea, where club members’ work will be on display from Thursday, October 29 to Wednesday, November 4.
Crops of Love, founded in 2013 by Hyunae Kang, encourages a group of predominantly Korean American high school students from Yeda Art Academy in Brea to create unique works to be put on display in professional exhibitions. Finished art pieces are exhibited at the Muzeo Art Gallery in Anaheim, and donations collected from inspired onlookers are used to support young children and prisoners in places like Malawi who often lack daily meals and the material necessities that many Americans and Koreans take for granted.
This year, the Crops of Love art pieces were initially exhibited at the Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center from July 25 to August 30. The expansion to Korea at the end of this month has excited the artists involved.
In an interview with JSR, student and artist Alice Kim stated, “There’s nothing that feels better than having my hard work pay off. I’m so proud to be a part of this club, especially now that my art is traveling across the world [and] enabling our cause to be well known!”
Though it is in its early years, Crops of Love has received much praise and respect. The governments of Chile and Malawi have expressed thanks by sending personal certificates of merit and recognition for each of the artists. US Representative Ed Royce (R-CA39) and California Assemblywoman Young Kim (R-Orange County) have also recognized the beneficial influence and power of the exhibitions.
Kang, the program’s director, is proud of her students and their potential to change the injustices in the world.
In an interview with JSR, she stated, “I love to see their faces transform to awe as they see the enormous impact they are able to make, with just a little inspiration and dedication. I cannot wait to see where the future of this organization and club lies.”